Tatyana Anyssia-Joi Sawka

  • Born: June 20, 1998
  • Died: April 9, 2012
  • Location: Brownstown Twp., Michigan

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Allen Park, MI 48101

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Sawka, Tatyana Anyssia-Joi, age 13 of Brownstown, passed away on Monday April 9th, 2012. Loving daughter of Nykole. Dear sister of Quron, Jovan, and Jordan. Survived by her loving grandparents Robert and Elaine. Uncle Ricky, great-uncle Bobby and aunt Roxanne, aunt Virginia and uncle John, aunt Theresa, aunt Linda and uncle Scott. Tatyana also leaves behind 3 cousins, Mandy, Jaclyn and Lily, her great-grandfather Frank Akers, as well as many other loving family and friends.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So much has changed Tati, so much has changed. Four years and everything is so different. I miss you everyday and I love you even after forever ends. I'm so glad you don't have to experience the bad parts of life. I'm so glad you're happy in Heaven. I just wish I could talk to you and see your face. I miss your company, I miss everything about you. Everything is so different and I know it's for the better but it doesn't always feel so great and I just miss when we were little and worry free. I love you so much, I love you all the time.

Posted by Jordan Sawka - Allen Park, MI - Sister   August 01, 2016

It has been three years since i have seen you. i miss you truly and i hope you're worry free in Heaven, actually, i know you are.

Posted by Jordan Sawka - Dearborn, MI - Little Sister   April 16, 2015


I guess ill post here every year...Anyways, Tati i love you so much. Its sad that I'm 14 now but you never made it. You where taken away cause God wanted you back. For some reason he didn't want you to turn 14. A reason we will never know. I do know it was for a good reason though the pain is terrible. i don't but i do understand his reasons for taking you. I wouldn't call it stealing neither. I would call it taking back what is yours. Because you are his daughter and he is our father. Anyways i miss you a lot. I see the little white butterfly all the time and I'm positive its you. Im also hoping to find the boy on the bike. Police said there was witnesses who saw him with you and Brianne when you died. I don't blame him for not saying anything if he really did experience your deaths i wouldn't speak about it either. Goodnight i love you Tati, forever.

Posted by Jordan Sawka - Little Sister   July 26, 2014

Hey Tati. You know you are truly missed and I still think about you often even almost after two years. I go and visit you in the cemetery sometimes when I miss you most since you are only a few blocks away. But you were a great friend to many people, especially me. We had each other's back on a lot of things. Sometimes I feel like you're with me when I think about you. Like this one time I was writing a note for you and listening to music and this song I had dedicated for you when you passed came on the radio, I automatically knew it was you. You are missed by many, and will never be forgotten. I love you. Rest in Peace.

June 20, 1998 -

Posted by Mikael Everly - Dearborn, MI - Friend   February 13, 2014

its been 1 yer since you've left us all. im sure you know that everyone of your family members thinks about you all the time. We all miss you and wherever you are i hope your having a good,fun time. I Love You, We all do. goodbye.

Posted by Jordan - MI - little sister   November 08, 2013

Tati. We were never really that close, but we talked a lot in 7th grade, before you moved. I remember when we had gym together, and had our crazy nicknames that made no sense at all but for some reason it was so funny. You were such a care free person, who was always smiling. You are so beautiful, and I, nor will anyone else forget you. You had such a positive impact on so many people! Your in my thoughts daily. Rest In Paradise. <3>

Posted by Hannah Schotthoefer - Allen Park, MI - friend   March 29, 2013

tatyana and i were bestfriends threw thick and thin and i have know here since the 2nd grade. i was her turtle and she was my froggie, we never left eachothers side. we did the most craisest stuff toghether and had some wild memories. i had her back she had mine we would help eachother out anytime to see hurt and to see her cry made me hurt. when i was upset the one thing she always said was " you gotta keep your head up oh, oh and if you let youtr head down oh no." or " you are lookin like supa' hott fiya tonight" or " your beautiful no matter what they say".(: i look at her photos and wonder how it got from there to here how such a beautiful, intelligent, bright young girls life is gone. i love her so much and i gotta believe that she is in a better place now, and shes where no one can hurt her.<3>

