Olga Tereshko Cluff passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the age of 91.
Born in 1925 to Ukrainian immigrants in Hell’s Kitchen, she spent her younger years in Rosemont, NJ. At the age of 21, she bought the house located at 88 North Main Street in Lambertville. She lived there for her remaining 70 years – first with her mother and siblings, and later with her husband and five children. Olga was a “Rosie the Riveter” in World War II, but the bulk of her working career was spent with the New Jersey Department of Education. Additionally, she was a member of St. John’s choir, a talented seamstress, world traveler, fabulous cook, and a creative artist, spending her later years perfecting the craft of Pysanky. However, her family will remember her best for perpetually hosting family gatherings.
Olga was pre-deceased by William Cluff, her husband of 65 years and two sisters, Primrose Parrish and Monia Hughes. She is survived by her children, Michele Hopkins (David), Michael Cluff, Pamela Atkinson (Blair), Patricia Cluff, and Bill Cluff (Tina Gaspari); granddaughters Paris Atkinson and Ashley Atkinson; siblings Lillian Cartledge (James) and Joseph Tereshko (Barbara); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 10th, 9:30 am at St. John the Evangelist Church, 44 Bridge St, Lambertville, NJ. Burial will follow in the Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 pm at the Garefino Funeral Home 12 N Franklin St. Lambertville, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 237, Lambertville, NJ 0853.