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Casey McCallum Rice South Shore Funeral Home

30 Nelson Avenue, Staten Island, NY

OBITUARY

John F OLSEN

21 June, 194014 March, 2020

John F. Olsen 79, beloved husband of Sue Ellen Olsen (Smiles), loving father and father-in-law of Douglas and Denise Olsen, Jeffrey and Theresa Olsen, and Cheryl and Brian MacLeod, passed away on March 14, 2020.

Born in Staten Island, to Obed and Ruth Olsen, John attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and St. Peters High School. He received his BS in Chemistry from Wagner College, and earned his PhD in theoretical chemistry from New York University. Dr. Olsen taught organic and inorganic chemistry at the College of Staten Island and the former Richmond College for 45 years, chairing the chemistry department at CSI from 2000 until his retirement in 2012.

Dr. Olsen enjoyed playing golf, sailing, skiing, and bike riding. He especially enjoyed traveling the country and the world, having visited all 50 states and numerous countries, with his family and friends. Dr. Olsen was a long-time member of the Richmond County Yacht Club and Great Kills Yacht Club where he enjoyed racing and cruising his sailboats on Raritan Bay and beyond.

Dr. Olsen also cherished his time at his country home in Masthope, Pennsylvania, where he spent many winters skiing with his family. During his retirement he enjoyed sunny days playing golf at his winter home in Daytona Beach, Florida.

He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Scott, Andrew, Victoria, Nicholas, and Jack, for his adventurous spirit and good humor.

Dr. Olsen lived life fully, sharing his love of life with his wife, children and their spouses, grandchildren, niece and nephews, and his lifelong friends.

He will be greatly missed.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, 20 March , 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, 20 March , 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, 20 March , 2020

Memories

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Ken P

29 March 2020

Sue Ellen, Douglas, Jeffrey & Cheryl,
I was saddened when I heard of JO’s passing and I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to you. JO was, without a flinching doubt, one of the funniest individuals I have ever known. I’ll never forget him and I have so many memories that I still laugh about. From the way he positioned his thumbs on the steering wheel to the methodical way in which he pulled his beard; from the highly comical sneezing fits he had to the insanely funny gifts he would give Sue Ellen. He went through more cars than anyone I know with a list that rivaled Hertz—including that famous Aztec (which he swore would never be stolen) and the Aerostar mini-van (which was an incredibly scary vehicle that we laughed about while fish-tailing the highways of NJ on our way up to Masthope). I recall a small fire from his misuse of a microwave while on vacation; I think he was trying to dry some clothing or some other similar usage that wasn’t recommended by the manufacturer. There were times when we thought we were on our way to a restaurant or other event when he would decide to stop the car at a yard sale or take us to an Open House to look at a home for sale when he wasn’t even looking to buy. Sue Ellen’s reactions on those occasions ranged from annoyance to wholehearted disbelief, yet we could see the twinkle in her eyes that signaled a lifetime of similarly inexplicable frolics. I’ll never forget when we found out that he painted the basement walls pink because nobody was home and the paint was just sitting there, unused. He taught me how to zig-zag a golf course in order to turn 18-holes into 25—the “JO Way.” Vacationing in the off season instead of the peak season. Jugs instead of bottles. Appetizers instead of entrees. He had us rolling with laughter without trying. I will forever miss him and the countless memories. Thank you Sue Ellen, Doug, Jeff and Cheryl for sharing your husband and father. Peace be with you. Ken

Barbara Wheary

21 March 2020

I became acquainted with John and his wife, Sue, when I moved in next door as their neighbor in Daytona Beach. I couldn’t have asked for better neighbors and friends. He enjoyed riding his bike, reading, and relaxing on the lanai at his summer home. I am sorry for his passing and condolences to Sue and his family.

