Blanche Krbechek, age 83, passed away peacefully on Nov. 11, 2020 in Chojnice, Kashubia Poland. Blanche is survived by her two sons John and Randolf Krbechek, her grandchildren Franklin and Natalie Krbechek and by her beloved Stanislaw Frymark and the Luiken family. Blanche was preceded in death by parents Otto and Blanche (Pelagia) Pepliski Mueller; husband LeRoy Krbechek; brother Karl Mueller; and daughter Carreen Jo Krbechek.
Born in Detroit, MI on Oct. 1, 1937, Blanche grew up in Dearborn. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1960 with an M.B.A. degree. She married LeRoy Krbechek in 1960.
Blanche was passionate about her Polish and Kashubian heritage. Working as an ethnographer, she founded and was the former president of the Polish Genealogical Society of MN and the founder and president of the Kashubian Association of North America for which she published the quarterly periodical “Friend of the Kashubian People.” Blanche authored historical and genealogical publications pertaining to Kashubian settlement in Minnesota.
Blanche was a lifelong artist. She enjoyed nothing more than exhibiting and demonstrating her artistic talents. These included her musicianship, lace making, Polish paper cutting, and Easter egg decorating.
Blanche translated works of Kashubian literature in collaboration with Stanislaw Frymark, Alicja Frymark, and Katarzyna Gawlik-Luiken. Her original paper cutting exhibit, “The Griffins at Play” has been on view in America and in Poland. She played traditional bagpipes at many festivals on both continents. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland awarded her the “Gloria Artis” medal.
Blanche was also a long-time member of the “Dolina” Polish Folk Dancers, the Polish choir at Holy Cross Catholic Church, and the St. Paul Civic Symphony.
Blanche’s dream was to live in Poland; in the center of Kashubia. With the help of her soulmate, Stanislaw Frymark, she spent the last ten years of her life at his home in the village of Kaszuba (Zamek Zaborski) where she got to live the life of a true Kashub.
Mass of Christian Burial Wed. Dec. 2nd at 11:00 at the CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS (1621 University Ave. NE, in Minneapolis. The Mass will also be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/c/HolyCrossCatholicChurchNEMinneapolis/featured In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Polish Cultural Institute in Winona, MN.