Bishop Mitrofan, Metropolitan Christopher, & Fr. Zivojin J. with our great campers, 2006.
Shadeland is a WONDERFUL experience for children! Take it from a FIRST YEAR Shadeland Camper, and then Shadeland Counselor, whose son Nick was a camper, and then a counselor, and we counted tonight, it will only be five more years before the THIRD generation of campers will attend in our family!
2nd Generation of Campers
Shadeland Camp @ 1980-82
This house was directly across from the Manor House & was the first Nursing Home facility for our Serbian pioneers.
If you can remember this statue of Mercury that was encompassed by the tree at Shadeland, you must be over 50 years old!
This wonderful Shadeland phenomenon was real close to the house with the SHADELAND name on it, directly across from the HUGE white Manor House. (Both now gone.) Here we have +Steve Yorgin & our Ujak, +Milosh Klaich, who are with MERCURY, the messenger of the Gods!
Manor Home in Winter Picture Postcard Perfect!
In May of 2006, I was traveling throughout Serbia visiting our beautiful monasteries. One lady on the trip said to me, “I think I remember you from Shadeland Camp from a long time ago. You had a cousin with a funny name who I remember because he always made us laugh.”
Knowing immediately who she was talking about, I did a Rumpelstiltskin trick. “Was it my cousin Paul?”
“No…..” “Was it my cousin Joe?”
“No…..” “Was his name JULES?”
“Yes! Jules! Jules Bobik, from Pittsburgh!”
Oh, how we laughed and rejoiced on that bus, bouncing along on the roads coming from St. Basil of Ostrog Monastery!
Immediately we embraced and started singing,
“We are the Shadeland girls, we wear our hair in curls, we wear our dungarees, way up above our knees, we are too big for toys, but oh so right for boys, if we don’t get our man, we do the Can-Can!”
Didn’t believe me, eh?
We were so silly, but loved it!
It turns our that “lady” on the trip is now a Matushka at the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Washington, DC. Kathy Siljegovic and I and her husband, Deacon Blagoje, are now VERY close friends! Originally, Kathy lived in Lackawanna. Her sister and her friend (“Kuma”) Monica Damjanovich were also on the trip. That’s what’s special about attending camp. You get to meet so many people from ALL over!
Deacon Blagoje grew up only BLOCKS from Shadeland when his family came here from Serbia! The family still owns a small farm nearby, and it was great seeing Deacon Blagoje again at Shadeland 2008!
Here’s another great story about Matushka Kathy that you’ll love. When we went to Lelic Monastery, to see where Saint Bishop Nikolai is buried, we were surprised to find there was a photo from the American SRBOBRAN on display of Kathy when she was a young girl and was an angel for a special Christmas production. Bishop Nikolai was in the audience. Kathy had the same photo that appeared in the display with her on the trip and we all delighted in seeing it!
We also sang this Shadeland song:
“Shadeland Camp all fellows fall in line, and we will have a good old jolly time, and for the camp we love and love so well, we’re gonna yell and yell and yell and yell and yell!”
We asked each other…
“Do you remember singing around the campfire,
‘Each campfire lights anew, the flame of friendship true, the joy we had in knowing you, will last our whole life through!”
And it did!!!
Shadeland Camp, that’s US!
The Shadeland Playground was donated by the Wilmerding (now Monroeville) PA parish since they sent the largest camper contingents each year, with Mimi Smith and Emma Swencki camp chairmen or aides. Pastor at the time was Fr. Mitrofan Kresejevich, for many years the right hand of Fr. Irinej.
The seed was planted with Fred (Shorty) Polojac, Mike Basara, and George Eremic. They held a “supper” which instantly totaled $1200. They “pushed, prodded, coaxed and begged the remainder with an ad book, a bowl jamboree, and another supper. In the Spring of 1960 they loaded their purchased equipment on a couple trucks and proceeded to install it on the grounds of Shadeland. Later, a miniature-sized concrete basketball floor was poured. Mary Wukas was Kuma. Sam Milanovich of Aliquippa contributed the backboards and hoops for the basketball court.
Other committee aides were Nick Trkulja, John Karas, Goerge and Mary Vuick, Emma Swenky, casey and Ann Visnick, Sophie Vislay, Helen Sarver and Milka White. Exceptional aid was rendered by the Mother’s Club, the KSS Sisterhoods from Export and Wilmerding and the SNF Lodges and the SRBOBRAN newspaper. The Danny Kukich, Mel Ray and Zabadava tamburitza orchestras contributed their services.”
Administration Building Dedication Plate:
All told, the POLICH Family gave $100,000.00!
