Olga Wilson

December 18, 1932March 22, 2021

Olga Wilson, 88, of Norfolk, VA passed away peacefully from this life into eternal life with her Lord on March 22nd, 2021. She was surrounded by the love of her family.

Olga is predeceased by her loving husband of 43 years, Melvin Leroy Wilson; parents, Max and Helen Kowalchuk; brother, Peter and sister, Nettie Kowalchuk. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Debra Howard (Brian) of Virginia Beach and Sharon Miller (Glen) of Huntsville, AL; her beloved grandchildren, Jason Miller of Huntsville, AL, Erin Cundiff (Brian) of Virginia Beach, Ryan Howard of Virginia Beach, Noah Miller (Allyssa) of Jackson, TN and a cherished great-grandchild, Blake.

Olga was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on December 18, 1932 to the late Max and Helen Kowalchuk. Olga, along with her brother and sister, were the first generation of Kowalchuks to be born in the U.S. after their father immigrated from Russia. She moved from Wilkes-Barre to New Jersey during her late teen-aged years where she went to work for many years for Lipton Tea. It was during this time she met and fell in love with Melvin who was serving in the U.S. Navy. They eloped in Baltimore, MD, and finally settled in Norfolk, VA where she devoted her life to raising her daughters and being loving wife.

Olga was a woman of constant prayer for her family and friends, loved her Lord and Savior Christ Jesus with all her heart, and she and her husband modeled their faith to their daughters throughout their life. She was a long-time member of Bayside Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA where she loved her sisters in Christ in the “Faithful” Sunday School class.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens at 6309 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation in Olga’s name to Union Mission, Disabled American Veterans, or the Salvation Army. Messages of condolences for the family at


  • Melvin Leroy Wilson, Loving Husband of 43 years (deceased)
  • Max and Helen Kowalchuk, Parents (deceased)
  • Peter Kowalchuk, Brother (deceased)
  • Nettie Kowalchuk, Sister (deceased)
  • Debra Howard (Brian), Daughter
  • Sharon Miller (Glen), Daughter
  • Jason Miller, Grandchild
  • Erin Cundiff (Brian), Grandchild
  • Ryan Howard, Grandchild
  • Noah Miller (Allyssa), Grandchild
  • Blake, Great Grandchild


  • Graveside Service Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

    Monday, March 29, 2021


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Jane Curfman

March 25, 2021

Olga was so special. She was an example to all of us in our Sunday School class. We knew how difficult it was for her to get to Sunday School and yet she felt it was important enough to make the effort. She was a godly woman and we loved her. We send our sympathy to the family. She leaves a wonderful legacy. We are thankful to have been her sisters in Christ. Jane Curfman teacher of Faithful Class