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Joanne Rose Oleck, M.D.

  • On December 12, 2019

Dr. Joanne Rose Oleck, age 65, passed away peacefully after a brief illness in her Moon Township home on Thursday, December 12, 2019
surrounded by her loving family.

She was born and raised in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Gilda (Bevilacqua) Fickulak.

She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Oleck, and one daughter, Halley (Matt) Schwartz of Northfield, Minnesota; two sisters: Diane (Dan) Baker and Nancy (Carl) Maronde; sisters-in-law: Margaret (Leon) Wilkerson, Shirley (the late Barry) McHugh, and Barbara Oleck; four nieces and six nephews; her precious companion, Angel and grand-dogs, Zoe and Cato.

Joanne was a graduate of Canon-McMillan High School, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics, a Master of Science Degree in Human Genetics, and a Doctor of Medical Science Degree, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Following a residency at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN, Joanne practiced at many local hospitals including: Allegheny General Hospital, UPMC Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Magee Women’s Hospital, and Jefferson Hills Center, and was an associate in private practice. She volunteered many years traveling to Guatemala with Surgicorps International using her medical skills to care for underprivileged women.

She had many hobbies and interests including art, music, and travel. Joanne recently attained a copyright for her original design trademark for her hand painted silk scarves. She worked her way through school as a docent at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and as an EMT. Joanne was devoted to her family, friends, many patients, and her family pets.

Friends will be received at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care 5405 Steubenville Pike Robinson Township, PA 15136 on December 15, 2019 from 1:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Philip Catholic Church 50 W. Crafton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 151205 on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 10:00am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Humane Animal Rescue, North Side Animal Resource Center 1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 and Surgicorps International 3392 Saxonburg Blvd., Suite # 400 Glenshaw, PA 15116.