Inside the Administration building with stage being used as Chapel. Great oil paintings of the benefactors, Todor and Andja Polich to the left, and founder, Bishop Dionisije to the right.
This is the house where all the priests and Bishop stayed. To the house’s far left is the cemetery.
Bob Samardick from Omaha, Nebraska, freely parted with his money for all Serbian projects. This shows him giivng $6,000 to purchase the sheep herd; $5,000 for the gas piping which is STILL helping Shadeland!
The Simich Family worked tirelessly in all ways, even though this shows only MISTER Simich, Mrs. Milka Simich mopped floors, cooked, washed dishes and did whatever it took to lead the ladies in her KSS role.
Trisha Simich, from Cleveland, was Chairman of the Lay Board at Shadeland, and shared the $10,000 cost of the gas pipes with Bob Samardick. He also gave $2,500 for the Cabin Drains.
Willing Hands and Open Hearts…. Scores pooled their resources, energies, talents to lick the unfairly pinned “Jama Bez dna” (Bottomless Pit) stigma of early days at the Estate. For this reason, these people deserve to be mentioned-and remembered-by posterity!
Manojlo Topalsky (Akron), Fr. Vlad Suka & Paul Kobac (Farrell), Dan Kovacevich (West Palm Beach, FL), Elmer Garber, Lou Obradovich (Duquesne), John Peters (Cleveland), Spasoje Vincic shown above.
Literally, scores of people have given “Shakom and kapom” or worked their fingers to the bone, for Shadeland. Other donors mentioned besides those above, Mrs. Clements and John Hall who were Shadeland neighbors. Mr. Hall was the PA State Agricultural representative, and his activities got Drs. Greer and Dr. Clements involved (General Practioner and Dentist. ) Mrs. Hall threw open her home for visiting dignitaries!
Elijah Vracarich (Youngstown), Branko Generalovich and Spiro Andrich (Farrell), V. Rev. Petar Paunovich (Youngstown) and M. Milich. Paso Vincic (Aliquippa), Elmer Garber and Peter Mamula (Pittsburgh), Nick Borata & Alex Matich (Cleveland).
“Incredible hardships confronted these people. Everything was in a raw state. The dwellings were in disrepair; the land overrun with weeds. Operational costs were running to $40,000-$50,000 a year and only a fraction of that was coming in. The FRIENDS of Shadeland then could be counted on the fingers of one’s hand.
Wonderful ladies who did the cooking and anything else that needed to be done!
This was our FIRST cabin. (Before that, we stayed in the Manor House for camp!) Our new WOODEN cabin wasn’t far from where the big Manor House was….same side of the road, perhaps where the Church is now. It was the ultimate at the time! As counselors, we loved listening to Elvis Presley on the radio at night, singing “There Will Be Peace in the Valley” and “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear.”
All about Fr. Irinej and the many roles he played. Held a Master’s Degree from Columbia, yet never hesitated to get on a tractor and work too. Whatever needed done, he did it. He was best at getting others to help us!
This wishing well held money that well-wishers threw in to help support the camp. It was located right in front of the house with SHADELAND on it, and the Mercury statue covered by the tree was down to the left, towards the old picnic glen. (Found out that the boy on the right in the shorts is our own Mark Zatezalo, another one who loved (Still LOVES!) Shadeland!)
“Uncle” John Milusnich, Protonica Angeline Marjanovich (not Protonica Marianov as it says in the clipping) and Mrs. Milka Simich-great cooks and friends to all! We loved them!
Buses used to come from far and near. This Beaver Valley Motor Coach came from Aliquippa, PA.
Photos of the Cemetery where so many of our Pioneers are buried. Always well cared for. The cemetery project was undertaken by the Farrell Community with $6,000.00. The first person buried there was the V.Rev. Fr. Pavle Markovich, in 1956.
Our departed pioneers are not forgotten. Here are our 1st week 2008 campers & 4 priests remembering the Serbs buried at St. Sava Shadeland.
Go to this link to see who is buried in Shadeland, thanks to the Conneaut Valley Historical Society and others who helped with the info.
Vujo by Milan M. Karlo
“Dreamer of Lofty Dreams”
Thanks for the photos, Dad!
Also, be sure to check out other Diocesan Camps in Libertyville, IL, Gray’s Lake, IL, Jackson, CA, St. Mark’s in Sheffield Lakes, OH, and other places as well. You make friends you’ll have for the rest of your life!
Our Serbian Old-Timers when we had an Old Folks Home at our Shadeland in 1960’s.
Photo by Milan Karlo.
