Obituary: Tatjana Freelove, 48, financial officer, decade-long Darien resident

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.

She was a member of Westchester Country Club and enjoyed cooking, gardening, travel, interior design and fashion.

Throughout her life, she was active in the Catholic Church.  During her formative years she was a member of St. Cyril & Methodius Roman Catholic Church in New York City.  More recently she served as a catechist at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Darien.  And for the last several years, Mrs. Freelove has been an active member of St. John's Roman Catholic Church also in Darien.

Mrs. Freelove is survived by her husband of almost 11 years, David W. Freelove, and four daughters, Katarina (22), Jelena (21), Mia (19) and Madeline (8).  The children currently attend Trinity College, Georgetown University, Franklin & Marshall College and New Canaan Country School. The family resides in Darien.

She is also survived by her mother, Marija Vanjak of Brooklyn and two younger brothers Josip Vanjak and Petar Vanjak of Brooklyn and Darien respectively.  Tatjana has five nephews and two nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John's RC Church, 1986 Post Road in Darien on Monday, Jan. 30. Burial was private.

The family asks that donations be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made to a page set up in memory of Tatjana through: