Helen ‘Lyn’ E. Kroner, artist, dancer
Helen ‘Lyn’ Magaziner Kroner, 88, passed away April 27, 2016 in Medford, Ore. She was born July 30, 1927 to Adolf and Elisabeth Sophia Roeder (neé Herman) in Atlantic City, N.J.
It was there that Lyn’s father died a tragic death when she was 12 years old. After Lyn attended high school in Philadelphia, Penn. she taught dancing at an Arthur Murray studio in Philadelphia and during the summers in the Pocono mountains.
There she met Jack Magaziner, a musician in a band with which she worked. In 1949, they married and a year later had a son, Mark. In 1955, they moved to Houston and opened a hair-styling salon. Lyn attended classes at the University of Houston majoring in art and drama, and was active in theater, taking many leading roles.
She received a scholarship to study at the Houston Museum of Modem Art. Some of her artwork is in the U of H permanent collection.
After the death of her husband in 1968, Lyn focused her studies in art education and graduated cum laude from the University of Houston. She accepted a teaching position at the high school in Fort Bend, a suburb of Houston. Returning to the theater, she met and later married Earl Kroner May 10, 1969.
They moved to Ridgefield, Conn. and lived there for the next 29 years. They enjoyed entertaining, and participating in an AAUW gourmet dining group. They also traveled extensively locally and internationally.
Lyn taught at Wilton and New Fairfield High Schools in Connecticut. She returned to her education, working on her graduate degree at Western Connecticut State University.
She was a participating member of the Brookfield Craft Center, The Connecticut Guild of Craftsmen, The Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and was a member and docent for the Aldrich Museum of Modern Art.
In 1977, Lyn was devastated when her son, Mark Magaziner, was killed in a boating accident. They established The Mark Magaziner Memorial Fund (now a Fellowship) at the University of Houston’s Graduate School of Social Work offering fellowship awards. Lyn retired from teaching to enjoy her home, cooking, and travel.
In 2002 Lyn and Earl moved to The Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Ore. allowing them to be closer to Lyn’s family in central California and Earl’s, in Portland, Ore.
Lyn is survived by her devoted husband, Earl and six of her seven nieces and nephews. Lyn had suffered a long period of debilitating illness before her death. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Magaziner; her son, Mark Magaziner; her brother, Herman Roeder; and her sister, Ayn Hoffa.
A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Mark Philip Magaziner Memorial Endowment Fund, University of Houston Foundation, P.O. Box 27405, Houston, Texas 77227-7405; or the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation; Resident Assistant, 1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford, Ore. 97504.