Andrea “Andi” Lynn (Noel) Olsonawski, 41, Moorhead, Minn., died peacefully at home on June 23, 2020, surrounded by her family after a nearly five-year long cancer journey.
Andi was born Jan. 21, 1979, in Thief River Falls, Minn., to Jeff and Peggy (Breiland) Noel. She grew up in Stephen, Minn., where she attended Stephen-Argyle Central participating in many extra-curricular activities, but track and field is where she excelled. She continued her track and field career at North Dakota State University where she pursued a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. Andi enjoyed success on the NDSU track and field team earning All-American honors seven times. This fall Andi will be inducted into the NDSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Not long after college, but seven years after their first date, Andi was united in marriage with Mark Olsonawski on May 17, 2002, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, N.D. They made their home in Moorhead where they had their four children: Noel, Aaron, Ryan and Kate. Andi always said how thankful she was to stay home with her kids, and once they were all in school she had the opportunity to substitute teach. She was a cheerleader for her kids in their activities and a great supporter of JPII Catholic Schools. Andi loved to travel. She always enjoyed lake time with Mark and the kids and looked forward to her nearly annual trips to southern California to visit her best friend, Natalie. She was also active in: Positive Coaching Alliance, Angels Hockey and American Heritage Girls.
Andi had the unique ability to make an impression on everyone she met. So encouraging to all, she knew how to “fill your cup” and would always turn the spotlight away from herself. If you spent more than five minutes with her, you knew simply to “Do your best, and let God do the rest!”
Andi is survived by her loving husband, Mark; children, Noel, Aaron, Ryan and Kate; mother, Peggy Noel; brother, Matt Noel, father- and mother-in-law, Jerry and Carol Olsonawski; grandmother-in-law, Sophie Olsonawski; sister-in-law, Rachel (Brian) Hagen; brother-in-law Mike (Courtney) Olsonawski; sister-in-law Karen (Erick) Gubbels; her 13 nieces and nephews: Madi Kuznia, Kyra, Tyler, Niall and Quinlan Hagen, Parker, Asher, Paisley and Dash Olsonawski and Nicolette, Gunnar, Gianna and Sophie Gubbels, and best friend, Natalie Mickelson.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jeff Noel; grandparents, Clarence and Mae Breiland, Don and Trassia Noel; and niece, Carlie Hagen.
Private family services will be held at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo. The funeral mass will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, and the prayer service will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2020. A recording of both services will be available on our website after the services. Burial will take place at Holy Cross South Cemetery in Fargo.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com