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Olga I. Krazinski

Elmira - On Thursday evening, on the fifth of July, 2018, Olga I. Krazinski, in the 99th year of her life serving the Lord, went peacefully home. Her prayers were answered as she was lovingly received into the arms of Jesus and His Blessed Mother and her parents.

Olga was born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania on October 9, 1919, a daughter of William and Antoinette Krazinski. She was the youngest and last surviving of 14 children. Surviving her are several nieces, nephews, and many wonderful friends and caregivers.

Olga graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School and Arnot Ogden School of Nursing. She also earned an undergraduate degree from Elmira College, of which she was an ardent supporter, and a Master's Degree from Columbia University in New York City.

Her vocation was nursing. Through her many years as a respected teacher and an effective administrator, Olga influenced generations of nursing students. As a mentor, she not only gave her best but demanded the best from those whose lives and careers she touched. In addition to her valued profession, she also served her country for 23 years in the Army Nurse Reserves, earning the rank of Colonel.

But Olga's life of service was not defined solely by her profession. She was a devout and committed Catholic who loved and faithfully served her parish of Blessed Sacrament by generously donating her time, talent and treasure. Upon her retirement, Olga compiled a remarkable record of giving as an active volunteer in her church and her work with numerous community organizations. Just a few examples:

•She belonged to the Elmira Business Professional Women and was a past-president.

•She was a member and past-president of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, promoting professional growth of women education.

•She was a current member and past president of the Ladies of Charity.

•She volunteered for the Artic League.

•She served on the Advisory Board for the Samaritan Center.

•She was an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph

•She taught the AARP Driver Safety Program for many years, right up to this year.

Olga Krazinski lived her energetic life of caring, giving and service to her final days. She was an avid reader, enjoyed good food and company, delighted in international travel and welcomed new experiences. She is a worthy recipient of the biblical blessing, "Well done, good and faithful servant ... now enter into the joy of your master." — Matthew 25:23.

At her request there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial with Fr. Richard Farrell presiding, will be held for Olga at St. Patrick's Church on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 10:30. Military honors will be held outside of church after the Funeral Mass. Interment with committal prayers will follow at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Elmira Heights. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.
Published in Star-Gazette from July 8 to July 15, 2018
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