Memorable Manitobans: Alexandra Vladimira Krett “Alice” Korchik (1909-1995)
Born at Winnipeg on 20 May 1909, daughter of Maria “Mary” Capacovitch [Caparowicz] (c1889-1965) and James Nicholas Krett (c1884-1965), she attended Wesley College. She graduated from the University of Manitoba (BA, 1933) and worked with Herbert Fuller Roberts of the Botany Department in the University in the development of drought- and rust-resistant wheat. By the latter 1930s, she became a teacher.
Her teaching career included work in rural Alberta (?-?, two years) and nine years in rural Manitoba, including at St. Andrews School (1936), Brokenhead School (1938-1940, Principal), Queen Elizabeth School (1940-1941), and Central St. Paul School (1941-1942). Around 1944, she married William “Bill” Korchik (?-1994) and they had a son.
She also worked for four years as a statistician with the Department of National Defence before resuming her teaching career. She acquired a Kindergarten eduation specialization and taught 13 years in the Winnipeg School District, including at Ralph Brown School (1960-1961) and Shaughnessy Park School (1964-1969). She had retired by the mid 1970s and was Secretary-Treasurer of the St. Norbert School Board.
Still residing at Winnipeg in 1994, she died at Waterloo, Quebec on 13 September 1995.
Birth registrations [Alexandra Vladinera Kret, Helen Virginia Krett], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Graduating clss of United Colleges is honored at dance,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 1933, page 14.
“Girls of Wesley honor graduates at “Pirate” Tea,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 1933, page 10.
Brown and Gold 1933, Volume 14, University of Manitoba Students’ Union, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.
“William Korchik faces breach of promise suit,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1944, page 3.
Winnipeg civil files (ATG 0012A), #150/44 Helen Kwiatkowski vs William Korchik, GR0276, Archives of Manitoba.
Obituary [Maria Krett], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1965, page 34.
Obituary [William Nicholas Krett], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 1965, page 29.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #1557/65 James N. Krett, GR4899, Archives of Manitoba.
Obituary [Sophia E. Alsop], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1994, page C11.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 1995, page C6.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), PR98-01-46594 Alexandra Vladimira Korchik, GR13842, Archives of Manitoba.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), PR98-01-45704 William Korchik, GR13842, Archives of Manitoba.
School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.
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