Suzanne S. OLES

Obituary
  • "This is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman."
  • "Walt, What a wonderful tribute to a lovely lady. It was a..."
    - Bob Thompson
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    - Sally Burzenski
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    - Dan & Sharon Padley

OLES, Suzanne S.

67, passed away peacefully in her sleep September 9, 2018 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Suzanne was born to Elizabeth and Paul Gibbons in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was raised in Mt. Carmel, IL and attributes much of her success in life to the values she learned in that community. She enjoyed a 42 year career with IBM in a variety of sales, sales management, and executive positions that took her across the U.S., and later to a two year residence in Paris, France.

She had many interests including cooking for her family, travel, golf, bridge, and was an avid reader. For the last 14 years her passion was lung cancer research, as well as counseling and being a phone buddy to others fighting cancer. She worked with many organizations fundraising for lung cancer research. She regarded Prelude to a Cure, an organization dedicated to finding the cure for lung cancer, the most promising, as they put their funds to work immediately.

She is survived by her loving husband, Walter J. Oles Jr.; three much loved stepchildren, Caroline (Travis Stone) Oles of Atlanta, GA, Walter J. (Nicole) Oles III of Santee, CA, and Christine (Alex) Steinwachs; granddaughter sweet baby, Charlotte Lenore Steinwachs of Pembroke Pines, FL; and a number of cherished cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Saturday, October 6, at 1:30 pm. There will be a celebration of Suzanne's life at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, Sunday, October 7, 11 am-3 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to St. Mark the Evangelist, whose priests, staff, and parishioners were of immense comfort during her journey.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Sept. 14, 2018