Anna Chrypinski gracefully entered heaven on Monday with her daughter Maria and son-in-law Brendan White at her side.
Anna Skowronska Chrypinski was born in Detroit on Aug. 12, 1918. Her parents, Bernard and Maria Skowronski were pivotal members of Detroit's Polish community. Anna, therefore at a young age, naturally also became involved in Polish causes. She served as president of the Friends of Polish Art for six terms, and then president of the American Council for Polish Culture, where she initiated a national Polish folk dance festival, a series of national leadership conferences, a youth scholarship, organization of the Young Americans of Polish Descent and authoring and publication of numerous publications. She helped establish the Pope John Paul II Hospicium in Rome, as well as restoration of the historic Polish Museum and Library in Paris and Polish Museum in Rapperswill, Switzerland.
Mrs. Chrypinska represented the Polish American community at a number of meetings at the White House with Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Bush, and was the only woman to speak for Polish Day at the State Department. Anna was an active member of the national Polish-Jewish Dialogue, which established the Janusz Korczak Literary Award for children's literature, and was one of a 10 member delgation received by Pope John Paul II, in one of His Holiness' first private audiences at the Vatican.
Anna graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit with a B.A. and M.Ed. in library science, and specialist in secondary education. She worked as a school librarian in the Detroit schools for 40 years. She was a tireless promoter of all things Polish, especially books, and organized numerous national and international author and artist lecture tours, and book promotions. "Hania" was especially committed to passing on this legacy to the younger generation. She spent the last years of her life in Vail and Gypsum with her daughter, Maria, and son-in-law, Brendan White. She was a member of St. Clare's Catholic community and the Gardeners on the Go. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Vincent Chrypinski. She is survived by her four children, Jan, Michael, Maria and Steven (and spouses), her beloved grandson, Daniel, and numerous nephews and nieces in the U.S. and Poland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley. There will be a Mass in Anna's memory at the Beaver Creek Chapel at 8 a.m. Thursday. "Czesc Jej Pamieci"!