Laurel A. Oleynick, a former X-ray technician and longtime volunteer, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke at the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center in Northeast Baltimore. She was 82.
The daughter of Byron Coggins, a postal worker, and Estelle Coggins, a homemaker, Laurel Adele Coggins was born and raised on Nantucket.
After graduating from Nantucket High School in 1949, she enlisted in the Air Force and served for seven years as a technician with the Strategic Air Command.
Mrs. Oleynick came to Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1956, where she trained and later worked as an X-ray technician.
While at Hopkins, she met Dr. Anatol H. "Harry" Oleynick, a neurologist, whom she married in 1960.
The couple lived in Middle River until 1964, when they moved to Timonium.
Mrs. Oleynick volunteered for years with Beans and Bread in Fells Point, and later at what is now the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, where she accumulated more than 5,000 volunteer hours working in preadmission testing.
She was a longtime active communicant of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Timonium.
"She had served on every committee at one time or another, including the vestry, and was the first female junior warden in Maryland," said a son, Christopher Oleynick of Timonium.
She was an artist who worked in oil and watercolors. She also had enjoyed horseback riding, scuba diving and traveling with her husband, who died earlier this year.
Mrs. Oleynick had lived at the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center since 2006 after suffering a major stroke.
Plans for a memorial service to be held in September are incomplete.
In addition to her son, Mrs. Oleynick is survived by another son, Marc Oleynick of Broomall, Pa.; a sister, Harriet Miller of Hawaii; and four grandchildren.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun