Gracanica Community Festival 2024

2024

Vuletic, Marica “Mara” (nee Marunic)

January 27, 2024

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Marica Vuletic on January 27th, 2024 at the age of 74.

Devoted wife of late Jovo Vuletic (2023) for 53 years. Predeceased by her parents Djuro and Darinka Marunic. Cherished mother of Petar Vuletic (Natalie Greenberg) and Jelena (Karl) Muegge. Adoring Baba of late Alena Muegge (2022), Marisa Muegge, Marko Vuletic, Eva Vuletic, Nadia Greenberg, Milan Vuletic (Atiyyah Ferouz) and Sara Vuletic. She is survived by her brothers Dmitar Marunic, Milan “Miso” (Mira) Marunic, and sisters Milka (Tomislav) Gvozdenovic and Anka (Cedo) Radojcevic. Special Tetka “Aunt” to Jovica (Gordana) Vuletic, Sandra Gvozdenovic, Dragoljub (Tammy) Govzdenovic, Dejan Gvozdenovic, Zoran (Jennifer) Radojcevic, Aleksandar (Nikolina) Marunic and Milos Marunic. She will also be missed by extended family, kumovi, friends and clients.

Marica “Mara” was born in Medak, Lika, Yugoslavia. After Marica graduated grade school she moved to Serbia with her uncle Milan “Miso” to study hairdressing. In 1970 she married Jovo Vuletic and moved to Canada. In the new country she selflessly devoted herself and her time to her kids, grandkids, family, friends and anyone in the community, no matter what they needed. Marica was a pillar of strength. With her beautiful spirit and caring soul for others, she truly presented constant love and support for everyone in her life!

Vukovic, Jela

January 9, 1956 – February 19, 2024

In loving memory of Jela Vuković

Jela Vuković (née Jovičić), born on January 1st, 1956, in Smoluća, former Yugoslavia, passed away on February 19th, 2024, at the age of 68, surrounded by her devoted children during her courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

As the eldest of three siblings, Jela’s love for nature, gardening, cooking, animals, family, and faith defined her remarkable life. Born to Cvijeta and Risto Jovičić, she married Ratko Vuković in 1974, creating a loving family with two children, Sanela Blagić (née Vuković) and Roberto Vuković. Her brothers, Dušan Jovičić and Stevan Jovičić, along with son-in-law Miro Blagić and granddaughters Nikolina and Magdalena Blagić, will cherish her memory forever.

Jela moved to Canada in 2001 and started a new life in Windsor, Ontario. As an active member of the Kolo Srpskih Sestara at the Gračanica church in Windsor, Jela generously volunteered her time, showcasing her culinary talents by preparing delicious kóláče and pastries for community events.

A devoted mother and grandmother, Jela enjoyed outdoor walks with her grandchildren and passed down her culinary expertise, with her burek remaining unparalleled. Her legacy lives on as her family continues to cook the recipes she so lovingly shared. Jela’s compassion extended to her feline friend Lucy, whom she rescued through the For the Love of Grace program. Each morning, she cuddled with Lucy in her humble apartment, reflecting the warmth of her homely and virtuous life.

Jela Vuković leaves a profound impact, instilling valuable virtues and lessons in her children and grandchildren. We feel her absence deeply, but her spirit and love endures forever in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.

A visitation to celebrate Jela Vuković’s life is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2024, starting at 11 am and continuing until the time of the service at 1 pm. The gathering will be held at Families First, located at 1065 Lauzon Road, East Windsor, where friends and family can pay their respects.

Following the service, a dignified interment will take place at Windsor Memorial Gardens, providing a final resting place for Jela as her memory lives on in the hearts of those she touched.

“We watched you suffer, we saw you die, but all we could do was sit close by. You went away, we had to part — God eased your pain, but broke our hearts.”

