Olson—Holly DiMicco Olson, 58, on May 1, 2019, at home in Sellersville, Pa., after an extended struggle with ovarian cancer. Holly was born on September 2, 1960, in Bristol, Pa., to Charlene Brown and Anthony DiMicco. Charlene’s 50 years of experience breeding German Shepherds developed in Holly a lifelong love of dogs, starting with her first cherished pets as a little girl and ending with her last pack of five dogs: Lucy, Dana, George, Henry, and Nimbus. A member of Middletown Meeting in Langhorne, Pa., she graduated from George School in Newtown, Pa., and married Thomas Olson in 1993 in Langhorne. She worked at a print shop, in a doctor’s office in California, and at Richboro MRI. Later, she found her true calling as coordinator for Bucks Quarterly Meeting, a position that leveraged her organizational and communication strengths for the local and wider Quaker community and the non-Quaker community.
Her love of animals cannot be overstated. In addition to dogs, she loved guinea pigs, pot-bellied pigs, rats, goats, horses, and cows. She and Tom fostered and adopted dogs; she volunteered for the Bucks County SPCA for many years, helping to care for and train dogs; and she worked with and supported Quakertown Veterinary Clinic (QVC) Angel Fund and K911 Lost Dog Search and many other animal rescue and care organizations.
She also helped to create the Food for Friends program that feeds the homeless monthly in Lower Bucks County at Fallsington (Pa.) Meeting. Her last project was a memorial meeting on October 6, 2018, for the forgotten slaves buried at Middletown Meeting. She coordinated the committee, bringing together a diverse group of people from inside and outside the meeting, all of whom worked for months on the project, which culminated in a glorious day recognizing and memorializing these souls. Her gifts, which were helping people, spreading love, and touching people’s hearts and minds, will live on through the actions of those who knew and loved her.
Her loved ones express thanks to all the healthcare providers over the last 21 months at Doylestown Hospital and to her team at the Hanjani Institute for Gynecologic Oncology: Dr. Joel Sorosky, Jimmy McCann, and Gwen Salkind. They give special thanks to her hospice care team, coordinated by Susan Vorwerk, for their care, time, and love. Thanks to all who could visit and to all who wanted to visit, and thanks for all the love. She loved you all.
Holly is survived by her husband, Thomas Olson; a step-daughter, Joan Olson Bertone (Kyle); one grandchild; two brothers, David DiMicco (Meagan Longcore) and Bruce DiMicco (Debbie); a sister, Veronica DiMicco Clime (Fred); three nieces; two nephews; and too many friends to name.
An ardent environmentalist, she is interred in Middletown Meeting’s green burial section. In lieu of flowers, Holly requested donations to the QVC Angel Fund (quakertownvetclinic.com) or K911 Lost Dog Search (k911lostdogsearch.org/holly-dimicco-olson).