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April 18, 2013

Benjamin J. Olenick, 90


Methuen — Benjamin J. Olenick, 90, of Methuen passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Methuen Village with his family at his side. He was born in Haverhill and was the son of the late Szymon and Aniela (Warchol) Olenick.

Mr. Olenick was raised and educated in Haverhill. He owned and operated Olenick Metal Products in Methuen for 40 years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Michael’s Society, Holy Name Society, Julian Stopyra Post, Polish American Veterans of Lawrence, and was also the leader of his own Polka Band through the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Mr. Olenick was a WWII veteran and served with the U.S. Navy.

The Olenick family would like to thank the staff of Methuen Villeage for their excellent care of Benjamin.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Edna (Idzikowski) Olenick; his son, Leonard Olenick; and his sisters, Mary Joslin, Veronica Cook, and Stella Furtek

Mr. Olenick is survived by his son, Ronald Olenick of Salem, N.H.; and his daughters, Eleanor Walton and her husband, Pete, of Tewksbury, and Diane Dean and her husband, Dick, of Methuen; his grandchildren, Debra Thompson and her husband, Jeffrey, of Littleton, Melanie Walton and her partner, Elena Soini, of Wall Township, N.J., Erica Latulippe and her husband, Richard, of Methuen, Michael Gordon and his wife, Sheila, of Brighton, and Melissa Olenick of Lowell; his great-grandchildren, Niko Martinez, Emma Thompson and Julie Olenick; and his daughter-in-law, Paula Olenick of Tewksbury. He is also survived by several nieces and one nephew..

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, April 19, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. His funeral service will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home's chapel. Interment will be in Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorial donations may be made in Benjamin’s memory to the Leonard J. Olenick Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA 01845. For directions or to send the Olenick family an online condolence, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.