Michael  Tatarko, Sr. M.D.
60, of Twin Rocks, passed away Jan. 16, 2020. Born July 7, 1959. Doc Mike is survived by Lori, his wife of 37 years; children and grandchildren: Mike & Lauren and their children, Jack, George and Jane; Ben & Alyssa, and their children, Joss, Nate, Lydia and Hailey; Annie Tatarko; and Luke Tatarko. Also survived by his mother, Irene Tatarko; siblings, MaryAnn & Rick Adomnik; Therese & Bill Stawarz; Tim & Nadine; and Marina & Chris Zindash; Mother in law, Mary Ann Smith; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. Preceded in death by father, George; brother, Thaddy; brother in law, Bruce Losiewicz; and fathers in law, Bob Donaldson and Bill Smith. Doc Mike enjoyed life to the fullest. His love for his family was immeasurable. His wife, kids and grandkids were everything to him and he took great pride in them all, and enjoyed pulling out his phone to show many the pictures of his loves. His deep, unwavering faith kept him grounded and humble. He truly enjoyed playing his guitars for Saturday evening Mass and being the choir director. Most doctors played golf, but almost any given Wednesday you could find him on the creek fishing with his Uncle Joe Kachick. He enjoyed going to the Yellow Creek Trout Club to fish and to share Joe's hand tied flies. Mike relished the outdoors, whether he was hunting or gardening with his Dad and Tim, teaching the kids the ins and out of the woods, or just walking/hiking and telling his stories of "when I was little" or "I remember when". UltraMike enjoyed running, he ran Sunday mornings on the Ghost Town trail for over 20 years with his many running buddies. He has numerous marathons under his belt; two of his favorites, running the Marines Corp and the JFK-50 with uncles Joe, Marty and Bob Szekeresh. He had finished the Laurel Highlands 75 mile trail run at least 15 times and when he could no longer run, he found comfort in helping the other runners the morning of the race; he had also ran a number of 100 mile races. Doc Mike knew from a very young age he wanted to be a doctor and come back to serve those in this valley. In his 30 year career he wore many hats, none being more important than caring for his patients. He loved his long-time partners, Drs. JeanMarie Koh, Michaeleen Wilson and Dan Johnson along with head nurse, Kathy Donaldson as they all worked like a well oiled machine. Mike worked hard for our communities, whether he was spearheading projects, behind the scenes pulling strings or using his contacts, he took great pride in our valley. One of his favorite projects was the cleaning of the Blacklick Creek. Whether in general conversation or while recruiting physicians to the area, he would explain how the orange sulphur colored water became clean. He would explain the process, and would finish by saying, "There are fish in the Blacklick - How cool is that!" To his friends, you were all very important to him. He loved running into you just to chat, finding out how your families were, talking about hunting, telling deer stories, politics and the weather. To his mom, siblings and extended family (the in-laws and out-laws), he loved you all. Our holidays were made extra special because of you. A special 'Thank You!' to Pat and John Kupchella and Alena Gourley, we will never be able to express how grateful we are to you for being there for him! Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Inc., Nanty Glo, where vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Nanty Glo, the Rev. Leonard Voytek, celebrant. Committal to follow at St. Charles Cemetery, Twin Rocks. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Charles Cemetery Chapel Fund (his latest project), P.O. Box 223, Twin Rocks, PA 15960.
Published on January 25, 2020

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Sharon Wurth
Jan 31, 2020
He was one of the most caring physicians I have ever had and was so disappointed when he didn't return to the practice after his last surgery. I will miss him very much and my sympathy goes out to all his family. He was a wonderful person.
Steve & Deb Reasbeck
Jan 30, 2020
We were out of town, and just now got the notice. We are stunned. Mike was a great, great physician, and and even better man and friend. Godspeed Mike, put in a good word for us. Thank you for everything.
Your St Francis "Sissies-By-Choice"
Jan 27, 2020
Days of Sunshine Bouquet was purchased for the family of Michael Tatarko, Sr. M.D. by Your St Francis "Sissies-By-Choice".  Send flowers
Allan & Linda Andrew
Jan 27, 2020
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I knew Mike when he was at IUP.
George Bell
Jan 27, 2020
Mike Tatarko was a great man! His love for God, his family, his colleagues, his patients and his community was so clear and so evident. He was as James wrote in his epistle , “...a doer of the Word, not merely a hearer who deludes himself.” . Mike’s love of nature and his generosity are well documented. I will always treasure the American Chestnut seedling he gave me (and is currently thriving in my field)as a memorial and reminder of what it means to be God’s servant to all I run across as Dr Tatarko was. Many thanks to the Tatarko family for sharing him with us.
Phillip Gvozden, Family & Staff
Jan 27, 2020
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Jan 27, 2020
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Matkand Linda Koenig
Jan 26, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss...Dr.Tatarko was an amazing person and friend and our love and prayers go out to you Lorie and family..what a beautiful family you all are..sorry to miss his viewing but we are in Florida now til March. Our prayers are with you all at this time of such sorrow and loss.
Robert D LaMantia
Jan 26, 2020
Mike always gave me a handshake an Hi Bobby
Always concerned with my health an gave me a butt chewing an he said I was his most challenging Pt.
Bruce and Susan Conzo
Jan 26, 2020
Are deepest condolences to the family. Mike devoted his life to his family and helping others. He will be greatly missed.
Dr. Adrienne (Jones) Gerhart
Jan 25, 2020
I cannot express my sincere sadness for the loss of this great man. I would not be the family physician that I am today without Dr. Mike’s recommendations and suggestions along the way. I have continued in my fitness and long distance running ever since I would pass him on the trail with my dad when I was 13 years old. He and the practice cared for my grandparents for many, many years. He was a both a professional and personal mentor to me. My love and regrets to Lori and family. Dr. Tatarko will never be forgotten by all of the lives he touched, Dr. Adrienne Gerhart