The Life of Priscilla Whalen Olechnowicz

Priscilla Whalen Olechnowicz, 95, formerly of Port Carbon, passed away Wednesday while a resident of Phoebe Berks Nursing Home in Wernersville.


Born Oct. 13, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Florence Schane.


She was a graduate of Blythe Township High School.


Priscilla was a member of First United Methodist Church, Port Carbon, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and participating in weddings and other activities.


She was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Priscilla will be remembered for her sense of humor and always being there to help those in need.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James Whalen, who passed away in 1981; her second husband, Albert Olechnowicz, who passed away in 2008; along with her siblings, David J. Schane, Ralph W. Schane and Thelma Kleckner.


Priscilla is survived by her children, Ruth Ann Whalen, of Mechanicsburg, and her lifelong friend, Cynthia Lauderbach, and Larry J. Whalen, husband to Alison, of Reading. She is also survived by her stepson, Albert Olechnowicz Jr., husband to Cathy, of York; grandchildren, Emily B. Whalen Stuart, wife of A.J., and James P. Whalen, husband to Jessica; two great-grandchildren, Eli Grace and Jackson Philip; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.


Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven, is entrusted with services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Priscilla's memory to Phoebe Berks Health Center, Attn: Lorna Malawi, 1 Heidelberg Drive, Wernersville, PA 19565, or Heartland Hospice, 2201 Ridgewood Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610, or First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St., Port Carbon, PA 17965. Memories and condolences can be shared at


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She treated me, Albert Olechnowicz and my wife Cathy Olechnowicz as a son and daughter and we always felt her to be mom. She was very good to my father and filled a missing when his wife and my mother past in 1987. They were very happy together and she missed him dearly when he died in 2008. I know they are happy together again. May she rest in piece. She will be missed by all.                                                             Butch and Cathy Olechnowicz


Posted by Albert O on 12/24/2020