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A remarkable woman who Dreamed the Impossible Dreams and attained them. Born in Chicago to Ted and Alice Przybylo, she was the granddaughter of Polish immigrants who were honored to become Americans, while keeping their cherished heritage and traditions. And, Althea was determined to uphold their dreams and make them proud. She attended St. Helen's Polish Catholic grade school, which laid the foundation for her lifes path. Excelling in all subjects, she entered Mt. St Mary high school where she was given the opportunity to exceed her limitations as an outstanding pianist and violinist, concert mistress of the orchestra, captain of varsity basketball and volleyball teams, class officer for four years and president of the Girls Athletic Association. At that time, women were seldom acknowledged as being superior athletes and leaders Althea broke that trend. While at St. Louis University, Althea met the man of her dreams, Joe Kroger. They shared a mutual interest in music, philosophy, theology, and the need to further their education. After marrying in 1969, they moved to Toronto where Joe obtained his Doctorate in Theology, and Althea became a mother to their loving son Andrew. Joe Secured a professorship in Theology at St. Michaels College, and Vermont became their permanent home. With a multitude of dreams Althea set out to further her education while entering the political arena. She received her Masters in Political science (Univ. of Vt., her J.D. law degree (Vt. Law school) and her MPA in Public Administration (The John F. Kennedy school of government at Harvard University). She was committed to social justice and was an activist in womens rights. With strong opposition and a grass roots campaign, she was elected and served in the State House of. Representatives for four terms. She then served two terms in the Vermont Senate and subsequently served as a Judge in Family Court. (for more detailed information on her political accomplishments, please google Althea Przybylo Kroger obituary Vt.) As her dreams became a reality, she was stopped in her tracks. In 1996 she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. With great strength and determination and many more dreams to attain, she successfully won that battle, and after a year of rest and recovery, she traveled to Poland and fell in love with the country and its people. Studying for one year in Krakow, she received her certification to teach English as a second language. She then purchased and renovated a large building, and opened the Althea Institute in Debica, founded to teach english and leadership skills to business managers and civic leaders. A successful entrepreneur and educator, she worked relentlessly for the next 10 years. She bettered the lives of many. On July 18, 2012, she received the news that she had aggressive lung and bone cancer. She returned home to Vermont and passed away peacefully on Aug. 30, 2012. She is survived by her husband Joseph; son Andrew (daughter-in-law Carolina), grand-daughters; Gabrielle and Rachel. Her siblings; Vivian (Paul) Kolpak and children Todd Alexis and Vanessa, Andrew (Amy) Przybylo and children Adam and Kiki, Alice (Tony) Pawlicki and children; Allison, Angie and Stacie, Vicki (Bill) Pindras and children Andrea, David, Laura, Eric and Emilie, Ted (Alicja) and children Michelle, Alex and Jack. Althea also had 14, first cousins who were like brothers and sisters while growing up in Chicago. Love was always in the air and fun was being a large and connected family. We will all miss her deeply. Visitation will he held on Sat. Sept. 15, at the Skaja Funeral Home, 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Niles, from 9 a.m. until 12:30. There will be a prayer service conducted by Msgr. Velo, with burial at Maryhill cemetery. In lieu offlowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society in memory of Althea.

Published by Chicago Tribune on Sep. 9, 2012.
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Althea, Audrey and I were in a chorus in grammar school. She was very intellengent and sweet at that time also. We lived basically in the same neighborhood. Later when she was going to law school I saw her at her father's restaurant helping out. She was an incredible person and will be missed by many. Sincerely Barb Galli
Barbara Ptaszkowski Galli
August 25, 2021
I remember Althea from Grammar School, at St. Helen's in Chicago. We were in the same class together, she was alway kind and an awesome person. I can't say enough about the quality of her personality.
Barb Galli
September 21, 2020
Althea was an outstanding person, my theacher at college in Tarnów. I'm very grateful to her for her positive energy, enthusiasm and support she bestowed on me. I'll always remember her..R.I.P.
Marta Baczek
October 12, 2012
Vivian,Przybylo& Kroger Family. I was shocked to read about the passing of Althea from a e-mail I received from Linda Taylor Yoder. My prayers go out to you and your families during this difficult tome in your lives.I have fond memories from the Mount.She was a leader and gifted athlete.She accomplished a lot during her life her on earth.Now may she rest in peace.
Judy Campbell Hushaw
September 15, 2012
Wonderful memories were made at the Mount, You were a big sister to not only Vivian, but to many of us. Love to Viv.
Martha Cunningham Nielsen
September 14, 2012
Althea you were a leader at the Mount and in life. Sorry you had to leave us so soon.
Ginny Leonardi Baxter
September 14, 2012
I will remember you Althea for ever and your advice of my work, language and your smile. You was for me true friend, headmaster and teacher. -your librarian of The Althea Institute-
Lidka Górska
September 14, 2012
Althea was unforgettable, right down to the messiest desk in Sister Marie George's homeroom at the Mount. About a dozen years ago, she and I and a bunch of Mount friends closed the Mill Race Inn Bar at 3 a.m. following a reunion. Talented and clever, she always up for anything that made life more fun at the Mount.
Linda Yoder
September 14, 2012
Thank you, Althea, for being who you were.
September 13, 2012
Thank you for everything Althea.
I'll never forget you, my dear friend... You were my the best English theacher.
I think, You are on the Jesus hands in Paradise... Rest in pace !

