Patricia A. “Patti” Olive, 77, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Great Kills, Staten Island, N.Y., passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. She was born June 30, 1941, in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late James Dyer and the late Kathleen B. (Gallagher) Dyer. Her father died at a young age, and her mother met and married James Norris, who raised her and her siblings.
Olive was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Brooklyn. Shortly after high school, she began working for Equitable Life as a stenographer, where she met her future husband, Charles E. Olive. She then worked for Solomon Brothers before starting her family. Olive was a dedicated wife and mother who stayed home to raise her children. After her youngest child started college at the University of West Virginia, she then worked as a home loan officer for Transamerica.
Olive was heavily involved in her children’s education, a member of the PTA at PS32, and was co-president of the PTA of IS75 schools in Staten Island. She was also an integral part of creating the religious education curriculum in her parish, Holy Child in Eltingville, N.Y.
After retiring to Delaware 16 years ago, she became a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, Del., the Millsboro (Del.) Art League and the Ocean City (Md.) Art League, where she enjoyed painting with oils and watercolors. Olive also loved playing mahjong, where she built lasting friendships.
Olive was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Charles “Charlie” E. Olive; three children, Charles “Chuck” E. Olive and his wife, Laurie, of Woodstock, Md., Michelle Cutick and her husband, Brian, of Ellicott City, Md., and Kerri Levy and her husband, Erik, of Ocean View, Del.; seven grandchildren, Brendan Cutick, Kathleen Olive, Sean Cutick, Carleigh Olive, Aidan Levy, Brianna Levy and Jonny Levy; her brother, James Dyer and his wife, Judy, of Corona, Calif.; and two sisters, Maureen Ickrath and her husband, Hugh, of Bethany Beach, and Linda McCubbin and her husband, Melvin of Lewes, Del.
A viewing will be held Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Del. Interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Acute Care of the Elderly Unit (ACE), c/o Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation; 2000 Medical Pkwy., Belcher Pavilion, Ste. 604; Annapolis, MD 21401. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.