Welcome to the memorial page for

Rosemary J. Tatich

July 28, 1928 ~ March 13, 2017 (age 88)

Rosemary J Tatich passed away peacefully on Monday, March 13, 2017, at the age of 88.


As Rosemary Joanne Sorak, she was born on July 28,1928 to Dan and Mary (Hegedusic) Sorak in Centerville, IA.


Rosemary had a lifelong love of music and as a small child she learned to play the violin, guitar and eventually, she also learned to play various Serbian stringed instruments. Rosemary and her orchestra, “Sweethearts of the Sunset Trail” played at many dances and fairs around the Centerville area, and also performed at the Missouri State Fair. They recorded records to be played on the local juke boxes. Rosemary also played violin in the local Croatian orchestra.


In 1946, Rosemary moved to Los Angeles, CA to live with her sister, Vera. She worked at Packard-Bell, where she met and eventually married Howard Gibbs, Jr.  He and had Rosemary belonged to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles where she participated in their Serbian Folk Dance group and played in the orchestra. After thirteen and a half years of marriage, Rosemary’s husband, Howard passed away.


In 1960, Rosemary she met and married John Tatich. He shared her love of music and they frequently sang and played their musical instruments together, often including the children in their sing-a-longs. Rosemary found herself widowed again in 1966, so she packed up her five younger children and by herself, she moved them across the country to South Bend, IN to be near her late husband’s family.


She was a long time member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church in South Bend, IN. She was an integral part of our church, "Aleksa Shantich Choir" for many years singing tenor & playing her "tambura" in various concerts and events.  She was also a member of the "Carica Milica" Circle of Serbian Sisters women's group at her church.


Rosemary was an example of strength and faith and she continued to learn and grow throughout her life. She deeply loved her family, her religion, her heritage and life. She was a good friend and always ready to listen and lend a helping hand.


Rosemary is survived by her children; Constance Gibbs of Elkhart, IN, Howard Gibbs (Betty) of Plymouth, IN, Lesley Gibbs Schnick of Bremen, IN, Michael Tatich (Serena) of Bremen, IN, Laurie Tatich of Warsaw, IN, Thomas Tatich (Tamra) of San Tan, AZ, and a step-daughter, Katherine Gibbs McCoy of Placerville, CA.  She also has 17 Grandchildren, 27 Great-Grandchildren, and 1 Great-Great Grandchild.


Funeral services will be celebrated at 10:00am Friday, March 17, 2017 in Sts. Peter & Paul Serbian Orthodox Church.  Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  Family and friends may call from 4-8 Thursday in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 Kemble Avenue where a prayer service will be held at 7:00pm.  Viewing will continue 1 hour prior to services Friday in the church.  In lieu of flowers memorial Contributions can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church Building Fund or Sts Peter and Paul Church Choir - Aleksa Shantich.


Vecnaja Pamjat – May her Memory be Eternal!


 Service Information

March 16, 2017

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Zahoran Funeral Home
1826 S. Kemble Ave
South Bend, IN 46613

Funeral Service
March 17, 2017

10:00 AM
Sts. Peter & Paul Serbian Orthodox Chruch
59250 Keria Trl
South Bend, IN 46614

March 17, 2017

11:30 AM
Sacred Heart Cemetery
24947 Western Ave
South Bend, IN 46619

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