Katherine E. Young (Olszewski), aged 37, passed away tragically at Rhode Island Hospital on December 30, 2023. Born in Providence, she was deeply loved daughter of Stephen C. and Cheryl A. (Mulcahey) Olszewski as well as Richard “Ricky” E. Young for 14 years – leaving behind close familial bonds made evident during family gatherings in Coventry, RI.
Katherine developed her love for music and art at an early age, learning piano from a neighbor, exploring art with her mother, and playing recreational soccer. Katherine later attended Coventry High School before transitioning to Gordon College, earning both her Bachelor of Music Education degree as well as an MAEd from College of St Rose Albany NY.
Katherine excelled at switching roles before landing back home to Rhode Island. Her devotion was unflagging no matter the context. Katherine saw her career not simply as a career; rather it was more than that – an impactful mission to change lives – evident through her volunteer work at Chikumbuso organization in Zambia where she not only donated but sponsored many young individuals’ education and livelihood needs.
Katherine had a profound educational impact during her ten-year stint teaching music, chorus, band, and theater at Smithfield High School. Her dedication to strengthening both the music department and reviving musical theater greatly benefitted both students and school culture alike. More than just an educator; Katherine served her students’ talents with passion.
Katherine was also known for her culinary prowess, delighting family and friends with her food. She kept an open home filled with warmth and hospitality for visitors. Katherine enjoyed paddleboarding, enjoying her hot tub, coaching soccer for her children’s teams and teaching piano – she even joined St Luke’s Episcopal Church’s music team in Pawtucket as part of her commitment to faith and musical endeavors.
Katherine’s Legacy Lives On
Katherine left an indelible mark on all who knew and loved her; from her partner, Remy and Ramona Young, sister Christina Wolf and all who knew her. Her life exemplifies passion, dedication and empathy – leaving behind not just memories but an abundance of countless lives touched with generosity, talent and kindness that bear testament to Katherine’s lasting impression.
Family, friends and acquaintances of Katherine will join together on January 10th 2024 at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home in West Warwick RI to pay their respects. A Celebration of Life service will reflect her immense impact in her community while current and former students organize a vigil in her honor to remember how deeply connected they became during her teaching career. Her private burial will allow family and friends to bid farewell, remembering all she shared during her life.
Katherine’s life story goes beyond achievements and roles; it also captures who she was as an individual, shining with love, creativity, and strength. Her legacy continues to impact those left behind – serving as an important reminder that one individual can make a significant impactful difference in the world.