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PostHeaderIcon JOAN B. OLANYK of SUNDERLAND, July 5, 1929 – December 16, 2021

Joan B. Olanyk, 92, of Sunderland died unexpectedly on December 16, 2021 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.  She was born on July 5, 1929 in Northampton, Ma the daughter of William Lashway and Myrtie (Nutting) Lashway.

Joan graduated from Amherst High School class of 1947.  She married George Olanyk in 1950.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband George, brothers Edward Lashway, Lawrence Lashway, Leonard Lashway, Richard Lashway and Daniel Lashway, sisters Margaret Poole, Alice Adams, Florence Powers, Helen Adams, Joyce Matuzko and Mary Wilson.

Survivors: Sons William Olanyk and his wife Darcy of Sunderland, Grandsons Zachary Olanyk of Pennsylvania and Alex Olanyk of Sunderland.  Peter Olanyk and his wife Liz of Sunderland, Granddaughter Amy Olanyk Petry and her husband Jon, of West Virginia, great granddaughters Ava and Liv Petry.  Grandson, Peter Olanyk and his family, Jenn, Lilli and Cicci, of Palmer Ma. Sisters Ethel Bozak of Agwam,  Ma, Harriet Eddy of Leverett, Ma, Brothers William Lashway of Williamsburg, Ma and Harry Lashway of Florida.  As well as several brother and sister in-laws and their families.

Joan loved spending time visiting family, playing cards, the beach, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in the spring. Memorial guestbook at

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