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Christine "Krysia" (Oleszczuk) Zack

Obituary for Christine "Krysia" (Oleszczuk) Zack

July 8, 1946 - June 1, 2017
Crystal Lake, Illinois | Age 70

Obituary

Christine "Krysia" Zack (Oleszczuk) was born July 8th, 1946 to Annie Muriel and Kazik Oleszczuk in Wales and passed away peacefully at home on June 1st.

Chris was the beloved wife of Philip Zack for 45 years; and the loving mother of Emily (Brian Noshay), Megan (Brian Royer) and Gwen (Chris Bryant). She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Julian, Charlotte, Lily, Jack, Donovan, Cora and Maeve. She was the dear sister of Margaret (Mark Mohr), Mary (Seguin), Andrew, Richard, and Helena (Mosby); the devoted daughter of Muriel; plus many nieces, nephews, cousins and a large extended family in Wales.

She was preceded in death by her father; and an infant granddaughter, Jane.

Chris earned an advanced degree from NIU in Biology in 1968. She taught in Springfield, IL for a year and at McHenry East Campus where she was the chairperson of the science department. While raising her daughters she worked summers at the Volo Bog as a nature guide. She reentered the workforce as a lab technician at Morton International in Woodstock for 20 years. She retired in 2008 and she and Phil spent time traveling extensively, particularly enjoying river cruises throughout Western Europe and Russia.

Chris was a loyal friend to many, a great listener and a kind soul. Chris was devoted to her family. She had a home cooked meal on the table every night for her family, even when she worked full time. She loved hosting giant family parties, cooking and baking her famous pies for all, but she treasured spending time with her grandchildren most of all. Chris was an avid reader, loved crosswords and getting the best deals at Kohl's.

Chris lived a selfless, generous and loving life. She will be sorely missed.

A visitation will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm with funeral service beginning at 4:00pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Brian Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631 or JourneyCare, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.

For more information contact the funeral home at 815-385-0063 or www.colonialmchenry.com

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  • In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Brian Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631 or JourneyCare, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.

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