Michael F. Olszowka, senior employee relationship specialist at Women and Children's Hospital, died Friday in Buffalo General Hospital after recently being diagnosed with cancer. He was 61.
Mr. Olszowka's service spanned more than three decades with the Women and Children's Hospital Foundation, where he started as a volunteer in 1977.
In 2003, he was honored with the Burt P. Flickinger Jr. Trustee Award for volunteerism with the hospital's foundation.
Mr. Olszowka was an active volunteer in many areas -- from dealing cards at casino night to loading vans. He also volunteered for many years with Variety Club and played Santa Claus for all foundation events at the hospital during the holidays. He was also an usher at Studio Arena Theatre.
Mr. Olszowka was a charter member, board member and loan officer for the hospital's credit union and participated in board fundraising activities for the children. He also served as treasurer of the hospital's Employee Fund.
An avid traveler, he visited England, France, Turkey, South America and Asia.
A 1970 business administration graduate of Bryant & Stratton Business Institute, he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Catholic University of America. In 1972, he was certified in personnel techniques through the American Association of Industrial Management in Boston and earned a master's degree in personnel administration from the University at Buffalo School of Management in 1976.
Survivors include his mother, Joan; a sister, Carol Franczyk; and two brothers, Norbert and Robert.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Clare Catholic Church, 193 Elk St.