Colleagues Offer Sad Farewell To Attorney Known for LGBT Work
In addition to her legal practice, Olszewski was a composer, arranger and producer who released six CDs, including two Christmas CDs. When Olszewski came to Frolich's family law class for paralegals at Manchester Community College, she performed a rap song about the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that stopped same-sex partners from receiving federal marriage benefits until it was declared unconstitutional this year by the U.S. Supreme Court.
"It was so much more fun for the students. They enjoyed it," Frolich said.
Frolich said that she and Olszewski are both of Polish ancestry, which is a culture where "women can do anything." On a more serious note, Frolich said that Olszewski taught her a lot about gay and lesbian law and the proper terminology to use.
"She was a very strong person and her entertainment background lent a lot to her style as an attorney," Frolich said. "She [also] had a sense of the spiritual world around her and she would attribute things to family members that went before her."
Frolich visited Olszewski every two weeks when she was sick. "It was difficult for her to die young. She had a lot left she wanted to do."•