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Obituary for Adolph Anthony Olchowy

Adolph Anthony  Olchowy
(1923 – 2023)

With profound sadness and a lifetime of memories, the family of Adolph Anthony Olchowy wishes to acknowledge his passing on October 3, 2023, at the age of 99 years.

Adolph is survived by his children, Patricia, Gloria (Bill), Gerald, and James (Caroline); stepchildren, Darren and Correna; and grandchildren, Julia, Justin, Amelia, Coty, Calin and Jeremy.

Adolph was predeceased by his wife, Heather; daughter, Phyllis; parents, Joe and Annie; brothers, Mike, Leo, Henry, and Eddie; and sisters, Louise, Frances, and Caroline.

Adolph farmed for close to half a century near Thorhild. His children enjoyed helping him pick rocks and roots in the fields, sweep and shovel in the granaries, and unload bags of fertilizer. They would tag along with him to check on the crops, sometimes in the back of the small green truck, and admired how he could fix the tractor or almost any piece of farm equipment.

As he got older, Adolph transitioned to selling real estate and took university extension courses to become a certified real estate appraiser.

Adolph loved music. He played the guitar, fiddle, and piano by ear. He sang in the church choir and in the car, went Christmas caroling most holiday seasons, and sometimes woke his children up with a song, especially during spring work, instilling his love for music in them.

He and Heather were accomplished ballroom dancers. They danced several times each week, and all over the world during their many travels. Often first on the dance floor, they were regularly complimented for their abilities, and, more than once, others in attendance mistook them as part of the show.

Adolph also had a passion for curling and snooker. He was the skip for a curling team that went to the Northern Alberta Regional Playdowns several times, and he won a few local senior snooker competitions.

Adolph had a fervent interest in politics, economics, science, religion, philosophy, and technology, and was a strong advocate for social justice. Family conversations around the dinner table and in the living room were always compelling and informative, and inspired a desire for education, lifelong learning, and societal engagement in his children.

Adolph’s deepest sorrow was the loss of his youngest daughter, Phyllis, to cancer almost thirty years ago.

Adolph was a kind, polite, and loving human being, with a strong mental and physical constitution. He handled the loss of his vision in 2019 with enormous fortitude and grace. With his passing, his family members feel they have lost both a personal and a generational anchor.

A Celebration of Adolph’s Life will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 – 111 Avenue.

In remembrance of Adolph, the family encourages donations to Hope Mission, a charity Adolph supported for years.
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