Tapester, Elizabeth Ann
Elizabeth Ann (Kunic) Tapester passed to the Summer Land, on Oct. 2, 2012, at Danbury Hospital after a courageous, bitterly fought battle against ovarian cancer. Elizabeth, also known as Liz or Beth Ann to her family and friends, was born in Danbury on Aug. 3, 1962, to Michael Kunic and Angela (LaCava) Kunic.
Lizzie attended Danbury Public Schools and graduated from Danbury High School in 1980. She attended Western Connecticut State University. She held a number of administrative positions for Union Carbide, Praxair and Ethan Allen. Lizzie was especially fond of her work at the Palace Theatre in Danbury, where she could be found staging the Rocky Horror Picture Show with the employees. Lizzie was also a paralegal for a Watertown firm, Slavin, Stauffacher & Scott, until she was unable to continue working.
Liz believed her calling in life was to be a mother and she adopted a daughter, Mei-Li, from China in the late 1990s. Her other passions included goat farming and she built a farm at her Southbury home. The goats Lizzie raised were treated as family members. She milked her goats and made fabulous goat cheese. Liz had an affinity for all animals, especially her dog, Dillon. She also kept ferrets for more than 20 years.
Elizabeth was active for many years with the Society for Creative Anachronism. Bringing the Middle Ages to life was a joy and way to play as an adult. She often prepared feasts for 50 to 100 of her friends at a time. She was renowned for her cooking and baking skills, including her world-famous choucroute. For those who knew her well, you know how opinionated she could be. And yet, if you were her friend, you were her friend against all attackers and you could not ask for a more loyal or steadfast ally.
She created costumes for various theatrical troupes and plays. Most recently, she was especially pleased to work with the Brass City Ballet. For the last several years, Liz had invested her energy learning the art of Middle Eastern dance, dancing with Dolores Matzen/Riskallah Riyad and Zabeebah! Dance Troupe. Liz loved arts and crafts and country fairs such as those in Goshen, Bethlehem and Bridgewater.
Lizzie loved to travel, and was especially happy to have traveled to England, where she truly felt at home. Another highlight of her life was a 3,404-mile motorcycle trip with her then husband, Geoffrey, in 1984. They traveled through Canada and across Lake Michigan and through Wisconsin visiting family members, down the Mississippi Valley to St. Louis, to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry (she was especially fond of Elvis), up through the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Skyway, and then back to New England.
Lizzie most recently lived in Warren. She is survived by her adopted daughter, Mei-Li Tapester-Williams of Southbury, and her companion, Bob Paterno of Warren.
Liz also leaves behind too many friends to count, but she especially wanted to recognize Jillian, Bob, Shay, Joseph, Shelley, the entire family at Slavin, Stauffacher & Scott, her former husband, Geoff Herald, and many family members. She is also survived by her father, Michael Kunic, and stepmother, Myrna, of Pawling N.Y., along with family members Jean Serwacki, Florence and Francis Pudelko, Paul and Bonnie LaCava, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be planned, but details are not yet finalized.