Please view and sign the family’s guestbook at www.PittsburghCremation.com

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  • Dec 12 2019
Mike I am so sorry for your loss. Although I never met her your wife she seemed like a lovely person. Please take care and know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Laurie Lapiska
Pat and Betty lawler
  • Dec 12 2019
Dear Halley, our sincerest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your mother. We will keep you and her in our prayers.
Bob and Janet Dell
  • Dec 12 2019
It is with great sadness that we learned of your loss. Joanne was a special person and will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your daughter and her husband, and the family. Bob and Jan Dell
Helen Fries
  • Dec 12 2019
There will never be another one like Jo! She can make you laugh and cry, happy and sad, kind and brutally honest all within the same conversation. So very smart. So very talented. An artist and physician..who does that? She pushed herself to be there for her friends, her patients and her family. She recognized no disability. Everything was possible! Because of her, I absolutely knew God could do miracles. Rest in peace, Joanne. Pray for us from your new home in heaven. Love, Helen
Debra Zook Von Enck
  • Dec 12 2019
Mike, I am so sorry on the loss of your beautiful wife. I have so many fond memories of sharing an apartment with Joanne in our care-free single days, followed by her delightful time dating you and the joy of hearing that she was pregnant with Halley. Both my husband Joe and I have you, Halley and family in our thoughts and prayers💕
Shakil Khan
  • Dec 12 2019
Mike, my deepest sympathies for you and Halley. We became good friends or over the last many year, sharing meals and drinks almost every week or two. I know how you feeling, Mike, because I went through the same disastrous event two years ago. I will be here to spend time with you as much as you need.
Jill Anelneri Baker
  • Dec 12 2019
Dear Halley and Mike so so sorry for the loss of your Mother and wife. My prayers are with you ...may you find peace in knowing she is in the arms of sweet angels.
Mike Gerace
  • Dec 12 2019
Mike, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter. My deepest sympathy.
Lisa Schonbeck
  • Dec 12 2019
Dear Mike and Halley, I am at a loss for words. Joanne was a wonderful person and I am shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. My thoughts are with you both and the rest of your family at this difficult time.
Debbie Kollet
  • Dec 12 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I first met Joanne on my trip to Guatemala and we had such a good time. She was such a wonderful person and the angels are singing with her coming to heaven.
Teresa Oneill
  • Dec 12 2019
Mike I am so sorry for the loss of your bride. She was a kind person who seemedto complete you. Hang onto the memories and your strong faith. Tee O'Neill
  • Dec 12 2019
Mike and Halley, my deepest condolences for the passing of Joanne. For the short time you guys were neighbors I could see what a gentle and kind person she was, my thoughts are with you.
DJ Horton
  • Dec 13 2019
Mike - I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Joanne. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and may God give you peace during this time. DJ Horton
Andy Muha
  • Dec 13 2019
Dear Mike -- I'm terribly sorry to hear about Joanne's passing. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her, the testament given by her obituary reflects that she was a wonderful, remarkable, incredibly accomplished woman. Thank God for that! My deepest condolences to you, Halley, and all of your extended family. I will be keeping you all in my prayers. May Joanne be given rest in the mansions of the righteous, and may her memory be eternal!
Mim Bizic
  • Dec 13 2019
Dearest Mike and Family, My deepest Sympathy and condolences to all of you. How sad I was to read the email from our St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox choir treasurer Alyssa about JoAnne’s passing, as my heart broke for Mike who has been such a great, loyal friend for our choir. But after reading the obituary, I felt a devastating blow for humanity as JoAnne was such a shining star while here on Earth. She sure used her talents and treasures wisely while with us. We must always remember the countless lives she saved in so many ways! May her loving and giving spirit be a balm to all who hold her memory dear. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Mim Bizic
Violet Benedict
  • Dec 13 2019
So sorry to hear of your wife’s passing Mike. My sympathies to you and your Family. Memory Eternal 🙏
Ray Rudolph
  • Dec 13 2019
very sorry to learn of your wife's passing. take care of yourself. Ray & Emily
Lorie & Dick Frankjovic
  • Dec 13 2019
Joanne was such a beautiful spirit and reflection of God's love; her absence from us will be hard to overcome. We will best honor her by rejoicing in her new spiritual life and imitating the love she shared with each of us. Our prayers are with you, Michael; Halley; Matt and all in Joanne's family.
Scott emery
  • Dec 14 2019
Such sad news to hear about Joanne. To us that graduated with her the world is just a sadder place today. She will always be remembered, I will ALWAYS remember. Joanne was so smart and treated everyone with kindness and respect. Reading all of this wow what wonderful accomplishments in life. Joanne you will never be forgotten.
Dorothy Darroch
  • Dec 15 2019
Mike and Halley: I want to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Joanne. You must be very proud of Joanne’s accomplishments throughout her life. The best being a loving wife and mother. Although it is a sad time in you lives, know that Regis and I are praying for you and for eternal life for Joanne. Sincerely, Dorothy Darroch
JJ Janos
  • Dec 15 2019
Remembering Dr. Joanne Rose Fickulak Oleck M.D.! Joanne was an uncommon Doctor, Wife, Mother, Sister and Friend. Living up to her Namesake, the Feminine form of John, derived from Latin Name Johanna in Hebrew of "God Is Gracious"! Coming to terms with a loss of is perhaps the most difficult task for all families and friends. In the coming days ahead we will all find our own ways to grieve for Joanne instead celebrate her life that healed many Strangers that few of us ever knew. Indeed, Pittsburgh 3 Hospitals were blessed with Joanne's Grace & Extraordinary Practice often working 12-18 Hour Days including Volunteering her Professional Expertise Skills for those in Poverty but still in need such as Surgicorps International in Foreign Nations. One story given at a Fundraiser was about a Guatemala Patient in Pain with little ability to speak English. They said, when Joanne would walk into their room they could see "Joanne Smile" and it would turn their day around. They talked about the beautiful Yankee Doctor with such "Confident Eyes" that would stare their fears away. Later in recovery, when they seldom could talk, they would just Mirror their own Eyes and Smiles back to Dr. Oleck that could see what their own Happy Hearts were saying with Secret Tears of Silence of Pure Gratitude. Today, our thoughts should not Mourn Joanne's Passing but remembering how many moments none of knew how others she served were feeling the most despair and Joanne took them by the hand and helped them to look beyond those moments of doubts on life. Joanne's inherent courage, endurance and dedication was known throughout the Community, County and Country. As a Healer, Joanne, accomplish not just her own "Impossible Dream", but shared this "Gift of Talent Spiritually”, so others may live out their own dreams but with the exceptional candor by helping others first and foremost without complaint. Unlike us that never were Physicians our Hearts must recover over time as well. One way to do that is to accept that Joanne's Death is only a stage in which one exists only in the memory of others which is why it is not an end. So, No Goodbyes. since Joanne is still here in everyone of your own Good Memories. Our thoughts now should be turning to each other and comforting by sharing our own story about how Joanne touched life touched us and others. Our thoughts are not for just for Joanne, but for ourselves thinking how empty it will be without her presence but how many none of know are now living elsewhere due to Joanne's Dedicated Life of Medicine that has many People Living today. Remembering on their Darkest Days Joanne's Eyes & Smiles that help Heal and made them well. Tribute "Joanne Song", for Mike & Halley: https://youtu.be/BQzwOH6arzE Song for Friends & Families: https://youtu.be/AA9VExCEV_k JJ Janos
Kevin McNary
  • Dec 18 2019
Joanne was a beautiful and accomplished woman who never failed to brighten my day whenever I was lucky enough to see her. She was a great friend and classmate and I shall miss her dearly. My deepest condolences to her family upon losing her way too soon. She was a gem, and a rare and lovely one.