September 12, 2012
Thank you for all the conversations we've had.
Thank you for everything.
You were a part of my life.
I'll never forget you, my dear friend...
Maria Dus
September 10, 2012
Maria Dus
September 10, 2012
Andrew & family - so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved sister. What an accomplished woman she was! My sympathy to you.
Christine Kruczek
September 10, 2012
To the Przybylo Family,
You have our heartfelt sympathy
and prayers on the passing of Althea. May she rest peacefully in the
careing hands of Jesus in Paradise.
Remember all the good times you had with her....She wa an outstanding woman of Polish heritage.
May she rest in peace.

Edward & Loretta Dykla
President Emeritus
POlish Roman Cath. Union
Barrington, Ill.
September 9, 2012
To Vivian and the Przybylo and Kroger families:
Profound sympathy on the loss of your sister. What a remarkable woman she was!
May she rest for eternity in the unbounded joy and peace promised by our resurrected Lord and Savior.
Bob Ras
September 9, 2012
Dear Ted,

We are so sorry. Please know, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Linda Helfenbein
September 9, 2012
Joe and Przybylo Family, I was so sad to hear this news. I remember Althea from way back at St. Helen School. I remember singing at your wedding so many years ago, and remember what a fun day that was. My heart breaks for you.
Karen Kornacki-Knegten
September 9, 2012
Deepest regrets for your loss of "Tusia" as she was known when we were growing up at St. Helen's. She lived a wonderful life of giving to others.
Gene (Eugene) Majka and
William Bogue
Gene (Eugene) Majka
September 9, 2012
"What seems to us a sunset, is a sunrise in another land" Shine on Althea, shine on!
Glen and Mimi Wherfel
September 9, 2012
Przybylo & Kroger families - We're very sorry to hear about Althea.
Mike & Violet Kessler
September 7, 2012
I miss you Althea..
September 7, 2012
Dear Joe,
My sister Sheila Aliesky, a former Essex Junction neighbor of yours, informed me of the passing of Althea. Althea had an amazing life dedicated to service and bettering humanity; giving her full measure to all that she did. One could ask for no more in life. Blessings given are the blessings received. May she rest in peace and may her loving memories sustain you and your family. I am an old friend and your former ethics student from St. Michael's College, class of 1976. Keep the pages turning Joe; may they read well.
Dr. Bruce Colville
September 5, 2012
Our family is saddened by the passing of this beautiful and cheerful woman. We had the privilege of knowing Althea, her wonderful husband and son Andrew in Chicago when Andrew married my wife's neice Carolina. Our most sicnere and heartfelt condolences to the Kroger family and relatives.
Rames Pruneda
September 5, 2012
It was a great honour to meet you, Althea. We will never forget
Marta i Iwona II LO
September 4, 2012
It was a great honour to meet you, Althea. We will never forget
Iwona i Marta II Liceum
September 4, 2012
She was one of the most wonderful women, as I have ever meet in my life...
Agnieszka Kruszynska-Idzior
September 4, 2012
I am sorry to learn of Althea's passing. I knew her in Montpelier in her senate days. Although she was not the first female representative from Essex Junction (2nd), she was certainly the first democrat and helped to shape the values of today's community. We will miss her; she was a fighter!
Rep. Tim Jerman
September 3, 2012
Oh dear, what a shock. I just knew you for few days but you were very kind and cheerful. A person everbody should be. It is a sad news for today. Hope you enjoy the place where you now are.
September 3, 2012
We were all shocked to hear that Althea passed away. I am sure that everyone who have ever had a possibility to spend a little bit time with her saw that she was quite special.We loved her personal charm and magnetism that appealed to other people, her wide beautiful smile, sense of humor, candidness. I could be her student for 3 years, meet with her after classes on more personal field and this experience will remain in my heart forever. Joe, family and friends-Please accept my condolences.
September 3, 2012
It's hard to believe to hear this
We are going to miss you, Althea very much
We hope you are happy now
We hope your ideas will stay with us for ever
colleagues and students
September 3, 2012
My aunt was one of the most amazing women I have ever met. She was a great example growing up and will forever be remebered and loved. Thank you auntie alfie for being the crazy, free spirited person you were. I have nothing but the fondest memories of you. Say hi to my dad for me. We love you
September 2, 2012
I still can not believe that Athea is not with us. She was a wonderful teacher and a true friend. She will long remain in my memory as the happiest grandmother, mother, wife and teacher. Sincere condolences.
September 2, 2012
September 2, 2012
Lamentando mucho la perdida de Sra. Althea, que en Paza descanse
Silvia Huezo
September 1, 2012
To Joe and family,
I was sad to read about Althea in yesterday's paper. Please accept my condolences.
-Kathleen Rupright
September 1, 2012
Until we meet again. I love you Tousha.
Frank Gorzela
August 31, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and her family. She made an impact on the world she left too soon. She will be missed.
JoAnne and Edward Stanislawski
August 31, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Joseph Krzywonos
August 31, 2012
Joe and Family-
I am so sorry to learn of Althea's passing. I have such wonderful memories of working with her on VT Women. She was a friend and mentor. She will be missed. I hope the memory of all her good works and deeds will bring you comfort. You're in my thoughts....
Lori Murphy
August 31, 2012
Our deepest sympathy on your loss. May God be with you during this time of sorrow.
john & theresa stanislawski
August 31, 2012
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