John "Wah" Oleski


Died: December 17, 2013

John "Wah" Oleski, 50, of Binghamton, went on his final bike ride on Tuesday morning, December 17, 2013 from Wilson Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents, John F. and Mary Oleski of Binghamton. He is survived by his riding companion and wife of 10 years, Debbi Oleski of Binghamton; his brother, Ralph and sister-in- law, Robin Oleski of Charlotte, NC; mother-in-law, Joan Deitz; four brothers-in-law, Burt, Dean, Darryl and his wife, Bernice, and Gregg Deitz; nieces, Jennifer, Olivia, Lorelei, and nephew, Logan Deitz, all of Kingston; aunts, uncles, many cousins and goddaughters, Nicole and Alicia Pionteck of Windsor. John loved life and giving to others. He had a passion for riding his Harley Davidson alongside with his wife, Debbi, and his friends from the HOG club, including rides to Sturgis, South Dakota, Daytona Beach, FL, and the Outer Banks, NC. He's been a life member of National HOG (Harley Owners Group) since 1986 and is the assistant director of the local HOG chapter of Binghamton. John is very involved in their annual Christmas for Kids charity event that raises thousands of dollars for Broome County's Toys-for-Tots. He loved the Mets, NASCAR, monster trucks and the Dallas Cowboys. He was a senior mail clerk at Binghamton University. He taught the motorcycle safety course at Southern Tier Harley Davidson and also worked at the Broom County Veterans Memorial Arena as a "Red Coat".

Calling hours will be held Saturday from 1-3PM and 6-8PM at Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home, 326 Prospect St., Binghamton. A Celebration of John's Life will be held on Sunday from 11AM-3PM at Endwell Fire Dept., 3508 Country Club Rd., Endwell, NY. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider contributing a food donation to our local CHOW in John's memory. Kindly consider lighting a virtual candle in John's memory and sign his guestbook at

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Candy Beardsley said on Sunday, Dec 22 at 7:35 PM

I worked with John at OTDA. He was a fun, kind person and through his caring, he left this world a better place. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal." ~ Inscription found on Irish headstone.

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Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home

326 Prospect Street
Binghamton, NY
Phone: 607-797-4612