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January 31, 2024
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Richard “Dick” Olcese, 92, of Shamokin, passed away at home on January 31, 2024. A lifelong resident of the Bunker Hill area of Shamokin, he was born in Shamokin on January 12, 1932, the son of late John G. and Anna V. (Pedro) Olcese.
Dick was a talented musician, entertaining with his accordion at area clubs, clambakes, and weddings for more than four decades. At a gig one Saturday evening, he met his future wife, Eleanor. They were married in Saint Stanislaus Church on October 22, 1955.
Early in his life, Dick worked at his father’s plumbing business, before endeavoring in a career in autobody repair. He retired from Fracalossi Chevrolet after decades in the business. Quickly realizing that full-time retirement was not fulfilling, Dick took a job as a custodian at Our Lady of Lourdes for several years, then discovered work at the greenhouse in Kulpmont where he retired (again) just four years ago at age 88. He had made many new friends in those two final endeavors, and spoke fondly of the many folks who brought so much joy to his life. Those who were fortunate enough to have known him will surely remember his clever wit and engaging banter. Never one to sit still, he continued to putter in his garage, focusing on building unique birdhouses that adorn many a backyard in the area. If Dick gave you one of his prized bird houses, know that you were someone special to him.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor S. (Senoski) Olcese in 2020. They were married for 65 years, the parents of two children, Richard Jr. of Dillsburg and Susan Pinamonti of Elysburg. Dick is also survived by six heartbroken grandchildren: Stephanie (Pinamonti) Main, Jolyn Pinamonti, Jordan Pinamonti, Elizabeth (Olcese) Palmer, Rebecca (Olcese) Torres, and Kevin Olcese. Adding to his legacy are four great grandchildren, Eliana, Joseph, Oleg, and Valentina.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all that made it possible for him to remain independent at home till the end; Geisinger at Home, Geisinger 65 Forward, the staff at the 2nd Street Uni-Mart, and the many random strangers that help him to load his wares from the farmers market and the grocery store. The kindness shown meant so much to him.
Richard W Fritz Funeral Home in Ashland was entrusted with Dick’s final arrangements. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.