Conrad “Dutch” Olthoff
Olthoff, Conrad “Dutch”, 82, died in peace, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Albany, NY on January 25, 1936, he was the son of the late Bernard “Dutch” Olthoff and Elida Olthoff. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers Henry Olthoff, Bernard Olthoff and baby sister Dorothy Olthoff, and sisters Doris Crosby and Helen Breen and his niece, Ginny Smith (Jack). Dutch was a dedicated, committed and loving brother to his sisters, Doris during her struggle with Alzheimer’s and Helen during her struggle with a long illness. He visited them without fail and they adored their “little” brother.
Dutch retired to Palmetto, Fl, after a long career with Burns Management as Manager of Skidmore Apartments, where he and his wife became very active in the Piney Point Senior Community. They had great, fun-filled times together and made many, many friends. In particular, Dutch loved their dear friends, Bob and Helen Cornell, particularly Helen’s home-cooked meals and deserts with lots of whipped cream and her infamous chocolate chip cookies!
Dutch was goofy and fun-loving with a quick wit and he loved to get people going and make them laugh. Most importantly, he was a dedicated and committed Friend of Bill W. for over 45 years which turned his life around and for which he was very grateful. In the last moments of his life he was read ‘How it Works” and the “Twelve Steps” and had his final meeting with his daughter, Ginger, who will be forever grateful to him for helping her turn her life around. Also during his last moments he was with his three children, Ginger, Bobby and Kathi, who offered him love and comfort and memories and laughter as he peacefully slipped away.
Lastly, Dutch resided at the Albany County Residential Nursing Facility in Colonie, for the last year and a half where he was greatly loved and cared for. Special thanks to the 3rd floor high rise staff including Head Nurse Frank McLoughlin, Nurses Karen and Ethel, Techs, Paula and Veronica, and activities coordinator, Nitza. Heartfelt thanks to Tech Mike who took Dutch under his wing and kept him well taken care of, protected and safe. He also brought out Dutch’s fun-loving and mischievous nature which was a blessing to witness. Many thanks to his daughter, Kathi, who was devoted to her Dad, was his advocate, fed him many, many meals, and took him for strolls outside in the courtyard. Many thanks to his son, Bobby, whose visits lit up Dutch’s face and made him smile and sometimes cry with joy which was a rare occurrence as time went on. Many thanks to His daughter Ginger for her steadfast care and advocacy.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene Olthoff (Burda) and children, Ginger Olthoff (Dan Keenan), Bobby “Dutch” Olthoff (Sue) and Kathi Brownell (Kenny), grandchildren Tom Nardacci (Janice), Kasey Olthoff and Amanda Olthoff, great-grandchildren Joe Nardacci and Milena Olthoff, niece Maryhelen Rizzo (Kenny), and nephews Tommy Breen (Vicky) and Arthur Crosby, and several great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his wife, Arlene’s children, Richard P. Haggerty III (Cheryl), Patricia Poleto Still (Blake), Leo Haggerty, Michele T. Bell (Robert) and Theresa Blaauboer (Robert).
Services to be held at Saratoga National Cemetery on Thursday, November 8, 2018 promptly at 10:45 am. All are welcome.
As Dutch used to say, we say to him, “We’ll see ya when we see ya!” Love you always!