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Katharine (Kathy) E. Olson (nee Bowden), who grew up in the Jackson Heights neighborhood in New York City, passed away on August 4, 2020 at the age of 93. Kathy was the loving wife of the late Rev.Robert E. Olson for 56 eventful years until his passing in November of 2000. Kathy was the caring mother to Barbara J. Cassaday (Bob), Donald R Olson (Patricia), Janet C. Windeatt (Terry). Kathy was also the adoring "Nana" of 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, All of whom she loved and cared for deeply and in return, was loved greatly by them.
Kathy grew up as an only child in an apartment in Washington Heights with her mother and dearly loved father. She attended Wadsworth Avenue Baptist Church where she met her future husband through the church's program to write to servicemen during WW II. After graduating from High School in New York City in 1944 she worked at Irving Trust Bank until she married Bob in October 1945. The following year she started her family with the birth of her first child in November of 1946. Two more children followed and she set about raising them with care, compassion, love and guidance. In 1955, her husband answered the call to join the ministry and left his job as an accountant for Colgate Palmolive Co. This necessitated one of several moves where she gave up her established home and set about creating a new one. Then, with one child in college and the other two in high school, she decided to become a Licensed Practical Nurse returning to the classroom and graduating from Nursing School in 1966. She worked at several hospitals caring for the sick for about 10 years. In 1983, one of her lifelong dreams was fulfilled and she and her husband bought property on Cape Cod and built their dream retirement home which she named "Cashel Mara" in honor of her Irish heritage. She and Bob so enjoyed having family and friends come up to visit and enjoy the Cape. For her, it was a wonderful period of her life. In the late 1990's Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, so she put her "nurses hat" back on and cared for him till he passed in 2001. After staying on Cape Cod by herself for 4 more years, she decided to relocate closer to her children and grandchildren so she moved to Ann's Choice Retirement Village in 2005. As she always did, she kept in touch with "old" friends while making new ones. She enjoyed many of the activities that were offered including several cruises. However, she always longed for "her" Cape Cod, greatly missing the ocean, her home, and her husband.
A service of internment will be held by her immediate family later this year (Covid-19 permitting) at last fulfilling her desire to rejoin her beloved husband on Cape Cod.