Joan Oldenski

July 27, 1930 ~ June 6, 2022 (age 91)


Joan "Jena" Victoria Tomczak Oldenski, 91, of Erie, joined her “honey”(John Oldenski) in heaven on June 6, 2022. Born on July 27, 1930, in Erie, she was the daughter to Leo and Veronica (Wulf) Tomczak. "Jena" attended St. Stanislaus School and graduated from St. Benedict’s Academy. While she worked small jobs for a number of years, her true passion was being a mother and home maker; she met the love of her life, John Oldenski, at a dance and then went on to be married for 62 years and have four beautiful daughters. "Jena" was a very devote Catholic and prayed to the Blessed Mother every day. The strength of her faith was contagious and endearing- she was always praying for everyone. Joan was known for always making soup on Saturdays, her chicken noodle soup was everyone's favorite. If there was a picnic she was invited to, pie squares were surely her go to. She loved and thrived on being a “Nana” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was blessed to go on many trips throughout her lifetime; as small as daily breakfast trips for coffee to bigger trips to places such as Notre Dame, Saint Bonaventure, Ohio, and Peek n Peak New York to name a few, she was always up for a road trip with her "honey" behind the wheel. "Love you, love you!" In addition to her parents, Joan is preceded in death by her husband, John Oldenski, her brothers Jerome (Frances) Tomczak, Raymond (Clara) Tomczak, Robert (Joan) Tomczak, Eugene Tomczak, Leonard Tomczak, Patrick (Rose) Tomczak, sister-in-law Geraldine Tomczak, brother-in-law Mitch Oblinski, sister-in-law Eleanor (Oldenski) Kozik and her husband Walter. She is survived by her four daughters, Paula (Russell) Dworakowski, Stephanie (Bill) Wycech, Debbie Oldenski, and Monice (Paul) Urbaniak. Her grandchildren, Andrea (David) Wallis, Erin (Greg) Ross, and John Paul (Miranda) Urbaniak. Joan was blessed to know and love her great-grandchildren, Cooper and Andrew Wallis and Sophia Urbaniak. She is also survived by her sister, Louise Oblinski, her brother, Daniel Tomczak and her sisters-in-law Theresa and Elaine Tomczak. She is further survived by her nieces Teresa (Brad) Castleman and Donna Kozik, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends. Online condolences may be sent to Relatives and friends may call Saturday, June 11, 2022 at St. Stanislaus Church, 516 East 13th Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16503 from 10:00 AM until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00AM. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Davis-Garr Cremation and Funeral Services, Inc, 459 East 12th Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16503.

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June 11, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Stanislaus Church (East 13th Street, Pennsylvania)

Funeral Mass
June 11, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Stanislaus Church (East 13th Street, Pennsylvania)

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