Obituary for Leonard John Olsovsky Jr.
Leonard “Lenny” Olsovsky Jr., 70, of Whitehall, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully at noon on April 26, 2022 surrounded by his faithful family. He was the beloved husband of Trudy Olsovsky for 49 years. Born Leonard John Olsovsky Jr. on November 19, 1951 in Austin, TX, Lenny was the son of the late Leonard J. Olsovsky Sr. and Virginia Ann (Yuron) Olsovsky of Lansford, PA. Lenny is survived by his three children: Michelle, Leonard III, Daniel; brother: Michael; sister: Jane; grandchildren: Helen & Noah and his two furry kids, Milo & Ellie.
Lenny had a very storied childhood traveling across the country while his father, Leonard Sr. was enlisted in the Air Force. He lived at Bergstrom AFB in Austin, Texas; Dover AFB in Delaware; Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia; and McChord AFB in Tacoma, Washington.
Lenny moved back east to Lansford, PA in 1969 where he graduated from Panther Valley High School in 1970. The following year, Lenny met Trudy at Lehigh Carbon Community College in 1971 and married on April 24, 1973. Lenny was a selfless man who gave everything and worked tirelessly so his children could enjoy the life he never had. He was an extremely hard worker, determined and dedicated to provide for his family. From Spring 1973 until Fall 2001, Lenny worked as a Bricklayer in the Coke Ovens Division at Bethlehem Steel in both Bethlehem, PA and Steelton, PA.
His integrity and ambition was unwavering. Lenny was a true lover of life; he was a soulful storyteller, avid reader of The New York Times, backyard tomato gardener, dedicated Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and 76ers fan. He had an affection for fishing, nature and treasured time spent at the Delaware beaches. Lenny excelled in cooking at home and found joy feeding birds and watching wild-life gather daily in his backyard. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world.
His passion for poetry and music were born out of his time spent living in the Pacific Northwest where he saw many of his favorite artists (Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Jerry Garcia, Neil Young) perform for the first time. As a life-time listener, Lenny loved discovering new music through his favorite FM Radio Station, WXPN.
Lenny had a gift of making everyone feel like family. He constantly made it a point to check-in and was always a source of positivity and voice of reason. Lenny will never be forgotten but forever remembered and missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
A well-respected father, a fantastic grandfather, a loving brother, a devoted husband and a best friend to all walks of life. His life, influence and positive energy are inextricably linked to everyone who ever met him. In the words of Leonard Cohen: “The dove is never free. Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything… That's how the light gets in.”
Lenny is survived by his wife of 49 years, Trudy; Daughter: Michelle and Sons: Leonard III and Daniel (Amanda). He is also survived by Brother: Michael (Jan) Sister: Elizabeth Jane (Marilyn) Grandchildren: Helen and Noah; Furry Kids: Milo and Ellie (whom he loved deeply).
Services: Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Tuesday, May 10th from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. all at St. Elizabeth of Hungary R. C. Church, 618 Fullerton Ave. Whitehall. Burial will be at Jacobs Union Church Cemetery; 8364 Kings Hwy. New Tripoli, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. A celebration of life will be announced and take place at a later date this summer. Due to an increase in COVID Infections in the area, the family is requesting that a mask be worn in the church for the visitation and the funeral Mass. This is requested out of concern for all of those who will be attending.
Services will be Live-Streamed: To watch the services, please click on the Photos and Videos Tab from the menu and then click on Webcasting. The Service will go live at 10:55 A.M.
To honor his love of music, please consider a donation to WXPN - Public Radio at the University of Pennsylvania by visiting: http://wx.pn/Olsovsky
We would like to thank the St. Luke’s hospital staff in Allentown for their compassionate care and hospitality.