It is with deep sadness that we share the announcement of the passing of Elaine Woloshyn, Executive Director of the International Institute. Elaine lost her brief, but brave battle with cancer on the morning of December 25, 2017.
Elaine will be truly missed by the Board, Staff, Clients, and many supporters of the International Institute. In her tenure leading the IIA, she made a lasting mark on the organization, helping modernize and expand the work of the agency in many ways. She spoke often of her own immigrant story, and the deep love and respect she had for her grandparents, who immigrated from Ukraine. Her giving spirit and dedication to the cause of supporting new Americans was a living honor to her family roots and tradition.
“We cannot express in words what this loss means to the agency, and all of the IIA family. Elaine was truly a pillar in the nonprofit community. We mourn with her family and send our deepest condolences to all who loved her” said Madhu Sharma, Acting Executive Director.
"Elaine was a passionate advocate for Akron's immigrant and refugee communities. We are grateful for her service and the legacy she leaves in her strong staff and the community relationships she championed. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends" said Karen Richter, President of the Board of Directors.
Elaine M. Woloshyn, age 65, passed away December 25, 2017. Beloved wife of Richard Stahl; sister of Evonne of Chicago, IL, and Gene of Naples FL; dear aunt of Andrew of Tallahassee, FL and Alex of New York NY; loving cousin of Taras Szmagala. Elaine was Executive Director of the International Institute in Akron, OH. Her passions were many, from her life-long work in public service to her commitment to animal rescue and her dedication to her alma mater, Thiel College. The family suggests contributions to Thiel College in Greenville, PA. Friends may call at THE KOLODIY-LAZUTA FUNERAL HOME, 5677 STATE RD., PARMA, THURSDAY 48 P.M. PARASTAS 6:30 P.M. Prayer Service at the funeral home Friday, December 29 at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy at St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Interment St. Andrew Cemetery.