CHANEY, Olga Gaudioso
Passed away on Friday, January 25th, and one of the last of the Great Generation has left an indelible mark on the world.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1921, Olga was the second daughter to Gaetano Gaudioso and Giovannina Broccoli of Italy.
At the beginning of World War II, Olga left college and modeling when recruited for the Office of Secret Service in Washington D.C., where her code name was 'Olga.'
It was in the O.S.S. that she met her husband of sixty-four years, Kenneth Chaney. Olga and Ken were married on December 8th, 1946 and soon moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where they both worked and began raising their family. In 1969, the family moved to Fair Oaks, California, into a custom home Olga designed, where she resided until her passing.
Olga was a successful and talented interior designer and used her abilities to support her large family. Her keen business sense led her to serve as president of the local chapter of Women in Construction. With retirement, Olga became actively involved in the community, volunteering at the Maidu Senior Center in Roseville, and playing senior softball.
Olga's family remembers her as an amazing cook, a determined family matriarch, and as a woman of formidable will. Her flamboyant taste in hats and sheer number of them, led to a full-page write up in the Sacramento Bee, which was always a great source of pride.
Olga is survived by her sister Amelia Gaudioso and brother Danny Gaudioso, her five children, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, with one on the way.
Olga's passing leaves an emptiness for the Chaney family but her vibrant spirit lives on in her memory and her offspring.In remembrance, a Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:00, at the Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse Auditorium, 7997 California Ave., Fair Oaks, California.