Tomislav Borjan, age 74, of Hobart passed away peacefully on September 2, 2023, with his family by his side. Tomo was born January 10, 1949, in Drniš, Yugoslavia to the late Nikola and Marija (Popac) Borjan. Tomo was a loving husband of 50 years to Dragica Borjan, also of Drniš, Yugoslavia. Though their villages were only separated by a small mountain, Tomo met Dragica upon emigrating to the United States in 1975. Six months after meeting, they were married at St. Sava church in Gary, Indiana.
Tomo was a trained mason in Split, Yugoslavia. He went on to work in Benghazi, Libya where he spent several years building a university. He then returned to his family in Yugoslavia, including his sister, Milka, and brother, Stevo, before emigrating to the United States. Tomo worked as brick layer at United States Steel for 35 years. Through his hard work, he was able to provide an education to his three children.
Tomo is survived by his loving wife Dragica; children Marija (Paul), Branka (Toby) and Nikola; granddaughter Lilijana; Kumovi Crncević; and nephews Ante and Tomislav Pleadin.
Tomo was a faithful member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. He lived for his granddaughter, Lili. He had a natural talent for gardening. Strangers would stop and take pictures of the beautiful flowers he’d planted. Tomo had a curiosity for life, always reading and watching documentaries. He enjoyed sports and western films. His wisdom and always well-chosen words will be cherished. He had an incredible sense of empathy toward others and could find joy in even the smallest things.