Olga P. West

Mrs. Olga P. West, 100, of Pinehurst, N.C., formerly of Coaldale, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, April 30, in The Inn at Quail Haven. She was the widow of Leroy West, to whom she had been married 33 years.

A registered nurse, she had been employed in the operating room at the former Coaldale State General Hospital, Coaldale.

Born in Morea, Mahanoy Township, she was a daughter of the late Vasily and Mary (Smerkanich) Polohovich.

She was a 1929 graduate of the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia.

A member of First Congregational Church, Coaldale, she was also affiliated with St. Mary Russian Orthodox Church, Coaldale.

Surviving are two sons, Tom of Pinehurst, N.C., and Frederick of Orange Park, Fla.; a daughter, Mary Ann Kowalyshyn of Stroudsburg; three siblings, Ann Petrowsky, Helen Brown and Wash Polohovich; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two nieces and four nephews.

Service: Interment at convenience of family, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua. Contributions in her name may be made to the Quail Haven Village Employees Fund, 155 Blake Blvd., Pinehurst, N.C. 28374. Arrangements by August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale. Online registry at

Published in Times News on May 4, 2010