Nicholas Olzem

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Nicholas Gunar Olzem, 25, of Freeburg, IL, loving son and brother, passed away April 4, 2020.

Nicholas was born on August 19, 1994 in Clinton Township, Michigan to Gary and Joy Olzem. He had a passion for music from a young age and enjoyed many years of vocal, piano, and guitar.  He graduated from Freeburg Community High School in 2012.  He then attended Greenville College, Greenville, IL, where he participated in the Greenville Choir and Chamber Singers. Nicholas enjoyed studying science, snow skiing and loved the outdoors. He had a passion for working on automobiles.  Nicholas’ talents never ceased to amaze all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his beloved father, Gary Gunar Olzem, who passed away on November 4, 2004; and maternal grandparents, James F. and Marica J., nee Fulton, Grzanich.

Surviving are his mother, Joy L., nee Grzanich, Olzem;
a loving brother, Stephen Andrew Olzem;
and his paternal grandparents, Robert and Marion, nee George, Olzem.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Private family services were held.



11 Comments on Nicholas Olzem

Christopher Righi said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2020 at 5:13 PM

Joy and Stephen, There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t appreciate the friendship Nick and I had as kids. I miss him, and your whole family, to this day and I wish you nothing but the deepest condolences for this loss. I will keep you and the rest of your family in my thoughts and prayers, and although this news was heart wrenching to hear, I will live remembering the countless happy moments Nick and I shared when we were growing up. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, Christopher Righi

  • Saint Clair Shores
  • Michigan
Rona Barkau said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2020 at 8:03 AM

Joy, Melanie told me yesterday that you lost your son. I'm so sorry to hear that. I have 3 sons and cannot imagine what you're going through. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God will help you find peace.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Rita Winkeler said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Joy and Stephen, I saw this in the newspaper today. I am so sorry to hear of Nick's passing. I enjoyed teaching both of the boys. May Jesus be your peace right now.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Ben Carril said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2020 at 10:28 AM

Joy, Stephen, and rest of family, I cannot express how sorry I am and how much I am praying and thinking of you right now. Nick was always a joy to be with and welcoming to others. I will miss him, and again, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • St. Charles
  • Missouri
Kim McDaniel said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2020 at 7:32 PM

Joy, Stephen, & family so sorry for you guys. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jim and Kim McDaniel Family.

  • New Baltimore
  • MI
Michelle Sayles said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2020 at 4:53 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know our entire family has you and Stephen in our thoughts and prayers during this very challenging time. We will always treasure the times we spent together at Cheyenne with your entire family. God bless you and give you strength in the days ahead.

  • Macomb
  • MI
Caitlyn Holcomb said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2020 at 12:07 PM

I am so sorry for your loss! Many prayers for your family. I wasn’t close with him but we went to the same school growing up. Prayers

  • Centralia
  • IL
Mike Hardy said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2020 at 11:02 AM

My heart goes out to your family. I pray that God gives strength and peace to work through this troubled time.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Barton Family said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2020 at 10:56 AM

So very sorry to hear of Nick's passing. We enjoyed his presence many hours as we hosted the young adults from Eastbridge Fellowship each month in our home. Our orayers are with all his family & friends.

  • Lebanon
  • IL
Deanna Hinds said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2020 at 10:42 AM

Joy, Stephen & family, we are so sorry you lost your beloved son, brother and grandson. The Lord bless and keep each one. The Lord gather you beneath the shadow of His wings and bring you peace. Love and prayers, Deanna & Jim.

  • Lewistown
  • Ilinois
Amy Righi said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2020 at 10:38 AM

We are praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May Nick be at rest with Gary in the loving arms of our Lord.

  • Macomb
  • MI

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