By Buchanan Funeral Home
Helen L. Kraynik, long-time resident of Church Road, Kewaunee, and more recently of Silver Leaf and Linden Manors, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the age of 96.
Helen was born in Pine Grove/Ledgeview on June 6, 1920, to Charles and Mae (Marcussen) Reuter and was the youngest of six children. She attended both West and East High Schools in Green Bay.
She ran a dairy farm with her late husband Edward and was a twenty-year employee of Leyse’s Aluminum Co. in Kewaunee. After her retirement, she was a strong supporter of their son Kenneth’s conversion of the dairy farm to a pick-your-own strawberry farm and continued as an avid gardener until the age of 94.
Helen had a lifelong passion for music and played various instruments throughout her life but had a special love of the button accordion. She performed locally for many happy years with the Jolly Czechs while also singing with the Golden Tones.
Helen is survived by her three children: Carol Doehler and Kenneth Kraynik (Judy) of Green Bay, WI, and Kathryn Kraynik, Homewood, IL; seven grandchildren: Todd Kraynik (Linda) and Amy Swallow (Roy), both of Kewaunee; Troy Kraynik (Molly), Sobieski, WI; Dawn Barnes (Ronnie), Grayslake, IL; Paul Doehler, Denmark, WI; Jason DeBaker (Beth), Glenview, IL; Rachel Nemchenok (Victor), Riverdale, MD; and twelve great-grandchildren: Tyler Kraynik; Amanda Bartelson; Lauren, Dylan, and Shane Barnes; Ryan and Abby Swallow; Hailey and Emma Kraynik; Layla and Jayden DeBaker; and Bram Nemchenok. She loved and is beloved by all.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edward H. Kraynik, son-in-law John “Jack” Doehler, her sister Alice Siudzinski, and 5 older brothers Robert, Bernard, Alvin, Raymond, and Sylvester Reuter.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 7, after 4:00 p.m. at Buchanan’s Funeral Home, 1425 Ellis Street, Kewaunee. Visitation continues on Saturday, April 8, after 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carlton, with funeral services at 11:00 a.m. and burial in the church cemetery. Pastor Dan Schmidt will officiate.
The family thanks the staff and residents of Silver Leaf Manor, Kewaunee, for making Helen’s last two years of retirement enjoyable; the staff of Linden Manor, Bellin Health Clinic of Kewaunee, especially Marcia Hayes, and Unity Hospice of Green Bay for the ever-caring supportiveness as Mom fought a last good fight with pancreatic cancer; and all the friends and neighbors, near and far, past and present, for gracing Helen’s wonderful, long life with their gifts of joy and friendship.
Special thanks to the University of Chicago PSD Graphic Arts staff for help with memorial boards and photos