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Sergei Olive

Sergei Olive of Manassas passed away on July 5, 2014 at Capital Caring Hospice in Arlington, VA. He was stricken with complications from a bone marrow transplant.

Serge was born on January 23, 1938 to Vladimir Sergei Olive and Anna Kolomietz Olive in Leesburg, VA. He grew up with his parents and two sisters Elena and Carol in Middleburg, VA and Washington, DC. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High in Washington, DC. Sergi then graduated from West Point, USMA in 1961. He was assigned to various military posts in his long time military career. These included Viet Nam; Aschaffenburg, Germany; Heilbronn, Germany; Wurzburg, Germany; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Ansbach, Germany. He was an Airborne Ranger with the Master Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Vietnam Ranger Badge, Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star, and a Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster).

After he retired from the Army, he worked for Treasure Chest Advertising Company as a Human Resources Manager in Manassas, VA. He then worked for Home Depot in the tool department and also taught classes for the Fairfax County Continuing Adult Education Center.
Serge was an active participant in many organizations. He was a member of the West Point Society, Wild Goose Chase, the ROMEOS, the Gourmet Club, and The American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Manassas. He also assisted on many events sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Manassas and The Manassas Garden Club. His hobbies included playing tennis, golf, gardening, cooking, and woodworking.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother in law, Peter Wolkonsky. Survivors include his wife, Diane; his son Michael and wife Mae, and children Nikolai and Amelie; his daughter Christa Olive Palmieri and husband Peter, and children William, Catherine, and Cooper; Sister Elena Wolkonsky; Sister Carol O. Karpoff and husband Leo, and son Michael and his children Val and Katya; Sister-in-law Eileen Thomason and husband Phillip, and sons Phillip and his wife Megan, Benjamin and sons Benjamin and Shepherd; Brother-in-law Leonard P. Perna and wife Peggy, and their children Christa McClain and husband Taylor, children Mia and Katie and son Jordan Carter.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Baker-Post Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 10001 Nokesville Rd. Manassas, VA 20110. A Memorial Service will take place at 4:00 pm in the Chapel with a reception to follow.
Interment will take place In Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sergei’s memory may be sent to: Relay for Life, Manassas, VA, c/o American Cancer Society 124 Park St. E., Vienna, VA 22180-0699 or to the West Point Association of Graduations at

-Information from Baker-Post Funeral Home in Manassas

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