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Tanya Louise Ronga

West Yarmouth – Tanya Louise Ronga, born on October 11, 1944 in Rochester, New York, the second child of Joseph and Miriam (Laboranti) Ronga, passed away peacefully from respiratory failure on December 27, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. She had been in hospice care for a month.

As a child, Tanya was noted for her love of fun, sense of mischief, and outgoing personality. She was also known as something of a tomboy, never shrinking from any physical challenge, and by her early teens was displaying her prodigious vocal talents, belting out the songs of Brenda Lee for family and friends in a spot-on imitation.

Tanya earned a Radiologic Technologist Associates Degree from the University of Rochester and worked at Genesee Hospital. She then attended Montana State University Billings, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in 1970. After graduation, she was the phys ed instructor at Coxsackie Athens High School in New York state for four years before earning her M.A. in Public Health from Central Michigan University.

While waitressing to pay off her college loan, she caught the notice of a customer who was attracted by her lively personality and invited her to come work for him as his salesperson at a company that sold its printing services to costume jewelers. Shortly afterwards, in 1978 Tanya began what became a 37-year career in the jewelry industry. By 1983 she had started her own very successful business, T.L.R. Enterprises, of which she was president and which focused on fine jewelry sales to retail outlets across the country. Her skills as an entrepreneur and saleswoman were only reinforced by her strong and winning personality.

Tanya was known among her friends as an avid golfer, a generous hostess, and a great aficionado of animals, especially cats and kittens. She loved the great outdoors and was a talented landscape photographer. Her love of travel, for both business and pleasure, took her to Europe, Canada, all 50 states, Central America, Ecuador, and Tahiti. But of all places, her favorite was Cape Cod. She loved sunning on its beaches, walking them and, for many years, driving her jeep out through the dunes to the farthest reaches of Outer Nauset. She was a member of the Hyannis Yacht Club and enjoyed the camaraderie at Baxter’s Boathouse. She always remembered with affection her years of teaching, and some of the students she taught maintained contact with her through her final years. She never hid her love for her country and always defended it against any who disparaged it. She will always be remembered as a strong independent woman, a unique individualist, and a very loyal friend with a lively sense of humor.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Maimone of Ontario, New York.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 West Main Street in Hyannis. A funeral Mass will be held the following day, on Friday, January 7 at 11 a.m. at Saint Pius X Church, 5 Barbara Street in South Yarmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tanya’s memory to MSPCA.

Posted online on December 30, 2021

Published in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.