October 15, 1959 Shadeland
Milana Mamula Karlo (Bizic)
There is a Serbian children’s camp near Meadville, PA, called Shadeland, that I have attended for nine years, half of my lifetime. The changes that have taken place are as pronounced as those marking my growth from girlhood to womanhood. The first year there was nothing but a creek and a cow trail for us to explore.
Just seven of us attended: my sister Rosie(Karlo-Gantner), George Trbovich, also from Pittsburgh, and (Fr. Pete) a priest’s two sons and their two friends from Youngstown, Ohio.
We slept in the Manor House and got our meals from Teta Mileva Mervosh, who was always feeding us whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. One asked for pancakes, another wanted eggs, still another just wanted cereal. There was always someone asking for French toast. We repaid her with the wildflower bouquets we picked for her, made up of white daisies, Queen Anne’s lace, and the blue button-like flowers that grew along the highway.
We also drew up our own schedules and looked after one another. We were awfully homesick those days, but didn’t dare let on because our parents were determined that the camp would succeed.
We swallowed our disappointments as best as we could, several times crying ourselves to sleep at night.
One personality stands out in my mind as a lifesaver then, the priest director of the property, Fr. Irinej Kovachevich. He was a kindly, thoughtful man. He knew we were lonesome and whenever he could tear himself away from the management of the 1400 acre property and it’s charity home for aged men, looked to our needs. He took us to Conneaut Lake for swimming and to Pymatuning Lake for fishing during the day and to the drive-in theater or Roller Rink in the evenings. He would pay our way into the roller rink found on the property, fit us up with skates and buy us treats too, contending he had no one else to spend his money on.
As I look back today, to the changes that have taken place since, I can’t help but marvel. Now the enrollment is 150 a week or more with scores of volunteer workers on hand, house mothers, cooks, recreation experts, even a doctor and a nurse. Now they have all kind of facilities; our own lake, a playground, a ballfield, the old roller skating rink, and two spic and span cabin dorms, and an immense dining hall/ recreation center.
From morning to night there is someone to supervise every activity imaginable, varying from the religious and music classes in the morning to the Wiener roasts, masquerade parties, and the talent shows in the evening. Instead of the campers being lonely, it’s a problem to tear them away. After a week of constant friendship, the goodbyes never leave anyone with dry eyes. As one camper prepares to leave, all of his friends gather around his family car singing “”Živeli!” with promises of “See you next year!”
This little ceremony continues until the very last camper leaves and is continued from week to week. For no sooner are the cooks and counselors made hoarse from singing and shouting goodbyes than they must get ready to greet another batch of campers from yet another colony, with “Howdy-do Everybody, howdy do!”
I know all this, you see, because this year I was honored by being made a Counselor!
Diocesan Days 2008 began with special Church services in the Most Holy Mother of God Church filled with Clergy from all over the Eastern Seaboard led by His Grace Dr. Bishop Mitrofan and his guest, His Grace Dr. Longin, beautiful singers in the form of the Shadeland Camp Choir under the direction of V.Rev.Zivojin Jakoljevich from Cleveland’s St. Sava parish, and guest participants from colonies far and near who truly enjoyed sharing in the experience.
Sam also served as the SNF Athletic Director for many years.
Michael Arbutina of Freedom area. Player/Coach
Fred Milanovich was also Superintendent of the Hopewell Area School District, and my 2nd boss!
We were all so proud of Jan Ujevich (another Zernich Pitt star from Aliquippa!) Jan’s name is on the Athletic Walk at Pitt.
Chuck Belas (honorary SERB!) is Andy Muha’s grandfather! He also has a great singing voice and loved to sing in church while still able to come!
Pete Maravich again!
Dr. Mickey Zernich is the person responsible for the ATHLETIC WALK at Pitt. He recently donated two hundred fifty thousand dollars + to Pitt for their athletic center!
George Medich, MD played for the Pittsburgh Pirates!
George BUTCH Zatezalo…. also used his talents to teach youngsters about tambura music.
According to my Dad, one of the greatest coaches who ever lived: Press Maravich.
Pete (Pekey) Suder
A rightly proud father, Dan Radakovich, Sr., gave me this Georgia Tech magazine article about Dan the younger, to share with you on Father’s Day, June 19, 2011. Congratulations, Dan!
In this 1946 issue he wrote about the FIRST Serbian Softball Tournament becoming a big-time event. Eight teams had already signed up to compete in the regional playoffs: Farrell, Duquesne, Canton-Massilon, South Chicago, Milwaukee, and two Gary teams, with four more expected before the contest got under way. (You know those last-minute Serbs!) “Some of the best Serbian softball talent in the country will take part in the playoffs, according to the rosters turned in by team managers.”
