Diane, Michael, Sam, family, and all who knew, admired and loved Mrs. Olga Gorgen,
So sorry for your loss. Rest assured that even Heaven will be a happier place with the addition of one charismatic, cleaver, and compassionate lady! Ingrained in me are memories of Mrs. Gorgen’s sensible advice, tolerance of what had to be, and hilarious suggestions for countering what needn’t be accepted, affectionately delivered with a chuckle. She brought sparkle and joy to a festive party or an otherwise mundane day. These characteristics and the admirable manner in which Olga interacted with people were her gifts, freely shared, and thankfully, passed on to her daughter Diane and her other descendants.
Phil, Paul, Ricky, Diane:
Although I cannot be there today, I am thinking of you and your mother, my Aunt Olga. I am glad I was able to visit with her during my trip to Albany last summer, and to talk with her on the phone over the past months. I have many fond memories of her, as well as of Uncle Frank, with whom she will now be reunited. She will live on in our hearts—and at the NY State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center. I am writing a longer remembrance, but have run out time and wanted to get something into the guestbook by today.
Your cousin, David SchlegelDavid Schlegel, Hanover MD
Diane, Michael, Sam, family,
with great regret we found out about the death of your mother, grandma, aunt - and our relative Olga Gorgen. We convey sincere condolences and expressions of sympathy from the Polish family.
Olga has lived to a beautiful age - over 96 years, but we think she passed away too soon. Although we’ve only seen each other a few times, we have many nice memories about her, including your father and grandfather - Frank. My sister Łucja and her 2-year-old son Kuba had the opportunity to meet Olga, Frank and Diana for the first time in 1988, when they came to Poland, to Żołynia, where Olga’s parents - Szymon (Sam) Wojnar and Katarzyna Kiełbasa were born. The second time they met again in 1990 in Żołynia, where our aunt Danka lives. Then, for many years, we kept a contact letter. With emotion, we remember packages with presents for Christmas, which for many years sent us Olga and Frank. These were times when there was a shortage and a crisis in Poland. Today, the daughter of Kuba - Felicja, who is already 2 years old, plays with these beautiful Lego blocks sent from America.
I, Krzysztof, brother of Łucja, also received a beautiful gift - for over 20 years Frank paid me a subscription to National Geographic Magazine. I could not meet with Franek and Olga in Poland (I was serving in the army at that time), but in 1999 we met for the first time in Albany, when I was going on a bicycle trip to Peru. Then we met again in Albany in 2001. They were beautiful, cordial family meetings with Olga, Frank, Diana, Sam, Paul and Richard with family. We made a trip to Lake George, to the mountain trails, we were on the golf courses and even we were together in the hospital after a car accident on the highway. We celebrated Independence Day, drank polish vodka together and ate Polish kielbasa. Although we did not know each other before, I was treated by Olga and Frank like a son. Olga, despite being born and living her life in the United States, spoke beautifully in Polish and was not ashamed of her Polish origin. She was a beautiful and wise woman. Today we have only many beautiful memories and photos from meetings in Poland and America. I hope that a good God will reward Olga and Frank for their good deeds. The memory of them will live in our hearts.
We also hope to meet Olga and Frank’s family in the future.
Krzysztof Kiełbasa with his sister Łucja
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