Olive Cecilia Marcinkowski

Born on October 28, 1927 in Forest Hills, New York
Departed December 3, 2022, in Melbourne, Florida

Olive Cecilia (Traynor) Marcinkowski, 95 years young, passed away on Saturday,
December 3rd in Melbourne, Florida after suffering an injury 2 months prior. While the last 2 months of her life were difficult, she passed quickly and peacefully. Olive was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Edwin R. Marcinkowski, her identical twin sister Anne G (Traynor) Vonick and her niece Beth (Elizabeth Vonick) LaCour.

Born in Forest Hills, NY, she was the daughter of John and Mary Edna (Kelly) Traynor. Olive attended school there with her sister Anne and spent their summers driving north to New England to visit Moosehead, Sebago and Newfound Lakes. They went on to be roommates at The College of New Rochelle where Olive graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Art. Like her father, she pursued a career in education and worked for many years as a First Grade teacher on Long Island. These experiences brought hilarious anecdotes to her family.

In 1974 Olive and her family moved to New Hampshire where she lived until her
husband passed away in 2006. There, they embraced life in New England with vim and vigor; learning to ski, shovel snow and deal with the long cold winters along with enjoying the beauty of the four seasons New England offered.

Olive and Edwin also spent 35 summers on Candlewood Lake in New Fairfield, Ct. where her sister and family did the same. Those were wonderful years and were filled with hosting family reunions for 10 years – memories that are cherished by her family to this day. After retirement she and her husband would pack up the car and drive to Florida for a couple of months to visit their son Thomas and his family, her sister Anne, and other friends and family. They also had several very memorable and wonderful trips and cruises throughout the world which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Olive was blessed with a wonderful and long life. She cherished her time with family in New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine and in her last home at Buena Vida Estates in Florida. Here she rediscovered painting, exercise classes, continued her love of playing bridge, and enjoyed the company of many friends she made over her 9 years there. She was forever grateful having been spared the types of illnesses and hardships that affect so many. She had a great life and perhaps this is why she wore that incredible smile that she will always be remembered for.

Olive will always be remembered as a devout and faithful Roman Catholic. As well as a regular mass attendee, she did much to help others throughout her adult life including volunteering for the Nashua food pantry and delivering food to those in need, taking a Vietnamese refugee family into her home and helping them learn the English language, get jobs and be able to move into their own home. She assisted with the vision and development of the Hospice House in Merrimack NH and volunteered for many activities at her church including becoming a Eucharistic minister, delivering communion to the
homebound, serving on the parish council and teaching Sunday school in her home. She and her husband were key supporters and developers of the Merrimack Senior Center and assisted with the annual operation of and community use of this local senior center.

She is survived by her three children: son Thomas and his wife Marie and their son Matthew of Melbourne, Florida; daughter Donna and her spouse Eileen Murphy of West Melbourne, Florida; and daughter Mary and her spouse Kelley Tucker of Eliot, Maine and many nieces and nephews.

Following cremation, there will be a memorial mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at 1:00PM. A reception will be held following mass at Buena Vida Estates, 2129 West New Haven Ave.,West Melbourne, Florida from 3:00-5:00PM. Burial will occur at Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack, NH in the summer of 2023 following a mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merrimack, NH.

Arrangements are being handled by the Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne, Florida (https://brownliemaxwell.com).

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6 entries.
Marie Mule' from Melbourne, florida wrote on January 4, 2023:
To the loved ones of Olive Marcinkowski, Sorry for the loss of such a wonderful woman. She will be missed by all who knew her.
ReneeNardone from Melbourne Florida wrote on December 17, 2022:
Tom, Donna & Mary, As you mourn the loss of your mother,May you find comfort in knowing,someone special will never be forgotten. Olive was always smiling and cheerful.she will be missed. May she Rest In Peace.
JoAnn Sullivan from Hobe Sound wrote on December 14, 2022:
So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. From reading her obituary she truly had a wonderful long life
Christine Nevin Meloro from Spring Lake Heights wrote on December 10, 2022:
I always enjoyed talking with Mrs. Marcinkowski and her sister, Anne Vonick about our shared experiences being identical twins! While we were friends of their children in Candlewood Knolls, they were both always happy to talk about being a twin, and the many funny and unexpected experiences we shared as identical twins. I know they are now resting in peace together again! And watching over their families. My sympathy to all, Chris
Andrea Nevin Lynch from Southport, NC wrote on December 10, 2022:
Mrs. Marcinkowski (as I always called her, even though that drove her crazy in later life!), will always remain one of the really special and memorable people in my life. Though things I did as a young person doubtless were annoying, she put them out of her mind and never failed to greet me with joy and that beautiful smile. My love to all of you as you navigate life without her.
Anne Vonick, Jr. from New Milford wrote on December 10, 2022:
My dear cousins, Time has come for your mom to join her husband Ed, her parents, her twin Anne Vonick, and her niece Beth LaCour. Her life was full and she spread her love and joy to everyone she met. Her family reunions united and bonded our families in ways rarely experienced. Her children are a product of such loving and supportive parents. We will all dearly miss my aunt. She rests with God, in his light and glory. Anne

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