Also, plans were being formed to state a tri-state Serbian basketball league in the Pittsburgh area based on the successful old Penn-Ohio League which was so popular ten years prior.
Vic wrote about sports celebrities Milo Komenich, Gary’s great all-American center who graduated from Wyoming University and was scheduled to pay with the Fort Wayne Zollers in the pro basketball circuit. Next was Sam Vukovich, of Chicago’s championship team playing first string at Loyola University. Stanley Milankovich, the 22-year-old Farrell right-hander had won five straight games for the New Orleans Pelicans since he joined the squad only a month before. South Side (Pittsburgh) sports fans were excited about Bebbers Milkovich, an all-American guard while at Duquesne University playing pro basketball with Pittsburgh. Branko Kosanovich, star gridder from Aliquippa was reporting to Penn State to begin football practice.
Vic said that Pete Porter sent word that Nick Lalich, mainstay of the Cleveland Serbs cage quintet, was working on his master’s degree at Columbia University in NY. Mike Adams informed Vic that Akron was planning to sponsor TWO Serbian basketball teams and challenged the other colonies to at least floor one!
Emil Obren reported to Vic that appoximately 50 golfers would participate in the Sixth National Serbian Golf Tournament in Gary on August 31, the same date of the championship softball game.
Athletic Director Edward Milkovich urged colonies to apply for the 1947 National Basketball tournament, inviting lodges, local church parishes and other organizations to cooperate in staging a tournament. The Sports Commission and the host organizations would divide the proceeds on a 50-50 basis, including gate receipts, social affairs, souvenir booklet sales and other types of income.
The Midland Serb Athletic Club was sponsoring a banquet and dance following a double-header softball game on August 18. Midland would play Ambridge and Farrell Serbian teams in the Midland Heights field. The Youngstown Tamburitza Orchestra would furnish the music for dancing at the club in the evening.
Elsewhere, Vicky Krnich of St. Louis was writing about the up and coming wedding of John Azich marrying Miss Eva Chulick, and also about members of Klub Kultura having a wonderful time at the outing in Spring Forest where everyone participated in the softball and swimming events. She reported that President Steve Milasevich did a splendid job of handling the arrangements.
Srbi su osvojili prvo fudbalsko prvenstvo 67 u Americi. Bio je klub iz Oaklanda koji je imao jedno 10 srba i osvojili su. Pobedili su Fiorentinu i Manchester City.
The above is from Soccerman1980. Thanks!
Dan Radakovich, seen below on the left side on this web page, has a new book out called
BAD RAD, FOOTBALL NOMAD.
Written by Dan Radakovich and his long-time friend, Lou Prato (veteran print and broadcast journalist and unofficial PSU historian), BAD RAD FOOTBALL NOMAD has a Foreward by the famous Steeler football star, Jack Ham.
Our “Bad Rad” was at Penn State University from 1953-1969;
Univ. of Cincinnati, 1970
Pittsburgh Steelers, 1971
Univ. of Colorado, 1972-73
Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-77
San Fran.49ers, 1978
Los Angeles Rams, 1979-81
No.Carol.St. Univ., 1982
Denver Broncos, 1983
Minnesota Vikings, 1984
New York Jets, 1985-88
Cleveland Browns, 1989-90
Robert Morris Univ., 1994
St. Louis Rams, 1995
Robert Morris Univ., 1996
London Monarchs, Spr.1977
Robert Morris Univ. 1997-07
“55 years of a Nomadic Jouney,” he says!
Front of Dan’s book above
Back of book below:
Dan Radakovich is called the originator of “Ssteel Curtain” Defensive Lines; and Father of Penn State’s “Linebacker U.”
Jack Ham adds” There is always one more player Rad believes he can make better, whether it is a veteran pro or a kid in high school. They might not like what he tells them and how he tells them, but sooner or later they will be glad they listened to him.”
(Jack Ham is the only Penn State football player enshrined in both the COllege Football Hall of Fame and the Pro-Football Hall of Fame. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, helping them win four Super Bowls!
My favorite part of the book is from pp. 339-342 wherein Dan tells the story of my father, Milan M. Karlo, asking Dan to help his nephew, Lou Astorino, get into the main branch campus of Penn State in State College. He did.
Lou Astorino went on to win many awards from his Alma Mater, and Dan tells the story how PSU Coach Joe Paterno sent his private jet to pick up cousins Lou and Denny Astorino in his private jet as he had them as the architects for a $17 million dollar project–called the Mildred and Louis Lasch Building, housing the ractice locker room, weight room, training room and equipment room.
