Steve T. Olesnanik, 89, of Lake City passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center in Erie.
He was born on December 20, 1924 in Girard Twp. to the late Joseph R. and Julia Majerik Olesnanik. Steve also went to school in Girard Twp. During WWII
he was inducted into the U.S. Army
, where he served stateside with the Military Police. He was later called back to active duty upon the beginning of the Korean Conflict
, and assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division. He was wounded on Feb. 1, 1951, by a mortor shell and permanently lost his eyesight. Steve was then retired, disabled from the military, trained and attended Hines Rehabilitation Center in Chicago, where he learned his trade before returning to the Girard area. In 1955 he began Steve's Cabinet Shop in Lake City. Although blind he was able to build cabinets and all types of wood products.
Steve was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Girard. He was also a life member at the Girard American Legion Post 494, a life member of Blinded Veterans Association, Tri-County Aces CB Club where he was known as "Wonder Man", Girard Lions Club, Cub Scout Leader, and Toastmasters.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Meeder; brothers, Joseph and John Olesnanik; and his grandson Todd Olesnanik.
Steve will be missed by his wife, Elaine B. (Everden) Olesnanik, whom he married on November 15, 1952 in East Springfield. He also leaves behind their children, Joy Webber (Dennis) of East Springfield, Anita Glover (Steve) of Millcreek, Steve Thomas Olesnanik (Beth) of Lake City, Dennis "DJ" Olesnanik (Coleen) of Lake City, John Olesnanik (Debra) of Lake City, Mark Olesnanik (Sharon) of Girard; his sisters, Josephine Travis of New Bethlehem, Pa., Margaret Pekelnicky of Mckean, Patricia Ball of Fairview; Brothers, William Olesnanik of Girard, Carl Olesnanik (Melva) of Girard, and Andy Olesnanik (Lois) of Columbus, Ohio; 19 Grandchildren; eight Great Grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Edder Funeral Home, Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard, where a Prayer Vigil will take place at 3:45 p.m. Prayers preceding Mass will be Wednesday at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 101 Olin Ave, Girard. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. John Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Lake City Volunteer Fire Company, 2232 Rice Ave, Lake City, PA 16423. To send memorials visit www.edderfuneralhome.com
Published in the Erie Times-News from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2014
Edder Funeral Home
309 Main Street Girard, PA 16417