Evelyn Slobasky, the former owner of Crescent Lanes bowling alley, an award-winning bowler in her own right and a devoted Windsor booster, has died at the age of 94...

“She had a wonderful life,” said Carol Cyphery, Slobasky’s niece and goddaughter.

“Just a generous, wonderful soul, always looking out for somebody else. Always felt that if she could help someone, then she would.”

Born in 1922, Slobasky came to Canada from Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia, with her parents and siblings, the Duralias, in 1930.

The family first arrived in Toronto, moved to Kent County in 1935 and then Windsor in 1940.

Evelyn married Harry Slobasky in 1942 and they became involved in the hotel business, owning the Munro Hotel at Pitt and Goyeau streets.

In 1944, they built Crescent Lanes on Ottawa Street near Parent Avenue — despite that neither had ever bowled before.

The couple both learned the game and hosted many bowling leagues over the years and always had state-of-the-art equipment.

Evelyn became a competitive bowler, winning many tournaments and awards such as the 1964 Molson Masters tournament, and representing Canada at the Tournament of the Americas in Miami in 1973.

Her competitive success resulted in her being inducted into the Windsor Area Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Ontario Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

Slobasky was inducted into the Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Cyphery recalls her aunt as being someone extremely forgiving.

“She was a second-chance lady, too,” Cyphery said. “You might screw up, but a second chance was there. Even in her bowling business she gave second chances — she was determined to try and help (people) and be a better person and mentor them along the way.”

Slobasky was also a tireless booster of Windsor, and Cyphery said Evelyn paid to have thousands of buttons made that featured a rose and the words Windsor, Canada.

“I found thousands of these pins,” Cyphery said.

“She always had her pockets full of these pins. And wherever she went she took the Windsor, Canada pin and she would have her pocket full of these or the Canada flag and give them out to people. She was always taking any opportunity to showcase Windsor.”

Slobasky was also the first woman to be admitted to the Windsor Rotary Club (1918) in 1989.

Slobasky was predeceased by her husband Harry in 1977. The couple had no children.

Visiting will take place Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre at 1969 Wyandotte St. E. A chapel service will take place Monday at 2 p.m.