Prisco I. Olaya Jr.



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  Please consider contributions to the following in honor of Dr. Olaya: St. Anthony Hospital Foundation 2875 W. 19th Street  Chicago, IL 60623 or Parkinson’s Foundation 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131


  1. David & Elux R. Fliegelman

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing away of your precious father. He is resting in peace.
    Prayers are with your family.
    Dakota, Dave & Elux R. Fliegelman

  2. Esther P. Ines

    Eternal rest grant unto Dr Prisco Olaya oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen! We thank God for the doctor’s 78 years of life and for all the opportunities He gave him to serve others!

  3. Cristy Lopez

    So sorry for your loss ate Sally and family. I pray that God comforts all of your hearts during these sad moments…

  4. claude s massiah

    My deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Olaya. Although we never met. He has left a long lasting impression on those he touched.

  5. Gonzalo A. (Lito) Espino, M.D., MSA & Hortencia H. Espino, M.D. (UERM Class '69)

    I remember you as a very considerate classmate, always friendly with classmates. I still remember your company with our bus trips to Quirino Hospital. I enjoyed your company and shared a lot of jokes together during our bus trips (good and bad ones)
    Our (Tess and I) deepest Condolences to your Family. May you Rest In Peace.
    I certainly will miss the very kind of friendship you’ve shown me during our class years at UERM Medical School Class ’68.

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