Josephine E. (Mrs. Olen) Cowan, age 94, of Faribault died on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at District One Hospital, Faribault, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. with the Reverend Henry L. Doyle, officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home on Sunday, February 6th from 1 to 4 p.m. and also for one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Josephine, the daughter of Joseph and Ella Ridgway, was born May 26, 1916 in Pierre, SD. She married Olen Cowan on December 2, 1938 and he preceded her in death on August 10, 1984. She was formerly employed by the Faribault Regional Center and Minnesota State Academy for the Blind for many years. She loved cooking for her family and her world revolved around her grandchildren.

She is survived by her three sons, Olen Cowan, Jr. of Owatonna; Dennis (and Barbara) Cowan and Steven (and Sue) Cowan, all of Faribault; seven grandchildren, Dana Cowan, Scott (and Míkenzie) Cowan, Chad (and Courtney) Cowan, Cary (and Buffy) Cowan, Amy (and Nate) Chappuis, Kim (and Bryan) Larson and Kelly (and Brian) Schwartz; ten great grandchildren, Addison, Eva, Peyton, Alyssa, Mykaela, Declan, Alec, Evan, Finn and Mia; two sisters, Dorothy Ridgway of Pierre, SD and Bonnie Roberts of Faribault.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Olen; one son in infancy, Robert Cowan; one brother, Joseph Ridgway; and two sisters, Margaret Ridgway and Eleanor Ridgway.


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