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In Memory of

Jean Marie Ollis

November 1, 1921 - October 11, 2012

Obituary


Jean McIver Ollis, age 90, of Lake Namakagon, Cable, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Northern Lights Health Care Center in Washburn, WI.
Jean was born on November 1, 1921, in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Ray and Ethel Williams. She grew up in St. Paul, MN where she entered show business at a young age. After studying piano, dance, violin and accordion, she and her sister Jane became "The Williams Sisters" and took their act, including singing, into St. Paul night clubs while still in high school, chaperoned and driven by...

Jean McIver Ollis, age 90, of Lake Namakagon, Cable, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Northern Lights Health Care Center in Washburn, WI.
Jean was born on November 1, 1921, in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Ray and Ethel Williams. She grew up in St. Paul, MN where she entered show business at a young age. After studying piano, dance, violin and accordion, she and her sister Jane became "The Williams Sisters" and took their act, including singing, into St. Paul night clubs while still in high school, chaperoned and driven by both parents. After high school they auditioned for the "Ted Mack Amateur Hour", a radio talent show out of New York City, and won. They were flown to New York where they sang on the show and stayed for several years, performing at many clubs. When her sister Jane married, Jean joined the USO shows, touring overseas to entertain the troops. Later Jean moved to Chicago where she performed as her own singing/piano act and became a regular on a daily WBBM radio show, "The Breakfast Club", where she sang and did character voices. When she married "Mac" McIver in 1960, they moved to Lake Namakagon in northern Wisconsin, beginning her love affair with the North Country, its nature and its beauty. Jean became an active member of the original ladies WOW group in the Cable area, the Line Dancers, and the Cable Lions' Club Clowns where she was known as "Bean Bag". She entertained at many social functions, singing and playing the piano. Jean was an avid walker. When her eyesight became limited, it never stopped her from taking daily walks. Neither did the snow. Her keen sense of humor and positive personality attracted many loyal friends over the years. After Mac's death, Jean met and married the Reverend James Ollis in 1989 and was blessed with three loving stepchildren and their families.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Alice Steingraber and Helen Jane Taylor; and her husbands Mac McIver and James Ollis.
She is survived by her nieces, Jill Steingraber of Arkansas, Laurie (John) Rossi of New Mexico, Lonnie (Blu) Blumenthal of North Carolina; nephews, Jack (Doris) Steingraber of Arkansas and Scott (Yolanda) McClellan of Nevada; step-children Dave (Janice) Ollis, Diane (Michael) Ollis of California, Linda (Craig) Ostrem of St. Paul; four delightful grandchildren, Emily and Katie Ollis, and James and Charlie Ostrem; and many loyal friends.