Claire Sally <I>Johnson</I> Olsak

Claire "Sally" Johnson Olsak

Death 20 Mar 2005 (aged 79)
Burial San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 23923169 · View Source
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Publication Date: March 24, 2005

SAN ANGELO — Claire "Sally" Johnson Olsak, age 79, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2005, at her home. She was born on Oct. 23, 1925, in Tom Green County, Texas, to her parents Jean S. and Ida J. Johnson. She grew up on the family farm near Veribest, graduated from the Veribest school, and then graduated from Miles High School in 1942. She continued her education at San Angelo College and received an associate's degree in business in 1944. She was a member of the college chorus and Sigma Alpha Chi. Her father called her Sally as a child, and most of her friends and relatives called her Sally. Sally worked at San Angelo National Bank until she married LEROY OLSAK of San Angelo. They were married in the B.O. & Elizabeth Wood Presbyterian Manse on Jan. 14, 1946, soon after LeRoy's service in the U.S. Army Air Force as a B-24 combat pilot in World War II. Sally and LeRoy moved to Lubbock, and she continued her work at the Lubbock National Bank, helping LeRoy through Texas Technological College. After his graduation in 1947, the couple moved to Big Spring where he began to work at Texas Electric Service Company. In a few months, they moved to Lamesa, where LeRoy continued to work with Texas Electric Service Company, and Sally continued her work, this time at Lamesa National Bank. In 1951, LeRoy was promoted to District Commercial Manager at Big Spring. Sally decided to retire from banking and become a full-time housewife. She taught a children's class in the First Presbyterian Church and later in the St. Paul Presbyterian Church, as well as doing other service club work with LeRoy. They took many vacations fishing in Colorado, which she greatly enjoyed. In 1956, LeRoy was advanced to manager of the Lamesa and O'Donnell area operations where Sally continued to teach kids in Sunday school at the First Presbyterian Church. She volunteered as a Pink Lady with the Medical Arts Hospital Auxiliary and was also active in the '48 Delphians, the Rotary Anns and the Lamesa Chamber of Commerce. In 1971, while still living in Lamesa, she helped plant trees in their new pecan orchard at Eldorado. During vacation time they would work at the orchard or do some trout fishing. In March of 1980, a severe cancer was discovered in her left jaw area. She underwent chemotherapy, surgery and recovery at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. She returned to Lamesa and had radiation treatment at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, with no further cancer outbreaks until Dec. 25, 2004, 25 years later. LeRoy retired from Texas Electric Service Company in 1985, and they moved to San Angelo to continue taking care of the pecan orchard where they grew many champion pecans. Sally loved to sit in the shade of the barn or a tree and watch the pecan trees grow being irrigated. Later she enjoyed the harvest time and playing with her dog named Nuez (Spanish for pecan). They had no children, but they claimed their many nephews and nieces as their extended family. They loved to visit their parents and family on weekends. Sally's parents preceded her in death, as well as her stepmother Wynama Johnson. Also deceased are her brother Price Standefer and wife Bessie, brother Arvil Johnson, sister Myra Prather and husband Jack, sister Florence Moore and husband Henry. She is survived by her husband LeRoy, brother Larry Johnson and wife Joy of Cajamarca, Peru, and San Angelo, brother-in-law CLOVIS OLSAK Clovis Olsak and wife Bettie of San Angelo as well as many nieces and nephews. Nieces are Phyllis Standefer of San Angelo, Christy Meador and husband Lynn of Eldorado, Cindy Hanks and husband Bud of San Angelo, Stephanie Sayers and husband Chip of San Angelo, Connie Langlais and husband David of Keller, and Olga Sosa of San Angelo. Nephews are Jack Prather and wife Toska of Falls Church, Va., Mike Moore and wife Becky of Eldorado, David Johnson and wife Cheryl of Arkansas, and Clark Johnson of New York City. Great-nieces are Michelle Pape and husband Antheny of San Angelo, Erin Clair Meador of Dallas, Courtney Turpin and husband Randall of Keller, Lindsey Trojcak of Fort Worth, and Kimberly Sayers of San Angelo. Great-nephews are Brent Moore and wife Ashley of Eldorado, Stan Meador and wife Gloria of Eldorado, Chris Meador and wife Katy of Eldorado, Lowell Johnson and wife Katie of Arkansas and Stefan Johnson of San Angelo. Great-great-nieces are Sterling Pape of San Angelo, Codee Meador of Eldorado, Andrea Meador of Eldorado, Sofia Meador of Eldorado, Leah Johnson of Arkansas and Logan Moore of Eldorado. Great-great-nephews are Cooper Meador of Eldorado and Grant Turpin of Keller. Also surviving is her favorite cousin, Clydia Prosise. Honorary pallbearers are Jack Prather, Mike Moore, Lynn Meador, Clark Johnson, Brent Moore, Stan Meador, Chris Meador, Antheny Pape, and the members of the B.O. & Elizabeth Wood Sunday school class of the First Presbyterian Church. Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Johnson's Funeral Home. Private interment will be in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at First Presbyterian Church in San Angelo, with Dr. Ron Sutto and Nelson L. Erwin CLP officiating. A reception for the family and friends will follow in the Commons at the church. Sally's favorite scripture was Romans 8:38 and 39: "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Memorials may be made to The First Presbyterian Church Foreign Mission Fund, Peru Mission, First Baptist Church, or the charity of one's choice.

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