Doris M. Olszewski, 87

April 25, 1930 - Dec. 25, 2017
Doris M. Olszewski, April 25, 1930 - Dec. 25, 2017

Doris M. Olszewski of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who worked at the East Hampton Library from 1970 to 1986, died early on Christmas Day in Florida. She was 87 and had been ill for some time.

With her first husband, Henry G. Kabelitz, to whom she was married in 1955, Mrs. Olszewski traveled the world as an Air Force wife, living on bases in Saint-Mihiel, France, Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, Moron, Spain, Roswell, N.M., and Austin and El Paso, Tex. She became interested in baking and cake decorating while living overseas.

Just before Mr. Kabelitz died, in 1968, they moved to East Hampton, where she worked in day care for a year and then at the East Hampton Library.

In November 1977, she married John B. Olszewski of Sag Harbor, who died in August 2017. With two children from her first marriage, they lived first in East Hampton, where Mr. Olszewski was the library caretaker, then in Sag Harbor. The family moved in 1986 to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where she worked for a construction company for 10 years.

After she retired, Mrs. Olszewski was a volunteer at the Saratoga Battlefield in the Saratoga National Historical Park. Her family wrote that she became known there for offering cookies to park visitors and businesses as a way of encouraging donations to the park. The effort was so successful that park rangers built what they called Doris’s Kitchen for her.

Mrs. Olszewski was born on April 25, 1930, in Howard Beach, Queens, to the former Gertrude Hoffman and James B. Harrietts. She grew up there, graduating from John Adams High School in Ozone Park.

In addition to being a master baker and cake decorator, her family wrote that she was a birdwatcher, enjoyed doing The New York Times crossword puzzle, watching “Jeopardy,” and playing Bingo and slot machines at casinos.

In addition to her son, Gary B. Kabelitz of Sag Harbor, who said that as a child he loved his mother’s cakes and cookies, a daughter, Gail O’Neill of Palm Beach Gardens, survives, as well as four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Olszewski will be cremated and her ashes buried with her husband’s at the Calverton National Cemetery Columbarium in Wading River. A memorial service is yet to be scheduled. Donations in her name can be sent to Friends of the Saratoga Battlefield, 648 Route 32, Stillwater, N.Y. 12170.