2011-05-12 / Obituaries

Olive Blanche Grabowski

Olive Blanche Grabowski, 89 of Carmel, New York and most recently Plattsburgh, passed away on May 5, 2011 at Meadowbrook Health Center after a short illness. She was born in Newfoundland.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Lt. Colonel Edward M. Grabowski. They met at age twelve, became childhood sweethearts, and were married for 59 years. Throughout their military career Olive always told her family that wherever they lived, she would make “a home” and she lovingly did. During the military they were stationed in many places including Alaska, Japan, and Texas. They were stationed at Plattsburgh Air Force Base at retirement.

Olive is survived by her two daughters, Gaye Grabowski in Plattsburgh, New York, Blanche and Stewart Tedford of Saranac, New York, and her son, Steve and Cheryl Grabowski of Pennsylvania. Her grandsons are Cliff and Carrie Ann Germain, Brent and Jacqelyn Germain, Breyt and Lisa Coakley, Ryan Coakley and companion Katie Sharkey, John Grabowski, Devin Ashburn, and grandaughter Dana Ashburn.

Her Great Grandchildren are Meghan and Michelle Germain, Allyson Germain, Olivia and Laney Coakley, Austin and Gabriel Plumadore, and Nathan and Nolan Hamel.

Olive loved doing the New York Times crossword puzzles, the game of Scrabble (and winning), bingo, ceramics, cooking, and was accomplished in oil painting. She had a special gift of telling jokes and enjoyed making people smile and laugh. She appeared on the cover of the Press Republican on October 9, 2007 as an Octogenarian who was still “the laugh of the party.” She was quoted as saying, “I make people laugh. It is the best medicine, and pass this joke around.” She will be remembered as a loving, very generous mother who provided a beautiful home for her family as they traveled around the world.

Burial will be in Cold Spring Cemetery in Cold Spring, New York. Services will be private.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh.

Online condolences may be made at www.rwwalkerfh.com.

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