July 1, 1928 – August 21, 2019
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Olga Katzalay.
Born in Willow River, BC to immigrant parents, Olga attended grade school and played on the homestead with her younger sister Elsie. The family moved to Prince George where she attended high school and was involved with the Anglican Church. Olga excelled at Home Economics, particularly sewing, and tailoring all of her own clothes. After she graduated she moved to Vancouver to work for a national bank. She later returned to Prince George and was hired as a stenographer for the RCMP. One of the officers, Ken caught her attention, and after dating for a couple of years, they married in 1954. They spent 58 years together and had three children.
The family moved every time Ken got promoted and it wasn’t long before they were living in Fort St John, in the officer’s residence of the police station. Those years were challenging for Olga with three small children. As the senior officer’s wife, she took on the responsibility of cooking prisoner’s meals, searching female prisoners and, on occasion escorting (handcuffed together) women prisoners to the BC Penitentiary, all with no training or pay. Such was the life of an RCMP officers’ wife. It wasn’t all work though. She along with the family, made many friends in the North, and she knew how to throw a good party. In 1972 Olga and the family moved to Campbell River where Ken headed up the detachment and Olga worked part time in the Forestry industry. They retired to Vernon, BC, in 1977, where she was thrilled to be able to grow cantaloupes and bell peppers. She was always an avid gardener, and she loved the heat of the Okanagan where she could grow whatever she desired. She volunteered at Hospice, and enjoyed playing bingo and lunching with her many friends.
Olga is survived by her children; Michael ( Stephanie), Mark, and Wren, and four grandchildren; Sasha, Reed, Holden and Cormac, her sister Elsie and brother-in-law Ralph, nieces Anne and Christine. She is predeceased by her husband Ken and her niece Sandra.
The family would like to thank Noric House for the care they provided Olga in her last years. There will be no funeral at Olga’s request. The family will privately celebrate her life at a later date.
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