NATASHA "TASHA" BROOKE CAGEN VALPARAISO, IN Natasha "Tasha" Brooke Cagen, 20 of Valparaiso, passed away peacefully in her home Thursday, July 11, 2013. Tasha was born in Ekaterinberg, Russia on March 9, 1993. She worked as a sales associate for Staples in Valparaiso, a position she cherished and one where her effervescence and smile were known to both her fellow associates and customers alike. She loved animals and in the past had volunteered at several veterinary clinics, as well as the Porter County Animal Shelter. She enjoyed hiking, camping, listening to music, hanging out with her best friend Erika, lounging on the beach, and ministering to her kitten. Tasha is survived by her mother, Karen Cagen Zusman; her stepfather, Marty Zusman; brothers: Phil and Dennis; grandmothers: Stella and Lila; grandfather, Ray; special friend, Erika; as well as many aunts uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Cagen. Graveside services will be at 4:00 PM on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Graceland Cemetery with a meal of consolation to follow at Round the Clock Restaurant in Valparaiso. Memorial donations may be made to Temple Israel of Valparaiso or the Porter County Animal Shelter. Bartholomew Funeral Home in Valparaiso is in charge of arrangements. To sign an on-line guest book, please visit www.bartholomewnewhard. com.
Published in The Times on July 15, 2013