Ratka Traycoff age 91 of Valparaiso, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2023, with her family by her side. Ratka immigrated to the United States in 1954 to live with her aunt. On January 23, 1955, she married Manoly Traycoff and they settled in Gary, IN. Ratka was a founding member of S.S. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral and of their Ladies Auxiliary. Ratka and Manoly were the proud owners of The Pirates Cove Restaurant in Merrillville and The Viking Chili Bowl in Valparaiso. She was also employed at the Arthur Winer, Inc Clothing Factory in Gary with several years of service. Back in her native homeland of Macedonia, she was an expert seamstress.