Mary Hobba Olschefski
Mary Hobba Olschefski, 94, of Orange died Saturday Nov. 5, at St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles after an illness of several years.
She was born June 23, 1917 in Hancock, Michigan, the location of the Women’s Hospital. She was the daughter of James Henry Hobba and Eliza Jane White Hobba of Houghton, Michigan.
Mary married Arthur “Art” Olschefski March 17, 1940. At the time of Art’s death they had been married 70 years. They met at an ice skating rink while both were students at Michigan Tech.
After marriage Mary and Art lived in Wilmington, Delaware and Charlestown, West Virginia, before Art’s employment with DuPont brought them to Orange, in 1947.
Mary served on the board of directors of Girl’s Haven and Boy’s Haven.
She was also a leader in Bluebirds and Campfire Girls, and was an active member of the Jones Elementary School PTA, Orange Humane Society, and a charter member of the Sunset Grove Country Club. Mary served as a “Gray Lady” at Orange Memorial Hospital for nearly 20 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Orange.
Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband Art, her parents James and Eliza Jane Hobba; sisters, Ellen Hobba Thomas, Agnes Hobba, Jamima Hobba Speckman; and brother, Henry James Hobba.
Survivors include her daughter, Jane Olschefski Louviere, and husband Mike of Sulphur; grandson, Alan Bruce Cameron of Florence, TX; granddaughter, Mary Jane Cameron Follett of Derby, England; one nephew, and two nieces.
She is also survived by her much loved Persian housecats, Mikey and Heller.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.