Welcome to the memorial page for

Tamara "Tami" M. (Kernen) Allenberg

August 3, 1951 ~ August 25, 2017 (age 66)

Tamara (“Tami”), 66, passed away from ovarian cancer on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 
her home in Natrona Heights. Tami was born in Alexandria, Virginia on August 3, 
1951 to Clyde and Betty Kernen, the sister offered  Clyde (Gwendolyn) Kernen, Robin 
Garrison, Sandra (Tom) Murphy and Paula Leal. She was a lively, smiling and 
beautiful child with curly red hair and bright blue eyes. Tami graduated from 
Highlands High School in 1970.  During that year, Tami bravely cared for her mother 
during a terminal battle with cancer, and was adopted by Mary and Paul Killian to 
become a sister of Lynette Killian, Dawn (Shawn) Schrecengost,  Jeff (Angelic) Killian, Greg (Lauri) Killian, 
Bob (Kim) Killian and Paul (Bonnie) Killian after her mother’s passing. She resided 
in Michigan, Ohio and California for periods afterwards.
Tami met Jack while moonlighting as a bartender at the Natrona Fraternal Order of 
Eagles Club. It was love at first sight, and the two married on her birthday in 1996 to
make sure Jack would never forget an anniversary! With Jack came a great family 
that loved Tami for her generosity, kindness and loving nature. Tami became the 
sister-in-law to Nancy Swiklinski, Antoinette (Edward) Holben, Don (Mary) 
Allenberg, Richard (Sue) Allenberg, Jeff (Cindy) Allenberg and Joni (Ken) Horciciak; 
as well as the late William (Rachel) Allenberg, Lori Sadowski, Ruth Chlebina and 
Dorothy (Ed) Gavalek. She enjoyed gathering with the family on Sundays, welcoming
them to the home on Thanksgiving for dessert and going to the Rivers Casino with 
her “Partner in Crime” Joni after chemotherapy treatments. 
Tamara was an artist who was contracted to create handpainted customized 
clothing, Christmas ornaments, murals and canvas paintings that became treasured 
objects in the home of her clients and other businesses. Later in life, she launched 
Just For You By Tami and included wedding and portrait photography in her 
services. Friends, family and clients will always have a piece of Tami in their wedding
albums and framed on their walls in the art they received from her. Her eye caught a 
vision through a lens that cemented time and emotion in an image.
Family was the most important thing in Tami’s life and she valued being a mother,  
stepmother, wife and grandmother more than anything else she could be gifted. She 
taught her children Robert (Ashley) Singer, Misty Chybrzynski and Pastor Nicholas 
(Niki) Chybrzynski how to love, forgive, persevere, commit and succeed.  She was a 
stepmother and loved Jessica and the late Jason Allenberg very much so. She 
provided her children with the lessons in life that would allow them to dream, plan, 
fail, try again, and succeed in anything they chose to pursue. Without our mother, we
would not be nearly as strong, grateful or resilient. Even during bouts of sickness 
through chemotherapy and surgeries to remove cancerous tissues in her body, Tami 
would muster the strength to spend time with her grandchildren, Robert Luc, John 
Paul, Trent, Savannah, Tyarah, Tyrone Jr. and Milleena.  They will always remember 
“Grami” planning extravagant Christmas holidays and Easter Egg Hunts, taking girls 
trips to Disney World, and supporting them in their activities.​
Those who knew Tami know how special of woman she is and how blessed they 
have been to have her in their lives. She is the kind of woman that makes you want to
do better because she believed in you that much. She loved all of her family 
members and close friends, and created special bonds with her many nieces and 
nephews. After diagnosis of ovarian cancer Stage IV in 2010, Tami defied diagnosis 
statistics by bravely enduring biweekly treatments for months at a time. With God’s 
grace, she survived for more than seven years! She embraced life and took the 
opportunity to travel, spend time with her best friends and siblings, and let everyone
that she loved know exactly how important they are to this world. 
Some people make a mark on their world. Tami left a mark in our hearts.

Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights 724-224-8688.  Funeral ceremonies will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM in the Generations House of Worship, Brackenridge.  Officiating will be her son, Pastor Nicholas Chybrzynski.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tami may be made to the Generations House of Worship, PO Box 324, Natrona Heights, Pa.  15065.  To send an on line condolence please visit

 Service Information

August 28, 2017

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home
1522 Carlisle St
Natrona Heights, PA 15065

August 28, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home
1522 Carlisle St
Natrona Heights, PA 15065

Funeral Service
August 29, 2017

11:00 AM
Generations House of Worship
1160 Parkside Drive
Brackenridge, PA 15014

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