Joan Kristina Olitski
1937 - 2020
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It is with great sadness, we announce that Joan "Kristina" Olitski née Fourgis, 83, died at her home in Islamorada, Florida on Friday October 2, 2020. Her daughter was with her when she passed.

Kristina was born on September 17, 1937, in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Christ and Helen Fourgis, née Gorlis.

Kristina learned to sew from her mother at a young age. She was incredibly gifted and moved to New York City to pursue her dream of designing and making clothing. She married artist Gregory Gorby with whom she was blessed with two children, Alex and Natasha. In the 60's, she opened a clothing store in the East Village and formed the renowned clothing line, Kristina Gorby Apparel. A highlight of her career as a clothing designer was a series of looks for Janis Joplin, some of which she wore when performing at Woodstock in 1969.

In 1975 Kristina met the artist, Jules Olitski, and they married in 1980. They shared a beautiful and loving life together until Jules' passing in 2007; Jules called her his one true love. Over their 32 years together they continued to inspire each other creatively. After closing her dress company, Kristina continued to make clothes and quilts for her family and friends, often sending to quilts to complete strangers if she'd learned of an illness or a loss. Over the years she gifted her extraordinarily beautiful and unique quilts to just about everyone she ever met.

Kristina was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She is predeceased by her son, Alexander Gorby and her husband, Jules Olitski. The family is devastated by the loss of their matriarch, a strong, intelligent, compassionate woman whose presence and guidance will be greatly missed.

Kristina is survived by her loving daughter, Natasha Gorby Cebek, her grandchildren Chloe Cebek, Daphne Cebek Aitken, Ian Cebek, her great-grandchildren, Zoe and Cooper Smoke; Jules' daughter, Lauren Poster, grandchildren, Ariel Poster, Harry Poster; her brother George Fourgis, her sister Mary Dombalis née Fourgis, her nephews Chris Dombalis, Nick Dombalis, and Chris Fourgis.

A Graveside service will take place at the Brattleboro Jewish Community Cemetery in Brattleboro, Vermont on Friday, October 9th, at 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Boston Children's Hospital, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215. ATTN: Gift Services

Ker Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium assisted the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information please go to www.phaneuf.net



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Published in The Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 7, 2020.
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October 12, 2020
Kristina, truly beautiful. Loved visiting you so many times, at dinner at Andrea's in New York, on the island in New Hampshire, in Islamorada. For all to know, Kris entrusted me with more than 260 gorgeous quilts she had made to distribute to people at nursing homes and to anyone suffering in any way. She was/is the most gifted generous woman I have ever known. Kris and Jules, a magnificent couple. love from
Sophia Healy and also from Kristina's friends Danielle Rougeau and Alice Strike--Alice, a Greek friend of Sophia who turned out to be related to Kris--came from same town in Greece. Our visits to Islamorada were the fun highpoint of every Florida winter. Thank you Natasha for the beautiful garden for Kris, and for all your care. Lo siento mucho, con amor, sophia
sophia Healy
Friend
October 11, 2020
My prayers and love go out to all this beautiful family.
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Katherine Martin
October 9, 2020
My condolences to the whole family. Only met you a handful of time but what I could say is that Daphne always talked about you and nothing but amazing memories.
Konwatharani Jacobs
Family Friend
October 9, 2020
Gorgeous photos. I will miss her so much, and it was a joy to know her. Thinking of you all
Katie Caraballo
Friend
October 9, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
October 9, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
October 9, 2020
KRISTINA mou,
My SISTER, my BEST FRIEND,
I AM SO BLESSED and PROUD to have you in my life.
A great SOLE who will enter PARADISE today to be with our beloved Alex (give him XOXOXO from me and Yianni) and ALL your loved ones.


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My Natasha,
You gave MOM the greatest gift to be next to her at the fragile Golden years , I know wasn't easy but you Did it I'm very proud of you!!!
My family prays for You the
Children and Grandkids to get the strength to continue with MOM'S BLESSINGS.
To Kristina's Brother and Sister with their Families and the Thousands of FRIENDS including the Greek Community my family expresses OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES.
STAY SAFE
Georgia Papadopoulos
Family
October 9, 2020
KRISTINA mou,
My SISTER, my BEST FRIEND,
I AM SO BLESSED and PROUD to have you in my life.
A great SOLE who will enter PARADISE today to be with our beloved Alex (give him XOXOXO from me and Yianni) and ALL your loved ones.


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My Natasha,
You gave MOM the greatest gift to be next to her at the fragile Golden years , I know wasn't easy but you Did it I'm very proud of you!!!
My family prays for You the
Children and Grandkids to get the strength to continue with MOM'S BLESSINGS.
To Kristina's Brother and Sister with their Families and the Thousands of FRIENDS including the Greek Community my family expresses OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES.
STAY SAFE
Georgia Papadopoulos
October 9, 2020
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Kathleen Agnoli
October 8, 2020
My memories with Kristina were precious. A rare gem she was.
Gabriela Williams
Friend
October 8, 2020
Dear Natasha, Our whole family sends our love. Your mother was amazing. Smart, funny, and of course a brilliant artist. We loved everything about her. Please know we are thinking about you and your children. All our best, Jamie Gangel, Daniel Silva and Phyllis Gangel-Jacob
Jamie Gangel
Friend
October 7, 2020
A true shining star in this dreary world! Your contributions to fashion and art will be memorialized forever. May you find your final rest peaceful, and may your family and friends find solace in such a great loss.
Kenci
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