Monica Anne Olear


Monica Anne (Malkiewicz) Olear, age 81, of Stroudsburg, PA passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Passaic, NJ to Walter and Mary Malkiewicz, she resided in Fair Lawn, NJ for 25 years before moving to PA 29 years ago.  Mrs. Olear earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Notre Dame College in Baltimore, MD.  A woman of strong faith, she was a parishioner of The Church of St. Luke in Stroudsburg, PA where she was a member of the Bible Study Club.  She was also a former parishioner of St. Anne R.C. Church in Fair Lawn.  Monica was a talented cook.  Whether preparing a holiday meal or baking, this was her passion, most likely because she raised four children and they were always hungry!  She enjoyed traveling and in her younger days, bowling but her greatest joy came from spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Prior to retiring to raise her family, she was an English teacher in Passaic and Lodi.  As a teacher, she had the instinct to help others through her kindness and will be remembered for her giving, loving and selfless nature.  Monica was loved and respected by all those whose lives she touched.

Beloved and devoted wife of 57 years of George Olear.  Loving mother of Gregory Olear, Douglas Olear, Conrad Olear and wife Diane and the late Jennifer Olear.  Cherished grandmother of Stephanie, Grace, Matthew and Wil Olear.  Dear sister of the late Raymond and Cecilia Malkiewicz.

The family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 9-10 am at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ,  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 10:30 am at St. Anne R.C. Church, 15-05 St. Anne Street, Fair Lawn, NJ.  Interment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Monica to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA  02241-7005 would be appreciated.

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I was saddened to hear that dear Monica passed away. My heart goes out to Olear family. With deepest sympathy,
Ivana Kovacevic
Very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Love and hugs to the Olear Family. I am sorry I could not attend the services today. Thoughts and Prayers. Michele White Coles
Michele M Coles
Our deepest condolences to your family. May Mrs Olear rest in peace and watch over you all during this difficult time.
Wowkun Family
We are so sorry for your loss and are sending you our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Dave & Lisa Moini
Dave and Lisa Moini
I’ve know Monica and the entire Olear family for many years. They’ve always been so pleasant, warm and generous to me!!! I had a very special bond with her. We would talk on the phone for hours and she never forgot my birthday. Even before my own family called she was the absolute VERY first person to call and not only wish me a wonderful day she would sing FULLY from the bottom of her heart and leave me a message!! I still have several of them saved. I will miss her dearly and her lively spirit, humorous demeanor and large caring soul !! She will always hold a place in my heart and forever be missed ❤️ Love you Monica !!!!! Xoxoxo Nicole
Nicole Burlingame
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