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R.J. "Jim" Olivero

July 19, 1945 ~ October 11, 2018 (age 73)

Memorial Services for Rudolph (R.J. “Jim”) Olivero will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 15 at the First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Reverend John Holt will officiate. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour before the service at the church. Jim died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 11, 2018. He was 73. He was born on July 19, 1945, at West Point in Highland Falls, New York, the son of John and Beatrice (Herrick) Olivero. Jim graduated from Highland Falls High School, then continued his education at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT, Lea College in Albert Lea and then graduated with a business degree from Mankato State University. He later returned to classes at Riverland Community College obtaining his COTA certificate from Mankato State. He married his soul mate Pamela Berges on November 16, 1968 at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston and they were blessed to have just short of 50 years together. He began work at Streater Inc in the business office in Albert Lea, but decided he needed more direct contact with people. For more than 30 years he worked at REM/Woodvale as a QMRP. After retirement the family continually heard “The wheels on the bus” as he purely enjoyed his years driving school bus. A great community advocate, Jim had served as a Freeborn County Commissioner for 8 years, was a Guardian ad litem for many, served on the Solid Waste Management Board, and had been very active in volunteering with ARC, the YMCA, Salvation Army, and the Jaycee’s. He was a faithful member of First Lutheran Church where he served as Sunday School Teacher, confirmation leader, and usher Jim is survived by his wife Pamela of Albert Lea, his children: Chantelle Laite (Sally) of Albert Lea, Sharisse Vargas(Federico) of Northfield, MN, Matthew Olivero(Jenna) of Alexandria, MN, Marianne Resendiz(Noe) of Northfield, MN; grandchildren: Cassandra Laite (Cody), Aaron Laite (Shawna), Sadie, Sky and Kristian Anderson, Daniella Espinoza (Ben), Christian Vargas, Gabriella Vargas, Anthony Olivero (Stephanie), Blaine Olivero (Taylor), Logan Olivero, Caitlyn Laite, Ayden Resendiz and Keegan Resendiz; great grandchildren: Avah, Honey and Alexis Bennett, Sophie Laite and Eastin Olivero; three sisters Shirleyann Rossi (Achilles) of New Windsor, NY, Rosalie Minetos of Clarksville, TN, Debra Olivero (Gloria) of Middletown, NY, brother-in-law Lester Prinsen of Preston, MN, and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents John and Beatrice Olivero, his brother John Olivero Jr., brother-in-law Peter Minetos father-in-law and mother-in-law Paul and Charlene Berges and sister-in-law Kay Prinsen. Jim was a gentle giant, but yet a driving force, who never made judgement, but always quietly said “You know what you need to do”. Blessed be his memory.

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