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E. Irene (Brown) Olcus

September 1, 1929 ~ March 15, 2020 (age 90)


E. Irene Olcus, 90, of East Brady, went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, March 15, 2020 at the Chicora Medical Center while in the company of her family.

Irene was born in Cowansville on September 1, 1929.  She was the daughter of the late Marshall and Eva Ridley Brown.

She was a 1947 graduate of Kittanning High School.  In her earlier years she had been employed as a secretary at the Armstrong County Courthouse in Kittanning.  Mrs. Olcus was a homemaker and enjoyed baking. She was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicora.  She was a member of the LCW at the church, the altar guild, the crocheting group, and the thread brigade where she enjoyed making blankets.  She also served on the fellowship committee and helped prepare funeral dinners. Irene was a talented seamstress and had crocheted and donated thousands of hats, which was known as “Caps For Kids.”  She enjoyed the fellowship of her many friends at TOPS.    She was a member of the ladies’ auxiliary to the Sugarcreek Volunteer Fire Dept.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo A. Olcus, whom she married in Rimersburg on July 1, 1950.  Mr. Olcus passed away on February 13, 2014.

Surviving are four children, Richard Olcus and his wife, Susan, Dan Olcus and his wife, Vickie, all of East Brady, Shirley Hillwig and her husband, Boyd, of Chicora and Kathy Olcus of Fairfax, VA; four grandchildren, Ed Ross, Danielle Hillwig Doheny, Kasey Olcus Daniels and Erica Hillwig Gaughan; five great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, one brother-in-law, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins

In addition to her parents and husband, Irene was preceded in death by her brothers, Marshall and Charles Brown; a half brother, Harvey Earley; two half sisters, Ruth Rickle and Mamie Bray, as well as number of brothers-in-law and a sisters-in-law.

Friends will be received at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2217 Chicora Rd., Chicora, from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday.  A funeral service will follow from the church at 12 Noon with the Rev. Joseph Boomhower, church pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sugarcreek Twp., Armstrong Co.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Sugarcreek Volunteer Fire Dept., 110 Rodgers Rd., East Brady, PA 16028 .  Arrangements are under the direction of the Hile Funeral Home of Karns City.  For additional information or to send a condolence, please visit

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