Haley Elizabeth Ilgenfritz, Artistic Director and acting-President of the Board of Directors of burgeoning theatre group Dormant Phoenix, beloved wife of Jason Ilgenfritz, Executive Director of same, succumbed to a battle with post-partum depression June 5, 2012. Of great importance to her has always been the issues surrounding mental health and the stigma attached to them often preventing those who suffer from a disease she knew to be every bit as serious and wasting as Leukemia and HIV from receiving the treatment that could save their life. She will be desperately missed by her three children, Lyx Ilgenfritz (9), Jackson Ilgenfritz (7), and Briar Ilgenfritz (4 mos.); as well as extended family that helped her to celebrate life. Her children, husband, and friends will always remember her as warm and vibrant, the light to any room; proof that love outlasts death. Haley was born May 17, 1988, to Carl Nowoczynski and Colleen August Nowoczynski. She has four brothers, Paul, Steve, Dustin and Jacob Nowoczynski; and two sisters, Chrissy Ann and Sadie Nowoczynski. Haley was preceded into the next life by her grandfathers, Gregory August, Sr. and Alois Nowoczynski; and her grandmother, Donna Lee Grimm. Haley studied theatre at Edinboro University and then on her own. Her talent and beauty were exceeded only be her exceptional skill as a parent. Memorials in her honor should be made to Dormant Phoenix, c/o 3021 Court Ave., Erie, PA 16506; the company that she founded and ran, promoting modern theatre and a great sense of community within the Erie theatre scene. No calling hours will be observed. A Memorial Service will be conducted at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on June 8, 2012