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Richard E. Tatka

October 24, 1953 - April 4, 2023

Richard E. Tatka, 69, of Trenton, NJ, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Samaritan Hospice Unit at Virtua Memorial Hospital, in Mount Holly, NJ.

Born in Trenton, he was a longtime area resident. Richard attended Holy Cross school from K through 8th grade, and graduated from Cathedral High School, where he was on the baseball team. He retired from U.S. Steel after many years of service. He was a lifelong Parishioner of Holy Cross Church and served as an Usher for 30 years. He adored his dog Milo, enjoyed swimming at the Hamilton YMCA, and was an avid Philadelphia Phillies Fan and season ticket holder.

Richard was a lighthearted, kind man with a great sense of humor who would help anyone in need. He was a loving and devoted son who always made sure his mother, Helen was cared for.

Predeceased by his parents, Edward and Helen (Poczatek) Tatka; he is survived by his dear friends, Vera Kotsyuba and her husband Alan Constance; his loving dog, Milo; many other good friends and neighbors.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 from

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Buklad-Merlino Memorial Home, 2141 South Broad Street, Hamilton.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 218 Adeline Street, Trenton, NJ 08611.

Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hamilton.


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