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PIERCE, Tanya Vekshin

Tanya Pierce, of Palm Beach, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in her residence. Born June 23, 1943 in Tallinn, Estonia, Russia, Tanya came to America in 1952, settling with her family in Springfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from Classical High School in 1961, and went on to college, majoring in Retail Merchandising. It was only natural that Tanya's early obsession with fashion would bring her to New York City where she worked as a Rose Girl for Lord & Taylor. There, Tanya met her husband, Harry, and as fate would have it, his position at IBM would eventually lead the two, in 1965, to West Palm Beach where Tanya would raise her family and make a name for herself, first in the world of fashion and, later in life, in the world of antiques and design. Tanya had two daughters, yet managed to balance the responsibilities of motherhood while pursuing her career in couture fashion. A young Tanya led the way for Worth Avenue's matrons during the 70's and 80's, working for Sara Fredericks Salon for nearly twenty years as its assistant manager. She was then promoted to sportswear buyer for La Boutique and merchandise manager for all of Sara's hotel shops throughout the country, including Miami, Atlantic City, and Boston. From Sara's, Tanya developed Bonwit Teller's only Personal Shopping Service in 1988, and was later hired to open the "new" Saks Fifth Avenue, Gardens Mall, taking the position as Director of the "5th Avenue Club" elite private shopping service. At the age of fifty, Tanya decided on a new venture and opened her own store in Palm Beach, aptly named "Tanya Pierce Collectibles n' Gifts." Her independent success always amused her and she took great pride in the way she treated every client, old, and new. Tanya was truly in her own element when it came to making everyone happy by the time they left her store. Tanya loved music. In 1976 she joined the Junior Opera Guild of Palm Beach and became its Wardrobe Mistress until 1992. Not only was Tanya known for her flawless beauty outside, she also was an Angel (she wore a golden angel pin on her right shoulder) who often wrapped packages of food and clothing for deserving families in need and would drop them off, anonymously. Her generosity and love of life touched every friend, every client, and even those she hardly knew. Tanya loved life! For forty years she danced and sang (often inviting the entire Opera cast and its musicians to her home after the end of each seasons' performances), and loved passionately! She leaves behind many heart-broken men, especially her long-time boyfriend, Hank Sansone, of Hoboken NJ, who deeply adored, and truly loved Tanya. Above all else, Tanya was a selfless, and devoted loving mother who supported her children in whatever dreams, or schemes, each child included her in, either voluntary or involuntary. She battled cancer much longer than anticipated so she could make sure each of her children would be safely and securely settled in their lives, needing to know that her many years of working hard and living the American Dream would benefit them. We love you, Mommie! Tanya is survived by her two daughters, Victoria (Charles) Rohn and Stephanie Daunais, both of West Palm Beach; her grandchildren, twins Alexandra and Jack Rohn, Katelyn, Kathryn, and Kaleb Daunais; her sister, Irene (Wsewolod) Dutikow of Astoria, New York; two step-sons, several nieces and several grand-nephews. She was predeceased by her younger sister, Tamara Fetisoff, and her son-in-law, Christopher Daunais. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at NORTHWOOD FUNERAL HOME, 5608 Broadway, West Palm Beach. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at St. Mary's Orthodox Church, 1317 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach, 33406. Further services will be held in Astoria, New York under the direction of Antonopoulos Funeral Home, with burial at the Russian Convent-Novo-Diveeo, in Nanuet, New York. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that all donations be made to St. Mary's Orthodox Church, West Palm Beach. Condolence and memories for the family may be shared at www.northwoodfh.com

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from May 27 to May 30, 2014
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