Obituary of Christopher Tomas Olszewski
Christopher T. Olszewski, 32, of Brookfield, formerly of Ridgefield, beloved son of Barbara (Maciejak) Rokosz of Brookfield, and the late Bogdan Olszewski, died at Danbury Hospital on Wednesday, May 22nd. He was born in Norwalk on February 3, 1987. He was a graduate of Brookfield High School and Western Connecticut State University.
Christopher was a talented freelance photographer and graphic designer. He loved his friends, being outside, spending an afternoon fishing in Connecticut, and showing his family around Brooklyn where he lived in recent years. His passions included taking candid photographs, traveling the world, especially to Poland; artistic styles such as Japanese Irezume and classic Americana, and his cat, Zacky, who slept on his chest every night. Christopher’s was a gentle and spiritual soul.
Friends and colleagues remember Chris as someone who always had good things to say about everyone. They describe him as a true gentleman and an extraordinarily talented and creative person who brought positive energy to every situation. His art was filled with sensitivity and empathy and encouraged reflection. Loved ones remember him as handsome, cheerful, and always smiling with a camera in his hand. In his own writings, Chris expressed his love for his mother, Barbara, and pride for her accomplishments. He described the love he felt for his step-father and extended family as a great gift. Chris recently wrote: “I am so grateful for this amazing life”.
In addition to his devoted mother, Barbara and her husband, Wieslaw, Christopher will be deeply missed by his stepbrother, Michal Rokosz; his stepsister, Eva Rokosz; his Godmother, Isabela Dodo; his aunt, Emilia Zakrewska; and Uncles, Edward and Piotr Maciejak; his cousins, Julia Van Eedan, Monika Zakrewska, and Kasia Kucharski; and his best friend, Greg Kalinka, whom he considered a brother.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Brookfield, on Thursday, May 30th at 11:00am with a reception to follow. Burial will be at a later date in Poland.
The family will receive friends at the Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield, on Wednesday, May 29th between the hours of 5:00-7:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Christopher’s memory to: American Lyme Disease Foundation Inc by copying and pasting this link into your browser where a fundraiser for this organization has already been set up, https://www.facebook.com/donate/1073251432868081/2293935264032752/