Sgt Ursula Fortenbacher Oleksy 1923 – 2020

BY: Dave Olesky

Ursula Oleksy, who passed away July 12, 2020 at the age of 97. She was born on April 3, 1923 in NYC.

She enlisted in the Marine Corps on January 7, 1952 from NYC. She was stationed in both San Diego, CA as well as Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on February 2, 1953. She separated from service on April 25, 1953.  

My grandmother was always a kind, loving and devoted family woman. She taught us many things, and I believe her time in the Marines provided a solid foundation for everything. She always spoke highly of and proudly of her time with the Corps. She was truly part of the greatest generation. On a side note, I do recall one or two times where she made sure to remind my grandfather, laughingly, that she outranked him, as she was a sergeant and he was Corporal in the Army during WW2. Thank you for your time and assistance and for keeping these memories of our veterans alive and well. 

Ursula M. Oleksy 97, of Brick passed away Sunday July 12, 2020 at her residence after being surrounded by her family for two weeks . She was born on April 3, 1923 in New York City, NY to Charles and Mary Fortenbacher she was raised in Shenandoah, PA. She started her life at the Jersey Shore first at the Sea Girt Inn which her father owned and than later moved to Brick in 1956 where she lived for thirty- two years . She later moved to Micco, FLA. for twenty years before returning to Brick in 2009.

Ursula proudly served in the United States Marines Corp attaining the rank of Sergeant during the Korean War as so many who were part of the Greatest Generation. She was the Past President of St. Dominic’s Alter Rosary Society and Micco Home Owners Association.

She enjoyed bowling, cooking, reading, family gatherings, travelling and spending time with her great grandchildren who visited often.

She is pre-deceased by her husband of 63 years Leonard J. Oleksy.

Surviving are two sons Joseph and his wife Eileen Oleksy of Brick and their children Dave and Dana Oleksy, Kathryn and John Scran, and Kevin and Christopher, and Robert and Nancy Oleksy and their children and families of Eagle, Idaho; her great grandchildren Chloe, John, Lucas and Colton; also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family would like to give a special thank you and love to her niece Sharon and her Health Aid Janine.