Harriet Lorraine Olis, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 16, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. Harriet was born on August 31, 1928 to Albert and Hazel Mann in North East, Pennsylvania. She spent her childhood in North East and graduated from North East High School. She went on to attend and graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester New York with a Fashion Merchandising degree. Harriet moved to Detroit, Michigan upon accepting a position with J. L. Hudson's as an assistant buyer in the women's fine suit and fur department. During her early years at J. L. Hudson's, Harriet met the love of her life, Andrew (Andy) Olis. They married in 1954 and enjoyed 64 wonderful years of marriage. Together they raised five children in Grosse Pointe Woods. During that time, she enjoyed sewing clothes for the kids, attending school events, making her well loved chocolate chip cookies, raising the family dogs - Gigi, Shelby and Razen, and keeping everyone in line with her wit and humor. In addition to raising her family, Harriet enjoyed playing solitaire and card games, keeping up with the latest shoe fashions at Jacobson's and going out to lunch. Harriet was fortunate to travel overseas on numerous occasions accompanying Andy on his business trips.
In her later years, Harriet and Andy spent time at their second home on Burt Lake in northern Michigan and winter months in Siesta Key, Florida. Harriet enjoyed the visits of her children and grandchildren and the special memories of good times spent together. After the loss of her husband, Andy in 2018, Harriet moved to Cranberry Park at ShorePointe assisted living community. Harriet will be remembered for her feistiness, positive attitude in life, her witty catch phrases, swear jar with the grandkids and the pleasure of sharing a beer with friends and family.
Harriet is survived by her adoring children, Patricia (Martin) Casey, Nancy Olis, Martha (Russell) Langton, Barbara (Scott) Turnbull, Andrew (Tiffany) Olis and her beloved grandchildren, Alex, Drew, and Kelly Langton, Emily and Patrick Turnbull and Tony Tewes. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Henrietta (Gilbert) Hoffman.
The family would like to thank the staff at Cranberry Park at ShorePointe and Compassus Hospice for their overwhelming kindness and support.
A private funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burt Lake Preservation Association, PO Box 632, Indian River, Michigan 49749.
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