OLEAN - Patricia S. Olkosky of 1029 W. Sullivan St., passed away Saturday (May 24, 2014) at Olean General Hospital after a short illness.
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Born Oct. 4, 1929, in Olean, she was a daughter of Michael E. and Bridget Dougherty Bearfield. On Nov. 21, 1951, she married Robert F. Olkosky, who predeceased her Jan. 14, 2009.
Mrs. Olkosky was a 1947 graduate of Olean High School. She traveled with her husband during his 20 year military career to Alexandria, Va.; Great Falls, Mont.; Niagara Falls; Tachikawa, Japan; Spring Lake, N.C., and Alexandria, La. She returned to Olean in 1964.
She studied psychology at Jamestown Community College, then worked for Avon as a district manager for several years. She was a member of St. Mary of the Angels Church and its Altar and Rosary Society, as well as the Catholic Daughters of America and was a life member of the Eagle's Auxiliary Aerie #616. She enjoyed socializing with her friends by playing bingo and by spending time having coffee, followed by walking at the mall. She also served the Olean Senior League for a time as its group vacation director.
Surviving are a son, Robert M. (Pamela) Olkosky of Allegany; four grandchildren, Michael (Beth Dixon) Olkosky, Emily Olkosky, Timothy Olkosky and Amy Olkosky; a great-granddaughter, Molly Olkosky; four sisters, Elizabeth Huntington, Mary Despard, Kathryn (Glenn) Cooper and Sally Swetland; two brothers, John "Jack" (Judith) Bearfield and George (Nancy) Bearfield; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Mary Patricia Olkosky.
Friends will be received on Tuesday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home 3128 W. State Road. Olean where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m.Wednesday (May 28, 2014). A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Angels Church. Rev. Gregory Dobson, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary of the Angels Church or to the Allegany American Legion Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on May 25, 2014
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