Dobric, Hildegard

September 14, 1929 – March 2, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, grandma and great grandma. Loving wife of Veljko (predeceased). Loving Mother of Martha (Danny), Nick (Celeste) Michael (Barbara) and Anita. Dear Grandma of Justin, Lauren, Lindsey, Kaitlyn, Kyle, Johnathan, Tara, McKenzy, Jenna. Dear Great-Grandma of Mason, Addie, Colton, Arben, Emmie and Kade.

At 94 yrs young, with family by her side, Hildegard left this earth to be with her sweetheart Veljko. Her life was filled with love for her 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Grandma had the biggest heart, the kindest smile and the most loving eyes. The matriarch of the family, she took care of each and every one of us. Always putting her family first. We had homemade soup on cold days, ginger ale and “The Price is Right” if we were sick. She had a magnifying glass to check her scratch tickets, she loved her little walks and her rides along the water. Our weekends were filled with the best homemade baked goods and stories from Austria. She fancied a fun night out “donating” to the Windsor Casino. Of course, just like our Jedo, she’d never turn down a French fry. We don’t want to say goodbye, because this one means forever. Grandma, you have the absolute best of our hearts, how lucky are we to have spent a life knowing the kindest soul, give Jedo our love. Until we can laugh and love again, we’ll see you in the stars

Special thanks goes out to the unbelievable and caring staff at the Dr. Y. Emara Centre,Hospice Care. You provided such love and care for Hildegard up to her last day, the family is forever grateful.

A private family service is to be held, followed by burial at Windsor Memorial Gardens. Arrangements entrusted to the WINDSOR CHAPEL (Central Chapel) 1700 Tecumseh Rd E (519)253-7234.

Vukovich, Milica “Mila”

November 10, 1935 – March 25, 2024

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Mama and Baba on March 25, 2024 at the age of 88.

She is now reunited with her late husband Petrasin (1999). Cherished Mama of Ljuba and Annie (Dragomir). Proud Baba of Marko Prodanovic who was her pride and joy. Predeceased by her parents Lazar and Simana Vaskovic and siblings Vlado, Dusan (Ljubica), and Branko (Djurdja). She will also be missed by extended family, Kumovi and friends.

Mila immigrated to Canada in 1967 where she met and married her beloved husband Petrasin and started her family in their home on Meighen Rd. where she stayed until her last day. She was a cherished friend to many and her generosity and love was felt by all. Her sharp wit and infectious laugh left an indelible mark on all who knew her.

Donations in memory of Mila may be made to the Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church.

Visitation will take place at Anderson Funeral Home on Friday, March 29, 2024 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm with prayers at 7:00 pm officiated by Fr. Vladimir Vranic. On Saturday, March 30, 2024, friends and family are welcome to gather at the Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church for visiting at 10:00 am until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 am. Burial to follow at Windsor Memorial Gardens.

Pesic, Nancy

December 5, 1941 – March 29, 2024

Pesic- Nancy (neé Vujasinovic), born in Knin, Croatia on December 5, 1941.

Nancy peacefully continued her journey on March 29, 2024, at Hospice of Windsor, at the age of 82. She was the loving and devoted wife of the late Zoran Pesic (2015) and the cherished mother of Misha Pesic. Predeceased by her father Kojo Vujasinovic and mother Smiljana. Nancy leaves behind a legacy of love and memories to her family, including her dear sister Tona (Seka) Djikic, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews in Canada, USA, and Serbia.

Visitation was held at the Windsor Chapel Funeral Home (Banwell Chapel) on 11677 Tecumseh Rd E. Funeral services took place on Monday, April 1, 2024, at 12:30 pm in the chapel, officiated by Father Vladimir Vranic. Interment followed at Windsor Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to Grachanica Serbian Orthodox Church. Share condolences and fond memories with the family at www.windsorchapel.com

Pasic, George Djuro

December 10, 1991 – May 19, 2024

32 years. Passed away suddenly on May 19, 2024. Beloved son of Milka and Mile Pasic. Loving brother to Michael (Amber). Dear uncle to Maja. Cherished boyfriend to Crystal Casey. Dear grandson to Milan and Savka Podravac, the late Djuro and Nevenka Pasic. Dear nephew to Danica (Nikola) Puljarevic, Dobrila (Ljuban) Stankovic. Will be sadly missed by cousins Aleksandar (Amber), Oliver, Milan (Ljubica), Mira (David), Mila,, Tanja and many family and friends.

