Vincent J. “Potato” Olewnik, 82, Chestnut Avenue, Force, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 28, 1931 in Force, son of the late Stanley and Mary (Visneski) Olewnik. On April 27, 1957 in St. Joseph's Church, DuBois, he married Germaine (Zukauskas), she survives.
He attended Bennetts Valley Schools and served as sergeant in the Korean War as a member of the 19 Engineer Combat Group. He retired from Stackpole Carbon of St. Marys after 40 years and was caretaker of St. Joseph Church Cemetery, Force, for over 25 years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, was an avid hunter and loved his dog Sunshine. He was a member of St. Joseph Church and lived all his life in Bennetts Valley.
In addition to his wife, Germaine (Zukauskas) Olewnik of Force, he is survived by four children, Vincent R. Olewnik of Erie, Dianne Olewnik of Force, Daniel Olewnik of Ridgway, and Richard and his wife Stacie Olewnik of St. Marys; two grandchildren, Loren Olewnik of St. Marys, and Mandy (Lance) Burgess of State College; one great-grandchild, Ace Francis Burgess; and two brothers, Ted (Noreen) Olewnik of St. Marys, and Leo Olewnik of North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Marietta Swasnick, Gertrude Fredrickson, Eva Evans, Mary and Sophie Olewnik in infancy; four brothers, Walter, Raymond, Alphonse in infancy and Joseph “Smokey” Olewnik, killed in World War II.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Vincent J. “Potato” Olewnik will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Force, with Father Thomas Tyler celebrant.
Military honors will be accorded by the Bennetts Valley Legion Post 978 Burial Detail.
Interment will be in St. Joseph Church Cemetery in Force.
Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 22 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, Penfield, and Saturday, Nov. 23 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the St. Joseph Church, Force, PA or DuBois Nursing Home.
Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Penfield, in entrusted with funeral arrangements.