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A committal service will take place in the chapel at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any animal rescue charity.
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Age 104, Olga passed away on Friday, December 3, 2021. She was born on June 13, 1917, in Manchester, New Hampshire and although her birth certificate states her date of birth as June 13, Olga celebrated her birthday on June 26 for most of her life. She was the daughter of Greek immigrants, Arthur and Constantina Georgiou, who emigrated from Greece to Bennington, New Hampshire. Arthur and Constantina brought their growing family to Kalamazoo where Olga spent the rest of her life. From the very beginning, Olga was a force to reckon with and was never afraid to speak what was on her mind. She definitely had a way with words. Olga was employed for many years at Allied Paper Company and spent ten years as a crossing guard on Westnedge Hill for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. She spent most of her life at her home in the Westnedge Hill neighborhood. Although Olga never married or had children, she loved entertaining friends and family. Christmas was always a special time for Olga. She would invite her nieces and nephews to her house on Christmas Eve and around midnight, with the help of a few uncles and a rented Santa suit, Santa would magically appear through the doorway with a very large bag of gifts to be passed out to the kids. Olga was an avid reader and possessed books about every subject imaginable. She enjoyed feeding the birds in her backyard, along with painting and sewing. Olga took a correspondence course in art from NYU and was a talented artist. After retirement, Olga enjoyed volunteering for the city and would read stories to children at a friend’s daycare. She was always rescuing cats and dogs, making sure they were spayed, neutered and up to date on shots. She would walk around her house with many cups of coffee singing and talking to her rescued animals. In 2009, Olga entered TenderCare of Portage where she remained until her death. It was only because of the caring staff who cared for, loved and understood Olga that she was able to flourish for so many years. Olga’s family would like to thank her primary care nurses, Tina, Kaley, Claire and Barb, her doctor, Tammy, the physical and occupational therapists, numerous aids and Shawn and all those who stayed and dedicated themselves to their beloved patients, including Olga, even after TenderCare changed to Medilodge. “We thank you all very much! And, to our very special one of a kind “HonneyBunny”, we love you so much!” Olga is survived by her niece and several nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Beatrice Missias, George Georgiou, Helen Georgiou, Athena MacKeller and Eva Gale. A committal service will take place in the chapel at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a local SPCA or any animal rescue charity.