Olga
Skirlick, Olga Kochanowsky, a 52 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2007 in Torrance. Born in Ansonia, CT, Mrs. Skirlick was 90 when she died and was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. She is to be remembered for her kindness, generosity, and appreciating the value of an education. Mrs. Skirlick returned to school and in her 50s received a Bachelor of Arts degree from CSU Dominguez Hills. Olga began her career in the public sector as a stenographer for the State of Connecticut. While living in the South Bay, Olga was employed by the Department of the Navy in Los Angeles also as a stenographer and ended her federal career from which she retired as a procurement officer for the Department of the Air Force, Space Systems Command in El Segundo, CA. She is preceded in death by her husband, Anthony, J. Skirlick, who had a lengthy career in the Navy and Union Carbide in Torrance. During her husband's career in the Navy, Mrs. Skirlick traveled extensively living on Adak in the Aleutian Islands, Vallejo, San Diego, and New York. She made numerous friends with whom she remained in contact until her death. She is survived by Daughter, Carrie Ann Blackaller of Los Angeles, CA; and Son, Anthony J. Skirlick, Jr. of Valencia, CA. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Thursday May 3, 2007 from 10am until noon, with a service at 11am. The Graveside Service will be held at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside on Friday at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Blackaller-Skirlick Family Scholarship Fund, Mount Saint Mary's College, Institutional Advancement, 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

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  1. Dear Anthony, more than a decade ago I had the pleasure to have a telephone call with your mother. It was such an exciting experience for me. I’ll never forget this conversation! May your memories of your mother’s love bring you comfort and peace of heart, now and through the days ahead. Our deepest sympathy for you and your sister as well Bernhard, Elisabeth and Sebastian

  2. OLGA WAS MY MOM’S OLDER SISTER. THEY HAD SOME ADVENTURES TOGETHER–AS YOUNG GIRLS–AS PICTURED IN THE MEMORIAL TAPE. THEIR MAIDEN NAME WAS KOCHANOWSKY, AND THEIR PARENTS WERE ANNA AND VLADIMIR. MY MOM, ALSO DECEASED,WAS NAMED ELIZABETH. EACH GIRL GRADUATED FROM ANSONIA HIGH SCHOOL IN THE 1930’S–SOMETHING THAT MADE THEIR PARENTS VERY PROUD!! I DO MISS THEM ALL GREATLY. LOVE TO CARRIE AND SKIP. COUSIN, PATTYLEE

  3. Dear Carrie and Skip, What a gift to all your family and friends–this wonderful photo story that so beautifully captured your mother’s life. What a stunning beauty Olga was–from childhood into her nineties. My heart is saddened with the passing of such a lovely life and I am sending you my sympathy and my love.

  4. Skip, Leigh and I were saddened to learn of the passing of your mother. While I never met her, I feel as though I knew your mother thru the stories you have shared with me—from the exciting times in Alsaka to the train trip you took around California with your mom a couple of years ago. The photo video captures beautifully what I’m sure was a very full and rewarding life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

  5. Carrie and Skip, Just want you to know we are thinking of you with lots of love and aloha at this sad time. What I will remember about your mom was her great intelligence and ability to carry on a lively conversation even as she got older. The video was just amazing…a real testament to your mom and her life; you did a great job. Colleen and KB

  6. Dear Carrie Ann and Skip: Rudy and I are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom, through the years, has touched so many lives and hearts, particularly mine. I have always held her close…She will always be remembered and missed. She was a great communicator, so let’s keep it going. She will be so happy for that. Love to you both, Your Cousin, Karen

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