Tatjana Freelove was a resident of Darien for the last decade. She passed away at home on Thursday, Jan. 26 after a hard-fought battle with cancer over the past five years. Ms. Freelove was born in Paris, France on Aug. 11, 1968 to Antje Vanjak and Marija Drazic; both of Croatia. As a two year old, she moved to New York and spent her youth in Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood. Ms. Freelove attended grade and middle school at St. Bernadette's. She graduated from Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn in 1986. Ms. Freelove also graduated from St. John's University in 1990, majoring in criminal justice and psychology.
She began her career as a sales assistant in the institutional equity department at Kidder, Peabody shortly after graduation. Ms. Freelove continued her career as the chief financial officer at Rock Maple Ventures and later as a Partner at Rock Maple Funds, a fund of hedge funds. At the same time, she managed part of human resources for Del Mar Asset Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund.