Norma Jean Oleniacz
Norma Jean Oleniacz, age 81, of Caro, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2009
at Fisher Senior Care and Rehab in Mayville. She was born on July 10, 1928 in
Bay City to the late Arthur and Delema (LeClair) LaFave.
As a child Norma
lived in Black River, moved to Bay City and Flint and then came to live with a
relative in Caro. She worked as a nurse’s aide at both the old and new Caro
Community Hospitals, and worked there until her retirement. The former Norma
LaFave married Henry Oleniacz on September 28, 1946 in Caro. He preceded her in
death on January 9, 1984. Norma was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
the Tuscola County Polish American Club, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Auxiliary Post #4164 in Caro. Norma enjoyed going to Casinos and in her younger
days she enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She was known in her segment at the
Caro Senior Commons for her holiday decorations.
She is survived by her
children, Karen Wilding of Bay City, Henry David Oleniacz of Saginaw, Rev.
Catherine (Steven) Schmeckel of St. Anthony, Idaho and Thomas Lee (Susan)
Oleniacz of Bay City; five grandchildren, Collette Nemiac of Florida, Trisha
Oleniacz of Ferrysburg, Tracy Oleniacz of Caro, Aaron Oleniacz of Bay City and
Audrey Oleniacz of Bay City; three great-grandchildren; her siblings, Jerry
LaFave of Alpena, Laurence LaFave of Alpena and Louise LaFave of Davison; her
brothers-in-law, Donald Dewar of Clio, Ralph Ludwig of Freeland and Arnold
McKinnon of Spruce; several nieces and nephews; and her special friend, Frank
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in
death by the remainder of her siblings, Arthur LaFave, Edward LaFave, Roy
Ranger, Betty McKinnon, Vivian Ludwig, Marshall Dewar, Lorraine Tomaszewski,
Madeline Maskell, and an infant sister.
The Funeral Liturgy will be held
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Caro on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 11:00
a.m. with Rev. Dennis Kucharczyk officiating.
Rite of Committal will be
at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the Collon
Funeral Home on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Monday from 12:00 p.m.
until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of
service at 11:00 a.m. A Vigil for the Deceased will be performed by the Veterans
of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Caro Post #4164 at 7:00 p.m. on Monday
Memorials may be made to Catholic Masses or Caro Community
Hospital Endowment Foundation.