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The Polish Museum of America mourns the loss of Life Member and 2012 Polish Spirit Award winner, Kazimiera “Kasia” Bober, of Kasia’s Deli

Born on November 6, 1935, in Hoczew – small village in the Bieszczady mountains, Kasia came to Chicago in 1974. With her family in 1982, she opened Kasia’s Deli on Chicago Avenue, which grew into a recognized brand across the United States, and is most famous for its pierogi. Kasia was known throughout Polonia, for her success in business and for her generosity. Kasia was a longtime supporter and the first honorary Life Member of the PMA, and in addition to catering many museum events, annually sponsored the official State of Illinois Pulaski Day Observances hosted jointly by the PMA and Polish Roman Catholic Union. For her efforts, she was recognized with the PMA Polish Spirit Award in 2012. Kazimiera Bober passed away on June 2, 2016, at the age of 80. She is survived by her children: Barbara (Waclaw) Jakubowicz, Maria Kordas (Dr. Boguslaw) Bonczak, and Christopher (Renata) Bober; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Zbigniew), Joanna, Peter, Kasia, Lucas, and Julia; and great-grandchild: Leon.

A celebration of life will be held at Muzyka Funeral Home, 2157 W. Chicago Ave., on Friday, June 10, at 3-9pm. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, June 11, at 10am, at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2315 W. Augusta. Interment at St. Adalbert Cemetery.

At the request of the family, donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Gift From the Heart Foundation/ Dar Serca (3860 N. 25th Ave, Schiller Park, IL 60176) or the Polish Museum of America (984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642).