FRANKLIN — Ann Gates Kralik, age 84, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville, S.C.
She was born in Enosburg on Dec. 8, 1928 the daughter of the late Winslow and Bernice (Riley) Gates.
Ann married Joseph Kralik in 1947 and they resided in East Hartford, Conn., until 1972 when Joe, Ann and their son Bill moved to Hull, England for a year. Upon return they resided in Sturbridge, Mass., for 16 years before moving to South Windsor, Conn., in 1988.
She was a beautician for many years and in retirement enjoyed giving haircuts to family and friends anytime. Throughout her adult life, Ann actively volunteered for various organizations affiliated with helping retarded citizens; Special Olympics in Connecticut and Massachusetts and the Center of Hope in Massachusetts were her favorites. She loved painting, especially on slate, and crafts of all types. In later years, she loved gardening and reading. Ann was a true caregiver for her family; accepting many challenges and making life better for those around her.
She is survived and will be greatly missed by her three children, Barbara Brigham and her husband Bruce of Charlestown, R.I., Elizabeth Colwick and her former husband Bill Colwick of Greenville, S.C. and William Kralik of Webster, Mass.; her grandchildren, Robert Colwick and his daughter, Kathleen both of Simpsonville, S.C. and Jason Brigham and his wife Ceylan and their daughter, Mina all of New York, N.Y.; her sister-in-law, Olga Haberern of East Hartford, Conn., and many nieces and nephews and their spouses who were all very dear to her. Besides her parents, Ann was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Kralik; her beloved grandson, Jonathan Colwick; three siblings, Charles W. Gates and his wife Wanita, Helen Hayes and her husband Floyd and Pauline Stumpf and her husband Edward; brothers-in-law, William Kralik and Howard Haberern and a nephew, Mark Stumpf.
Ann was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in South Windsor, Conn. In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated and a graveside memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Middle Road, Franklin, with the Rev. Jason McConnell officiating.
For those who wish, contributions in Ann’s honor may be made to Lifeskills, Inc., ATTN: Nancy Marlborough, 44 Morris Street, Webster, MA 01570. Lifeskills, Inc. is a non-profit organization that maintains residential homes and services for handicapped members of the community.
Private messages of condolence may be sent to Ann’s family through www.spearsfuneralhome.com