with Baba Mim....
Check out my other websites too:
Not Retired From Learning! http://www.notretiredfromlearning.com
Bizic Education Enterprises.
"The Power of Three"--> www.mimbizic.com
And the Moon Township Historical Society website:
From the American SRBOBRAN, Wednesday, August 1, 2012, pp. 30, 31.
The first steps the couple took together as husband and wife were symbolic in many ways, as the small altar table was made as a gift by brothers Pete and Joe Bizic, to honor (now Saint) Bishop Nicholai and Proto Tomich’s son who died in WWII. Inside the door where the crowns are kept was written in pencil, the date of 6/9/63. The altar table was not brought into the church until 30 minutes before the wedding to insure that Gus and Mim would be the first to walk around it! Dad Milan Karlo, ever the Serb documentarian and photographer, was so proud of the fact, that the first formal photo he took after the ceremony afterwards was of the table with the happy couple and Proto Tomich for history!
Ever since then, countless other memories were made in St. Elijah’s, as Mim and Gus served as Baptismal Kumovi for Melissa and Milan Markovich, then witnessed the Baptism of their own dear son, Nicholas Gustav Bizic, in August of 1970, at St. Elijah’s, by V. Rev. Fr. Srboljub Bulich. Fortunately, after many other happy occasions, St. Elijah and V. Rev. Fr. Stevan Stepanov served as an anchor and Rock of Hope when one by one, Bizic and Klaich relatives were sent to their Heavenly rewards, including beloved husband Gus, who was a wonderful son, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, Kum and friend to all.
We know for certain three generations of Bizics (Pete and Dorothy Klaich Bizic-May, 1930, Gus and Milana Karlo Bizic June 9, 1963, Nick and Dana Hickey Bizic-Oct. 5, 2002) have been married in St. Elijah’s, but perhaps there were four, when Kojo (Gustav) Bizic and Anna Manojlovich Bizic were married earlier at the turn of the 20th Century.
(May, 1930: Wedding of Dorothy and Pete Bizic, of Ambridge, PA, with Roknick Kumovi)
Milana Mamula Karlo was lucky to have been born to very bright and talented parents, Milan and Latinka (Laura) Mamula Karlo from the South Side of Pittsburgh, PA on July 30, 1941. Milana was the third grandchild of both Nikola and Andja Mamula of Vrelo, Jasenak, Ogulin near Gomirje Monastery in Lika, and Samojilo (“Mojsija”) and Stana Batalo Karajlovich of kbr#243 Gornji (Upper) and kbr.#28 Donji (Lower) Primishlje, in Slunj, Kordun, of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now simply called “CROATIA.”
But both sets of grandparents cherished and preserved their Serbian Orthodox Christian religious heritage and customs, with the Mamulas celebrating Sveti Jovan as their Patron Saint, and the Karajlovich-Karlos with Sveti Nikola. While the Klaich Slava is also St. Nicholas, the Bizic Slava is St. George, and the customs continue to this day, more than a century later. Although far away, Nick, Dana and Jocelyn Bizic celebrated their St. George Slava taking their Kolach to Sts. Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church in Galveston, TX, while Mom Mim celebrated here in St. Elijah’s.
Mim remembers growing up on the South Side, where everyone was Serbian or else wanted to be. Her many friends of Lithuanian, German, and Irish backgrounds would learn her Declamaticas for St. Sava’s day as they walked to school at South High, on 10th and Carson Streets, reciting, “Otacbino milo moje, mesto moje draga…..” or “Davno je to bilo, kad ……..” and most of them learned to kolo dance at the American Serbian Club which was only around the corner from her home. Serbs are inclusionists, everyone is welcomed.
Mim’s family had the Karlo Confectionery store first on So. 27th Street, and a few years later after a brief stint to California, at 2508 E. Carson Street, where they sold books, magazines and comic books, cigarettes, and dairy products from their soda fountain. There was also a cleaning establishment in the back, and beyond that, Dad Milan Karlo’s photography studio. How exciting it was to have VINKA, the famous Svedalinka, come and pose in the studio! Many a night the whole family helped develop and dry the sharp black and white photographs Milan took documenting the history of the American Serbs all around the USA! (Even though totally deaf from the age of 17, Milan graduated from the prestigious Rochester Institute of Photography in New York!)
