Olga D. Bensel – Virginia Beach
Olga Dann Bensel 94 died at her home in Virginia Beach on Monday, August 29, 2011. Born on December 23, 1916 in Colechester, Connnecticut to Anton and Amelia Dankervich, Olga grew up with her two siblings and parents at their family home in New Hyde Park, NY. She completed a business school education and was a secretary in a prominent law firm in Manhattan until her marriage to Henry Day Bensel during WWII. Olga and Henry settled in their Lakes Shores home in 1961 and thoroughly enjoyed a busy life and a host of friends associated with Henry’s career as an officer in the US Navy.
Olga enjoyed daily strolls from Chic’s Beach to the Lynnhaven Inlet where she met many lifelong friends. She had a keen sense of humor and a sharp wit. Olga was a well-read person with a rich cultural background. Olga was predeceased by her husband, her parents, brother Anton and sister Mary Baer. She is survived by three cousins and their offspring. She was particularly devoted to her cousin, Zinna, from Brandenton, FL.
Known by many people as “The Flower Lady”, Olga loved her roses, gardening and arranging flowers. She made special flower arrangements for events at the Virginia Opera, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and her many friends. In addition to her volunteer work with the opera and symphony, Olga was also active in the Lake Shores Garden Club. She endowed a teakwood bench at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens and endowed a chair in the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s trombone section.
Per Olga’s wishes there will be no services scheduled. Donations may be made to a charity of choice. Friends are invited to join in a celebration of her life at Westminster Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive on Sunday, September 11, from 3-5. Arrangements are being handled by Cremation Society of Virginia. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cremate.org.