Mitch Olson, born on August 12, 1961, in the bustling borough of the Bronx, New York, was the cherished son of Geraldine Marinacci Olsen and John Olsen. His early years in New York set the stage for a life full of dedication, hard work, and a deep sense of family.
A Life Dedicated to Industry: Steel Mills and Innovations
Mitchell’s 34-year tenure in the steel mill industry wasn’t just a career; it was a passion. His commitment to this sector saw him deeply involved in establishing new mills, an endeavor that showcased his innovative spirit and unwavering work ethic.
The Heart of the Party: Mitchell’s Joyful Spirit
Mitchell was known for his contagious sense of merriment. At work and beyond, Mitchell frequently became the center of attention as his infectious sense of fun brought joy wherever he went – whether at the workplace, social gatherings, or personal encounters.
A Family Man: Cherished Moments and Loved Ones
At the core of Mitchell’s world were his family and grandchildren. His marriage of 38 years to Arlene Bond Olsen was a testament to enduring love and partnership. Their children, Jessica Hinton (Brian) and Matthew Olsen, along with grandsons Austin Hinton and Logan Hinton, were the sources of immense joy and pride in his life.
The Legacy Left Behind: Remembering a Beloved Brother
Mitchell’s life journey was also marked by poignant losses, including the passing of his brother, Ronald Olsen. Their shared history and memories remain a cherished part of the family’s legacy.
A Farewell Fitting for a Cherished Soul
The community came together to honor Mitchell’s life with visitations held at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home in West Ashley on October 26, 2022. The funeral service, a celebration of his life, took place the following day, offering a moment for all to reflect on the impact he had on so many lives.
Final Resting Place: A Tribute in Charleston
Mitchell’s journey found its peaceful conclusion at Live Oak Memorial Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina. This serene resting place symbolizes his enduring presence in the hearts of those he touched.
A Gathering of Hearts: Reception and Remembrance
After Mitchell’s funeral service and burial, his family hosted an informal reception in Charleston, South Carolina to commemorate and remember him with family and friends. It served not as just another time of mourning but as an opportunity to rejoice over all he left behind in terms of memories and relationships.
A Legacy of Giving: Honoring Mitchell’s Memory
In lieu of flowers, donations were encouraged to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, reflecting Mitchell’s spirit of generosity and care for others.
Keeping Memories Alive: Sharing Condolences
The family welcomed messages of sympathy and shared memories on the McAlister-Smith website, providing a digital space for those who couldn’t attend to express their condolences and share their stories of Mitchell.
A Community’s Support: Funeral Arrangements
McAlister-Smith Funeral Home of West Ashley in Charleston provided support and services during this difficult time for both the family and funeral arrangements. They offered their expertise as they provided necessary funeral care at 2501 Bees Ferry Rd in Charleston.
Mitchell Olson led an extraordinary life full of hard work, joy, and love that continues through those whose lives he touched, the industry he helped mold, and the family he so dearly cherished. We honor his memory today by commemorating this life well lived – we celebrate and mourn his absence equally.