Stephen J. Tabor
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POUGHKEEPSIE - Stephen J. Tabor, a longtime resident of Poughkeepsie, passed away at age 94 on March 3, 2014 at home with his loving family by his side. Stephen was born at home in Billings, NY on September 22, 1919, the second of four children, to Stansilaus Tabor and Sophia Dziedzic Tabor, who predeceased him. During the Depression he worked at many jobs in Poughkeepsie such as a cook at Lucky's department store to help the family. He also worked for years at DeLaval Separator as a welder. When WWII broke out he wanted to enlist but the Navy thought it would by better if he built ships rather than destroy them so, he built Liberty ships. In 1943 he married the love of his life, Hildegard Herrmann Tabor who unfortunately passed away in 1978. After the war, Stephen went to work at Shatz Federal Bearing where he was employed as chief welder until the company closed. Stephen was also an artistic person. In his spare time he made ornamental iron work as well as entertained family and friends with his guitar and his love for singing and yodeling. Stephen loved Christmas and was noted for his spectacular light display and life sized Nativity scene. The color of the more than 15,000 bulbs was unique because he purchased clear bulbs and dyed each one individually. People from as far as Connecticut drove to his Redondo Drive, Town of Poughkeepsie home to see the spectacle. Stephen is survived by his sisters Helen Tabor Wazewski and Mary Tabor Shaw as well as nephews Ronald Wazewski, Victor Wazewski, Charles P. Shaw, William H. Shaw, Jr., Stanley Shaw, Jack Shaw, and Robert Tabor and nieces Eileen Wazewski, Regina Fong, Cynthia Sayles, Linda Tabor, Deborah Evans and friend Guistine Monskie. His brother Theodore Tabor predeceased him. Visitation will be held from 4-8pm on Friday, March 7 at Wm. G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30am on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at St. Joseph's Church in Poughkeepsie. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Church, 9 Lafayette Place, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 for the Polish Festival. If you would like to leave an online condolence please visit www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com
William G Miller & Son Funeral Home Inc
371 Hooker Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 5 to Mar. 7, 2014