Della Vecchia Funeral Home

211 North Main Street, Southington, CT


Joan A. Olson

June 2, 1942July 19, 2020

Mrs. Joan (Kopcha) Olson, 78, beloved wife of Laurence Wallace died peacefully on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Southington on June 2, 1942, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Hajek) Kopcha. She worked as a waitress at the 76 Truck stop for many years. She was a parishioner of St. Thomas Church and a member of their choir. Joan enjoyed gardening, cooking, quilting and the holidays and the Everly Brothers. Most of all Joan loved her family. She leaves her five children Linda and her husband Gary Ouellette of Bristol, Robert Beebe and his wife Vera, James and his wife Lisa Olson all of Southington, Timothy and his wife Cheryl Olson of Plantsville, Kim and her husband Domenic Savino of Cheshire, nine grandchildren, Robert Beebe, Austin Ouellette, Crystal Ouellette, Michael Beebe and his wife Teresa, Brandon and Danielle Beebe, Lars, Ricky, Erik and Sean Olson, and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Emil & Kathy Kopcha of Southington, John and Theodora Kopcha of Old Saybrook and her former spouse Harvey Olson of Cheshire. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2PM on Friday at St. Thomas Church 99 Bristol St. followed by burial in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home 211 N. Main St. in Southington. Social distancing and masks will be required to attend all funeral services. Visit www.dellavecchiafh.com for online condolences and directions. Memorial Contributions may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation PO Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741. www.michaeljfox.org



  • Calling Hours

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, July 24, 2020


  • Cemetery


Joan A. Olson

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Susan Bielski

July 22, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the entire Olson family. Mrs. Olson was a very kind person, always smiling and welcoming. I grew up in the neighborhood and was a friend of Kim's - always enjoyed time at her house working on school projects and even bumping into her years later at local tag sales. Always delightful and with a smile. I am so very sorry for your loss and I pray that your memories of Joan bring you much comfort.

Trish Kenefick bbb smh

July 21, 2020

So very sorry. We were high school friends. We had the best times. Love and prayers to you and your family.
Trish Porriello Kenefick

Tom Rayne

July 20, 2020

Joan had such a welcoming, generous spirit. I will never forget her wonderful Christmas parties and picnics at Black Rock State Park. Her courage throughout her illness was inspirational. She will be sorely missed.

Marilyn Rayne

July 20, 2020

I have so many memories of Joan. It is hard to pick just a few. My first memory is when the two of us got together to plan Cheryl’s bridal shower. I remember sitting with her at Memorial pool watching our grandkids take swimming lessons. I remember all the times she invited us to share in her family’s Christmas Eve celebrations. I remember the delicious meals that she made so effortlessly. Visiting with her at Ricky and Sean’s birthday parties was also really special. With so many memories of her, I think the best is of her smile and laughter.


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