Dominic A. Olivett

Dominic A. Olivett Lansing Dominic A Olivett, born October 7, 1925 in Athens, N.Y., the son of Joseph and Carmela Olivett passed away September 12, 2013 at the age of 87. In 1947, Dominic settled in Lansing, MI after being honorably discharged from the military and meeting his future wife, Rose Castellani. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the U.S.S. Tennessee and became part of the elite boxing team on the ship. He was a self-taught corporate jet pilot for Dover Corporation and, in addition, earned his multi-engine rating. Also, at General Aviation he was a flight instructor and charter pilot. Prior to his career in aviation, Dominic was the General Manager for Spadafore Distributing Company in Lansing for 22 years. He loved the game of golf and enjoyed playing everyday at Grosbeck Golf Course where he scored several holes in one. He is survived by his beloved wife, Rose after 66 years of marriage; daughters Carmela Olivett (formerly D'Alessandro), Nancy (Tony) Genco, Kathleen (John) DeLuca, and Mary Ellen Oliveti; sons Daniel (Vickie) Olivett, and James Olivetti. Also surviving are his 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Besides his immediate family he is survived by brothers, Thomas (Betty) Olivett, John Olivett, and sisters Rose Brooks, Emma (Lloyd) Ryan, Mary (Charles) Proper, and Linda Olivett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert, and brothers Nick, Ralph 'Chip', Joe, and Anthony Olivett. The Olivett family believes these words from the poem, "High Flight", written by Lt. John Gillespie Magee, Jr., best describe his spirit: "And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God." The visitation will be held at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw St, Lansing, MI 48917 from 4-6 pm on Sunday September 15, 2013, with a Rosary at 6:30. A 10:00 am funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Cathedral, 219 Seymour Ave, Lansing, MI 48933 on Monday, September 16, 2013. A visitation will precede the Mass from 9-10 a.m. Monday at the church. To leave messages of condolence please visit The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice House of Mid Michigan and the nursing staff at Sparrow Hospital. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid Michigan.

Funeral Home

Tiffany Funeral Home
3232 W Saginaw St Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 321-2211

Published in Lansing State Journal from Sept. 14 to Sept. 15, 2013