Danvers & Framingham — Matilda B. (Krawczyk) Iwan of Danvers and Framingham died on Saturday, March 22, in Framingham at Carlyle House, under hospice care after a period of declining health. She had celebrated her 91st birthday on March 14.
She was born in Lynn, Mass., on March 14, 1923, to Anthony and Sophie (Gaiko) Krawczyk. She was primarily raised in Lynn, but spent a few childhood years in Andover. She graduated from Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1940. Although unable to attend college full time, she continued her education during World War II with accredited extension courses at Boston University and Harvard .
Upon graduation from high school, she worked as an executive secretary for General Electric at the West Lynn facility until early 1950. In 1960, she returned to work at Business Aid, Inc. and Compass Press in Salem, Mass., with a myriad of duties. She retired in the late 1980s.
On May 12, 1946, she married Jack W. Iwan, with whom she shared a loving and caring relationship for nearly 57 years until his death on March 19, 2003. They moved to Danvers in 1952, and she maintained her home there for over 60 years.
Mrs. Iwan enjoyed travel, especially to Bermuda and Cape Cod, gardening, reading, needlework, and crossword puzzles. Most of all, she enjoyed times with family and her many friends.
In the past, she was a member of the Ladies Guild at St. Joseph’s Church in Peabody and the Ladies Benedict Guild at Bishop Fenwick High School. For many years, she was a daily communicant at the Discalced Carmelite Chapel in Danvers, and considered the nuns there her dear friends.
As an avid reader, she was a member of the Danvers Public Library’s Tuesday morning Book Club.
She is survived by her daughter, Paula Turcotte and Robert Gorczyca of Framingham. Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Stella, in 1971. She also leaves a brother, sister, nieces and nephews, caring cousins, and dear friends.