Olympia TenEyck


Olympia “Lym” Ten Eyck, age 92, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away at Tendercare Nursing Home on November 25, 2010.

Lym was born in Sault Ste. Marie, MI on May 19, 1918. She worked at Sears for over 20 years and was a member of the Christopher Columbus Ladies Auxillary, and the First Church of Christ. Lym enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening and walking. Her cookies and breads were given to her neighbors at the Shallows and relatives for many years at Christmas time. She was an avid walker and walked over 5 miles a day.

She is survived by her children; Judy (Ross) Vert of Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Joan Heffner of Kutztown, PA., and David Ten Eyck of Shepherd, MI. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren; Debra (Bryan) Wells, Lori (Lynn) Gerig, Sherri (Tye) Godfrey, Rick (Tracy) Sweet, Steve (Salina) Vert, Wendy (Rudy) Pataro, Kathy (Dave) Poluck, Tracy (Ken) Grix, Melissa (Bob) Losito, Tiffany Ten Eyck and Tanya (Darin) Mogg. 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also surving is her sister Rita Hudson of Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Lym was preceded in death by her husband Paul Ten Eyck, two daughters, Barbara Sweet and Paula Ten Eyck, her parents, John and Madeline Raffaelle, six brothers; Roy, Robert, Eugene, Joe, Albert and Bill; three sisters, Teresa Lawrence, Helen Rosini, and Etta Leitz and daughter-in-law, Patty Ten Eyck.


Paul was a man who suffered the loss of everything according to his own claim. Yet any loss he counted as pure gain. The key to this transforming of earthly losses into heavenly gain is love.

What do we love? If our hearts are set on people and possessions and position, the loss of those will indeed be irreparable. To the man or woman who heart is set on Christ, no loss on earth can be irreparable. It may shock us for the moment. We may feel hurt, lonely, outraged, desolate, regret or helpless. That is our humanity. But the Lord can show us the “long view” , the incalculable gain in spiritual and eternal terms, if we love Him above all. Everything that belongs to us belongs also to Him. Everything that belongs to Him belongs also to us. What, then can we finally lose? If we lose not Christ Himself….we have finally lost nothing, for He is our treasure and He has our hearts.

2 Timothy 1:12 (New King James Version)

12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

Rest in peace dear grandma…..I know you wouldn’t come back if you could! You are with our Lord! I love you…and I know you are In His Grip~