Lou and his brother Dennis Astorino, went on to design the Univeristy of Pittsburgh-Steeler’s dual use building on the practice facility of Pittsburgh’s South Side, and also PNC Baseball Park in Pittsburgh, said to be the most beautiful baseball park in the country!
Lou Astorino received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Penn State University’s Alumni Association and another from the College of Architechture. He was also the commencement speaker at the 2010 Arts and Architecture graduaton ceremonies!
Buy the book. “Bad Rad” is the ultimate story teller!
St. George Slava, St. Elijah’s Serbian Orthodox Church, 2014. You can enlarge photo by clicking on the lower right hand corner of the picture.
V. Rev. Fr. Stevan Stepanov
May 25, 1940 – February 24, 2018
‘Protojerej-Stavorphor Stevan Stepanov’, beloved “Proto/Father Stevan” left us this past February for the next [eternal] life with our Lord. He will forever be loved and missed, and his memory cherished, while he leaves behind a void and a legacy that can never be filled.
Our Grace Bishop Irinej, who officiated at Father’s beautiful funeral service, so perfectly recognized and described Father’s [God-given] nature as “loving, gentle and humble”. Several of Proto’s brothers-in-Christ also most generously and reverently contributed lovely tributes to Proto Stevan. However, and none-the-less, Father’s own parish of more than 41 years, his beloved ‘St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church of Aliquippa, PA.’, would be most remiss if it did not convey what he meant to us and what he did for us over the course of those years. With these sentiments, we share and submit the following:
Father Stevan Stepanov was born May 25, 1940, in Gospodjinci (Backa, Voyvodina), and, as such, added a new dimension to the home of his late father Marko Stepanov and mother Evica, nee Dejanovic. At an early age Father manifested a genuine interest and keen desire for entering the priesthood and serving the Church. That deep resolve and determination carried over into his teens. Accordingly, in 1955, Father Stevan enrolled in the St. Sava Seminary in Belgrade, and graduated in 1960. That same year he was admitted to the Theological Faculty in Belgrade. A year later, he also began studies at the Philological Faculty. In addition to pursuing his academics, ‘Stevan’ also found time to pursue one ‘Ana Radosavljevic’. The latter “pursuit” proved very exciting, motivating and stimulating. His ardor prevailed, and on February 17, 1963, classmate Ana became Mrs. Stevan Stepanov. [It can be suggested here that this persevering suitor had won his bride by “Degrees”]. Eventually, their first child, Ivana, was born July 14, 1964 in Belgrade. Son Marko (born later in the U.S.), became an exemption on June 11, 1976, and consequently, also became a ‘bicentennial souvenir’.
In conjunction with his service at the Belgrade Theological Faculty (1963), Father was assigned to the Archdiocese of Belgrade. That same year he was ordained into the Diaconate in the Cathedral of Belgrade by Patriarch German. He was then also appointed Professor of Music and Director of the Seminarian Choir in Belgrade. It was the perfect union- Stepanov and music.
In 1965, “Professor” Stepanov received his B.A. in Linguistics and Literature from the University of Belgrade. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Diocese of Backa, and was named Deacon of the Cathedral of Novi Sad by His Grace Bishop Nikanor. There he served as Clerk of the Ecclesiastic Court and Instructor of Religious Studies.
Father Stepanov arrived in America, specifically, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1971, and joined the Eastern American and Canadian Diocese. His Grace Bishop Sava appointed him Deacon and Secretary of the Ecclesiastical Court for the Diocese. In addition, Father continued to expand his musical interests and talents and apply his choral skills. He subsequently directed the Isidor Baich Choir of Akron, Ohio, and the Dr. Laza Kostich Choir of Midland, PA.
A most eventful year for Father Stevan was 1973. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Sava in Aliquippa, PA. That same year he accepted the position as parish priest of St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa as well. Later, at the consecration of the St. Elijah Serbian Center, Father was promoted to the rank of Protonamesnick by His Grace Bishop Sava. During this same time Father Stepanov continued his graduate studies and furthered his professional growth at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1979 he received his Master’s Degree in Slavic Languages and Russian Literature. In 1981, Father Stevan was promoted to the rank of Protopresbyter by His Grace Bishop Christopher. These early promotions were testimony to the high regard and esteem in which he was held by both his peers and superiors.
