Clarence Olszewski

September 16, 1952 ~ May 19, 2022 (age 69)


Clarence Adrian Olszewski, 69, of Zap, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home on Thursday, May 19, 2022.  Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 PM CDT, at the Zap City Hall, Zap, ND on Saturday, May 21, 2022.


Clarence was born on September 16th, 1952, in Havre, Montana, to Adrian and Kathleen (Leinan) Olszewski.  He was raised in Hogeland and graduated from Hogeland High School.  Clarence married Rita (Grill) Olszewski on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 1971, in Harlem.  Clarence was an avid fisherman, hunter, and loved his classic cars.  He also enjoyed trap shooting at the Zap Gun Club over the years.  Most Sundays you could find him glued to the tv watching Nascar.  Later in life he discovered his love and talent of woodworking, making amazing pieces and often donating them. If you see painted tulips around the area, you know they were made by him. Clarence and Rita were owners of Olszewski Incorporated, a company contracted to Coyote Electric in Beulah, ND.  He was a heavy equipment operator for 35 years until his retirement in 2016. He was a farmer at heart (or as he called it, a dirthead) and loved to plant a garden every year. Many fun times were had making sauerkraut and horseradish. While he fell ill shortly after retirement, he was always positive throughout it all. He still enjoyed life and continued camping and fishing, and fishing, and of course fishing. His “very special lady friend” Sharon Unruh, and her family, meant the world to him.  He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.


He is survived by his two daughters, Brandi Hafner (Ashley Scholl) of Beulah, ND, Tara (Jeremy) Miller of Knoxville, TN; six grandchildren, Kadin & Madison Hafner, and Jase, Emma, Aiden, and Brooklynn Miller; one brother, Joe Olszewski, and one sister, Elaine Hutton. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rita; and one brother, Edward.


Arrangements conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.

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May 21, 2022

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Zap City Hall, ND, Zap

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