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KRZIYZEK 2008-05-17 published
Suddenly, at home, on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, Karl KRZIYZEK in his 69th year. Loving son of Gisela and the late Emil ( <=>married 1994 ) KRZIYZEK. Husband Reina. Dear brother of Brigitta (the late Fred) SQUIRE, Debbie (Steve) KING, Marianne (Wayne) ROSS, Douglas KRZIYZEK and Mona FORD (Gerald JACQUES.) Also survived by many nieces, nephews and numerous Friends. Karl spent much of his time at local flea markets, pawn shops and Gibraltar Trade Centre. A Memorial Service will be held at the Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Rd. (1 block east of Egerton), on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m. (visitation 1-2 p.m). Cremation with interment of ashes in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Karl.

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KRZYWIECKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-14 published
Painter, weaver, adventurer, teacher. Born April 22, 1922, in Haug, Norway. Died January 11 in Wiarton, Ontario, of complications of heart disease, aged 85.
By Ross CALVERT and Lynn KRZYWIECKI, Page L6
An adventurer and accomplished artist, Ruth lived her life with a tireless energy and depth of passion.
Her story can be told from the immense number of sketches, paintings and tapestries she created over her lifetime, from the drawings of her youth through her studies at art school in Norway to the many years that followed. She was recognized internationally for her skills as a designer, weaver and painter, and her work was presented in many exhibitions.
Ruth was born the eldest of three sisters and two brothers. They were close growing up, experiencing the hardships and deprivation of the Depression and the Second World War.
She left Norway, in her own words, "to have an adventure." Eventually she found her way to Colpoy's Bay, Ontario, where she spent nearly 50 years. Here she found love and married Orlo. Until his death in 1988, they maintained and operated Cliffside, a rustic cabin retreat on the shores of Colpoy's Bay. Cliffside was Ruth's beloved home, and she remained there until her death.
Ruth painted in any weather, frequently accompanied by one of her dogs. She sought isolated locations, capturing wind and rain, snow and ice, long-lost buildings and the rocks and cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment.
For more than 20 years she taught weaving part-time at Georgian College. Over the years she donated her art to local fundraising causes and contributed to the preservation of the Bruce Peninsula. One of her proudest accomplishments was her ski shop, which she operated from Cliffside.
Ruth found love a second time with her friend Ross. In the last two decades of her life, their Friendship gave them a cherished companionship. With Ross she was able to maintain Cliffside and enjoy many years of discovery on the Bruce Trail and the Lake Huron and Georgian Bay shorelines.
Ruth treasured her Friends and neighbours. Although she didn't have children of her own, she enjoyed a good relationship with Orlo's daughter, Barbara, and her children. And in spite of the distance between herself and her family in Norway, they had a timeless relationship.
Ruth was a proud and private person, and fiercely independent. Although she could admit to her failing health, she found accepting help from anyone but Ross difficult.
She once said she was never alone because she had her art. It sustained her in difficult times and gave her the will to live until she couldn't hold on any more. Thankfully, she left her spirit immortalized in the places she loved best.
Ross CALVERT is Ruth's friend, and Lynn KRZYWIECKI is Ruth's friend and Ross's daughter.

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