Bernard J. “Bernie” Olszewski
Bernard John (Bernie) Olszewski age 87, passed away peacefully at home in Flourtown, PA on August 11, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joanne Cisco Olszewski, daughters Laura (John) Murphy of Joppa, Maryland; Sandra (Patrick) Durkin of Whitemarsh, PA and Christine (Craig) Eagleson of Ninety Six, South Carolina. He is also survived by his sister, Joann (the late James Spears), Shamokin, PA; brother-in-law James (Joan) Cisco, Jr., Lycoming County and sister-in-law Dee Cisco Yeater, Ormond Beach, FL and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Helen and Joseph Schrum.
Bernie was born and raised in Shamokin, PA. At Shamokin High School he was a multi-sport athlete and played varsity baseball (Keystone League Champions) and football. He served honorably four years in the United States Navy. He was a weather specialist serving at Ft. Meade, Maryland for the NSA.
After military service he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a business degree. Bernie was a great admirer of the basketball coach Dean Smith and enjoyed following “Tobacco Road” basketball and “March Madness.”
Bernie and Joanne were married in June of 1962 and bought their first home in Newark, Delaware. Shortly thereafter he joined the Prudential Insurance Company of America and enjoyed a three decades plus career which took him to Baltimore, Maryland and then back to PA as a staff manager. His sales successes qualified him for conferences in Colorado, Canada, Florida, Louisiana, and many other locations. After retiring from Prudential, he managed Cisco’s Bar and Grill in Flourtown, a family business, for more the 25 years. He was well known for telling departing customers, “Thanks for Stopping.” All knew him as “Bernie O.”
The Olszewski’s enjoyed traveling the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Europe. Bernie especially enjoyed his three train journeys on the famous Venice-Simplon Orient Express. They also traveled through many countries on Viking River Cruises. He always enjoyed watching sporting events, reading action/mystery fiction and word/number puzzles.
Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a Mass Card or memorial contributions in his name to the Flourtown Fire company, 1526 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031.