Tania Elizabeth Gregory
BERKELEY, CA – Tania Elizabeth Gregory fell asleep in the Lord on December 11th, 2012, at age 41, at the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA. For three years she had fought courageously against the escalating aftermath of a stroke. She endured her physical afflictions with hope, faith, and love. From all who encountered her, she elicited the best of humanity that could be found in them, through her ever-present smile and sense of humor. Tania was born in Boston, and spent her first year in Cambridge, Mass. She grew up in Aiken, graduating in 1989 from South Aiken High School. Tania went on to earn a BA from Columbia University in New York City, and an MS in Public Policy and Administration from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. While at CMU, she DJ’d a popular jazz show on the University’s radio station. With her wry sense of humor, she titled her radio show “The Blind Pedestrian” - she was beginning to lose much of her vision at that point. Tania put her education to good use when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work as the director of a home-sharing program for senior citizens. When her much-loved son Michael arrived, she happily launched into a second career as a stay-at-home mom, complete with Darius the seeing eye dog. Tania is survived by her husband Henri Mannik of Berkeley, CA, and their son Michael; by her parents Lois and Michael Gregory of Aiken; by her brother Alex Gregory of San Jose, CA; by her uncles Serge Gregory of Seattle, WA and Paul Gregory of Jefferson, ME; by her aunt Karen Goch of Aiken; and by her grandparents Tatiana and Walter Gregory, and Olga Orishyn, all of Aiken, and the late Joseph Korolevich. Tania was commemorated on December 20th with a Trisagion Service at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA, conducted by the V. Rev. Michael Anderson and the choir from St. Christina of Tyre Orthodox Church, Fremont, CA. The following day she was interred at the Serbian Orthodox Cemetery in Colma, CA, with the V. Rev. Stephan Meholick from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, San Anselmo, CA officiating. The funeral service was sung in the Chapel of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary at the cemetery. Tania was surrounded by family, local friends, and far-flung friends from university days. May her memory be eternal.