Obituary: Olga Schreck

Obituary: Olga Schreck

She and her family escaped Austria in 1938 when the Nazis marched in.

Olga Schreck, age 97, of Atlanta passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from pancreatic cancer.

Olga was born in Vienna, Austria, the youngest of eight children; she had six sisters and one brother. The entire family fled when the Nazis invaded in 1938. The family members all managed fortunately to survive for several years in Europe, with some then fleeing to Cuba, some to Israel and the majority to the United States. Olga finally reached the United States via Lisbon, Portugal.

Olga married Adolph Schreck in 1945 in New York City. They moved in 1957 to Atlanta, where they made a wonderful life for themselves until Adolph died suddenly in 1980. Olga married Fred Schuster of New York City several years later, until his unfortunate death from cancer. Olga determinedly pursued a full life with her family and with her engaging friends at The Barclay. Her biggest passions were traveling, exercising and playing bridge. Olga’s travels proudly included cruising worldwide. She loved to share her many life experiences. Olga was adamant in encouraging others to lead healthy, full lives, as her caretakers humorously will attest to. We are most grateful to Fatou Manneh and Khadi Sankoh for the loving care they provided.

Survivors include her daughters, Rita (Michael) LeVine and Linda (Richard) Hoffenson; her 109-year-old sister, Rita Biron; her grandchildren, Leslie (Jason) Charney, Julie (Benjamin) Taube, Greg LeVine, Andrea Hoffenson and Steven Hoffenson; and her great-grandchildren, Emma and Piper Charney and Leah and Mason Taube.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Weinstein Hospice, Jewish Family & Career Services or the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Holocaust Survivor Support Fund. Sign the online guestbook at A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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