Tatjana Grgich
Tatjana Grgich, nee Cizmic, died on Sept. 2, 2020, at home with her family by her side. Born in 1928 in Zadvarje, Yugoslavia, Tatjana was the former wife of Miljenko (Mike) Grgich, the mother of Violet Grgich (Colin Shipman), and the grandmother of Noel Grgich-Shipman. She is survived by her sister, Vjekoslava Cizmic Sturmer, and many nephews and nieces both in the US and Croatia. A deeply devout Catholic, Tatjana touched everyone she met with her extraordinary kindness, generosity, charm, style and vivacity. She was renowned for her extraordinary culinary skills, and regaled everyone with her Croatian specialties, including her famous Cheese Sticks, which she used to make for visitors to Grgich Hills Estate in Napa Valley. Photography was a passion for her and she was rarely seen without at least two or three cameras by her side. A founding member of WiRED, a non-profit human support agency, Tatjana worked tirelessly to improve the lives of disadvantaged populations in her native Croatia, as well as in Serbia and Bosnia. For thirty years, she served as president of the Tatjana Grgich Foundation, dedicated to projects that assist youth from Croatia and other high-conflict regions of the world. Based in the Napa Valley, her foundation supports all manner of local and national charitable organizations, providing educational, medical and spiritual resources to families and individuals. As a member of the Board of Regents of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, since 1986, she helped to inaugurate national fund-raising events that have raised nearly $40 million in scholarships for deserving students. Tatjana was also a board member and benefactor of the Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) Institute at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pa., from its inception in 1993, bringing students from war-torn areas to learn each other's cultures, along with conflict resolution skills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to support the wide-ranging charitable projects of the Tatjana Grgich Family Foundation ([email protected]); the St. Helena Catholic Church (sthelenacatholicchurch.org); or the Croatian Scholarship Fund (San Ramon, croatianscholarship.org)
Published by The Sacramento Bee on Sep. 6, 2020.
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My condolences to the family ..
Tatjana was an amazing woman .. RIP
Biba Maletic
Friend
September 16, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
John LaBrasca
Friend
September 16, 2020
What an inspiring, beautiful life she led. She cared so much about others. An angel now.
Linda Grgurich
Linda Grgurich
Acquaintance
September 15, 2020
What a precious, generous soul.
Mark Grgurich
Friend
September 15, 2020
As one of many students who benefited from her philanthropy, I was personally touched by her big Croatian heart. Yet, she indebted me most with the gift of friendship and the memories of times spent with her. Poivala u miru Bojem!

Boris Vilic
Dean, Rider University
Boris Vilic
Friend
September 8, 2020
Tatjana was one of the first incredible supporters of the Croatian Scholarship Fund, and her generosity brought opportunities to so many students who would not be where they are today without her. Thank you Tatjana for all you brought to Croatia and Croatian students, and may you rest in peace.

Branko Barbir
Founder, Croatian Scholarship Fund
Branko Barbir
Friend
September 5, 2020
Tatjana was an angel on this earth who worked tirelessly to bring joy to all, and to ease the suffering of those she didn't even know. Her giant smile, hearty laughter, and mega heart are forever etched in our minds and souls. Volimo te do Neba draga, mila nasa!
Kristina Susac
Friend
September 5, 2020
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