Father Stevan was a dynamic and creative force in and for St. Elijah Church and parish from the time of his arrival in Aliquippa. He shared his first and enduring love -music- so generously, enthusiastically, and of course, spiritually. Evidence of this was seen (and heard) throughout the years with the St. Elijah Junior Choir, K.C.C. Choir, the original Serbian Radio Hour, the Tsar Lazar Male Choir (which he founded in the early 1990s), and the St. Elijah Church Choir, with which he forged a most special bond and relationship. [Regarding ‘Tsar Lazar’, Father’s arrangement of Kiev’s TROPARION [“Lord Save Thy People”] remains one of the most beautiful and moving renditions ever sung and/or heard]. Further to St. Elijah’s Church Choir, Proto was, of course, also known for directing and singing with the choir, and serving as its advisor, composer, arranger and interpreter in his “spare” time. Proto inspired the choir anew, and in a way that continues to motivate the choir- spiritually and artistically- to this day. For this, St. Elijah Choir is forever grateful and blessed.
Much of Father’s love, energy and concern was directed toward and devoted to the children of St. Elijah Parish. The “Altar Boys”, whose ranks were always full, brought him endless pride and joy. One of his most special and important efforts was the children’s summer ‘day camp’ [“St. Elijah Church Camp”] which Father Stevan founded in 1977. This effort yielded innumerable and invaluable results for the children, and consequently, [the future of] the church. The camp was so successful it became a template for other Serbian parishes around the country, and was subsequently recognized and replicated accordingly. In addition, Father’s oversight of the ‘Sunday School’ program and other church-related programs and holiday activities for the children were ongoing and most meaningful as well.
In reflecting upon his ‘flock of children’, Father once stated: “My renewal is the presence of our children – eyes aglow, and faces eager, innocent and curious! They are my greatest and dearest challenge and concern. We dare not neglect nor disappoint them.”
The Weekly Envelope System, Weekly Bulletin, and revised Liturgical Books were also products of Proto’s efforts and attention. His spear-heading of a new “bell sound-system” and air-conditioning system were additional significant, timely and welcome improvements to the church.
One of Father Stevan’s most personally gratifying efforts among his many initiatives was the development and building of the Resurrection Chapel at the St. Elijah Cemetery. Built in the late 1980s with and through his inspiration and direction, Father provided the original impetus for the chapel, and was a prime force for both the fund-raising and construction projects and efforts. The St. Elijah Resurrection Chapel stands among the first of its kind to be added to a Serbian cemetery in America. It remains, to-date, a statement and tribute to Father’s foresight, planning, determination and vision.
So much of Father Stevan’s work was tangible, physical and obvious from the time of his arrival and the beginning of his ministry in Aliquippa, and throughout the course, conduct and discharge of his normal, pastoral obligations. They were/are a matter of record, and, more significantly, were most evident in the performance of his daily and weekly duties. His parish concerns spread across the full spectrum of local and diocesan needs and demands. He not only met those needs and demands successfully, he met them with grace, dignity, confidence and optimism. Father was neither intimidated nor deterred by changes and challenges. Rather, he helped the church meet its challenges, resolve them, and in the process, move forward and prosper. Father was a true “custodian” of our St. Elijah Church. He endorsed that same process and concept and kept it his mission over the course of his tenure.
We would be remiss if we did not especially “thank and commend” Father for recognizing his own enviable talents, and more importantly, for sharing and offering them so willingly and so generously, in terms of his prolific musical talents. It can truly be said that his voice was and remains woven into the very fabric of our St. Elijah Choir, our congregation and indeed our liturgy. As has come to be known, Father’s God-given talents forged and established a special relationship between himself and the St. Elijah Choir. For any relationship between two parties to remain healthy and prosper, however, the main catalyst must always be the degree and the quality of the harmony that exists between them. That element, over the years, was present in very generous and evident proportions between the choir and Proto Stevan. Through Proto’s efforts, and with his assistance, St. Elijah’s church hymns, litanies, troparions and liturgical responses and prayers became the ‘hallmarks’ of the choir’s presence in the choir loft. To this day, this remains the choir’s focus and its continuing mission.
Beyond this musical harmony, however, Father Stevan wove and blended other less-tacit and less readily obvious ‘harmonies’ into the St. Elijah Church family, relationship and identity as well, and we continue to feel and recognize them in our hearts and souls: …..Spiritual Harmony- which brought added meaning and depth to Serbian Orthodoxy and the teachings it embraces; Harmony of Purpose- to support, prepare and strengthen the Church for future challenges; Harmony of Service- to keep the Church strong, solvent and responsive; Social Harmony- to sustain and promote a healthy climate of good fellowship and good will within the church; and, finally, Harmony of Common Concern- for the ultimate well-being, direction and future of the entire St. Elijah Parish.
