OBITUARY

Zigmunt Otto Kryszczuk

October 3, 1944December 22, 2020

Zigmunt “Zig” Kryszczuk, age 76, of Hickory, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Born October 3, 1944 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, he was the son of Michael Kasmer Kryszczuk and Wanda Kryszczuk (nee Tarnowski). He immigrated to the United States in 1952, relocating to Rockford, IL and was incredibly proud to become a US citizen at the age of 19. He graduated from Rockford East High School in 1962 and earned an Associate’s degree in engineering at DeVry Technical Institute. He married Adra Ellen Forrester in July of 1968, and they raised their children in Hoffman Estates, IL. He was a dedicated husband, and family was always his number one priority.

Zig was a loving and proud father to his daughters. While he was playful and fun, he also espoused a strong work ethic and encouraged his children to constantly seek knowledge. He was equally proud of their doctoral degrees and their crafting, having taught them both to swing a hammer and use a drill. He was famous for building back decks, smoking turkeys, and playing a mean game of cribbage.

For most of his career he worked in electronics sales, retiring in 2008. When not working and after his retirement, he loved to spend his free time woodworking, crafting, and gardening. For years he regularly square danced with Adra and their friends at the Flying Squares in the Chicago area. After retirement he and Adra moved to Hickory to be close to their grandchildren. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Cribbage, Poker, and Samba. Zig was active in the social group, Newcomers of Catawba Valley, where he headed one of the group's game nights. He proudly wore the title of ‘World’s Biggest Fan’ at his grandsons’ sporting events, concerts, and theatrical performances.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Gerald Schindler.

Zig is survived by his wife of 52 years, Adra; his daughters Elizabeth Braun (Jeff) and Katherine Farris (Steve); his grandsons, Will (16), Zack (14), Ryan (14), and Kyle (12); his sisters Sharon Schindler and Yvonne Kryszczuk-Grimes (Chuck); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Condolences may be sent to the Kryszczuk family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to www.cityofhope.org/giving.

There will be an internment in Illinois at a future date, and a virtual memorial service will take place in the coming weeks, details to be shared by the family.

The Kryszczuk family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, Hickory, NC.

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Retta Clemons

January 5, 2021

Katherine, may God continue to be ever present with you during your time of bereavement. May His presence engulf you with a sense of peace and contentment as you're reminded of the wonderful memories of your dad and of the loss you're feeling. Although I didn't know your dad, by reading his obituary, I see where your beautiful soul and personality come from. Many of the reflections that Zig's friends write causes me to say that I see some of those same qualities in you, Katherine. I know you, your mom, sister and other family members & friends will miss Zig. One of my favorite scriptures comes from Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 which talks about a season for all things. Verses 12-13 may lend special comfort: "12-I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13-That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God." Friends' reflections sound like your dad joyfully toiled and sprinkled much happiness along the way. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

carlotta galluzzzo

December 29, 2020

I love you Zig miss dancing with you and Adra. Til we meet again.

Carole and Jim Renner

December 29, 2020

Zig was a wonderful friend and we have many fond memories with him and Adra square dancing with the Flying Squares, late dining at the Silver Stallion, picnics at their home in Hoffman Estates. There were memorable vacations together in Branson, MO., Savannah, GA. and SC and Florida, visits in Williams Bay. Rockford, and Hickory. We were honored to be guests celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a friend that made a difference in our lives and touched lives in ways that are not forgotten. He shared humor in emails when smiles and laughter were needed and appreciated. He treated us like family and he will be missed.

Carole and Jim Renner

December 28, 2020

Zig was a wonderful friend and we have many fond memories with him and Adra square dancing with the Flying Squares, late dining at the Silver Stallion, picnics at their home in Hoffman Estates. There were memorable vacations together in Branson, MO., Savannah, GA. and SC and Florida, visits in Williams Bay. Rockford, and Hickory. We were honored to be guests celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a friend that made a difference in our lives and touched lives in ways that are not forgotten. He shared humor in emails when smiles and laughter were needed and appreciated. He treated us like family and he will be missed.

Martha Conrad

December 27, 2020

I will so miss Zig. His smile could light up a room. He was my cribbage buddy and always supported me as a new player to the group. Prayers for you Adra ...and your family. I will be here if you need anything.. Love and prayers to you all during these very difficult times.

Charley Marbut

December 27, 2020

Dear Adra,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Zig. He was a good and gentle friend. Zig & Zag were a good team and we have so many memories of our time dancing together. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and the family. God Bless.
Charley & Barbara

Paz Peaslee

December 27, 2020

Fond memories of our former neighbor Zig. Happy reunion with your buddy Fred who preceded you by 2mos & 6days, Zig. Now you guys can talk shop in your down time. The neighborhood misses you, but Adra misses you the most. God bless you, Zig. RIP my friend. Rejoice in heaven!🙏

Kelly Seneshen

December 27, 2020

When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. Please take comfort in the fact that Zig was welcomed in to heaven by our parents and Gerry, along with other family members & friends who left us too soon. We extend our most sincere condolences to you.

Kelly Seneshen, Kim Prendergast and families

Greg Sametz

December 24, 2020

Adra, Catherine, Elizabeth and family:
We were so saddened to learn of Zig's passing and yet another one of our cousins who is no longer with us. Our family has certainly been shrinking in recent years. Each passing reminds us of how the years have gone by quickly and how important it is to create many family memories. Our memories of Zig are of a wonderful kind person, a hospitable cousin to us on a stopover at O'Hare, a cool dude in his square dance outfit at a convention in Winnipeg, a supportive son , brother, father and husband and our last visit together --a proud, doting grandpa to active grandsons. May you all be sustained by the memories you have of your beloved Zig,
God Bless You,
Love Nancy and Greg

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