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Hedy Estella Okolichany

Hedwig (Hedy) Okolichany of Cashiers, North Carolina passed away peacefully at home on July 2, 2022. Hedy was born on Father’s Day, June 15, 1947 in Allentown, PA to the late Edward Maerkl and Madelyn Kern Maerkl. She graduated from Coal Township High School in 1965 and attended Reading Hospital School of Nursing in 1966. Hedy worked as the Business Office Manager at Jupiter Hospital, Jupiter, Fl from 1979 until her early retirement in April 1993. Hedy most recently worked at Cashiers Community Library until her retirement in 2013. Hedy was a member of the Valley Garden Club, Book Club, served on Friends of the Library Board, and volunteered for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society for over 10 years. She was honored to receive the Humane Hero Of The year award last year. She loved working with children, animals, and senior citizens. Hedy loved spending as much time as possible in her yard, watching the birds from her numerous bird feeders, walking her dog Bella, playing with her cat Bennie, and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends. Hedy is preceded in death by her parents, daughter-in-law, Denise Okolichany, and nephew Matthew Crowl. Hedy is survived by her husband, Ted, at home; son Jason (Melissa) Beard of Daphne, AL.; daughter Melanie Beard of Bryson City, NC.; step children, Ronald (Cindy) Okolichany of North Palm Beach, FL.; Theodore Okolichany of Lake Park, GA.; and Christopher (Toni) Okolichany of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Surviving grandchildren are: Brandon, Ausitn, Nick, Ronald, Randy, Rachel, Amber, Matthew, Megan, Tiffany, Erika, and Tiana. Hedy is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Nellie. Hedy is also survived by a brother and sister, Edward (Bobbi) Maerkl of Millersburg, PA. and Linda Susan (Rex) Crowl of Shamokin, PA Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Hedy was loved and respected by all of those who for fortunate to know her. She will be deeply missed in the community and by family and friends. Hedy requested no formal funeral service. A Celebration Of life will be held at a later date. Hedy requests that donations be made in her memory to the Cashiers- Highlands Humane Society, P.O. Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717, or plant a tree in her memory.

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The world has lost a warm, loving, kind, honest and caring person. Getting to know and become a friend of Hedy's is one of my greatest treasures from my time spent in Cashiers. We both loved books, dogs, and gardening. She was a blessing to so many! RIP

Jo Ann Guise Jul 10 2022 9:58 PM

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Cindy Okolichany Jul 9 2022 11:56 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Hedy Okolichany

Melanie Jul 9 2022 8:11 AM

Hedy dear friend you are the heart & soul of Fenly Fires & beyond. Will cherish the memories: numerous dinners & parties at our homes, our NFL game, daughter Lisa’s wedding, super bowl party, times on the lake, even controlling Ted with the “Now Ted.!” Your ever present smile & grace will be forever in the hearts of your family & numerous friends.
God Bless you & Ted,

Roy Jul 7 2022 1:43 PM

Hedy was such a warm, kind, generous person. She and Ted were wonderful neighbors to my parents, and even after Mom & Dad moved they stayed in touch. Seems like we ran into Hedy just about everywhere in Cashiers - she was deeply committed to serving the community, which will miss her as much as our family will.

Alison Tyrer Jul 6 2022 11:22 PM

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Malana Fontaine Jul 6 2022 4:41 PM

Hedy was my mentor when I joined the staff at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library -- she was so patient and understanding about my numerous failings and my inability to grasp so many basic concepts.

To her credit, she never rolled her eyes at my latest confounding error, and she somehow always managed to find a bit of humor in whatever situation we were facing.

To her children and grandkids, please know that she was always, always, proud of you and she never tired of singing your praises. I feel like I know each one of you.

If you're ever feeling down, contact me and I'll share with you a joke that I told Hedy that made her almost wet her pants.

Please take care.

Luke Osteen Jul 6 2022 4:19 PM

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Ron Okolichany Jul 6 2022 3:10 PM

Seeing Hedy was always a highlight of my visits with Melanie in NC. Hedy was so caring and welcoming with everyone. She was full of love for people and our furry friends. I felt honored to know her and witness the wonderful mother-daughter bond she shared with Melanie. Hedy made the world a better place. She will be missed.

Rebecca Klinger Jul 6 2022 12:26 AM

I will never forget our float trip down the little Tennessee River. She said it was in her bucket list and I was so happy to be with her and Melanie for that event. Ms O was a pleasure to be around and I so admired she and Melanie’s mother/daughter relationship. She will be missed.

My sincere condolences to Melanie and her family.

Tammy J Baker Jul 5 2022 8:31 PM

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