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Ilka N. Olivich

August 11, 1940 January 17, 2017
Ilka N. Olivich
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Obituary for Ilka N. Olivich

Ilka N. Olivich, adoringly referred to as Dearie, Mother, Mother-in-law, Grandma and Friend to all, passed peacefully at home on January 17, 2017. Ilka was 76 years young. She is survived by her husband Bill of 54 years, children Billie (Lu), Chris (Etta), Kim (Dave) and grandchildren Jaclyn, Katie, David, Heidi, Leisa and Danny, Murphy and Scooby.

Ilka’s favorite past times were gardening, reading, cooking, and enjoying the companionship of her family, friends, and neighbors over a cold beer.

She was born in Latvia in 1940. She and her younger brother George, who preceded her in death, came to Michigan in 1951 at the age of 11. In 1963 with but a few credit hours shy of obtaining her degree she married Bill. They had three children and with a few extra moves found a place, that with hard work and diligence would become their dream home in rural Leonard in 1973. While raising their children Ilka went back to school, obtained her Bachelors degree and became a Certified Legal Assistant. She worked for the City of Troy Attorney’s Office for twenty years and then retired at the age of 63.

Upon retirement she lived up to her heritage and her name, Ilka, which means “hardworking” and created some of the most beautiful gardens. Some of her greatest pleasures were to share the fruit of her labors with her family, friends and neighbors.

Her kindness, wisdom, generosity, wit and cooking will be sorely missed by all.

Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, 39 W. Burdick, Oxford, Friday, January 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 3 PM until the service begins at 6:30 PM. Memorials may be made to The Friends of the Addison Township Library, PO Box 24 Lakeville, MI 48366.

A Celebration of Life will take place at the Elk's Lodge, 3100 Pond Rd, Leonard on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 3 PM.

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Visitation

Friday

20

Jan

3:00 PM 1/20/2017 3:00:00 PM - 6:30 PM 1/20/2017 6:30:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford

39 W. Burdick
Oxford, MI 48371

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford
39 W. Burdick Oxford 48371 MI
United States

Funeral Service

Friday

20

Jan

6:30 PM 1/20/2017 6:30:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford

39 W. Burdick
Oxford, MI 48371

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford
39 W. Burdick Oxford 48371 MI
United States
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