Jean Elaine Kryzanowski, 83, of Atikokan, Ont., made a peaceful transition out of this world on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.
Elaine was born Aug. 20, 1928 to A. Deane and Alice Mallory in Fort Frances Ont.
An accomplished figure skater, Elaine married an NHL player, the late Edward Lloyd Kryzanowski, on June 18, 1949. The couple lived in Boston, Mass., Hershey, Penn., Warroad, Mn., and Colorado Springs, Colo., raising three children, Mallory Burton of Prince Rupert, B.C., Patti Kryzanowski of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kris Kryzanowski (Laura) of Pine Junction, Colo.
In Minnesota, Elaine taught figure skating. In Colorado, Elaine was a member of the Broadmoor Curling Club, enjoyed watching Olympic skaters training, took a series of art lessons, and worked in a firm that supplied electronics for the Apollo moon missions.
Retiring in 1979, Elaine and Ed returned to Canada, settling first at Seine River, Ont. before moving to Atikokan in 1995.
Inspired by her wilderness surroundings on the Seine, Elaine had time to develop a lifelong interest in painting. She attended and taught art classes, conducted art shows, and won several prizes at juried art shows in the Rainy River region.
Grandchildren Anthony Voitik (Louise), Jamal Allen (Jami), Erik Allen, and Jaryl Mack have fond memories of summer visits to the Seine, picking blueberries, swimming, fishing, and enjoying Gramma Laine’s many stories and her sense of humour.
A love of nature certainly will be passed to Elaine’s two great-grandchildren, Alexa and Houston.
Elaine also is survived by her sister, Harriett Morphet of Atikokan, Ont.
She was predeceased by her husband; parents; sisters, Geraldeane, Lenore, and Vivian; and brothers, Douglas and Arleigh.
At Elaine’s request, no service will be conducted.
She will be interred in the Mallory family plot in Fort Frances at a later date.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the non-profit Pictograph Art Gallery, P.O. Box 1919, Atikokan, Ont., P0T 1C0 or to the Atikokan General Hospital, 120 Dorothy St., Atikokan, Ont., P0T 1C0.