Posted by katelyn williams - brownstown, MI - bestfriend   December 18, 2012


Like I said before the story is wrong and you need justice Tati but I wanted to share a few memories short and long

I remember when we left the house and went to the creek we hoped over fences ran through people's backyards and it was really fun mom was worried sick when we got back and you guys got mad at me when I told what we did

I remember when you used to be scared of that BabyDoll in your room cause you said it was alive and I believed you but I acted like I didn't and I said don't worry it won't get you to try to make you feel better even though it didn't work

The first time I beat you at wrestling not long before you left

When you stood up for me when your BEST FRIEND was talking crap about me at the park

You were the best sister ever and you still are I can't to be with you again

Posted by Jordan Sawka - Brownstown, MI - Little Sister   December 04, 2012

I miss you day by day, and night by night. Even though it's close to a year after, I miss you lot's. Me and you were close, and grew closer each day. I remember when we met, and the Woodhaven Homecoming Game. I'll never forget that day, nor will I ever forget you. R.I.P Love You Tati

Posted by Noah George - Woodhaven, MI - Close Friends   November 29, 2012


Tatyana i know what they said about you on the news is wrong and i wish i wasnt in my room and i couldve stopped you but apparently you were ment to go cause if ou werent i would of stopped you i know you werent playing in the road at night there is something wrong with that story i know it but i wanna say i love you more than anything in the world you were the best sister anyone has ever had you were mean and we fought but you stood up for me when i was getting talked about you were there when i learned how to ride my bike we always shared a room and it just happend to be then that we didnt im also sad you took bullet with you and i cant wait to be up there with you hugging and palying with you and everyone else goodbye i love you <33>

Posted by Jordan Sawka - Brownstown, MI - Little Sister   July 24, 2012


Tatyana was always such a good friend to me and a bunch of others! She will always be remembered as a warm hearted, funny, & beautiful young girl! she will always be kept safe in our hearts and she will never be forgotten! she is very missed by everybody! People will be making up for what Tati did not get to do in her short lost life. I love you Tati <3>

Posted by Alyssa Brown - Allen Park, MI   July 19, 2012


I don't remember Tatyana that much but she is a very good friend and i don't know why she did it but this is a life lesson that we all can learn from. I will always remember her because she passed away on my birthday and i think that's sad how we all have to go through life knowing that shes not with us on earth but with god in a better place. I will always remember her! Thoughts and prayers to the family!

Posted by Karen Lawhorn - Flat Rock, MI - Old Bsstfriend   April 19, 2012


My prayers and thoughts are with your family. I was so saddened to hear about this tragedy. My heart breaks that such a nice family has to endure this pain.

Posted by Ms. Yesh - Allen Park, MI - Jordan's past teacher from A.P.   April 17, 2012


nikki & family,my name is anne marie we dont know each other but i am the mother of a 7yr little girl name janiah ciella, she is a sister of quron,jovan & tatyana, im not sure if you even know that she exists,but i wanna send you ALL my condolences,i am sooo sorry for your loss !!!! nickole my prayers are with you and your family @this very difficult time.if you or the kids would ever like to talk to or see pics of janiah i would love to talk or send them to you. i know janiah would love that.
TATYANA i am soo sorry we never met.im sure janiah has/will miss a wounderful big sister,she always asks about you and her brothers.in her prayers at nite she prays she will meet you all someday. i havent told her that you are in heaven yet ,,i no she will be devistated !!! i hope and pray that one day she will no all about you through your mom and brothers and sister. i want you to know that even though janiah & you never personaly knew each other.your abuala always showed her pics of you n the boys.janiah n i actually went to see her on easter and she was talkin about the baby pics she has on her wall of your brothers, please watch over niah and keep her safe, NIKKI ,JOVAN,QURON IF YOU EVER WANT TO TALK JANIAH AND I ARE HERE,,MY EMAIL IS myangelbabyjaniah@yahoo.com GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Posted by anne marie palerino - syracuse, NY - mother of your baby sister in ny   April 15, 2012

Tatyana went to elementary school at Arno in Allen Park. I remember her well...she was lovely. I hope Mom, Joey, Ronnie and Jordan find peace during this sad time. You are all in my prayers.

