WESTFIELD: Dorothy I. (LaBrecque) Olszewski, 90, (1931-2021) passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Genesis at Westfield Center. She was born in Voluntown, CT to the late Joseph and Isabel (Devio) LaBrecque and earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education at Westfield State University. Dorothy was employed by the City of Westfield and taught civics in the middle school and then moved to the high school where she taught history. She enjoyed being the advisor with the high school yearbook and organized and attended trips with the students to Russia. She retired in 1988. Dorothy loved her poodles, enjoyed gardening, knitting and crocheting, sitting on her screen porch and watching the Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots.
She was predeceased by a son Mark Olszewski, her ex-husband Frederick J. Olszewski, her daughter-in-law, Eileen Olszewski, and her sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Robert Markham.
Dorothy leaves her sons, Rick M. Olszewski of Westfield, and Gary S. Olszewski of Westfield, her beloved grandchildren, Kelly Palasciano and her husband Phil of Greenfield, Kevin Olszewski of Wilmington, MA, David Olszewski of Windsor Locks, CT, Ben and Eric MacDonald of South Hadley, her great-grandchildren, Natalie, Elliot and Owen, niece Marybeth Kelly, nephew Robert Markham, and her dear longtime friend Barbara Chiampa of Westfield.
For COVID safety, a Prayer Service and burial will be held outdoors at Pine Hill Cemetery, 140 W. Silver St., Westfield on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 11AM. All are welcome. Memorial donations may be made to Westfield High School Yearbook, 177 Montgomery Road, Westfield, The Samaritan Inn, 7 Free Street, Westfield or Boys & Girls Club of Westfield, 28 West Silver Street. Arrangements made by Firtion Adams Funeral Home. www.firtionadams.com.