Margaret M. Oliver, 93 of Eau Claire passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Care Partners in Eau Claire.

Margaret was born on February 7, 1922 to Gustave and Minnie (Hartl) Dewitz in Eau Claire. She married Don Russell in Eau Claire, and together they had four children. They opened their own business, Russell’s Dairy, shortly before Don passed away. Margaret ran Russell’s Dairy for many years. She later married Hugh Oliver in Eau Claire. Margaret enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards, and dancing.

Margaret is survived by her four children, Pam (John) Sjerven, Ronald (Linda) Russell, Sue Radtke, and Julie Russell; two step-children, Mary Jo (John) Paape and David (Janet) Oliver; six grandchildren, Don Sjerven, Doug Sjerven, Mike Sjerven, Rhonda Radtke, Ray Radtke, and Ruth Lile; many great grandchildren; and many other friends and relatives.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don Russell; husband, Hugh Oliver; step-daughter, Judy Savoia, son-in-law, James Radtke; six siblings, Herman Dewitz, Norman Dewitz, Gustive Dewitz, Lawrence Dewitz, Helen Lane, and Esther Strausberg.

Memorial services will be on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 11:00 am at Smith Funeral Chapel with Pastor David Forke officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel and an hour prior to the services at on Wednesday at the funeral home. Private burial will be at a later date at Forest Hill Cemetery.


  1. Pam, Ron, Sue & Julie,
    We are sorry to hear of Aunt Margaret’s passing. We also know she is surrounded by her loved ones in Heaven at this very moment! Love the photo you posted of her as that is how I always remember her! Prayers and Hugs to you all!

  2. Dave and Jan, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your step mother. I only met her a few times when we were teenagers, but she was a kind and gentle woman. It was nice to know that Hugh and Margaret spent a lot of quality time together. My deepest sympathy to the Oliver family in this time of grief. Sincerely, Jim Moore.

  3. My sincerely sympathy to the family of Margaret Oliver. Hugh & Margaret sold me their rental on Eddy St years ago & were my landlord for many years before they sold me the house. I lived next door to them for many years and they were both lovely and caring people. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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