Edeltraud Wolanchuk

Edeltraud Wolanchuk Obituary


Age - 97


October 6, 2023


Saint Clair Shores, MI

Edeltraud "Lydia" WolanchukAugust 14, 1926 - October 2, 2023Loving mother to daughter Karen. Predeceased by her husband, Al Wolanchuk, Berta (mother), Franz (father), and one sister. Born in Chomutov, a city in Bohemia region of Czech Republic, her family immigrated to Germany before WWII and remained there throughout the war. Post WWII, she immigrated with her first husband, Walter, to America to start a new life and she became an American citizen in 1961. She went on to work as a secretary at an engineering firm in Troy, Michigan while residing just outside of Detroit. Later, she became a business owner with her second husband in 1967. After selling the business around 1982, she continued to work full-time well into her 70s and then worked part-time as a pharmacy technician. During this time she became involved in figure skating as a Gold Test judge and traveled all over the U. S. judging competitions. She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, and taking trips with her judging colleagues who became her life-long friends. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. Memorial Contributions in memory of Lydia can be made to the Detroit Metro Skating Council to benefit skaters in the Detroit area. The address to mail contributions is below:Mail To:Kathy MacMillan25390 Carollton DriveFarmington Hills, MI 48335

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Age - 91

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