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Olga M. Horvath

OLGA M. HORVATH (nee Centa) age 98, beloved wife of the late Louis S.; loving mother of Mary Lou Fuhry (husband David), Louis S. Jr. (wife Jeanne), and Irene McAllister (husband Keith); devoted grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 12; cherished daughter of the late Karl and Frances (nee Turk) Centa; dearest sister of Ernest Centa (wife Lillian), and the late Frances Opaskar (husband Vincent, deceased), Charles, and Emil Centa (wife Mary Ann); dear aunt and great-aunt of many.

Olga was born on October 14, 1920 in Cleveland and passed away on January 19, 2019. She was a resident of Jennings Center for Older Adults in Garfield Heights for 3 years, previously residing in South Euclid. Olga was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in South Euclid and was currently a parishioner St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church of Sacred Heard of Jesus Parish. Within her church community she was active in Lecture and RCIA. She graduated from Ursuline High School in 1938 and Ursuline College in 1942. Olga proudly worked as a High School English Teacher and in Adult Education for Cleveland City Schools. She was an accomplished poet and very active in church functions. Olga enjoyed listening to orchestra music in her free time and was an avid reader. She cherished the time spent with family and friends. Olga was loving, giving, kind, and faithful. She was intellectual, witty, and intelligent. Olga will be dearly missed by all.

Contributions may be made in memory of Olga to St. Andrew Abbey, 10510 Buckeye Rd, Cleveland, OH 44104 or Jennings Center for Older Adults 10204 Granger Rd, Garfield Heights, OH 44125. Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, January 26, 2019 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish 1545, South Green Road, South Euclid, OH 44121 at 11 AM. Burial following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Olga at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just east of Green Rd.) FRIDAY 3-7 PM.

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  1. james thomas lawless

    Teaching seniors or Emily learns her syllables

    Teaching poetry is like
    translating poetry. Impossible.
    You just write your own.

    But still we try.
    So Emily said she was confused
    about the idea of haiku.
    What is this 5-7-5?
    Syllables, I said.

    So how do you mean?
    I read a line, counted
    the syllables and she seemed
    to know what I meant,
    but then said what about orange?
    One, I said.

    But why do you do it?
    The idea is compression.
    Write a line and try to shrink
    it so it is more powerful,
    sadder, softer, easier
    to read or fun.

    Think in syllables
    first 5, then 7, then 5
    playing at haiku

    Okay, said Emily.
    I’ll try.

    Afterward, Olga said,
    so many levels. But what
    a reward to teach her
    syllables, for you and for her.

    Jim Lawless
    October 11, 2012

  2. james thomas lawless

    I taught Olga poetry for more than 10 years and she taught me at least that long. She was absolutely charming, disarmingly intelligent, witty beyond belief and a close friend. I wish I had known her longer. I offer this poem of hers as evidence of the kinds of wit she offered me.

    Epiphany party invitation

    On the twelfth day of Christmas,
    I am not too late
    for merry men and maids
    to come and celebrate
    the feast of kings. Epiphany
    with fun, food and polyphony,
    resound in cacophony.

    So wrap your kingliest robe
    around your royal girth
    and join us now in an evening
    of frank, nonsense and mirth.

    Olga Horvath
    November 29, 2014

  3. A giant of a woman, ahead of her time in so many ways. She remained active as long as she could, leaning on her sense of humor and her multiple skills. She was a member of Kappa Gamma Pi, and a tribute to its ideals of faith and service.
    A great loss. We grieve with you.

  4. To Olga’s family,
    My deepest sympathy on your loss. I had the honor of being an Oblate of St. Benedict with Olga since 1996 – she taught me much of what it means to be an oblate. May she rest well in the arms of our loving Savior who she served. My prayers are with you.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    What an amazing person! RIP Olga!

    Michael & Judith Centa

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