Mario Olszanski
Mario Olszanski
  • May 12, 1924 - August 1, 2017
  • Hanahan, South Carolina

Share This Obituary

Mario Olszanski of Hanahan, SC entered into eternal rest on August 1, 2017. He was born in Pinsk, Poland, May 12, 1924 to the late Samuel Olszanski and the late Bertha Pinsker Olszanski. He worked as an engineer for the U.S. Civil Service at the Charleston Navy Shipyard until his retirement, January 3, 1995.

He was a world traveler and well educated man, a master of several languages. He was a King in our hearts and will be missed by many.

In search of a better life, Mario’s parents moved with him as a child to South America where he grew up in Argentina, learning to speak both Spanish and Portuguese. Later, he moved to New York where he graduated from the prestigious Columbia College as an electrical engineer despite having only a rudimentary understanding of English. He returned to the United States after living in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, proudly becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. His love for this Country grew when he was hired at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. He was hired to perform stability calculations on submarines despite being an Electrical Engineer and having no background in Naval Architecture. However, he quickly learned the job and was a valuable asset to the group, traveling around the country and the world, learning several more languages fluently in the process. He had several new co-workers and friends at the shipyard where he bettered his English with his favorite phrase being “Only in America, Baby!” He greatly appreciated the opportunities he had in the United States compared to where he grew up. Upon retiring as a Naval Architect after 27 years of Civil Service, Mario learned how to buy and rehabilitate houses with his wife Betty, building an impressive local rental property business. He was a Master Mason, 32nd degree Scottish Rite and a Shriner with a love of drawing portraits later in life.

Mario is survived by his loving wife, Betty W. Olszanski, as well as his step-children: Cobina J. Wright, Elton J. Wright and his wife, Ginger, and Dorinda J. Nelson and her husband, Charlie; his step-grandchildren: Elton J. Wright III and his wife, Rose, Kaylee Wright, Brandon Biggs and his wife, Samantha, and Kyle Biggs and his wife, Pamela; and his great step-grandchildren: Autumn Wright, Lillian Biggs and Pearce Biggs.

Visitation will be Saturday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home with the Celebration of Life Service at 2pm. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park at 7113 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children in Mario’s memory: