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Rosemary Olcheski, Active Member of St. James Catholic Church, Dies at 90

(Photo: Courtesy of Murphy Funeral Homes)
(Photo: Courtesy of Murphy Funeral Homes)

Rosemary Breslin Olcheski, age 90, peacefully passed away at home in Ashburn, surrounded by her husband Bill and loving family on April 12. She was an only child who was raised by her mother after her father died when she was just six months old. She graduated from St. Ann’s Catholic School in West Palm Beach, Fl. and went to work for Southern Bell, quickly being promoted to chief operator.

In 1953, she married 1st Lt. William J. Olcheski. They resided in Falls Church for 54 years. She, along with her husband, was an active member of St. James Catholic Church. She actively supported her children’s school activities and volunteered in the community. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family meant everything to her.

Shortly before the birth of their first child, her mother, the late Mary Breslin of West Palm Beach, Fl., came to live with them and remained an important part of their family for the next 23 years. While Rosemary’s career was officially as a homemaker, her husband, a career journalist, praised her for being his best editor.

In recent years Olcheski faced medical challenges, always remaining positive, considerate and appreciative of everything that was done to help her. Her faith, thoughtfulness, and resilient spirit inspired all those who knew her.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bill Olcheski Sr., their children Julie Stirling (Bob Bakley), William J. Olcheski Jr. (Renee), Cathy Ahrendsen (Mark), Sue Robson (Bill) and Jim Olcheski (Nancy Greenstreet), along with 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

There will be a visitation at Murphy Funeral Home, Falls Church on Sunday, May 3 from 3 – 6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church on Monday, May 4 at 1 p.m., followed by interment at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family may be contacted at [email protected].