Marjorie Ryan Tatarka


Marjorie Ryan Tatarka


Marjorie Ryan Tatarka died Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at the TenderNest Assisted Living facility in Billings. She was 88.

Marge was born on March 5, 1931, in Butte, to Loretta and Arthur “Lefty” Sullivan. She graduated from Girls’ Central High School in 1949, and went on to earn a nursing degree from Carroll College in Helena.

She married John Tatarka at St. Patrick’s Church in Butte on May 20, 1953. He preceded her in death in 2005.

Marge worked as a nurse for a time, but later excelled as a full-time mom, raising six children in the west Billings family home. She belonged to St. Pius X Church.

Marge is survived by daughters Lynn Acra of Billings and Carol (Paul) Tash of Butte; sons Paul (Janet) of Dillon, Brian of Aurora, Colorado, Shaun (April) of Great Falls and Chris (Mary Beth) of Woodbury, Minnesota; grandchildren Ryan (Becky) Acra, Erin (Tim) Mundt and Kelly (Ben) Grossman, Ethan and Kathleen Tatarka, Nicholas and Jorie Tash, Karina and Emily Tatarka, Shaun (Jenna) Tatarka and Dylan Tatarka, and Delaney, Connor and Kylie Tatarka; 11 great-grandchildren; in-laws Bill (Margie) Tatarka, Ronnie (John) Vaught and Carolyn Tatarka; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at St. Pius X Church, 717 18th St. West, Billings, with burial of cremains following in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Family Service in Billings; BACET, PO Box 31158, Billings; or a charity of one’s choice.

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8 thoughts on “Marjorie Ryan Tatarka”

  1. My condolences to the extended Tatarka family. What a fun childhood we had growing up on 18th Street! Marge always made me feel at home, from the times I was the annoying little sister to the times I came back for a visit as an adult with my own kids. I will always remember her smile and her laugh. She will not be forgotten. Prayers of peace for all.

  2. Isabel Frederick

    What a wonderful neighbor for many, many years. Here apple pies were the best. Always a smile and cute little laugh. Played a challenging game of pinochle too. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to the entire family. Hugs!

  3. Isabel Frederick

    What a wonderful neighbor for many, many years. Here smile and laugh was contagious and her apple pies were fantastic. She played a tough game of pinochle too. My condolences to the entire family. She will be truly missed.

  4. Our deepest condolences to the families, and our longtime friend, Lynn. We send you our heartfelt prayers for comfort and peace. Mac and Patti

  5. I am so sorry for your loss, but I’m sure my dad was there to take Marge’s hand and guide her into the light. Wish I could be there to give you all a big hug. Our thoughts are with you. Love from MN.

    Ann Ryan Hansen

  6. Tatarka’s –
    Thinking of you all and will cherish the wonderful times we had with Marge, your Dad and all of you in Billings. Especially will treasure the memories and stories of Marge and Kay!
    Love her!!!
    Lynn (Antonietti) Zanto

  7. Dearest Lynn, Paul, Carol, Brian, Shaun and Chris and families,

    Oh, how I loved your Mom and Dad. They always shared you kids with the Harris family across the alley. I especially remember when Brian was born premature and your Mom was so exhausted. I volunteered babysitting so that they could go to Mass together on Sunday.

    Then John would take Marj out once a week so that she could stay somewhat sane so I would babysit. Would you believe I was ten years old!!!!! My how times have changed.

    I have stopped by many times to see your Mom over the years. She still offered me a Coke and a great visit. She was a great mentor to me.

    Love you all

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