Mrs. DesJardins
Arno School

Posted by Michelle DesJardins    April 14, 2012

my son josh went to school with girls. both girls are going to be greatly missed by many but just cherish the few years that they were here. i do that everyday since i lost my dad. my prayers go out to the family. they are in a better place.

Posted by Annette Piotrasch/ Joshua - brownstown, MI - friend   April 14, 2012


Dear Nikki,
We are so sorry for what happened. You are one the proudest Moms I know. You always put your children first above all else. Our heart cries with you and your family. Just remember Tati is an Angel on your shoulder forever. I love you Nikki, hang in there honey we love you xoxo

Posted by Debbie Massa and Family - Carleton, MI - Friend of Tati's Mom (Nikki)   April 14, 2012

Dear Jordan and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts are with you.

Posted by Mrs. Sarah Smith - Livonia, MI - Sister, Jordan's, 4th grade teac   April 14, 2012


I am so very sorry for your loss. You don't know me personally but your daughter cheered for the same squad my son played football on in Allen Park. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Brandy Burns and Bryan Brown #81 - Allen Park, MI - Bulldog Mom   April 13, 2012


I am so sorry for your loss, there are no words that I can offer to make any of your family feel better,and no one can imagine what you are going thru at this time, Just know that you have Family and Friends that love you and will be there when you need them most.
With Love,

Posted by Lorna Levy-Richards - Dearborn, MI - Friend   April 13, 2012

others wont know but we will never forget." tatyana girlfreind you will always be my doo doo brown, while walking on clouds always keep your toes pointing out " god bless you, god be with you,i love you

Posted by uncle bobby - uncle   April 13, 2012


Nicky, Our heart hurts with your heart. We are so saddened by the news. We love all of you so much and praying for peace as you face the most difficult ordeal of your life.
Please don't hesitate to call if there is ANYthing that any of us can do.
God bless and hold you secure,
Pastor Gary and Kathy

Posted by Pastor Gary and Kathy Hill - Allen Park, MI - Pastor   April 13, 2012

Tati was amazing. I met her in Ms.Sokolosi's class first trimester. I remember the first day I saw her walking around the school during lunch, I asked her why she was walking around and she said I don't know anyone here. I told her she could sit by me and my friends, she said yes please. From that day on we got close but then she got home schooled so I never got to see her again. Im going to miss her so much. RIP Tati<3>

Posted by Calista Rotondo - Woodhaven, MI - Friend   April 12, 2012


Tatyana and Bri were truly beautiful young girls. Taty always had a smile on her face in first hour last trimester. Her locker was close to mine, and i would remember how many people that cared would always be at her locker, laughing with her, smiling, talking. Its just so devastating to see her gone just like that. Still very hard to get it through my head that shes in heaven, happy now..

Posted by Jackie Marlett - Brownstown, MI - Friends in a way   April 12, 2012

Dear Nykole,

As part of your community and friends our heartfelt prayers are with you.
We have come to know you and of your family and have shared stories with you of your beautiful daughter Tatyana. I remember just recently stopping in the middle of our conversation to say " I Love her Name" . I was overwhelmed to hear it again. Please know Nykole that the entire community is reaching out and sending prayers to hold you and lift you during this most sad and mournful time.

Love to you and your entire family.

Laura Smith and all of the Girls at
Bearclaw Coffee Co.

