Very Reverend Stavrophor Bogdan Zjalic, born on August 30, 1938 in Gredjani, Yugoslavia fell asleep in the Lord on August 16, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hobart, Indiana. Father Bogdan is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Melanija (nee Radisic), children Vera (Miladinovic), Sava, Stefan and (adoptive guardian to his niece) Stojanka Zjalic, daughter-in-law, Stojanka (nee Bogosavac), brother, Branko, sister, Mica Pavlovic (nee Zjalic), as well nieces and nephews residing in Canada and in former Yugoslavia. “Deda” (“Grandpa”) is also survived by his 4 beloved grandchildren with whom he shared some of his greatest joys in life: Anastasija, Elena, Nina and Roman Vasilije.
Father Bogdan Zjalic attended Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY and was ordained into the Serbian Orthodox Church priesthood in 1969 and served as a parish priest to congregations throughout Canada and in Chisholm, Minnesota prior to his retirement from active clergy duties. He founded many parishes in Canada, served as an executive member of the Canadian Serbian Orthodox Diocese and, during his retirement, shared his pastoral gifts with the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church parish in Merrillville, Indiana.
Father Bogdan felt that his accomplishments and his compassion and patience in dealing with others were made possible by God’s grace, Wisdom and Love. His family and friends were touched by his empathy, love, patience and spirituality. “Vjecnaja Pamyat” (“Memory Eternal”)
Visitation will be Friday, August 19, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN with a Pomen Service at 7pm. V. Rev Marko Matic officiating. Divine Liturgy Saturday August 20, 2022 will begin at 9am with Funeral Service to follow at 1030am. Interment Holy Cross (St Sava) Cemetery Merrillville, IN. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840
Heaven’s gain is our loss🙏To the entire Family our sincere condolences.
Vjecan mu Spomen Rajsko Naselje☦️
Sokolovici i Damljanovici💝☦️
I met Bogdan when he arrived in Hamilton, Ontario before he even became a Priest. After he became a Priest and married a neighbor of mine and moved to the States. We had some great memories of him in Canada. My heartfelt condolences to his wif, Melanija, his children and grandchildren. May he Rest In Peace and Memory Eternal 🙏🏻☦️💔💔💔♥️♥️♥️
Just a couple of pictures that I found with my uncle ~ Sanja
Another pic with my uncle at my bday ~ Sanja
Oce Bogdane hvala ti za sve, hvala ti sto si nam ulepsao i olaksao teske trenutke u zivotu, sto si donosio radost i sijao dobrotom za sve, olaksao si i ulepsao nase velike i teske borbe za zivot naseg sincica.Hvala za krstenje naseg sina kada smo doziveli i videli silu Boziju.Hvala za tvoju molitvu, brigu i ljubav za nasu celu porodicu.Ostaces zauvek u nasim srcima i pominjanjima.
Saucesce iskreno tvojoj celoj porodici divnoj. Ti ces nedostajati mnogo svakom.
Dear Zjalic Family, “The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 We of the St. Louis County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy (SLCLEC) of northern Minnesota pray for you all as you grieve the loss of Bogdan. Oh how we loved this man, his dedication to our Savior, his compassion for people, his good nature and humor. I missed him greatly when he moved out of the area. We grieve now with you all. We also celebrate he is with God the Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Bonus is that one day we will all see him again as we continue to serve and worship our Savior in His new heaven and new earth.