Mim is also proud of the fact that he was chosen to be the YOUTH DELEGATE SPEAKER at the First Youth Convention in Pittsburgh for the SNF’s 40th Anniversary in 1940. Most people today don’t realize how hard-working their parents were. Milan also worked as the English Section Editor of the American SRBOBRAN and besides running the store, Laura would work the 4-12 shift at the nearby Stylette Plastics Company, then come home and mop the floor, having the store ready to open spotlessly clean the next day! Throw in a few years of also owning a farm where they raised corn and chickens near present-day Monroeville, and you can better understand why they say the Serbs have a tremendous work-ethic.
Milan and Laura learned from their parents! Nikola Mamula was a Foreman at J&L Steel Mill, and Samojilo –Mosije-Karajlovich (“Carillo” on some pay checks!) was also a Union organizer, and although the bosses frowned on such union activities, readily hired sons as they knew what kind of hard workers they would be. Mim’s parents and grandparents worked hard to help insure Shadeland Camp came to be, and Mim loved being one of the original seven campers to Shadeland, along with her sister, Rose, and George Trbovich from Pittsburgh and four campers from Youngstown, OH, with Father Pete as Administrator, two of the four his own sons.
After many enjoyable years as a camper, Mim later served as a counselor at Shadeland, and was proud to see son Nick participate and then be a counselor himself. Of course she’s counting the days before young Jocelyn can experience the joys of being part of the Serbian community wherein friends made at Shadeland from all over the USA and Canada become life-long friends. Mim also enjoys “Paying it Forward,” helping out the St. Elijah Sunday School Camp, which just celebrated its 35th Anniversary under the very capable direction of V.Rev. Fr. Stepanov and Georgette Osman, Susan & Brian Hayden, Jovanka Cvjetkovic, and so many wonderful parishioners throughout the decades of service to the parish.
Mim Bizic holds both a B.S. and M.Ed. plus 60 credits beyond from the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated as a Teacher, with additional Library and Gifted certifications, but she considers herself a Lifelong Learner and is constantly studying more about those things of value to her, including learning more about the Serbian people, Computers, Innovation, and traveling to distant countries to immerse herself in those cultures, with her lifelong companions, her sisters, Dr. Rose Karlo Gantner and Alexandra Karlo Nolan.
Kuma Mim worked as a teacher in Pittsburgh, Hopewell-Independence-Raccoon (thanks be to Dr. John Milanovich when she married Gus!), Ambridge and finally, Quaker Valley where she taught for 40+ years, earning many national awards and recognitions. She also taught on Saturdays at Penn State’s Beaver Campus for nine years, teaching graduate level courses to teachers on integrating computers into the curriculum.
Mim has served as an Educational Consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Apple Computer Co, Scholastic Magazine, and the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. A national presenter for the U.S. Patent Office, Mim shared her creative and inventive thinking skills expertise with teachers from Portland, OR to Toldeo, OH. She did similar work with the INVENT AMERICA! Foundation, reaching out to teachers in Chicago and Washington. Apple Computer Company asked Mim to use her creativity and computer technological know-how to write lesson plans in workshops held in Cape Cod, Massachusetts; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Maui, Hawaii.
She also helped write the educational resource handbook for the permanent Smithsonian exhibit, “Beyond the Lim- its, Flight Enters the Computer Age.” She wrote lesson plans on Clean Coal Technology for the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center. She was a member of the National Advisory Board of Scholastic Inc.’s TEACHING AND COMPUTERS magazine wherein she also had a computer board game published.
Mim was named “Woman of the Year” in 1987 by the Sewickley community for all the awards and recognition she brought to the area from Apple Computers.
She also received “Citizen of the Year” in Award (1997) together with Dr. Bob Fusco and Dr. Joe Marrone for bringing SewickleyNET to the Valley, the 2nd community after Blacksburg, VA to have the whole village connected on-line to the World Wide Web. Mim credits Serb Dr. Bogdan Kosanovich, a Nuclear Medical Engineer studying at
Kuma Mim Bizic, 2012
V.Rev.Fr. Stevan Stepanov, Mim Bizic, and President of St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Milan (MIckey) Mrkal.
Continued from Column 1:
Pitt, for making the WWW possible to her, and hence, others. The Smithsonian recognized Mim as their National Honoree for National Technology Week in 1989.
She was named First Place Honoree for the first “Thanks to Teachers” contest sponsored by KDKA, Westinghouse, Pitt, and others in 1990.