Posted by Laura Smith and all the Grils at Bearclaw Coffee - Brownstown, MI - Friend   April 12, 2012


Ive only known you since the second trimester and it seems like forever. You always sat at our table for lunch with Brianne , Cory and I would always joke around and have fun all the time. I wish i could tell you bye the last time I saw you. We had good times together and I know now you are some where better and that we will always see you some day some time.

I Pray for you and your family

Taylor DeBlair
(School classmate)

Posted by Taylor DeBlair - Woodhaven, MI - Friend at school   April 12, 2012

Dear Family, I know you don't know who I am and I didn't know who your daughter was but I knew of her. My son Darious Nundley went to school with her and played football while she cheered on the side lines. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of need. I can't even imagine losing a child this soon and I am so sorry for you loss. Please forgive me for my loss of words at this time. I will be praying for you and your family.

Posted by Tiffany Moss - Woodhaven, MI - Son's friend   April 12, 2012

Nykole and your family...
We spoke a few times over the years. I am not certain you even knew my name. I didn't know yours until now.
You have a beaurtiful family. I would see your girls at practice and games. Tatyana always had a smile on her face and just carried a "air" of fun and bubbly! She is a beaurtiful girl. I remember looking at her thinking how gorgeous she was.
She is gone way to soon. As a mother I try to imagine what you must be going through. I can't....I can't because I am having a hard time not being close with her and feeling as sad and sick as I do.
Please know your whole family is in my prayers....in the prayers of the "Bulldog Families" , and in the prayers of the kids/students of Allen Park., and in the prayers of parents everywhere.
God Bless you all. For your health and the health of the family I hope one day this somehow makes sense to you. I hope you find peace to know this is not anyones fault. It is horrible but noone is to blame. My heart goes out to you.......

Posted by Tracey Barr - Allen Park, MI - Allen Park / Bulldogs   April 12, 2012

Nykole, we are so sorry for your loss. Your beautiful daughter was taken way too soon. We can't imagine what your feeling. We love you so very much. If, there is anything you need, we are just a phone call away. We're all sending prayers to you and the entire family. We pray GOD gives you the strength to get through this. Love Cheryl, Maria & Tina

Posted by Cheryl Hernandez - Southgate / Taylor, MI - Friends of Nykole   April 12, 2012

"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy..."

Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you.

Posted by David, Ursula, Kerstin, & Tanja - Farmington Hills, MI - family   April 12, 2012

Tatyana and I, had 1 class together in school. She is going too be remembered for her personality and the ability to cheer people up. Prayers for her and the family.

Posted by Noah George - Woodhaven, MI - Friend   April 12, 2012

Me matt linda and the kids will miss you so so much. We love you and u where taken away too soon

Posted by Stephanie Swantner and Matthew Jaramillo - taylor, MI - cousin   April 11, 2012

We were really good friends growing up in Allen Park, i missed her when she moved but we had been in contact. She will be missed <3>

Posted by Kalifornia Flatt - Allen Park/ Brownstown, MI - friend/ neighbor (Allen Park)   April 11, 2012


I am so very sorry for your loss. Your daughters life ended entirely to soon.you are in my thoughts and prayers..please find comfort in memories of your beautiful angel

Posted by jessica steffey - Taylor, MI   April 11, 2012

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I remember 7th grade after school me ad Tatyana went over to our friends house and our friend emily left for a minuet to go grab another friend and me and Tatyana were eating our own jars of peanut buter and she got a big spoon full and through the peanut butter at me(: it started war. so we had a peanut butter war(: it was pretty even! then we seen Emily coming back so we hurried and tried cleaning everything up and we though we got everything. well Emily went to the bathroom and me and Tatyana started laught=ing because Emily didnt know then allwe heard was "Why is there peanut butter on the bathroom door?!"

Tati was a part of my family she was the sweet happiest person I knew my daughter kristin would be by her when we had family doings at uncle baobby's and aunt roxann's house. I will miss her so much