October 3, 1923 ~ March 28, 2006
John “Big John” Olenick, 82, of Weirton, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at the Weirton Medical Center. Born October 3, 1923 in Weirton, he was the son of the late Michael and Bertha Pavley Olenick. John was also preceded in death by his son John David Olenick who was killed in Vietnam on May 23, 1969 and brothers Mike and William Olenick.
John was the owner and operator of Weir Cove Plate and Glass in Weirton. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church and the VFW 2716. He also served in the US Army during World War II.
John’s survivors include his wife Elinore Adamczyk Olenick of Weirton; daughter Patricia L. Visco and her husband Gene of Colliers; brothers Joseph Olenick and his wife Pat of Weirton, Andy Olenick and his wife Jennie of Steubenville and Greg Olenick and his wife Vee of Avella, PA; sister Mary Perhacs of Weirton and granddaughter Ashley Visco of Colliers.
The family will receive friends Thursday 2-4 and 7-9PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10AM Friday at the Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church. Reverend Father Ron Gettsinger will preside. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery where military services will be conducted by the American Legion Post 10 and the Weirton Honor Guard.
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Greco Hertnick Funeral Home
3219 Main Street
Uncle Johnny, we will miss you, you were a wonderful uncle, i will never forget all the great times growing up, all the trips to get the car washed, the ice cream, And all that you did for everyone, you were a wonderful person, so caring, kind, we all will miss you, we will never forget you, and you are at peace now. May God Bless the family, and give my love to everyone up in Heaven. love, niece/nephew, Dolores, Mike, great niece Megan, and great great Niece Madison. Rest in Peace
Please know of my heartfelt sympathy and prayerful support during this time of loss. I remember John well in the many times I went to the shop either with my dad or when I needed glass cut for items that I had framed. We always enjoyed a chat and his humor. Whenever I recall my upbringing in Weirton, memories of John will be part of it all!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Love, Lisa Martinez
Condolences to the family. I remember John best as a very active member of Sacred Heart of Mary Church during the moving and building years, 1965 – 1970. We both volunteered time and talents on many projects and I learned alot “under his wing” by watching, following, and doing. He had the patenice to show a young guy the ropes of work, craft, and life. John touched my life, and I’ve remembered him often over the years. I’m sure his legacy is larger and stronger closer to home. God bless you all as John attains his heavenly reward.
Dear Olenick family, I want to share with you my deepest sympathy on the passing of Mr. Olenick. It was my honor to have known him as a friend of the family for so many years. He was truly a man worth of respect. His example of what it means to be a Christian is one I will always remember. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Certainly, Heaven is rejoicing and Jesus has welcomed home one of His own. May the Peace of God be with you during this very difficult time.