Tanya Kovilaritch Zuna

October 15, 1972September 21, 2012

Tanya Kovilaritch Zuna, 39, passed away at St. Francis Hospital on September 21, 2012. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 4071 Macon Rd., Columbus with Rev. Stephen P. Winemiller officiating. Tanya was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 15, 1972 to Ron and Carol Kovilaritch. She was a passionate professional who began her career at Paine & Associates in 1996, in the Orange County, CA office working on the healthcare team for the Toshiba Medical account. Tanya quickly advanced at the agency and found her niche on the B2B and consumer teams, working primarily on the Polaroid business. In 2001, Tanya pioneered the next frontier for the California agency by moving cross-country with two other colleagues to help open the New York office. Aside from directing the Polaroid business and leading myriad new business efforts, Tanya's true legacy will be remembered by how passionately she perpetuated PainePR's Shared Values and unique, humanistic culture with all the new East Coast staff. People naturally gravitated toward Tanya, and she was deeply respected and loved by all because of her warm, magnetic personality. In 2006, Tanya boldly embarked on the next chapter of her PR career at Cohn & Wolfe where she served as Senior Vice President of the consumer practice, overseeing the Pet Care division and leading the Hill's Science Diet account and other consumer national brands. In late 2008, Tanya evolved once more to the most rewarding chapter of her career as PR freelancer – and most importantly – a loving and devoted full-time mom. Recently, Tanya re-engaged in independent PR consulting and pursuing philanthropic endeavors on the Boards of the Columbus Library Foundation and Columbus Symphony. Survivors include her husband, Michael Zuna of Columbus; two daughters, Alexandra Zuna and Sophia Zuna; her sister, Natasha Kovilaritch of San Francisco, CA; her parents, Ron and Carol Kovilaritch of Sarasota, FL; her grandmother, Doris Lord of Somers Point, NJ; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Lee Zuna of Tallahassee, FL; and her sister-in-law, Carolyn Zuna of Tallahassee, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to PAWS Humane at or P.O. Box 8964 Columbus, Georgia 31908. Please visit to express condolences.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tanya Kovilaritch Zuna

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donna Portert

January 29, 2017

My name is Donna Zuna Porter and anyone with the name of Zuna is family to so sorry someone so young and beautiful had to leave this Earth...but know she is in a glorified state of being....

Cathi and Tom Thomaides

November 14, 2012

Carol and Ron, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. There are no words to express the heart break this is for you both. Know we care and are praying for you

Lynn Rossi

October 25, 2012

Michael - I was so deeply saddened to hear of Tanya's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ben Bonart

October 23, 2012

Michael - So sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you. God bless you and your family.

Karla Howell

October 22, 2012

May the love of friends give you comfort.
May the love of God give you peace.

Karla Howell

Evelyn Anderson

October 22, 2012

Dear Ron and Carol,
May our Good Lord bless and keep you in your sorrow.

Evelyn Anderson

Merle Cusimano

October 22, 2012

You are in our prayers -
So sorry to hear of your loss -

Merle and John Cusimano

Joseph Waldman

October 22, 2012

My fondest memory of Tanya is the twinkle in her eyes when mischief was on her mind.

An aunt once told me that the hardest thing a parent can do is bury their child. Ron and Carol, I grieve with you.

Freida Beistek

October 20, 2012

My deepest sympathy. Friedaeistek

Silva Jensen

October 19, 2012

God Bless you and keep you. Silva