Marija “Mara” Mileusnic, age 95 passed away peacefully on November 11, 2022. Marija was born on July 23, 1927, to late parents: Sava and Perka Bobic in Otocac, Serbia. During her lifetime, she had a very strong faith in God and Serbian Orthodox Christianity up until her final days. On January 26, 1957, she married her beloved Jovan – the absolute love of her life. Together, in Leicester, England, was where their young lives found a new beginning. June 14, 1975, Jovan and Mara immigrated to America where they joined the Mileusnic Family. During her time in Lake County, Mara was dedicated lifelong member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and it’s Kolo Sestara. She supported and participated with all functions of her St. Sava Church. You would always see Mara baking for Serb Fests, assisting the sister’s auxiliary for every function in the kitchen, always smiling and happy to support her church. Mara was also very active and loyal to the Movement of Serbian Chetniks Organization Ravna Gora along with her late husband Jovan. She was an avid gardener and an amazing cook. She loved family gatherings and enjoyed cooking for them. Mara truly cherished her children and grandchildren and always making time for everyone. She treasured her family and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as a “Baba” grandmother.
Marija is preceded in death by her beloved husband Jovan; loving grandson Stefan “Stevie” Mileusnic; her loving parents and adoring sisters and brothers.
She is survived by her loving children: son Milorad “Mitch” (Sonja) Mileusnic; and her daughter Mirjana “Mira” (Jeff) Evans; dearly beloved grandchildren, Nikola (Lauren), Anastasia, and Tammy (David); great grandson Nathan; sister-in-law June Mileusnic; also, several nephews, nieces, and Kumovi here and in the U.S., England, and Serbia.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 10:00 AM St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM until the time of service at 10:00 AM. V. Rev Marko Matic is officiating. Interment, New Gracanica Monastery, 35240 W. Grant St., Third Lake, IL 60046. For further information please call Mileva or David at 219-736-5840. May her memory be eternal – vjecnaja pamjat!