Shawn Robert Olszewski

OLSZEWSKI, Shawn Robert, 37, of Follansbee, WV formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013.

Born on Sept. 30, 1975, in Pittsburgh, PA, Shawn was the son of Julie Gregson Olszewski of Follansbee, WV, and the late Thomas Olszewski, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his father; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Caroline Olszewski, Sr.; and his maternal grandparents, Robert Gregson, Ethel Gregson Meier, and Leonard Meier.

A well known artist in the Pittsburgh area, Shawn was very proud of the fact that his artwork hangs in every continent of the world.

After graduating from Weir High School in 1993, and serving in the United States Army Reserves, Shawn has traveled throughout the United States and Canada.

Shawn will always be remembered for his generosity to those less fortunate. He was a free spirit and was loved for his unique sense of humor. Shawn adamantly fought for social justice and stood up for the oppressed.

He is survived by his mother, Julie; his sister, Dawn James (Roy) and a niece, Mia James, all of Follansbee, WV. Shawn is also survived by his aunt and uncle, Bobby and Karen Olszewski of Follansbee; an uncle, Thomas Gregson, of Weirton; an aunt, Becky Gregson of Weirton; and five cousins, Lance Olzewski (Rebecca), Mason James Olszewski, Megan Olszewski, Zachary Gregson, and Carly Gregson.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Rev. Penny Calmbacher of the Follansbee United Methodist Church will preside.

Entombment will follow at the Saint Paul Cemetery Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Shawn’s memory may be made to Art Expressions Inc, an organization in Pittsburgh that helps children through art.

More information can be found on Or a donation of art supplies can be made to your favorite school or art student.

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