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 Winifred Alice <I>Rothwell</I> Krichesky

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Winifred Alice Rothwell Krichesky

  • Birth 25 Oct 1904 Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
  • Death 16 Jan 1993 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
  • Memorial ID 93998219

Winifred Alice Rothwell Krichesky ("Alice") was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on October 25, 1904. Her birth mother, Winifred Bessie Burns Rothwell, died of tuberculosis--contracted from her friend Alice Gibson--shortly after Alice's birth.

Alice was in the care of her aunt Margaret Rothwell ("Aunt Moll") until she was about 5 years old, by which time her father (Charles Garnett Rothwell) had remarried to Martha Huntingdon Robson with whom he had Helen Zellica and Frances. When Alice was 5, she and her older brother Charles Easton ("Easton") left Aunt Moll's to live with their father, stepmother, and siblings in Butte, Montana.

(During the years with Aunt Moll, Alice traveled to the homes of relatives in Canada and the U.S., including Butte, Montana and Denver, Colorado. When she settled with her father, she began piano lessons. By the time she was 11, she was teaching piano. Her father was employed as a mining engineer in Butte.)

When she was 19 years old, Alice left Butte to attend Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her brother Easton had preceded her to Reed College. There she befriended her roommate Fritzie Krichesky, who, along with Alice's brother Easton, introduced her to Fritzie's brother Boris. Alice and Boris were married on April 22, 1925, and both continued on at Reed College until each had obtained their degrees in Science.

After graduating, they lived in Bend, Oregon where Boris taught high school for 3 years. Alice was a homemaker and spent her time sewing, crocheting, knitting, and embroidering--skills which she used to benefit herself, her home, and her family until her last years, when arthritis prevented her from continuing her handwork.

Alice & Boris left Bend, Oregon twice so that Boris could obtain his PhD in Anatomy. Time between and after was spent in Los Angeles, California, where Boris taught at the University of California Los Angeles. Alice completed her Laboratory Technician internship at Los Angeles County Hospital.

Their children Libbie Anne (born July 16, 1934) and Louis Easton (born February 12, 1936) were soon born. Alice stayed home with the children and continued her handwork and piano. From 1939 until 1945 Alice's health was poor due to ovarian tumors that had been previously undiagnosed.

When Boris died suddenly in 1949 of a heart attack, Alice immediately went to work in a medical laboratory. She became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. for employment purposes. She then moved to employment at UCLA, where she worked as a Research Assistant first on an unsuccessful blood test for cancer, then on glaucoma research, and finally on brain tumor research until her retirement at age 65.

In 1976, she lost vision in one eye from a stroke. This lead her to move to Fountain Valley, California to be near her son Louis.

Since 1950, she had been active in a congregational church, singing in the choir and accompanying on the piano for practices. She moved her membership to a Presbyterian church in Orange County, California and continued to sing in the choir, play for Sunday school classes, and bake for church events.

During her years in Orange County, Alice served as Secretary for the women's group of her condominium association and her local arthritis group. She suffered severely from arthritis--most noticeably in her hands--but underwent several surgeries to maintain her mobility for as long as possible.

Alice was an avid reader, consuming mostly mysteries in her younger years and romance novels later.

Alice was always attentive and generous to her children and grandchildren. At the time of her death, she had 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

In 1990, Alice suffered a severe stroke which placed her in a nearly comatose state. She was moved to a skilled nursing facility for continuous care, where she remained until her death in January 1993.


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  • Created by: Ashley Josifek
  • Added: 21 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93998219
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Winifred Alice Rothwell Krichesky (25 Oct 1904–16 Jan 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93998219, ; Maintained by Ashley Josifek (contributor 47830343) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.