Genevieve Krawchuk, 90

Jazz vocal group member, animal lover

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Genevieve S. Krawchuk, 90, of Oak Park, died on Sept. 11, 2019. Born in Chicago, the third child of John and Mary Kaczmarek, sister to the late John (Alice) and the late William Kaczmarek and to a sister who died in infancy, she graduated from Schurz High School and Wright Junior College, worked for Teletype Corporation and traveled the country as a trainer for new equipment. 

A Frank Sinatra bobby-soxer in the 1940s, she had a love of music and was an excellent dancer. She met her husband, the late Richard R. Krawchuk, on a blind date at the Aragon Ballroom. They married in 1953 and purchased their Oak Park home in 1959. 

Known for her beautiful smile and welcoming, hospitable nature, she hosted memorable parties and holiday dinners and loved to bake for her family and friends, and, among neighborhood children, her chocolate chip cookies were legendary. She was an active member of the Four Freshmen (jazz vocal group) Society, enjoying the group's annual convention/reunion held in a different city each year. She and Richard belonged to the Senior Polka Association and the Polish Roman Catholic Union, where Genevieve served as treasurer in both clubs. 

She and Richard were lifelong Chicago Cubs fans and held season tickets to the Chicago Bears for many years. She was especially fond of the Chicago Blackhawks and relished their Stanley Cup titles. A lover of animals, she adopted dogs and cats over the years and contributed to animal welfare charities. 

Genevieve Krawchuk was the mother of Jody (Randall) Soland, Richard A. Krawchuk, Robert Krawchuk and Keith (Nancy) Krawchuk; the grandmother of Zoë and Jonathan Krawchuk; mother-in-law of the late Dick Kreiss; and the aunt of many. 

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at Oak Park's St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., followed by a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. and private interment. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Fried's Cat Shelter ( are appreciated. 

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park.

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