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 Dorothy <I>Olson</I> Jonak

Dorothy Olson Jonak

Birth
Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Death 26 Oct 2012 (aged 87)
Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Burial Allegany, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Plot Sec 6; Row 3; Lot
Memorial ID 100125401 · View Source
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Dorothy Benca Jonak, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

OLEAN -- Dorothy Benca Jonak, formerly of Walnut Street, passed away Friday (Oct. 26, 2012) at the Pines Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Olean.

Born Dec. 21, 1924, in Olean, she was a daughter of the late Peter "King" and Bernice Domboski Olson. On Sept. 9, 1943, in San Francisco, Calif., she married John Benca, who passed away July 26, 1969. On Aug. 22, 1974, in Olean, she married Stanley "Steamer" Jonak, who passed away Jan, 20, 1998.

Mrs. Jonak was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, a life member of the St. Stephen's Club Ladies Auxilliary, a charter member and past president of Pulaski Club Ladies Auxilliary and a member of AARP.

Mrs. Jonak worked at Robie's Drug store, Olean Business Men's Association, Daystrom Furniture and AVX Advanced Products, retiring in in 1987 after 26 years of service.

Dorothy was an avid bowler and card player. She was a secretary for the Olean Little League for eight years and was instrumental in securing the lost deed for the Olean Little League's property from its benefactor, the late Fred Forness. She also started the Olean Little League's concession stand.

She received a medal as an aid for helping the injured soldiers during World War II.

Surviving are three sons, Terrance (Mary) Benca of Allegany, James (Janet) Benca and Allan (Lois) Benca, both of Olean; a daughter, Kathleen (Kevin) Kimball of Olean; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husbands, she was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Norma Olson Potter.

Family will receive friends Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday (Oct. 29, 2012) in St. John's Church, Olean. Father Edward Sheedy, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany. A Scripture wake service will be held Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Olean Little League, under the care of Randy Walker, 147 N. 9th St., Olean; or to the Friends of the Pines, 2245 W. Sate St., Olean, NY 14760.
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From the Olean, NY "Times Herald"


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  • Created by: Diana St. Clair Huber
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100125401
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dorothy Olson Jonak (21 Dec 1924–26 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100125401, citing Saint Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Diana St. Clair Huber (contributor 47408367) .