1201 Main Street - Pittston (Port Griffith), PA 18640

Richard E. Olechna - Friday, 3/22/2024

Richard E. Olechna, 74, of Exeter, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. He is survived by his loving companion of 41 years, Jean Manganiello.

Born in Carbondale, he was a son of the late Leonard F. and Steffee Zabrowski Olechna.

Rich was a graduate of Taylor - Moosic High School and Wilkes College. He was a proud U.S. Air Force veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Exeter American Legion Post 833, where he held the office of adjutant. Rich was also member of St. Barbara Parish, Exeter.

Prior to retirement, Rich was employed for over 30 years at RCA, Dunmore and retired from the TSA-Department of Homeland Security at the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton International Airport, Avoca. He was most recently employed by Baloga Funeral Home, Inc., Pittston and was one of their most dedicated staff members.

Rich is also survived by his daughters, Heather Flieger and Jessica Olechna; grandsons, Ethan and Austin; brother, Leonard S. Olechna and wife, Linda; sister, Barbara Weinschenk and husband, Paul; aunt, Irene Maciaszek; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 22, 2024, in St. Barbara Parish, 224 Memorial Street, Exeter, to be celebrated by Fr. Paul McDonnell, O.S.J.. Interment will be at a later date in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Military honors will be conducted by the Exeter American Legion, Post 833.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the church, from 9:30AM until the time of the mass.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street, Pittston (Port Griffith).

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From: Jeff Carr

Location: Plains, PA    Date: 2024-04-07

Sad to recently hear of Rich's passing. We worked together for many years....he was one of the "good guys", a friend to all ! Condolences to family and friends.

From: John kulick

Location: Sweet valley, PA    Date: 2024-03-23

Really enjoyed working with you at the funeral home you will be missed. Enjoyed our chats!!

From: Linda Marie Zabrowski-Slachta

Location: Carbondale, PA    Date: 2024-03-22

So sorry to hear of my Cousin Richard's passing. Heartfelt condolences, sympathy and prayers to Jean and the whole family. He truly loved Jean , his girls and grandsons with all his heart and soul. He will be missed.

From: James Fetch

Location: Taylor, PA    Date: 2024-03-21

My condolences on the passing of Richard. He was a neighbor of mine many years ago when he lived in Taylor up stairs in his brothers home. Again so sorry for your loss.

From: Sandra Maciaszek-Timmons

Location: Roswell , GA    Date: 2024-03-18

I'm so sorry to learn of the passing of my cousin Richard. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Jeanne and his family.

From: Paulette Pritchyk

Location: Chapman Lake, Scott Twp, PA    Date: 2024-03-17

So sorry to hear about Richard. He was a classmate of mine. May he rest in peace.

From: Krista Patla

Location: Sweet Valley, PA    Date: 2024-03-17

I worked with Rich for about 6 years at the airport w/ TSA. He had such a great sense of humor. He was like a dad figure to me when I worked there. May he rest in piece.

From: George Cosmetis

Location: dalton, PA    Date: 2024-03-17

Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

From: Danny Pugh

Location: North Chesterfield, VA    Date: 2024-03-17

Shall miss you, my USAFSS Veteran Brother. I shall chrish the picture of you in front of my Daimler at RAF Chicksands, England in 1970/71 as I drove you in style to your discharge from the SS. Godspeed, my friend. ...---...

From: Dale (Beaker)Gow

Location: Nicholson , PA    Date: 2024-03-16

Sorry for your loss I worked with Rich for yrs at R.C.A Great guy played ball with Rich he'll be missed.

From: Carol Minelli

Location: Orlando, FL    Date: 2024-03-16

I am so very sorry to hear about Rich. My condolences and deepest sympathy. There are no words. Sending my prayers, my love, and hugs to Jeanie at the entire family.

From: Denise FoxLarry

Location: Clarks Summit , PA    Date: 2024-03-16

I am deeply saddened to read about Richard's passing. Thoughts and prayers to the family. May he rest in peace.

From: Christine Ross

Location: Port Richey, FL    Date: 2024-03-16

I am so very sorry to read this sad news about Richard passing away. My deepest condolences to Jeanne and his family members! He was such a wonderful person. May he rest in peace.

From: Corinne Pegarella

Location: Glen Lyon, PA    Date: 2024-03-16

Sorry for you loss. I enjoyed working with Rich at TSA. He will be deeply missed.

From: Donny Confer

Location: Tamaqua, PA    Date: 2024-03-16

I truly appreciated and valued the brief amount of time we were able to work together at the airport a number of years ago. I pray that you rest in eternal peace. I send my deepest condolences to your family.

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