Tanya Smetana

Tanya Marie Smetana

Saturday, November 15th, 1947 - Friday, February 21st, 2020
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Tanya (Tatjana) Marie Smetana, 72, of Hygiene, Colorado, passed away on February 21, 2020. She was born in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia, on November 15, 1947. She grew up in Prague until the age of 21, when Czechoslovakia was invaded in 1968 by the Soviet Army to suppress the Prague Spring, a period of hope for freedom from Communism.

Tanya took a once in a lifetime opportunity, when her sister, 20 years her senior, sent her an invitation to California, USA. Not only could she not speak English, she didn’t have a dime to her name. During the first week of her stay with her sister’s family, Tanya met the love of her life, Jiri, at a Christmas Party. Jiri and Tanya were married in Walnut Creek, California, on September 5, 1970. They moved from Northern California to San Diego for four years before moving to Hygiene, Colorado, in 1974, with 1-year old baby Jiri Jr. Two years later their son Robert was born. Jiri and Tanya were sworn in as United States citizens in Denver, Colorado, in 1977, and were always proud to be a part of America.

Tanya graduated from Walnut Creek Beauty School and worked for Victor’s Beauty Salon. In San Diego, she worked in a style chair at the Broadway Department Store salon. In 1974, Tanya joined Hair Crimpers in Longmont for six years. In 1977, she attended the S.F. Vidal Sassoon Academy where she met the stylist in person. She opened Hairport Salon Ltd in June 1980, and later added spa services, including massages, facials and skin care by Christine Valmy of New York. She owned and operated Hairport Salon Ltd for 22 years.

While working as a stylist for 40 years in Longmont, Tanya was President of the Longmont Cosmetology Association and a member of the National Hairdresser’s Cosmetology Association. She was recommended and documented in the 1987/88 prestigious publication Marquis Who’s Who. Upon opening her business, Tanya supported many programs in the community, including volunteering for the Hospital Auxiliary to provide hair cutting and styling services free of charge for 17 years. For 18 years, she donated to the annual Christmas tree for Tiny Tim Learning Center.

She and her husband Jiri lived their lives fully and traveled to 80 countries. She perfected her cooking and baking through the years for family and friends to enjoy. Her passion was reading history and biographies of famous people.

Her family was her pride. She preceded Jiri, her husband of 49 years, in death. She is survived by her eldest son Jiri Jr. (Hayley) and grandchildren Shelby, Kinley and Colt of Texas, her younger son Robert (Melissa) and grandson Kingston of Colorado, and sister Katja of Czechia. She is preceded in death by Robert’s (Melissa’s) daughter Emma and her sister Georgina.

A memorial service celebrating the lives of Tanya and Jiri will be held Thursday, March 12th at 2:00 pm in the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St, Longmont, Colorado. It is requested any gifted flowers are to be sent to Ahlberg on the morning of March 12th.
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    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 2:00pm
    Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
    326 Terry St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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Kathy Pillmore

Posted at 06:16pm
Jiri, Hayley, Robert, and Melissa,
As you know, you had the most amazing mother. She and your father will live in your hearts forever.
I was so sorry to be traveling when you celebrated their lives on March 12. My sister (Cindy Hoge) told me the service was a beautiful tribute to both of your folks.
Tanya was the family hair stylist, who became a good friend. Mom, Cindy, and I enjoyed wonderful luncheons in your folks beautiful back yard.
Later, she made us treats when she was the one who had cancer.
10 years ago while I was going through chemotherapy, Tanya cut my hair off early in the morning before the shop opened. She was sweet and compassionate during a difficult time.
The last time I saw Tanya, she had made the effort to get to our mother's memorial service on December 8, 2019. That was Tanya!
You had a mom that was very proud of her entire family. I know she will be terribly missed by family and many friends.
Thank you for sharing her with us.
Kathy Wood Pillmore

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Posted at 12:21pm
For two people who knew how to work as hard as they did having fun! Thank you for sharing your lives with us. Love, Therese and Art Winterbauer
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Rob, Mercedes and Zara

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Robert, Melissa and Kingston we send you our prayers and love
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Bob and Becky Shuris

Posted at 07:34pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss of Tanya and Jiri. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
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