Edward Olah Obituary (1933 – 2021) – Aurora, IL

Edward John Olah was born September 29, 1933 in Aurora, Illinois to Louis and Mary Olah. He was the penultimate of five boys: Louis Jr, Albert, Vic and Denny. Ed attended East Aurora High School and then dutifully served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. After the war, he met and married the love of his life, Janice Mae Olah, on February 1, 1957. They were an inseparable couple and were married for sixty-three years, having four daughters, two grandsons and three. great-grandchildren. . Ed had a long and successful career with Farmers Insurance and upon retirement worked part-time in Randall Self Storage units and was often seen riding the golf cart chatting with customers. He was a real competitor and he was very physically active until the end. He was an avid golfer and prided himself on being able to land hard long putts from the rough, “while other guys took two or three bullet holes.” He was a lifelong runner, competing in 5k and 10k events in Illinois and was very proud to say he had completed the Chicago Marathon. Ed was a fierce, nationally ranked racquetball player, winning the Illinois State Championship in the late ’90s. He was known to easily beat guys half his age on the racquetball court. from the YMCA and was known for his signature “pinch”. Over the years, Ed has really enjoyed poker nights with the Popp boys and their friends. After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Ed went peacefully with Jesus on December 22, with his daughter Candace holding his hand and his wife Jan by his side. Ed is survived by his wife Jan, his daughters Candace Popp, Robin Napolitano, Pam Olah and Merry Beth Olah, his son-in-law Lloyd Popp, his grandsons Max Popp (Loryn Popp) and Ben Popp (Yesenia Popp) and grand-grandchildren -children Brodie Popp and Mabel Popp, and Zayne Popp. Above all, Ed was a loving father and practical grandfather and great-grandfather, affectionately known as “Papa Ed”. You can always count on him to support his grandsons and cheer them on at every sporting event, school event, music recital and concert over the years. Ed’s grandsons, Max and Ben, can’t wait to one day share with their children the fun times and traditions they lived with “Papa Ed”. He will be sadly missed and never forgotten.

Memorial services will take place at a later date.

Please visit our website at www.daleidenmortuary.com where you can leave your condolences to Edward’s family.


Posted by Beacon News on January 2, 2022.

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