Kay Susan Olm Celebration of Life

Order of service

  • Welcome – Mike Heath
  • Opening Song – The River, Performed by lan Carrick & Open Hub Singing
  • Open Mic – We invite guests to share 1-3 words that come to mind when thinking of Kay
  • Poem – Bandelier 2006 by Dorothy Shubow Nelson, Read by Marcy Bailey-Adams
  • Memories – A collection of memories from family & friends, Read by Mike Heath
  • Tribute One – By Keran Olm-Stoeling, Read by Tim Sylvester
  • Tribute Two -Remembering Oma, In the words of Hunter & Sydney Sylvester
  • Special Thanks – Jo Sylvester & Kay Carter-Heath
  • Closing Song – Be Not Afraid, Performed by lan Carrick & Open Hub Singing

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Kay Susan Olm

November 16, 1948 – October 5, 2022

Kay Susan Olm, 73, of Bend, Oregon, passed away on October 5, 2022, following a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  She spent her last hours at home, surrounded by loved ones.

Kay was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. She is predeceased by her mother, June Ruth Kloosterboer Olm, and father, Rev. Paul Herman Olm-Stoelting. She is survived by her daughter, Johanna “Jo” Sylvester, grandchildren, Hunter Ray and Sydney Carlen Sylvester, and brother, Paul John Olm.

Kay received her BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and soon after graduating moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she spent much of her adult life.  Kay dedicated 20+ professional years to fair housing through her advocacy work at MassHousing. She was an active member of Church of the Covenant, where she sang in the choir, and had a great community of friends. In 2019, after retirement, Kay moved to Bend to join Jo and family.  She quickly made deeply loving connections with friends who later became “Team Kay”, supporting her through diagnosis, treatment, and hospice. 

Kay loved nature, birds, singing, coffee dates with friends on the patio, family time and, of course, a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone from DQ. 

Known as “Oma” to her grandkids, Kay treasured her time with Hunter and Sydney and loved them immensely. 

In her memory, donations can be made to Church of the Covenant – https://www.cotcbos.org/give.html.