Zabor Funeral Home Inc.
5680 Pearl Road Parma, OH 44129,
between Snow & Ridge Road


Frances A. TARNOWSKI (nee Rezabek) age 88. Beloved wife of the late Stanley F. Dearest mother of Becky Newbrough (Steve), Alan J. (Kimberly A. Regan), Jill Latkovich and John (Carrie). Loving grandmother of Kristen (Ross), Brian (Kaitlyn), Michael, Joseph, Nicholas, Emily (Jacob) and Matthew. Dear great grandmother of Kylie, Caleb, Heidi, Zachary, Mia and Haley. Loving sister of James Rezabek and the late Eleanor Paradise, Agnes Chuhay and Clarence Rezabek. Dear aunt and friend to many. 

Frances, a lifelong Clevelander, was born and raised in Tremont, afterward residing with her family in the near west side neighborhood of Brooklyn Centre.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950 and was a 40+ year employee of the George R. Klein News Co. She was a proud parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, serving the high school parish youth as a basketball coach and club advisor. She volunteered for many activities in her church, running the Easter candy sale and directing the monthly parish raffle. She was a scout den mother for Pack 123 and a faithful volunteer at Ronald McDonald House for many years. Her focus was on the basics: cooking, baking, sewing and crafting, all talents she developed at the Merrick House, her local youth center. Her specialties included stuffed cabbage, Swedish meatballs, pizza buns, nut curls and decorating homemade Christmas cookies. She was the owner and operator of Fran’s Van, which was used to transport family and friends to events, camping, vacations and one tank trips. 


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Holy Family Hospice, 6707 State Rd, Parma, OH 44134. Please adhere to Covid-19 guidelines at the funeral home and church. To offer condolences please visit  

Messages of Condolence

  1. May our Lord comfort you all on the loss of your dear mother. We remember her infectious laughter and joyful spirit. She and your dad were very dear friends of my parents.

  2. Paulette and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Fran’s children and other family members. Our prayers go out to all of you as you grieve this terrible loss. May our God give you comfort.

  3. Dearest family of Fran,
    So very sad to hear of the loss of Fran. She is now with Irene and my mom creating something wonderful in heaven. I remember fondly her pop up camping at Clay’s, cookie decorating, and just listening to their gab fests during “Club.” May God hold her in the palm of His hand.

  4. Our condolences on Mrs. Tarnowski’s passing. I remember her always being around Blessed Sacrament; so full of life and and feisty as heck! I hope you can all find comfort in your memories, and in knowing how many lives she touched.

  5. Dear Becky, Jill, Alan, John and all your family members,
    I always loved it when Fran and Stan came to visit. ( Not only because I got to see and play with you all.) I would run into our house when I saw your car in the driveway. And, there would be Franny at the kitchen table laughing, talking and giggling every few minutes as she and my Mom got “caught up.” She had such an exuberance for life! After kisses and hugs, she always had some great compliment for me, either my hair, the sweater I was wearing, my plucked eyebrows, ( got in trouble for that one as my Mom had not noticed). I would sit on the red vinyl topped white stool by the telephone and listen to them talking mainly about you “kids,” life in Cleveland & Detroit, recipes, school, the Church and other things that brought joy to their, not so easy lives. The point bring that she and my Mom did the job that God put them on earth to do to the best of their abilities. Lifted themselves up, found a good man, raised a family, instilled a moral code and standards to live by in us, set an example, loved and cherished us (even if they had to be harsh with us) loved and spoiled, a little, your children and grandkids and continued to support you throughout your lives. You lost a good woman, mom, teacher, mentor, cheerleader and friend. Our hearts are very sad for you all. Hang together, share your memories of her and one day in the future smiles will come to your faces when you recall the family adventures you shared with her and your Dad. May God put his comforting and healing arms around you. Much love, Pat and Mary Teague.

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