Prisco I. Olaya Jr.

November 09, 2018


Dr. Prisco I. Olaya, Jr., 78, peacefully passed away at his home in Downers Grove, Illinois on Wednesday, November 7. Rosalie, his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, was by his side, along with his daughters: Jennifer, Nicole (Lester), and Samantha. A son, Phillip (Johanna), also survives him. Dr. Olaya treated countless patients during his four decades as an internist, including generations of families who entrusted him with their care, reflecting the confidence they had in his professional abilities. A graduate of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center College of Medicine in the Philippines, he arrived in the United States forty-nine years ago for a residency program at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. In addition to a busy medical practice, Dr. Olaya remained engaged in his communities and was President of the Philippine Medical Association in Chicago as well as President of the Medical Staff at St. Anthony Hospital, also in Chicago. An avid reader, Dr. Olaya also enjoyed listening to a wide musical repertoire, which ranged from classical to Elvis Presley and Bruno Mars. He also enjoyed attending the opera. Despite health challenges in his final years, he faced each day with dignity and persevered to witness the weddings of two of his children and the recent birth of his granddaughter, Jane Frances Olaya. Ever civic-minded and politically engaged, Dr. Olaya cast an absentee vote and listened attentively to the recent election returns. Dr. Olaya loved his family unconditionally and was the consummate professional. Both reciprocated to provide him with a fulfilling life. Visitation Sunday November 11, 2018 from 2-7 P.M. at West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Funeral Mass Monday 9:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Church, Westmont. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Info 630-852-8000 or www.westsuburbanfh.comย  Please consider contributions to the following in honor of Dr. Olaya: St. Anthony Hospital Foundation 2875 W. 19th Streetย  Chicago, IL 60623 or Parkinson’s Foundation 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131