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Obituary for Krystyna Neuman

Born: September 19th, 1945
Passed Away: July 29th, 2017


Krystyna Neuman died peacefully early Saturday, July 29, at her home in Whitehall after a recurrence of cancer. Her husband and sister were close by. She was to be 72 in September. Krystyna was born in Morton Grove, Ill., and graduated from New Trier High School before attending Grinnell College in Iowa. Passionate about the civil rights movement, she dropped out of college for a time to march and protest alongside Martin Luther King. She earned a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a certificate from the Erickson Institute. She was also certified in the Montessori method. As a young woman she lived in Chicago and worked at centers serving children in disadvantaged communities. After marrying, she moved to Newry, S.C., and raised two adopted children while managing a child development center in Clemson. The family also lived in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Vienna, Austria, before returning to the U.S. in 2001 and moving to Whitehall in 2006. Krystyna was a talented photographer and always carried a Pentax film camera on family outings. Black and white images she captured as a young woman decorated the walls in her house. She also painted in watercolors, often working from her own photographs. In retirement, Krystyna served as a volunteer and board member for the Coalition for Community Development in Muskegon Heights. She also tended a highly productive garden and followed national politics closely, including participating in local protests against the war in Iraq. She loved adorning her home and yard with finds from local thrift stores. Every Sunday, she and her husband could be spotted enjoying a lunch outing in the area. Krystyna is survived by her husband, G. Thomas Tisue; her son, Daniel Tisue; her daughter, Elena Tisue; stepchildren Kaarin and Seth Tisue; two grandchildren, Kayden and Kameron Crump; her brother, Peter Neuman, and her sister, Juliana Neuman. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ruth (Frey) Neuman, of Evanston, Ill., and Fish Creek, Wis. A memorial service is being planned.