Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

February 7, 2013

Olga Palenski, 86


Raynham, MA. — Olga (Kazura) Palenski, 86,of Raynham, MA. and formerly of Andover, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 3, 2013 after brief illness, in the company of her loved ones. She was the widow of Edward A. Palenski. Olga was born in Lowell on March 12, 1926 and was the daughter of Russian immigrants, the late Paul and Agatha Kazura. She was raised in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1944. She went on to work at the Boston Navy Yard, after which she worked at the Arlington Trust Company for several years. She met and then married Edward in 1948; they were married 58 years.

Olga had two children, Paul and Marcia, and stayed at home to raise them. In 1969, she began to work in the Andover Town Clerk’s Office. After several years, she became Assistant Town Clerk, then Acting Town Clerk. After 21 devoted years on the job, she retired in 1990. She would spend the next 23 years a devoted wife, mother, and fulltime grandmother.

Olga enjoyed summers at the family’s lakeside cottage in Harrisville, NH and holidays surrounded by family on Elm Street. Olga played in a bowling league in Haverhill every Thursday. She was also active in the Andover Republican Town Committee, the Andover Home for the Aged, and the Andover Fire Department Auxiliary, and she was an active member of Christ Church in Andover. Olga volunteered tirelessly every Tuesday at the Andover Thrift Shop, a ministry of Christ Church.

She enjoyed several summer trips to Nantucket to visit her son’s family. In her retirement she became a fulltime, quick-witted grandmother. Last year she traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to joyfully attend the wedding of her grandson Anthony.

In 2009, she sold her home and moved to Raynham to be closer to her children. She continued to have the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune delivered each day. She was a lifelong Andover resident, where she knew everyone and everyone knew her.

Olga is survived by a son, Paul Palenski, and his wife, Taffy, of Nantucket; a daughter, Marcia, and her husband, Gordon, of Raynham. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Ted Palenski, of New Haven, CT; Stephen Palenski, of Colorado and Nantucket; Anthony Luciano and his wife, Meghan; Christine and Marissa, all of Raynham. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Rogoz and Viola Bobryk.

ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be on Thursday February 7, 2013 from 4 to 7 pm at The Charles Dewhirst Andover Funeral Home, 33 Pearson Street, Andover, MA. Funeral services will be on Friday February 8 at 10:00 am in Christ Church, 25 Central Street, Andover, MA. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Andover. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Andover Firefighters Relief Association, PO Box 196, Andover, MA. 01810. To send an online condolence, please visit, www.dewhirstfuneral.com or www.facebook.com/dewhirstfuneralhome.