Louise Zwaschka Oldman
November 2, 1928 - July 17, 2020

Louise Zwaschka Oldman passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, at home on Friday,July 17, 2020 at the age of 91 years. Louise, or Mutti, as she was fondly known by those close to her, will be lovingly remembered by her children, Patrice (Jeremiah) Coholan of Dartmouth, MA, Karen (Charlie) Oldman-Toutant of Calabash, NC, and Bret (June) Oldman of Hillman, MI.

She was the wife of the late Donald Urquhart Oldman. Louise was born on November 2, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY to Ludwick and Mary (Link) Zwaschka. She was predeceased by her parents, her stepsister, and her husband. Louise attended Queens College in Brooklyn, New York where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in June 1950. She and Donald Oldman were married on August 12 that year. The couple moved to Kingston, RI where she taught school in Hope Valley while he attended the University of Rhode Island. In 1952 the couple moved to Ottawa, then Marseilles, Illinois. Louise was a stay-at-home mother until 1965 when the couple’s youngest started school and she resumed her career as teacher at Rutland Community Consolidated School in Ottawa until her retirement in 1987 when she and Donald moved to Carolina Shores, NC. Louise was an exceptional wife and mother who provided a warm and loving home for her family. She was also a devoted grandmother to seven grandchildren: Ryan Coholan, Megan (Coholan) Pollock, Amy (Lipsett) Bedard, Brian Lipsett, Jessica (Oldman) Rodriguez, Erin (Oldman) Walker, and Hannah Oldman. She is survived by nine great grandchildren: Paige Bedard, Olivia Lipsett, Caleb Lipsett, Ruby Rodriguez, Josie Rodriguez, Logan Walker, Quinn Walker, Ella Walker, and Crosby Behning and will also be forever remembered by her extended family, dear friends, and wonderful live-in caregiver over the past two and a half years – Priscilla Walker. Louise enjoyed gardening, golf, boogie boarding at Sunset Beach, sewing, reading, baking, Sudoku, and Yahtzee with family. She was often dubbed the “Yahtzee Queen”. Family was as important to her as it was to Donald. Numerous memorable Oldman family reunions were held over the years on Sunset Beach where the two of them were surrounded by their beloved family.

Due to pandemic concerns, there will be no funeral service, but a memorial celebration of Louise’s life will be planned for a future date. Details will be sent to family members and friends prior to the celebration. Although her own life was not impacted by cancer, others near and dear to her were, and Louise would appreciate those who desire to make a donation in her memory to continue her support of the American Cancer Society.


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