Stephen Olenick Sr.

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January 25, 2013

Stephen Olenick Sr., 89, of Minersville, peacefully passed into the hands of Christ surrounded by loving family members on Friday morning at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street.

Born in Forestville, Cass Township, he was a son of the late Harry and Mary Holoboski Olenick.

He attended Cass Township schools and was an anthracite miner all of his life, having co-owned the former Olenick Brothers Coal Co. until retiring.

He lived in Primrose and Minersville all of his life.

An Army veteran of World War II, Steve served with the 534th Amphibian Tractor Battalion in the Pacific Theater. He was featured in a Republican-Herald article that outlined his efforts to rescue 23 soldiers stranded in a disabled boat under Japanese fire during landing operations at Tinion in 1944.

He was a member of St. George Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Minersville. He was also a member of the Minersville American Legion and a life member of the South Cass Fire Company.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Nicholas, John, Michael and Peter Olenick; two sisters, Olga MacCready and Helen Price.

Steve is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Marie Souchak; four children, Marie Hardnock (Jack), Schuylkill Haven, Steve Jr. (Karen), Cody, Wyo., David, Mechanicsburg, and Barbara Naradko, Harrisburg; ten grandchildren, Kelly Gerber, Kathy Barry, Sara Olenick, Mary Anne Rayfield, Liza Spooner, Jacob Olenick, Joshua Olenick, Christian Olenick, Kimberly Butensky and Matthew Butensky; six great-grandchildren, Nichole and Corey Gerber, Casey Azbell, Ethan Rayfield, Drake and Hudson Cody Spooner. He is also survived by a brother, Paul, Minersville; three sisters, Anna Hesse, East Mines, Mary Prokop, Llewellyn, and Dorothy Walkusky, Huron, Mich.; nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call from 8 to 9:45 am. Tuesday at St. George Church, 336 N. Front St., Minersville. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Danczak officiating. Interment with military honors will be in St. George Cemetery, Branch Township. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions to St. George Church. Dutcavich Funeral Home, Minersville, is entrusted with arrangements.

Published in Republican & Herald on Jan. 27, 2013
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