Lynette Jean Haugen (née Olsen)

Lynette Jean Haugen (née Olsen)

March 11, 1962 – April 16, 2020
Age 58 of Burnsville, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2020 with her husband Mark by her side, holding hands. Lynette was born March 11, 1962 in south Minneapolis to Joel and Delores Olsen. Lynette grew up with her brothers, playing in Minnehaha Regional Park and the grounds of the Minnesota Veterans Home. She was a 1980 graduate of Minneapolis Roosevelt High School. Lynette excelled at work, frequently working multiple jobs, even before graduating from high school. One of those jobs was data entry for Sears Corporation at their offices in the Lake Street office tower. She would circle back. Lynette then returned to the grounds of the Minnesota Veterans Home and began working as an administrative assistant at the Veterans Administration (VA) Health Care System. Her work efforts and excellence resulted in various administrators and physicians requesting her to write their white papers and grant request papers. In the early 80’s Lynette joined a small team that left the VA to start the oncology department at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and helped it expand to what is now known as the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute. Lynette’s efforts resulted in her moving out of a department and into the role of the executive assistant to the president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Again, she excelled and in 2006, became executive administrative assistant for Dr. Penny Wheeler, newly appointed Chief Clinical Officer (now CEO) for Allina. So, Lynette moved into the Allina executive offices, in the newly renovated old Sears Lake Street office tower. In 2013, Dr. Wheeler loaned her word Lynette to the Allina Health Community Benefit and Engagement team which became her new family outside of family. Lynette met her husband, Mark, on Match.com in 2006. Messages and emails became phone calls and it was during that time they found out they lived 10 houses apart. Mark’s youngest daughter, Chloe’, had known Lynette for a year as Lynette would walk her dog past the house daily and Chloe’, who was always in the driveway shooting hoops, needed to pet Cinder. Lynette and Mark married in 2007. No children prior, she became the most incredible loving, giving stepmother and learned what “sports mom” was before becoming a grandmother. Her greatest joy was watching her granddaughter Elena, Chloe’s daughter, every Wednesday. With Lynette, things came full circle. Lynette is preceded in death by her grandparents and nephew, Per. She is survived by her parents Joel and Delores Olsen of Richfield; her brothers Kevin (Jane) Olsen of Deephaven and Jeff (Carol) Olsen of Winter Haven, Fl.; her beloved husband Mark; her stepchildren Brianna (Nick) Roskam of Burnsville, Eric Haugen of Bloom-ington, and Chloe’ Haugen of Cottage Grove; her nieces, a nephew (her Godson), uncles, aunts, and cousins. Being the organizational force that she was, she created an Excel spreadsheet for Mark’s first months of dating to track all of the extended family. She was welcomed with open arms into the Haugen family, including Mark’s parents, brothers and their wives, and their children. Interment and a Celebration of Life service TBD. (Published in the Star Tribune on May 17, 2020)