Emily Krzysik, 89, of Easton died March 26, 2010, at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield.

She was the wife of the late Theodore Krzysik. Born in Michigan on June 13, 1920, daughter of the late John and Rose Butki, she grew up in Detroit. She lived the majority of her life in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Krzysik worked at the U.S. Rubber plant in Detroit during World War II and was a trail-blazing labor organizer among the women working there.

After raising a family of her own, she opened her home to several foster children and volunteered with mentally challenged children. She delighted in the time spent playing with and teaching young children.

Her love of travel was instilled in her children, as was her love for her Catholic faith.

She is survived by her children, David Krzysik of Berkley, Calif., and Doreen Collins and her husband, Thomas of Easton; her grandchildren, Andrew and Paige Collins; and her two sisters-in-law, Aggie Butki of Florida and Stacia Sepos of Michigan. Krzysik loved and cared for her many nieces and nephews, but shared a special bond and trust with her niece, Audrey Lopetrone.

She was predeceased by three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held next week in Grosse Point Woods, Mich., under the care of A. H. Peters Funeral Home. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, of Fairfield Center. To sign an online register, visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to The Kennedy Center Inc., 2440 Reservior Ave., Trumbull, CT 06611.