REMEMBERING

Milka Pavicevich

1944

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2021

Milka Pavicevich (nee Bosnich), 77 of Queen Creek, AZ passed away on December 5, 2021, due to COVID 19 complications.  Milka was born on May 17, 1944, in Drvar, Bosnia (Yugoslavia).

Milka came to America in 1962 and married the love of her life, Vlastimir, in 1966. They worked hard to build a beautiful life together.  She worked at Inland Steel as a custodian for 22 years and retired in 1999. When Vlastimir retired from LTV Steel in 2000, they moved to Arizona to start their new life in retirement together.  In 2001, her husband became ill and she spent the next 7 years lovingly caring for him, never allowing anyone else to help her do so.  When asked if she wanted help, her answer always was that he was her husband and she vowed to love and care for him in both sickness and in health.  And even after he passed, she remained dedicated and devoted to him, looking forward to the day that they would be reunited again.

A dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, Milka devoted her life to her family, especially her grandchildren who were her pride and joy.  Her entire life revolved around them.  She essentially raised all of her grandchildren, caring for them throughout the workdays for most of their childhood.  Her home was the centerpiece of comfort and love for the entire family, but most especially for her grandchildren.

She never complained, always had a fun disposition, and ensured that everyone had their heart’s desires.  Nothing was hard for Milka, especially if it was for her children and grandchildren. A favorite in her neighborhood, she was known as Baba or Babs to everyone both young and old. You could often hear them comment on how Baba cooked in the garage and how good the food smelled. Milka always had a smile on her face and was never shy to share how she felt.  As resilient as they come, she survived many illnesses and always emerged stronger and ready to take on the world. She was tough and strong, the rock of her family, yet she was also kind, compassionate and generous – always looking to help the less fortunate, children and orphans, as she understood the pain of growing up without parents.  Her tenacity for life and to live it to the fullest was always evident, even up to her last days.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, Vlastimir (Val) Pavicevich, parents Slavko and Anda Bosnich, Tetka Sava “Cuja” Joldzic, nephew Slavko Bosnich and brothers Nedeljko (Koviljka) and Slobodan Bosnich.

She is survived by her two loving children, son Milos, daughter Anda (Ilija) Vranjes, three cherished grandchildren Aleksia, Dejan and Milijana, Zlatni Kumovi Branko and Olga Jukovich and family, numerous loving Kumovi, friends and family, both in the US and abroad.

Milka will be deeply missed by everyone, but most especially by her children and grandchildren whose hearts will forever hold a place for her and who will always remember the love and devotion she gave them.  She will always be “still alive” in their hearts.  May her memory be eternal.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at The Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St, Merrillville, IN from 4pm to 8pm with Pomen Service beginning at 7pm. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 15, 2021 directly at 11am, St Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery , 32377 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyille IL, with Father Nikolai Kostur, officiating. Interment St Sava Cemetery, Libertyville, IL.

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