Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 4:19 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Olive Kolar

Sept. 27, 1923-Dec. 31, 2011

Longtime Homer resident Olive Kolar died Dec. 31, 2011. A private family service will be held summer of 2012 in Peterson Bay per her request.

In 1947, Olive Kolar set out North with the love of her life, husband Art Kolar. The two were married Nov. 30, 1944, in Denver Colo.

Back from the war, Art wanted to explore the Last Frontier. Olive made the long trek with her first born, Lynn (Story), a toddler, and her second daughter Jill (Blackwell) on the way. Traversing the new army highway to Alaska was the first of what would become a life of many adventures in the Greatland.

A life that reads like a novel, Olive and Art would settle first in Anchorage, building in the wilds of what is now known as Fireweed Avenue. With the population crowding in, Olive would follow Art once more, this time south to Kenai. Having acquired 160 acres of land in Homer a few years prior, Kenai was a stop along the way. Managing a friend's business, Piggly Wiggly, Olive loved to talk, so customer service came natural.

Once the road to Homer was open, Art and Olive were on the move again. Kachemak Food Cache was born in the early 1950s with Olive at the check stand greeting everyone by name. Retiring from the grocery business in 1975, Olive and Art would tend to their first love: family. Both Lynn and Jill graduated from Homer High School and returned from college to raise their families in the shadow of Art and Olive's home.

Living on what can only be compared to Walton's Mountain, Olive Kolar dedicated her life to her family. Her final days were spent in the home Art built for her on top of the hill where they spent a lifetime loving and nurturing the legacy they left behind: their family who loved them deeply. As the new year of 2012 approached, Olive laid her head to rest one final time, looking into her favorite photo of her beloved Art, closed her eyes and drifted away.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Art Kolar, who died Nov. 19, 2006.

She is survived by her two daughters Lynn and her husband Norm Story and Jill and her husband Don Blackwell, all of Homer; grandson, Chris, his wife, Tiffanie, and their daughter, Zoe, Story of Homer; granddaughter Ashley and her husband, Richard, and their children, Austin and Neveah, Gregoire of Homer; sister Dee Didrickson of Palmer; nieces Karen and Christine Didrickson of Palmer; niece Tammy and her husband, Brian, and their children, Meagan and Brett, Miller of Anchorage; niece Teri and her husband, Cliff, and their children, Crystal and Justin, Penn of Anchorage; nephew Joe and his wife, Judy, Timmick of Big Lake; granddaughter Jodi and her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Madison, Anderson of South Carolina; grandson Garrett and his wife, Carrie, and their children, Alex, Christopher and John, Story of Arizona; grandson Clay, and his wife, Sidney, and their children, Skylar, Austin and Chloe, Christy of Utah.

"Olive's love will live and grow in the hearts of her family forever," wrote her family.


Olive Kolar