Mim has spoken to various groups and clubs across the nation on MOLAS (folk art of the Kuna Indians of the San Blas Islands of Panama), Love Tokens from the Victorian Era, and Hobo Nickels from the Depression Era.
Many newspapers and magazines carry her stories on the same. Many here today still remember when Mim was named an Educational Cultural Ambassador to Japan in 1993, and the visits between Mim and her Nagatsahara family hosts from Omiya, Japan were covered in the Beaver County Times over the years.
In 1995, Mim was presented an award from the Serbian Unity Congress, “for her deep-seated and boundless love for Serbia and America.” She was named Serb National Federation Person of the Year in 2008 for her long and distinguished service to the SNF.
Her most recent honors were being formally recognized by the Moon Township Commissioners for her work on preserving Serbian history, and marking 130 years of Diplomatic Relations between the Serbian people and the USA. She was part of a Documentary made by the U.S. State Department with host Jugoslav Cosic, host.
The late +Larry Maravich who M.C.’d many a St. Elijah Slava, wrote a letter to Mim in 2006, calling her …”the irrepressible, unflinching and dedicated High Priestess of Serbian Orthodoxy; Matriarch of Serbian Ethnicity and Duchess of Serbian Culture in all its dimensions.” Mim has also been called a “Serbian warrior,” fighting for truth and justice for the Serbian people.
She was very grateful to U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire for entering her name and American Serb History into the 110 Congress’ Congressional Record with the advent of her now world-famous website: http://www.babamim.com, which has hosted visitors from Australia, all over Europe, Asia, Africa and South America besides the USA, Mexico and Canada.
“I don’t feel these are just my awards or honors,” Mim was quoted as saying in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s a reflection of all the people who came before me, and of all of those who are coming after me.”
Stay tuned. Besides working feverishly on Facebook and Linked-In to promote the Serbian causes and St. Elijah’s church in Aliquippa, Mim is the author of a new Apple iPad app story called “THE POWER OF THREE,” which is soon to be released for sale. The iPad app teaches fluency and flexibility skills, along with divergent thinking. Although aimed at elementary school students, its message contains important skills for learners of all ages, especially our own INNOVATORS of tomorrow!
The famous St. Elijah Choir!
One of Mim’s FAVORITE activities is singing in the Tenor section of St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church Choir every Sunday, and traveling with the choir to other areas of the USA and Canada where friendships are renewed and cemented again and again in church choir lofts, concert halls, and especially late at night around the orchestra singing old-time Serbian favorite songs with the “best of the best!”
Mim says, “This is when the goose bumps come, realizing that here you are together, living/sharing the slogan ‘Samo Sloga Srbina Spasova!’ ---ONLY UNITY SAVES THE SERBS, and how wonderful it is to be a part of that culture! Remember the t-shirt slogan: “Ja Sam Ko Sam, I Volim Sto Sam!” I am who I am, and I LOVE who I am!” I’m also grateful to our choir directors for sharing their wonderful talents with us each Sunday….so we can best present our answered angelic responses to our wonderful priest, Fr. Stepanov. Every Sunday is like attending the Lord’s Concert! You can’t help but feel uplifted when you exit. I love it!”
V.Rev.Fr. Stevan Stepanov
Teacher, Librarian, Consultant, Warrior, High Priestess, Matriarch, Duchess, Webmaster, Tenor, Author. Mim says: “The BEST name is still ‘Baba,’ my favorite title, thanks to my dear Nick, Dana and Jocey.
But ‘KUMA’ for St. Elijah’s 98th Slava is something I never even thought would EVER be possible. I am so grateful to all of you for this wonderful, incredible honor you have bestowed upon me. A most SINCERE, ‘Thank you!’ Mnogo, mnogo hvala od srca!
It all started here!
"Wedding Photo of Milana Karlo and Gustav Bizic "
Thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful day, but especially to Kathy Loverich, who worked so hard to make it very special. As Church Secretary, as President of the Kolo Srpski Sestara, as President of the Choir, as Chairperson of all the Food Festivals, and as Choir Director for countless years, so many chairing so many bowling tournaments, and other fund raisers for the church, Kss, or choir, I think its time that she is recognized as KUMA for all that she has done for the church all these years!
Thank you, Kathy, from all of us for your incredible dedication and hard work which so brilliantly showcases the love you have for your church and our parishioners!
2013: Kum: Moe Arbutina
2014: 100 Years, Kumovi
Nick Kosanovich and
2015: Kathy Loverich???