John Olszowka

Profile Updated: September 30, 2020
Residing In Laie, HI USA
Spouse/Partner Anita Lynn Bleyl-Olszowka
Occupation Retired but still doing contract work for BYU-Hawaii Educational Outreach
Children Ace born 1988, married 2017, lives in Billings MT, computer wizard.
Jade born 1990, lives with us More…in Hawaii, 1st grade teacher at Laie Elementary, Masters degree in Early Education.
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Found Happiness on Oahu since 1972. Home owner since 1987 in Hauula on Kamehameha Hwy (across from Longs Drugs in the Hauula Kai Shopping Center). Our property in Hawaiian Paradise Park on Big Island was NOT covered by lava but we sold it Sept 15, 2020 (at a loss) to pay down our house (only 10 years to go!)

Married a nurse (1986) in the Laie Hawaii Temple for all time and eternity. Want to live til I’am 100. Mom (age 94) passed March 1, 2020 of CV-19 in Oakland.

Did 25 years of BYU-Hawaii Campus Scheduling....I was the gate keeper.

Love to travel when time and money allows. Reading is my passion.

School Story

Come out of the public men’s bathroom at the PHS football field and straight ahead on the low wall, there is our family tile from back in the day.

Saw our 1968 yearbook in the PHS library 2/2017, sweet.

Played a lot of snooker (Google it) across the street at the Rec Center during lunch time in my Senior year with Paul Ferragallo.

Walked all the streets of Piedmont delivering the weekly Oakland Shopper 1967.

Remembered the moment when John Runnels rushed up to us as we were headed to lunch and said Kennedy had been shot.

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Sep 30, 2020 at 5:23 PM
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Oct 01, 2020 at 6:36 PM

Posted on: Sep 30, 2020 at 4:34 PM

Kudos for all you do Barb...we continue to shelter in place here in Hawaii. Lucky we redid the interior last Fall (down sized and decluttered). Anita continues to work from the kitchen table and has only been to her DMBA (Laie Shopping Center) office once since March 2020.

Her company is 50 years old today so she hopes to win the “golden ticket” til then, be safe, vote, and may your future be as bright as your faith.

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Mar 09, 2020 at 10:36 PM

With sadness, my mother of 94 years young passed away Sunday March 1, 2020 at Kaiser Medical Center Oakland CA. My sister Geraldine witnessed her passed in a full body moon suit (virus scare) 50% Hawaiian blood.

Produced a record album called Estherella Sings back in the 60's... now it's on You Tube......track #6 Hawaiian Wedding Song....check it out.

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Oct 25, 2019 at 12:18 PM

Posted on: Oct 24, 2019 at 5:40 PM

So.......Oct 23, 2019, I turned 69....I refuse to believe it.....though after 49 years of safe driving I had a fender bender last week in Hawaii....

4 weeks ago, visited Utah, Billings Montana (our son's new house, too cold for Anita) then Las Vegas for her medical conference........I did a lucky pull on the $5.00 slots at the Bellagio where we were staying for all of you....but nothing came out. I stamped my feet and shook my head.

Saturday Oct 12, 2019 we got to the Vegas departure Delta gate much to early so we played the Wheel of Fortune slots.....as a Mormon we are told not to gamble.....if I win it's entertainment, if I lose....it's therapy..........I broke even

Anyway, have a great day and a better tomorrow because the best is yet to come.

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Sep 25, 2019 at 3:53 PM
John Olszowka has left an In Memory comment for Paul Ferragallo.
Jul 30, 2019 at 8:33 PM

We were classmates in Beach School (I think he came in 5th grade?), he lived right across from the school so he was never late......tall guy with a little stutter, deep sunked eyes, his sister got a Ford Mustang when they first came out (1964?)....with an Italian background, his mom also worried about him....I can't remember his dad.

After high school he worked in a Government print shop. His mail order bride was from the Phillipines and he came to Hawaii to pick her up, I think he had a daughter.......(7/30/2019) I'll have to wait til I get to the other side and hear the rest of the story and see if my recollections are spot on?

John Olszowka has left an In Memory comment for August Sairanen.
Jul 30, 2019 at 8:33 PM

When I saw Scoop's black n' white picture on the slide show at the 50th reunion I remembered his singing and acting in our High School Musical "Guy's and Doll's"

Didn't he have something to do with getting 911 up and running?

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Oct 24, 2018 at 7:42 PM

Posted on: Oct 23, 2018 at 4:34 AM

John Olszowka has left an In Memory comment for Anne Perry.
Sep 25, 2018 at 8:33 PM

I remember one time we had a school dance and the computer was to pick the couples.......Anne was so upset that we were matched, she stayed in the bathroom the whole time....yikes.

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John Olszowka has left an In Memory comment for Mark Pyne.
Sep 12, 2018 at 4:33 PM

I too was envious of Mark's Chevy Nomad......(I thought it was Red and White), I even rode in it once and I felt like a BMOC (big man on campus) since I ran in different circles....in 1968 we had a broken down silver 1957 2 door Chevy Belair that sat in our open 3 car garage at 1671 Grand Ave.

My fantasy was to have the Chey running and challenge Mark to a race on Warren Freeway (Rt 13) from Montclair to the Mormon Temple.

Frankly, I was shocked of how many of our classmates have passed away.........I thought we were all like Peter Pan, never to grow up..........or we'd all live to 100 and a day (a day to get ready).....

on another note, after attending a funeral in ConcordI I slipped into Piedmont Saturday Sept 1, 2018 and marveled at my old neighborhood....I left in 1972 to Hawaii and never looked back.

Now? No Social Media, my e-mail got hacked and I only have a flip phone.......snail mail to P.O. Box 14, Laie HI 9676 works...

So I circle back around to Mark and say he was very kind to me since I was a social nerd.

See you all on Sept 29.......I look more and more like Woody Allen everyday.

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Jun 12, 2018 at 4:28 PM

I bought my plane ticket too soon for our reunion ($550 then vs $325/RT now) in September 2018.....sorry I'll miss the Sunday picnic.

If you are visiting Oahu's North Shore or the Polynesian Cultural Center call me up 808-561-1645.....let's share some coconut water and talk story.