Gracanica Community Festival 2024


Maodus, Desanka (Desa)

January 8, 1926 – December 24, 2020

MAODUS, Desanka January 8, 1926 – December 24, 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Desa on December 24, 2020 at 94 years of age. Devoted wife of the late Djuro (1992). Loving mother of Milica Vukov (Mark), the late Mirko (2018) (Kim) and Dusan (Pamela). Proud grandmother of Alexandra Manoli (Arthur), Niko Vukov (Sarah), Dusan (Amanda), Pavle and Nikola. Great granddaughters Alexija and Gabrijela Maodus. From the time of her arrival in Canada in 1952, Desa was a devoted member of Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church, and later, St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Hamilton. She was also a proud member of both the Chetnik Sisters in Hamilton, where she was honoured as a Kuma, as well as Knjeginja Jelena Sisters in Windsor. Family meant everything to Desa and she loved nothing more than to be surrounded by them. She treasured family gatherings where she could cook for and take care of everyone. She was a loving and loyal friend to all who knew her, with her warm smile, kind words and wonderful sense of humour. Memorial donations may be made to Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church in Windsor or St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Hamilton. Due to restrictions on public gatherings, a private service is being held. Please join us in remembering Desa by visiting our memorial at “Vjecnaja Pamjat”

Radojcevic, Slavka

September 14, 1931 – December 19, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Slavka on December 19, 2020 at the age of 89 years. Beloved wife of the late Gojko (2011) with whom she shared 62 wonderful years. Predeceased by her parents Stjepan and Ana and her sister Marija in former Jugoslavia. Loving Mother of Anne Dube (Sid) and Angie Bas (Edward). Cherished Baba of Alexandar Bas (Colleen), Scott Dube (Kristen), Sonya Wynnyk/Fuerth (Nick) and Amanda Fahey (Chris). Baba’s greatest pride and joy were her great grandchildren, Tyler, Lochlan, Reese, Mason, Jacksen and Mackenzie. Slavka will be missed by her nieces and nephews both in Serbia and Croatia. Slavka came to Canada in May 1962 to join her husband who came in 1958. They worked hard and long hours as labourers and landlords to provide the best possible life for their family. They never travelled far when the family was young because work came first, but in their retirement years they spent a lot of time in Florida and loved vacationing in Cuba and Mexico. Gojko and Slavka were dedicated members of their Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church and travelled many places with the Seniors Club. They were honoured to be Kumovi for the Church Slava in 1991. Slavka lived to receive a 50 year membership pin in 2017. In addition she worked diligently making noodles, her famous breskve and other fundraising efforts as member of Circle of Serbian Sisters “Kneginja Jelena, by whom she was also recognized as Kuma for one year. Our family wishes to thank the staff, especially PSW’s and the RN who took care of Baba from admission in March 2016 in the Gosfield neighbourhood at Village of St.Clair. If you so desire donations would be appreciated to Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church or the Alzheimer Society. Due to restrictions on public gatherings a private service was held. When this pandemic ends a Celebration of Slavka’s life will be arranged as it was her desire to have her friends and family eat well and drink in her memory

Dragicevic, Andja

August 6, 1936 – November 5, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Andja (Anna) Dragicevic. The community may remember her best in her white apron behind the counter of Lad’s restaurant for 59 years. However, her family will remember her as a selfless, hardworking, generous, kindhearted mother and grandmother! She will be deeply missed and forever remembered fondly by all that were fortunate enough to know her. To be in her presence was to feel uplifted and her smile held the warmth of the sun. May she rest in peace. Andja was predeceased by her husband Lazar, her brothers Dusan, Petar and Dragan(Doug) Dobrich, her sisters Mileva Bibic and Marija Krstanovic. She leaves behind 5 children (Susie, Marianne, Angela, Gina and George), 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, along with her dear brothers Mike Dobrich, George Dobrich, and sister Djuja (Julie) Krickic. If you so desire, donations may be made to the Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church. Online condolences and cherished memories may be shared with the family at

Keca, Milan

February 23, 1926 – October 7, 2020

Passed away after a long and hard fight on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare at the age of 94.
Beloved husband for over 46 years to Koviljka (nee Popovic).
Loving father of Jovan (Patricia).
Cherished Deda Of Luka and Sofia.
Dear brother of the late: Milica Basara Ciganovic (the late Boro Basara and the late Milos Ciganovic) and their children Djordje (Mara) Ciganovic, their children Milan Ciganovic, Marko Ciganovic and Ilinka Ciganovic-Smith, Cedomir (Lily) Ciganovic and their son Stevan Ciganovic and Radmila (Raffaele) Barone and their children Angela Barone, Milica Barone and Cedomir Barone; the late Dusanka Keca; the late Darinka Colovic (the late Petar) and their children the late Ned, late Janey, Erica Colovic and Christina Colovic; Andjelka Stipic (the late Mihailo) and their children Dr. Desanka (Bozidar) Petrovic their daughter Larissa Petrovic and Milan Stipic (Kim Ryan) and their children Marko Stipic and Julie Stipic.
Sadly missed by many kumovi, his extended family in Canada, USA, Lika and Serbia along with many friends.