Pam Schulz

21 March 2020

We are saddened for you and your families loss of John, loving husband and generous father. Hoping that you’re comforted by memories, the caring of others and the healing power of time. RIP John

Prayers to you Sue and your family.
Ken and Pam Schulz

Dr. Jim Romano

20 March 2020

We didnt know each other personally, but I tutored thousands of his students for over a quarter century. Unlike, the other faculty members who always spoke bad about me, Dr. Olsen was a class act.....I enjoyed our " battles "........RIP....old pal.

Dr. Jim Romano CEO Romano Scientific New York CEO Orgoman.com

Douglas Olsen

19 March 2020

Andrew's Graduation Trip to Croatia summer 2019 .

Joyce Gregg

19 March 2020

We only met John and Sue in 2008 when we both moved into the same neighborhood in Florida. This was their winter home. We had a bond right away. We would take turns having dinner at each other’s homes including Sue’s sister Eileen. They were our mentors when we were learning to play golf. We dreaded seeing April when they returned to Staten Island but couldn’t wait for January when they returned to Florida. We will miss John so much. Our hearts break for Sue and family.

Qiao-Sheng Hu

18 March 2020

Dear Sue, Douglas, Jeffrey, Cheryl and family,

The faculty, staff and students in the Chemistry Department at the College of Staten Island (CSI) were profoundly saddened by the terrible news of the passing of Professor John F. Olsen. We are very sorry for your loss and extend our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Professor Olsen was a dedicated and highly respected faculty, a great colleague, a great chair (served as the chair of the Chemistry Department for 15 years until he retired in 2012) and made invaluable contributions to the Chemistry Department and CSI.

Professor Olsen’s passing is also a great loss to the Chemistry Department/CSI. He will be greatly and deeply missed by all of us.

Jeff Olsen

17 March 2020

Dad,
It is hard to fathom you are no longer with us. You meant the world to Mom, your children, your grandchildren and friends.
You were taken too soon but are now with many of your friends and family also gone too soon. Your memories will last forever in our hearts, minds and souls. You taught us the values of many things in life - the value of an education, you challenged all of us to learn and be educated. The value of time - enjoy life to the fullest and travel and see the world. The value of family - You embraced family and the importance doing things together.
The value of friendships- you created many life long ones that were cherished up until your passing. The value of adventure- whether it was traveling, sailing, skiing, and anything in between. The value of money - dad knew the value of a dollar and taught us all the same. The value of laughter - you always had a wit and quick line to keep everyone laughing. The value of life- dad you always lived life to the fullest and that is the way you will be remembered by each and everyone you have touch in your 79 spectacular years on this earth.

Doug Olsen

17 March 2020

Remarks of Remembrance (Doug Olsen to read at funeral mass )

John Francis Olsen, was a husband, father, grandfather and good friend to all of us gathered here today…

John was a loving husband to Sue Ellen, their love grew stronger during their 57 years of marriage… as did their devotion to one another….

John was an adventurous traveling man and full of spirit …. But he always knew where home was …

John taught us all the importance of education and homework … but he loved to party and celebrate…

John showed us the world and made it clear there was nothing we could not do … but he was there to remind us of our God given limitations and to be realistic about our goals…

John brought us to the mountains, the oceans, the rivers, and the seashore… but he always made certain he knew the way to get us back home…

John taught us the importance of family and taking care of one another… he might not have always voiced his concerns, but we knew he cared about us deeply…

John cultivated deep and lasting friendships… some since childhood …he cherished these friends like family…

John embraced his life on this earth completely and fully and his wish for us would be to do the same with our lives …

John has made a lasting impression on our lives and his spirit will live on through all of us here today…

Gathered here today we are sad for our loss, but joyful for his salvation.

Frank Fleming

17 March 2020

We met John and sue at the many party’s at Jeff and terri’s house. They both were so nice and and pleasure to talk to . John had a warm smile and had some great story’s. May his soul Rest In Peace 🙏 sincere condolences to johns family. The Fleming’s

FROM THE FAMILY

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