Tiffany A. Kurkjian, 48, of Millstadt, IL, born Saturday, June 24, 1972, in Belleville, IL, is now reunited with her dad and best fur-baby Simba. Her life was taken way too soon from a tragic hit and run accident on Saturday, February 27, 2021 in St. Louis, MO.
Tiffany started her early career at the family owned Mallo’s Bakery and was currently working for Crestview Senior Living.
She was preceded in death by her:
- Father, Manuel Kurkjian
- Infant Brother, Todd Kurkjian
Surviving are her:
- Mother, Joann, nee Spotanski, Kurkjian
- Tonya (Chad) Merryman of Millstadt, IL
- Teri (Eric) Herrmann of Millstadt, IL
- Shelby (Jude) Ruckriegel
- Sydney Herrmann (fiancé T. J.)
- Bailey Merryman
- Nephew, Austin Merryman
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society.
Funeral: Per her request cremation was held. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.
Tiffany, you will forever be missed. You were the best friend a girl could ask for. I will treasure the memories I have. Rest in peace my friend. I will see you someday
You were so sweet to me at Sydney bridal shower and made me feel so welcome and kind of like part of your family I’m blessed I got to meet such a wonderful sweet person
So saddened by this, Tiffany was so beautiful and full of so much ❤️ Love. She will be missed by all who knew her! Thoughts and Prayers for her family,
I know words cannot express how very sorry I am for the loss you are feeling but know my thoughts & prayers are with you all!!! Love goes out to everyone!!!
So ver sorry for the loss of such a kind person. May the memories of Tiffany eventually provide happiness, smiles, & peace. Sending many prayers for all of Tiffany’s family & friends! I just keep picturing her reunited with her dad & Simba – smiling brightly in Heaven!
What a beautiful girl that belonged to a beautiful family. Tonya, Teri and Mrs Kurkjan, please accept my prayers.
Tiffy was one of the most wonderful people you could ever know. I have known her all her life. She was fun and loving and sweet. It’s still so hard to believe. I love you all and I am here if you need anything. Tiffy, I will miss you so. I just don’t know what to say except I love you and I am heartbroken.
So sorry for the loss. Praying for you all! My deepest sympathies!
My heart is broken?gone way to soon. Our Lake trips will never be the same. You will be missed by so many. Rest In Peace my Friend.?
Our condolences to all the family, remembering Tiffany from all our days at the bakery! Don and Sandy
Our condolences to all the family. Cindy and I remember Tiffany as a sweet little girl ( big brown eyes ). We will keep Joann and all the family in our prayers.
Steve and Cindy Movesian
I am so sorry for the loss of Tiffany. Tiffany was my little first grade student at St. Henry’s. She was so precious, cute and such a joy to have in class. I have good memories of her and had through of her and your family and how kind you were to me. Please cherish the good memories of her. The world has lost a very caring and wonderful lady. My prayers and tears are with you, Joann, Terri, and Tonya.
JoAnn, Teri and Tonya when I think of you all, my mind goes to all the good stuff. We have known each other for a very long time. I remember being at your house and Tiff was a baby. I think Teri and I lip synced to Sherry by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in your living room. I will never forget my childhood with you all in it.
Mere words are not enough here but I am praying every day for you. My loving thoughts and sympathies are with you.
She is with her beloved dad, Manuel was the best trick skier in the Midwest. Taught Scott and I once he helped me to lose the water sled.
Joann, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. My love and prayers go out to you and your family. May Jesus give you strength and peace and comfort to you and your family during this difficult time. Love and prayers and stay strong, Jesus will always be with you and your family! Love in Jesus, your CDS friend Theresa
Our hearts go out to your family in this time of sorrow.
Tonya, Teri and Mom and family….as a dear friend of Manny,s, I remember all the girls, but especially Tiffany as she was running the bakery…I know how much Manny cherished each of you, as I have 3 daughters as well and he was always a sweetheart to them…so sorry for your loss, what a shame..Jim mendillo
My brother and I were remembering when Mallo and Joann would come to get us to go boating when we were kids. Tiffany was so young at the time, she would stand on the seat and look back to everyone. Much later I remember how nice it was for me and my Dad to go to the bakery together for coffee and talk to all the girls icing the cakes and the other regulars at the counter. We have sweet memories of all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The words are hard put together you will be missed. I will remember all the fun times we had together all hanging out and the trips at the lake. Tiffany you were one of kind! You had a great love for dogs not just yours but would always check on big Teddy. Take care of Bear for me. Rest In Peace my friend. Love and miss you Jane Hopkins
So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers have been with your family.
Susie Dahm Gray
(St. Henry’s family)
I can’t express the amount of hurt, pain, and sorrow I feel for you Tiffany, and for the many people that loved and cared about you. Condolences to everyone. RIP Tiffany.
My dad Lou Dori and I are reminiscing about the days when we were kids and the families all getting together on the farm and all the laughs and fun we had. So very sorry for your loss of Tiffany. She was a beautiful person inside and out. It never makes any sense of her loss but we know she is with her dad and brother. Our love and condolences to you all.
TIFFANY WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY ALL HER FAMILY, SHE WAS AGREAT PERSON AND LOVED BY ALL OF US WHO NEW HER. I CAN REMEMBER SITTING AT JUDYS WITH ETTA AND ERNIE WHEN TIFFANY WAS LITTLE. SHE WAS ADORABLE. OUR HEART FELT SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO ALL THE FAMILY, THIS WAS SUCH A TRAGEDY TO TAKE SUCH A YOUNG LIFE. WE WILL MISS YOU TIFFANY…..JUDY AND IVAN KOHLMEIER
I met Tiffany at age 4 so many years ago at St. Henry’s! I have some funny and fond memories from when we were children. I reconnected with her on Facebook years later years ago! Her and I both loved our little dogs. She was such a sweet girl. I was so saddened to hear the news and she will be missed! I know Simba ran up to greet her in heaven and I hope that brings her family comfort knowing they are together again along with her father who she missed very much! Rest In Peace Tiffany and my prayers are with the family!
Tiffany, I’ve been missing you since you left Florida….the second time. I truly thought you’d at least come back for a visit. I forgive you for not doing that. I’m still in such shock, I feel heart broken for the family. I have truly lost a sweet and caring friend. RIP sweet Tiffany