Milan was born in the village of Srb, Lika in the former country of Yugoslavia. A veteran of WWII he fought for his freedom against The Axis and Communism. In 1945 he was exiled from his beloved country and left on foot landing in a DP camp in Eboli, Italy. His journey then took him through Europe, stopping in England in 1948, returning to a more normal life. In 1952 he immigrated to Canada, eventually meeting his true love Koviljka. Together they lovingly raised their son Jovan. As a proud Canadian he was able to embellish his Serbian roots and faith in the Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church and community; which he loved and supported. He worked for Chrysler Canada and retired in 1991. He gained a daughter when Jovan married Patricia. Milan’s greatest joy came from his grandchildren, Luka and Sofia. A loving and adoring Deda, he was their biggest fan at their sporting events and enjoyed spoiling them every chance he had. He could be found 5 days a week at 6 am in the gym up until he was 90; only to continue his workouts from home the following years and eventually to his last days. For him excuses just didn’t exist. A true testament of a generation that is to be admired and learned from, not to be lost or forgotten. His last years were spent under the adoring care of his wife. Only love and the lord gave her the strength to ensure he would be able to enjoy his remaining years at home. Vjecnaja Pamjat, memory eternal. A special thanks to Father Vladimir Vranic for his spiritual guidance and support. Thank you to CCAC and all the amazing caregivers at ParaMed for their help. Milan’s last days were greatly eased by the attention and excellent care he received from the 3 South Palliative Care Unit at the Dr. Y. Emara Center. Thank you to Dr Freeman, Dr.Meloche, Dr. Aoun, Dr Barisic, and Dr Drkulec and all the nurses for their dedication.

Crca Moja

Sevo, Danica

September 7, 2020

Passed away surrounded by the love of her family, on September 7, 2020. Born in Zemunik Gornji, Dalmatia. Beloved wife to Nikola with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Cherished mother to Sophia, Draga, Alexander, and Sasha (Karrie) Sevo. Treasured Baba to Alexander and Nicklas. Much-loved sister to Ilija (Pera) Javor, and the late Zivko (Anica) Javor. Sister-in-law to Petar, Mile (2018), Stephanie, Dusan, George and their families. Reunited with her loving parents, Mile and Draginja (nee: Gagic) Javor, and nephew Dragan. She will be remembered by her nieces and nephews, Zoran (Nikolina) and their children Dragoslav and Danijela. Javor, Predrag Javor, Dragica, Dusanka, and Dana and their families, as well as Kum Sava and Anica Dragicevic and their families and her family in Serbia, the USA and Australia. Danica was devoted to her family and worked at Essex Linen Supply and the Serbian Centre. Thank you to all the doctors and nurses for the care and compassion you provided to Danica over the years.

Koljivrat, Zora

November 18, 1926 – July 4, 2020

93 years. Passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020, peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of the late Jovan Koljivrat (1984). Loving mother of Roy and wife Aleksandra of Tecumseh, Anne Stevanovich of Washington, MI. Dear Baba of Natasha, Mira and Marko. Will also be missed by her brother Ilija Tarailo and wife Desa, her niece Anna of Toronto, and her many remaining extended family members in Hercegovina. She also leaves behind Prijatelji, Boro and Ljilja Vudrag, many Kumovi and friends. 

Special thanks to Fr. Vladimir Vranic, Drs. Sijan, Ruisi and Meloche, Amanda from CCAC, Suzanne from Hospice, Datza and all the PSWs and staff at ParaMed and Jordyn and the staff of 6 North at Windsor Regional Hospital for your compassion, care and support. Memorial donations made to Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church, The Hospice of Windsor & Essex County or The Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Please join us in remembering Zora by visiting her memorial at

Vasilic, Constatina

December 1, 1926 – June 29, 2020

VASILIC, Constantina “Denna” 93 and a half years. Passed away peacefully on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus, with her loving daughter Helen holding her hand. Beloved wife of the late Branko Vasilic (1956). Loving sister of Anna Gertsakis & husband Kosta. Predeceased by her siblings Xariclia and Angelo, both from Greece. Dear aunt of the late Michael Gertsakis (1998), Larry Gertsakis & wife Joanne and their children Mark, Bobby and Stephanie as well as many nieces and nephews in Greece. Visitation will be held by scheduled appointment at the Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 895 Ouellette Avenue on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., with prayers at 7 p.m. Funeral Service (by appt.) will be held at Serbian Orthodox Church “Gracanica”, 1960 Meldrum Rd. on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Windsor Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations made to Serbian Orthodox Church “Gracanica” or to the Emara Building at Hotel Dieu-Grace Healthcare would be appreciated by the family. *Please telephone (519) 254-3223 between 9 am and 4 pm to RSVP for both the visitation and Funeral Service.* Please join us in remembering Denna by visiting her memorial at

Vuckovic, Jeka

September 16, 1923 – April 23, 2020

Jeka Vuckovic, age 96, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2020. Beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Predeceased by her husband Djuro and daughter Smilja. She will be fondly remembered by her family and friends, son Savo, daughter Milica, grandchildren Radovan, Sinisa, Zeljka, Senka and Radovan. A special thanks to the wonderful staff at Heron Terrace for their care and compassion. A private service will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020, officiated by Father Vladimir Vranic of Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church. The Bereavement Authority of Ontario has instituted the following directive: “The new maximum number of people who can be at a funeral home at one time (not including staff) is 10 or fewer. This pertains to the entire funeral home.”