Jeffrey A. Olsen Sr.
Olsen, Jeffrey A. Sr. NORTH GREENBUSH Jeffrey A. Olsen Sr., age 67 years, of North Greenbush passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at Albany Memorial Hospital. He was born in Spokane, Wash., and has lived in North Greenbush for the past 33 years. Mr. Olsen was employed by National Gypsum for 20 years and in sales for J.C. Penney for 26 years. He enjoyed gardening, music, photography, using his computer, and feeding his birds. Beloved husband of 46 years to Cynthia Tabor Olsen of North Greenbush; father of Jeffrey A. Olsen Jr. of Menands and Marjorie Lee Olsen Isbester (Paul) of Castleton; grandfather of George and Aleck Isbester; son of Opal Smith; brother of Steven Olsen of San Diego, Calif., and Vicki Hafer of Oklahoma City, Okla. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, loving friends and family. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, Sunday, from 4-8 p.m. The funeral will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice. All who met Jeff, were touched by his spirit, kindness, and humor. Condolence page at
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Published by Albany Times Union from Sep. 3 to Sep. 4, 2011.
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Growing up as brothers, Jeff and I were always together. As adults we settled on opposite sides of the country, but Jeff made sure we stayed connected through his wonderful pictures and today's communication technology . Now we have been separated by his untimely passing, but we will forever be connected in heart and spirit. To his beautiful family, may he always remain close in your thoughts.

Rest in Peace my friend!
Steve Olsen
September 20, 2011
Thinking of You and your family at this difficult time. Jeff was a wonderful guy. He also had a wonderful smile and helping hand. Valerie and Sean Toubman
September 20, 2011
My brother Jeff was the typical "little brother", part terror, part angel...could always make me laugh, wonder at his amazing green thumb & his unbelievable courage..He will be sorely missed..Vicki
Vicki Hafer
September 10, 2011
Cindy and family I was so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you.He was always such a joy to be around.Jeff was taken from you much too soon.Please accept my deepest sympathy.Rest In Peace Jeff.
Kay Huhn
September 7, 2011
Jeff was a kind and thoughtful gentleman. I have many fond memories of him from my years at JC Penney. Cindy, my thoughts are with you and your family. Hold your memories close.
Andrea Portnick
September 6, 2011
Our condolences go out to Cindy and the rest of the Olsen family at this difficult time. Jeff was a very special man. He, no doubt, was a huge flirt as well. He always had a smile for me that brightened my day. My husband and I first met Jeff as customers way back when we had first started dating. He helped us find a suit for a semi-formal, as well as flirted with me. Even though I knew there was a flirty old man working at JCPenney, I still applied for a job there! Jeff touched our lives and the lives of our two young boys in only a way that he could. I will cherish my 18 years of wonderful memories of Jeff, the talks that we had, and his infectious smile. He literally watched us grow up. We all know that he is up in Heaven taking wonderful pictures and watching over us all. Rest in Peace dear friend.
Melanie & Matt Schwabrow
September 4, 2011
Thinking of you, Cindy, & my prayers are with you & your family.
Sheila Van Alstine
September 4, 2011
My heartfelt condolences to the Olsen Family, especially Cindy. My memories of Jeff are at jcpenney, which I had the pleasure of working w/ him for approx 15 yrs. Always with camera in hand for picture taking at all events. He will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Mary Pat Smolinski
September 4, 2011
There are no words to express the loss of our Dear Friend and Neighbor Jeff, better known as Poppy. We have many treasured memories that will never be forgotten. Poppy had the prettiest flower garden on Teliska with his American Flag proudly displayed within it. Our dogs would see poppy outside and serenade him until he walked across the street to give them some affection.Poppy thought that was the greatest thing while being licked and adored,he was a true friend, one that will be missed by all. we love you Poppy ! Our Thoughts and Prayers to Cindy and the Family at this immeasurable time.The Ferreira Family
AL & Lisa Ferreira
September 3, 2011
My Uncle Jeff was always the best hugger; symbolic of his love for family and zest for life. His upbeat attitude, even when challenged, was always contagious. He will be greatly missed.
Karen and Tom Kempf
September 3, 2011
When I worked at JC Penneys for 11 years, I was touched by Jeffery's kindnesses and how he made me laugh. I will never forget his humor and his gentle manner. He was a true gentleman and have missed him very much since I left. I extend my thoughts and prayers to Cindy and the family and please know Jeffery had a way to affect peoples lives in a good and decent way..
Stephen Toth
September 3, 2011
There are not enough words to describe the loss of our Dear Friend and Neighbor better known as Poppy. We have so many treasured memories of a man who never gave up on the cards he was dealt. Poppy had the prettiest flower garden on Teliska with his American Flag proudly displayed within it . Poppy was an animal lover as our dogs would serenade at him until he came across the street and got licked to death and full of dog hair. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this immeasurable time. Poppy will be missed by all. We Love U Poppy :)) The Ferreira Family.~
Thunder & Lightning Ferreira
September 3, 2011