Groveland and Peabody — Judith C. (Callahan) Oleks, 67, of Groveland, formerly of Peabody, died on March 21, 2014, surrounded by family and friends, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, after a courageous 3-year fight against cancer.
She was the loving wife of John T. Oleks; devoted mother of Christopher D. Oleks and his wife, Beth, of Topanga, Calif., and Daniel J. Oleks and his wife, Alison, of New York City.
She was the youngest child of the late Daniel Callahan and Helen (Maskaskas) Callahan of Peabody; and cherished sister of four siblings, Daniel Callahan of Delaware, Edward Callahan of North Reading, Ann Foster of Peabody, and Helen Callahan of Danvers. She is also survived by loving nieces and nephews. She was a consummate friend to many.
A dedicated educator, she constantly encouraged individuals to pursue their educational goals to the utmost. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Salem State College, Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Doctorate of Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Oleks began her career in education as a teacher of math at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, and then was Bunker Hill Community College Dean of the Computer Science Department, and concluded her career at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland as Vice President of Academic Affairs.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday March 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11:30 a.m., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Judith to support the Dr. Ursula Matulonis Research Fund and/or the Early Drug Development Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. Gifts may also be made to support the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923. For directions and her obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.