Transcending all of Father’s efforts and accomplishments within the St. Elijah Church, however, were his personal dedication and commitment to the Priesthood. Father accepted the total discipline of his calling, full obedience to his Church, and loyalty to his vows. These were the tenets of his ministry, and the badges of his office.
In keeping with this sentiment, Father once submitted to St. Elijah Parish: “Whatever I have done, proposed or recommended as your parish priest, I have done, first- in accordance with my oath; and secondly- in the best interests of my church and parish. I shall not compromise the vows vested in me, nor betray the trust my calling imposes and commands. This is the only way I can discharge my duties, and in the process retain your confidence, support and respect.”
St. Elijah Parish was TRULY BLESSED, and enjoyed and benefited from a most wonderful, loving and benevolent steward [and stewardship] in Father Stevan Stepanov. He kept our Home in order, our Ship on course, and our Holdings and Operation both solvent and in/under control. Proto Stevan’s leadership provided St. Elijah with pride, progress and true spirituality. [We dare suggest that Sveti Ilija himself would be most pleased and proud].
Very importantly, to also give credit (due) to Proto’s ‘immediate’ family (St. Elijah Parish’s “first family” for those 41 years), we submit to you his sentiments decreed upon them at the occasion of his 25th Anniversary with St Elijah Church, so many years ago: “I might add at this point my boundless gratitude to my wife Ana and my children, Ivana and Marko….. I was not alone in toiling in the vineyard. My wife was my associate, counselor, advisor, critic and chief supervisor of our domestic operations. Her contributions, efforts and sacrifices released me and allowed me to direct my full attention and effort to the needs of my parish. Her understanding, tolerance and moral support gave me the strength, encouragement and incentive to address the issues, and fulfill my pastoral duties. To Ivana and Marko- from the depths of my heart- I offer my simple “Thank you” for understanding, appreciating and recognizing the significance and demands of my parish responsibilities and obligations. You were my dedicated and devoted cheering section. I hope I never “fumble the ball.””
With heartfelt gratitude, emotion, respect and love, St. Elijah Church Parish of Aliquippa, PA., remembers Father Stevan Stepanov for his spiritual guidance, and for tending to us, his “flock”, with love, care, reverence and vigilance over the course of his time with us.
Father Stevan will forever remain in our hearts and in our prayers.
On behalf of St. Elijah Church/Parish, Laurene Maravich.
[Written and compiled by Laurene, with historical text previously
written by [her own beloved father] Lazo Maravich, and with additional
text extracted from St Elijah Church’s commemorative event narratives].
VERY REVEREND STEVAN STEPANOV
(May 25th, 1940 – February 24th, , 2018)
VERY REVEREND STEVAN STEPANOV
(May 25th, 1940 – February 24th, , 2018)
V. Rev. Stav. Fr. Stepanov cutting the Bizic Kolach on St. George’s Day.
The Funeral of +Protojerej-Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov from the Serbian Eastern Diocese Website, along with photos:
The Serbian Orthodox Church lost a devoted, faithful, and loving servant in this world with the passing of Protojerej-Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov on February 24, 2018 at his home in Medina, Ohio.
From February 1973 until his retirement in August 2014, +Proto Stevan served the Serbian Orthodox Church as pastor of the parish of the Holy Prophet Elijah in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
He returned to his beloved Sveti Ilija a final time for his funeral and burial on February 27-28, 2018.
The funeral proceedings began with visitation in the St. Elijah Church on the afternoon of February 27.
Per his wishes, +Proto Stevan was arrayed in priestly robes that had once belonged to one of his predecessors at the parish, +Protojerej-Stavrofor Vlastimir Tomich of blessed memory.
Hundreds of faithful and friends came throughout the visitation and services to pay their final respects to +Proto Stevan and to offer prayers and support to his devoted wife, Protinica Ana, his daughter Ivana and husband Tony, his son Marko and wife Inna, and his grandsons Alexander, Dimitri, Roman, and Stevan.
At the family’s request, during the visitation a recording of +Proto Stevan singing liturgical songs with his St. Elijah Serbian Church Choir played over the church’s sound system, offering a testament to the distinct and rich musical talents +Proto Stevan shared so freely with so many during his life.
Read more here:
A Tree is planted for Fr. Stevan by the St. Elijah Church Campers under the direction of Georgette Brnjilovic Osman.
Special Pomen Services were offered by Rev. Fr. Branislav Golic, parish priest, and Retired Fr. Stav. Dr. Rodney Torbic, a member of St. Elijah’s from an early age.
The Tree and Onlookers….
