Norma Jean Oleniacz


Birth: July 10th, 1928
Death: August 13th, 2009
Age: 81 years
Residence:Caro
Survived By: 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 Newsome.
Affiliations: Caro Community Hospital, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tuscola County Polish American Club, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post #4164 in Caro.

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 Newsome.

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 evening.

Memorials may be made to Catholic Masses or Caro Community Hospital Endowment Foundation.

Please contact the Funeral Services Provider if you wish to report any errors in this notification, or if you would like any additional information.