Georgia Oltman Obituary (2023) – Bloomington, IL

Georgia Frances Fink Oltman

Nov. 6, 1951 – Oct. 4, 2023

PARKER, Colo. – Georgia Frances Fink Oltman passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 in Centennial, CO.

The daughter of George and Elizabeth McKinnes Fink, she was born in Key West, Florida, while her father was in the Navy. Raised in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, she attended Harper Jr. College at Illinois State University and the Graduate School of Library Science at Northern Illinois University.

Georgia is survived by her sons: Jim (Valerie) Oltman, Dan Oltman; her beloved grandson, Charlie; her esteemed sister Carolyn Toews and Dr. Bert Toews. She is also survived by brothers-in-law: Larry and Dale Oltman; sister-in-law Betty Oltman; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. her former husband, Steve Oltman; Parents; and in-laws predeceased her.

Georgia liked to say that, like Mary Poppins, she “had fun playing all kinds of games.” She enjoyed playing bridge, mah-jongg, canasta, Mexican Train and the card games she played with her grandson. Her many friends have enriched her life. She stayed in touch with her Illinois friends from the Pontiac Bridge Club, the Chenoa Bridge Club, the Pike Township Poker Women, Water Lillies and Water Frogs. When she moved to Colorado, she was introduced to the Parker Newcomers Club by ladies she met through water aerobics. They led her to her two book clubs, Mah-Jongg and Canasta Friends. These friends supported her through her cancer treatments, stem cell transplants and hospital stays for pneumonia.

Through her 39-year career as a school librarian and her book clubs, Georgia has been able to share her passion for reading. She believed she had the best job in the world – sharing books.

Memorials may be made to the Jefferson Park Elementary School Library (250 E. Third St., El Paso, IL 61738) and the El Paso Gridley Jr. High Library (403 McLean St., Gridley, IL 61753). Please arrange to purchase “fun” books.

Published by The Pantagraph on October 11, 2023.