Adelheid Danish, formerly of Youngstown, died Saturday in Chowan Hospital's Skilled Nursing Facility, Edenton, N.C., after a brief illness. She was 89.
Born Adelheid Kroczek in Mikultschutz, Germany, she attended Catholic schools in Beuthen, Germany. After her graduation, she worked in her father's fabric and general goods store in Mikultschutz, a village in Upper Silesia that was called Klausberg from December 1935 to the end of World War II. During the war, she volunteered with the Red Cross.
In 1942, she married Eduard Erzepky of Gleiwitz-Petersdorf, Germany, in St. Laurentius Church in Klausberg. After the war, when the territory of Upper Silesia was awarded to Poland, the couple moved to Duesseldorf, West Germany.
From 1952 to 1954, she worked as a secretary for a Duesseldorf accounting firm. In 1954, she and her husband emigrated to Toronto. In the early 1960s, they emigrated to Youngstown. In 1963, they became naturalized American citizens and changed the family name to Danish by court decree.
During the 1970s, Mrs. Danish worked as a cafeteria monitor at Lewiston-Porter's elementary school and also worked on occasion as a German-language tour guide at Niagara Falls. She was a frequent volunteer with the Red Cross and a member of the Youngstown Civic Guild. Her husband died in 1983.
She was a parishioner of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Youngstown and also enjoyed attending Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston.
Mrs. Danish maintained beautiful gardens around her home and enjoyed attending local concerts and plays, crocheting and baking German delicacies for her family. She moved to North Carolina in 2002.
Survivors include a brother, Dagobert "Bert" Krocek of Desbarats, Ontario; a son, Winfred of Edenton, N.C.; a daughter, Beatrice T. of Edenton; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will be present from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 973 Woodcliff Drive, Youngstown, after a burial service at 1 in Oakland Rural Cemetery, Youngstown.