Ellen Olschefski – 1957 – 2012 – Administrator at Beacon Brook Health Center – helped organize first cruise

Ellen Olschefski – 1957 – 2012 – Administrator at Beacon Brook Health Center – helped organize first cruise

OAKVILLE — Mrs. Ellen (Mark) Olschefski, 55, of Slade Street, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Hartford Hospital. She was the wife of Robert J. Olschefski.

Ellen was born in Waterbury, Feb. 28, 1957, daughter of the late Frank and Maureen (Hanrahan) Mark. She was raised in Waterbury, attended local schools, and received her B.A. in social work from Central Conn. State University. She was a resident of Oakville for almost 30 years.

Ellen worked at many area convalescent homes during the course of her career, starting as a social worker at Wolcott Hall in Torrington. She also worked at Adams House in Torrington, Wintonbury Care in Bloomfield, The Summit at Plantsville in Southington, and Farmington Care in Farmington. At the time of her passing, she was administrator at Beacon Brook Health Center in Naugatuck.

She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Watertown, was an avid Red Sox fan, and loved the beach, especially enjoying trips to the Cape and Block Island. She was active with the convalescent home employees’ softball team and loved dogs.

Besides her husband of 29 years, Ellen leaves three sons, Matty Olschefski, Chris Olschefski and Daniel Olschefski, all of Oakville; two sisters, Kathy Gavin and her husband, Marty, of Avon, and Betsy Mark and her husband, Richard Assenza; her mother-in-law, Jeanette Olschefski of Waterbury; her dog, Spot; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning 9:15 a.m. from Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., Watertown, to St. John the Evangelist Church for Mass at 10 a.m. Burial is private and at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday evening 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Athena’s Taking Care of Our Own Fund, 135 South Road, Farmington, CT 06032; or Conn. Children’s Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.

To leave an online message of condolence for Ellen’s family, or for further information, please visit www.hickcoxfuneralhome.com.

From The Waterbury Republican-American