Olga McNamara

Olga McNamara, 84, of LaJolla, Calif., passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in her home, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Auburn, N.Y., to Katherine and Wasyl Myslichuk. She was the youngest of three daughters, who lived on Case Avenue for many years. Olga graduated from East High School with the class of 1946. She was a very active participant all through her school years and excelled scholastically and in sports. Her English teacher, Catherine Parsell, encouraged her to pursue a college degree. Catherine was a dedicated mentor and was instrumental in guiding her through the process of applying to Cornell University. Olga graduated from Cornell with the class of 1950. She focused on fashion and design after working for Gertrude Herron boutique in Auburn, during her summer breaks from college. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City and started her career with Bonwit Teller and progressed to DePinna as a buyer and ultimately to Saks Fifth Avenue, where she stayed for approximately 12 years. She moved to Phoenix, Ariz., when she married Jerry McNamara. Together they established their own elegant boutique, Capriccio, at the Borgata in Scottsdale and LaJolla. Following her retirement in 1998, Olga wrote and published her memoirs, titled "Fashion Diva", which she dedicated to her two children who survive her, Cindy Jones, of LaPorte, Colo. and James McNamara, of San Francisco, Calif. She is also survived by her soulmate of 25 years, Peter Kruidenier; two sisters, Anne Panson, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. and Helen Pasternak, of Estero, Fla.; along with six nieces; two nephews and many loving friends. Cremation and private funeral services will be in LaJolla in the near future.

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