Krystyna S. (Kasprzyk) Tabor

March 15, 1943June 9, 2018
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Krystyna Tabor resident of Surprise, AZ formerly of Chicago, IL

Blessed Beginning March 15, 1943 Met the Lord on June 9, 2018

Krystyna was born in Tarnow, Poland on March 15, 1943. She met then married the love of her life, Edward, on November 21, 1963. They had a daughter, Lilla, the following year. In Jan 1967 the family moved to Chicago where Krystyna continued to be a working mom. Edward and Krystyna later welcomed two more daughters: Violeta in 1968 and Agatha in 1974. Krystyna became an American citizen in 1986. Krystyna was an inspirational woman to everyone who knew her. Her courage, love, and compassion have not been equaled. She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed mysteries and Agatha Christie novels. She enjoyed travelling with her family and friends and loved to explore new places with her endless curiosity of the world. Once retired, she, Edward and Agatha moved to Surprise, Arizona in 2002. Krystyna frequented the many art festivals in the Phoenix area. Her love of travel continued and included many cruises to places as varied as Hawaii, the Caribbean, Alaska, and the Panama Canal. She also enjoyed showing her grandchildren the Grand Canyon and was able to visit Bryce Canyon with Edward, her daughter Agatha and son-in-law Travis in 2017.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, Edward Tabor, her daughters, Lilla Tischler, Violette Bernauer, and Agatha Stedman, her sons-in-law, Steve Tischler, David Bernauer Sr, and Travis Stedman as well as her grandchildren, Victoria and Lucas Tischler, and David Bernauer Jr. She also adored her grand-dog, Dobbie, who often visited. She was predeceased by her grandchildren Brian and Joshua Bernauer.

The visitation for Krystyna will be held on Friday, June 15 at Surprise Funeral Home 16063 W. Bell Road from 5-9pm. A mass will be held on Saturday, June 16 at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church 17111 W. Bell Road at 10 am immediately followed by an entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery 10045 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Arizona ALS Foundation;jsessionid=00000000.app278b?df_id=34440&34440.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=5B741C54BABB34593BF478183698D2DC


  • The ALS Association Arizona Chapter


  • Visitation Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Rosary Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Entombment Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Krystyna Tabor was born Krystyna Kasprzyk in Krakow, Poland. The saying, "It takes a village to raise a child" certainly applied to her. Krystyna was raised not only by her mother but also her Babcia, her aunts, and occasionally with the help of the government. She did not have a carefree fun-filled childhood. Instead, she was raised in a hard-working but poor extended family that consisted of aunts, uncles, and cousins all living in crowded quarters. She shared stories of her childhood with her three daughters.


Violette remembers hearing stories about Dachau and family members experiences there. Hearing these stories from her mom gave her a real appreciation for the struggles people faced during the war. She was also told stories about playing in the schoolyard and particularly remembers a story about one of her mom's friends laughing so hard she began to fart.

Krystyna had a lifelong love of learning: her favorite subject was history. As a girl she enjoyed physical activity like playing with her friends and sports like soccer. She continued her education in the U.S. when she went to Triton College to study _________.

When she arrived in the U.S. in 1966 with her husband and toddler she did not speak English. She used her incredible strength and bravery to flourish in her family's new life. She told stories about trying to shop and make her way. She talked about most people being friendly and helpful, while others were less tolerant.

In 1968 Violette was born. The family lived in Chicago. Violette remembers taking walks with the family after dinner. Sometimes they would walk to Baskin Robbins. Both she and her husband worked a variety of blue collar jobs. At one point, Krystyna tried home party jewelry sales to make extra money. At various times she worked two jobs to help make a better life for her daughters.

In late 1973 Krystyna found out she was pregnant. Agatha was born in July 1974. She now had three daughters. She was the perfect mom for girls. Krystyna had a great sense of fashion and style. She always dressed impeccably and never left the house unless she looked beautiful.

She worked in quality control for a number of different employers, but family and friends were her true passions. She sometimes worked more than one job in order to ensure that her daughters were able to go to college and achieve a higher standard of living than she had. Because of her difficult childhood, Krystyna was able to show empathy and understanding. She was a strict but compassionate mom.

After prom in 1986, Violette was in a car accident and broke her nose. She remembers waking up the following morning and noticing that her nose was crooked. When she went downstairs to ask her mom if her suspicion was true, her mom ended up grabbing her nose, rebreaking it before she knew what hit her, and telling her to hold it in place! Unfortunately, this was not the only time Krystyna would visit Violette in the hospital, but she was always a strong and loving supporter. In hindsight, those visits must have been incredibly difficult for her, but she rarely waivered.

In 1996, Krystyna's first grandchild was born. She enjoyed being a "Babcia" and spoiling her granddaughter with adorable outfits, chocolate, and love. In 2000 she became Babcia to two boys, Lucas and David Jr. These were her first boys! They were just as spoiled by her as Victoria.

In 2003, Ed was able to retire and they moved to Arizona along with Aggie. Now her grandchildren were able to visit and she had all day to spend with them. Everyone was able to swim in the pool, tour the Grand Canyon, and visit other local attractions. Both Ed and Krystyna were able to enjoy more time going on cruises. They visited Alaska, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, and the Carribean. They made lots of new friends to go out to dinner, movies, and coffee. The ladies also went to local art and wine festivals.