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Peter "Max" OLKO

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OLKO, Peter "Max"
Peter "Max" Olko, 93, passed away on September 10, 2012. Max was born in Chicopee, MA to Ludwika Kret and Thomas Olko. He lived most of his life in Enfield and attended Enfield schools. He and his brother Joe owned and operated Shaker Park Restaurant for 38 years, closing in 1987. Max was also a Carpenter for Local 43. He enjoyed telling stories about his boyhood adventures, carpet weaving days and his wartime experiences. He left school to join the PWA where he worked building various state parks throughout the state. He returned home to work in the Bigelow - Sanford Carpet Mills as a master weaver. He married Florence in 1941 and worked at Pratt and Whitney. Max proudly served his country joining the Army during World War II. He served in the China, India and Burma Campaign. He returned from the war and resumed working at Pratt and Whitney. He and his brothers purchased Shaker Park in 1949 and returned to Bigelow - Sanford Carpet Mills. He wove carpet during the day and worked at Shaker Park in the evening. Max later joined Local 43 and worked as a carpenter. He took pleasure in raising German Shepards for years and working in his flower gardens. He was a member of the American Legion John Maciolek Post #154. Max was the matriarch of the Olko Family and the go to person for young and old. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity to all that knew him. He is survived by his adoring wife, Florence of 71 yrs, his beloved brother and partner Joseph Olko, and three sons, Raymond, Peter Jr. & his wife Charlyne and Richard and his wife Becky; four grandchildren, Peter III, Raymond, Zeb, Caitlyn and her husband Ronald Fenoff; six great grandchildren, Jordan Flebeau, Chad and RJ Fenoff, Andrea, Emersyn and Hadley Olko and many nieces and nephews. His two younger brothers, Frederick and Tadeusz, predeceased him. Max was a lifelong communicant of St. Adalbert's Church. The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Newman for his many years of special care.
Relatives and friends may gather with his family during calling hours on Wednesday (September 12, 2012) from 4-8 p.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels 43 Shaker Rd. Enfield. Funeral services will be held on Thursday (September 13, 2012) with the funeral procession forming at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home to St. Adalbert Church for a 11:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow with military honors will take place in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Enfield. Memorial donations can be made to St. Adalbert Church, 90 Alden Ave. Enfield, CT or the CT Down Syndrome Congress, 200 Research Parkway, Meriden 06450. For online condolences and or directions go to www.brownefuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Sept. 11, 2012
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