William Joseph Olcheski Sr.

July 20, 1925June 3, 2018

William J. Olcheski Sr., a talented author and editor, known for his sense of humor and kindness, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 3, 2018. He was born on July 20, 1925 and raised in Dickson City, PA. As a teenager, he wanted to serve his country and went to the recruitment office when he was 17 so he could be immediately accepted on his 18th birthday. He courageously served in the US Army in World War II and participated in the invasion of the Philippines and Okinawa as part of the 96th Deadeye Infantry Division. He also served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, assigned as the Public Information Officer in Palm Beach, FL. It was there that he met Rosemary, the love of his life.

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, his career highlights include being the founding editor of Federal Times newspaper, Senior speechwriter for the Chairman of the FDIC, owner/founder of Olcheski Enterprises and a well-regarded expert and author on stamp collecting. He was struck with polio when he was in his twenties and was paralyzed. He spent nine months in the hospital determined to walk again and successfully beat the odds for recovery.

He was a devoted husband and father, survived by four children: Julie Stirling (Bob Bakley), Bill Olcheski Jr. (Renee), Cathy Ahrendsen (Mark) and Sue Robson (Bill), 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and his sister, Patricia Wilhelmi and daughter-in-law Nancy Greenstreet. He is predeceased by Rosemary, his beloved wife of 62 years, and his son Jim who passed away in January, 2018.

Bill and Rosemary resided in Falls Church for 53 years and were active members of St. James Catholic Church. For the past ten years, he resided at Ashby Ponds Retirement Community where he had a large network of friends and led the writer’s group and a stamp collecting club.

Visitation will be held at Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church, VA on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 5 - 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 1 p.m. There will also be a memorial service at Ashby Ponds Retirement Community on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. in the Great Oak Theater. Final interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


  • Visitation Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, July 23, 2018

William Joseph Olcheski Sr.

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Nanci Carstens

June 13, 2018

I have so many memories of your Dad, but three stand out in my mind a great deal. The first is watching your Mom and Dad walking down the street holding hands. I thought this was a wonderful thing to witness and realized at an early age that they had a love that was something very special. Another memory I have is the countless hours he would allow us to work for him counting stacks of stamps. I think we were probably 8 or 9 when we did this but it made us feel very important and helped us earn some money. He would let us work alone, but would come in every so often to check on us. This was the start to our working careers. Lastly, I spent many weekends at the Olcheski family table eating yummy pancakes with your Dad and family. He always made me feel welcome. Mr. Olcheski was a kind man who loved his family a great deal and was so very proud of each of you. I know he is in heaven with your Mom as they walk around holding hands. I love you all. Nanci

Beth Shumate Chapman

June 11, 2018

My first memory of Mr. Olcheski, was him and my dad participating in functions at St. James. When my family moved to Moly Drive in the early '70's we realized we knew quite a few families.
One of my fondest memories was when I would call his daughter Julie and one day, he was singing. I mentioned that I forgot how deep his voice was. He then sang me his and Mrs. O song.
Rest easy Mr. O, you and your Rosie are riding your bicycle built for 2 now in Heaven. Enjoy your ride and know you will be missed and loved. P. S. Don't forget to wear your green on St. Paddy's Day. 🍀💜

Greg Wood

June 7, 2018

My first memory of Mr. Olcheski was when I was 6 years old just 54 years ago. We lived next door on Moly Dr. Our homes were new construction and our home was finished before the Olcheski’s home. A bunch of us kids were playing in their yard, when the stick I was carrying went through window of their basement shattering it to pieces, I was so scared when my father brought me over to confess what I had done, but Mr.
Olcheski was very quick to say “its okay Greg you are very good for coming
forward and letting me know. That
kindness and understanding stayed with
me to this day. Thank you Mr. Olcheski
for teaching me at an early age it is
always best to tell the truth! Thanks for
all the memories I enjoyed with you and
your family!