Visitation will be held at Windsor Chapel Funeral Home (South Chapel), 3048 Dougall Avenue (519-253-7236) on Sunday, May 26, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Prayers Sunday at 3:00 p.m. George will then rest at Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church, 1960 Meldrum Road from 10:30 a.m. to the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. The Very Rev Fr Vladimir Vranic officiating. Interment at Windsor Memorial Gardens.

Condolences and memories can be shared at www.windsorchapel.com

Vorkapich, Mike

November 19, 1929 – June 04, 2024

It is with great sadness that we share the loss of our loving father at age 94 on June 4, 2024 after a short illness. Survived by his loving wife Angela with whom he celebrated 62 years of marriage. Loving father of Steve (Mary), Patricia Makaric (Brian), Millicent Hill (Jim), Nada Orshinsky (Dave), and Mike (Michele). Beloved Deda to Tyler, Brock (Arielle), and Brianna Makaric; James, Steven, and Meghan Hill; Nicholas, Alexander, and Matthew Orshinsky; and Michael, Edward, and Angelina Vorkapich. Born November 19, 1929 to Vujo and Petra Vorkapich. Predeceased by his brother Steve, sister-in-law Millie, brother-in-law Gojko Daich, and sister-in-law Ljubica. Stric to Daniella, Lisa, Sonia, Mimi, Mark and their families. Ujak to Boro, Pero, Angie and their families. Will be missed by his beloved Kumovi Dragich family. A special thank you to his niece Daniella (Vorkapich) Dickens who spent his last hours with him in the hospital. Thank you to family friend, Gary Ternovan, whose daily visits to solve the problems of the world put a big smile on our dad’s face. A heartfelt thank you to all of the devoted caregivers at home and Met Hospital.

Mike was so proud of his Serbian heritage, and Canadian citizenship. His Drouillard Road roots connecting with so many other Eastern European families were his foundation of realizing the importance of education and community involvement. He enjoyed a 39 year teaching career at Wallaceburg and Leamington High Schools. Authoring several agriculture and environmental science textbooks was a most rewarding experience that he cherished….almost as much as the yearly field trips for his students to the Royal Winter Fair, Growers’ Convention, and local dairy / livestock farms. He volunteered for several years with the Leamington Kiwanis and KEY Clubs, Federation of Agriculture, MADD, 4-H Club, Serbian National Federation, Cancer Society, and coaching teams at school and in the community.

Mike was a proud graduate of Michigan State University where he was a member of the baseball team. He was easily recognized by his daily Spartan wardrobe. His proudest moments were watching his five children and many grandchildren earn their post-secondary degrees.

Former students, classmates, teammates, colleagues, neighbours, and buddies were given the most important title from Mike: FRIEND. Once Mike crossed paths with you, you were a friend for life.

Some of Mike and Angela’s fondest memories in life were attending their kids’ sporting events. This was only surpassed in later years by watching their grandchildren’s games.

Donations in Mike’s memory may be made to The Windsor Regional Cancer Centre or Grachanica Serbian Orthodox Church.

Visitation will be held at Windsor Chapel Funeral Home – Banwell Chapel (11677 Tecumseh Rd E.) 519-253-7235 on Friday, June 7th, 2024 from 2-5pm and 7-9pm. Prayers will be held at 8pm. Saturday, June 8th, 2024 a funeral service will be held at Grachanica Serbian Orthodox Church (1960 Meldrum Road) at 10am. Interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. To express condolences and share cherished memories, please refer to the online guest book.