V. Rev. Rodney Torbic…
Georgette made Koljivo for us
Fr. Branislav addresses the church camp children, reminding them again about Fr. Stepanov’s great deeds while serving the St. Elijah parish.
Lynn Popovich represented the Mother’s Club in a tribute, and then Georgette B. Osman added her own words of gratitude for a True Servant of the Lord, V. Rev. Fr. Stevan Stepanov.
Slobodan’s last trip to his beloved Holy Resurrection Church before his final internment. Friends came from far and wide to pay their sincerest respects to him and his family. Four priests served in the altar. Here, people are passing by for the “Last Kiss.”
Three of the four priests present gave stirring Eulogies: V. Rev. Rade Merick, V. Rev. Stevo Rocknage, and here, V. Rev. Fr. Malich of Monroeville’s St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church speaks about Slobodan’s great deeds, especially how his Holy Resurrection Petar Krstich Serbian Orthodox Choir always answered the call to perform freely at the SERBIAN RELIEF CONCERTS held in Monroeville, PA.
Mourners pouring out of church at Slobodan’s funeral in Steubenville, Ohio. There were more than 35 cars that went to the cemetery, many others going directly to the Serbian Cultural Center hall on Collier’s Way, in Weirton, West Virginia, for the dacha.
(As an aside, I pause to add this information shared in Slobodan’s official obituary:
“Slobodan joined the organized guerrilla fighters known as the Chetniks, detachments of the Yugoslav Army, led by Gen. Draza Mihailovic, who, as royalists, fought to preserve the crown of young King Peter II of Yugoslavia. The Chetniks battled the communist Partisans of Josip Broz Tito, as well as the fascist Ustase, allied to Nazi Germany.
Near the end of the war, Vojvoda (Chief) Momcilo Djujic, sensing all was lost, marched his Dinara Division, to which Slobodan belonged, out of Yugoslavia, fighting his way with his men over snowbound mountains, leading a mixed body of 20,000 combatants and civilians, a long line of humanity, stretching for miles, girded by soldiers to the front, rear, and flanks.
Slobodan and his future wife, Nevenka, possessing only what they were wearing and what they could carry, trudged through deep snow for hundreds of miles, eventually transiting the Istrian peninsula to the relative safety of Italy, where they spent time in displaced persons camps, then on to refugee camps in Germany, where they were married in Diepolz in 1947.
They came to the United States in 1949, after burying their first born son, who had died of a fever in a postwar Germany sadly lacking in medicine.”)
Beautiful oil painting of Serbian Composer, Petar Krstich, from the Holy Resurrection Church Hall in Steubenville, Ohio.
“The P.K. Choir was formed in 1943 as the Mirjana Choir of Holy Resurrection, and their first appearance was in 1946. That same year, the choir took the name of the prominent Serbian composer and director, Petar Krstich. In 1948 the choir was officially brought into the Serbian Singing Federation by the Exec. Secretary, Vlajko Lugonja, with the St. Elijah SSF Church Choir as sponsor!
“The PK Choir has been honored by invitations to sing all over the United States and Canada. They have performed on radio and television and have sung for special events
at the request of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada, the Movement of Serbian Chetniks “Ravna Gora,” the Serb National Defense of Canada, and the Serb National Federation.
The Choir, however, is first and foremost a church liturgical choir, singing the responses in both Church Slavonic and in English faithfully at the Divine Liturgy and many other services in their home parish.
The Petar Krstich Choir has been led by their well-known and widely respected director,
Slobodan Zelich, since 1960.”
(Church web site info)
Slobodan did so much to keep the Serbian heritage and traditions alive, we are all grateful for his service on earth!
50 year Members plaque hanging in the Holy Resurrection Church Hall. You might recognize a few names! (Click bottom right hand corner to enlarge photo.)
“The Petar Krstich Choir has produced five recordings that showcase their favorite
liturgical and folk selections. They are:
Songs of the Serbian People and
Bells of Visoki Decani, which are LP recordings;
Kosovski Bozuri and Za Krst Casni i Slobodu Zlatnu, which are cassette tapes; and the most recent production,
of Orthodox Hymns and Serbian Folk Music, which is available in both cassette and CD format.“
(H.R. Church website)
I don’t know how the “Songs of the Serbian People” could have been improved upon! The singers sang with their whole beings…hearts pounding. Much of that has to be due to Slobodan’s great teaching and directing!
To learn more about Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church and its pastor, V. Rev. Rade Merick, check out their website, but remember to come back! 🙂
History of Holy Resurrection of Steubenville
“Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church was founded in Mingo Junction, Ohio in 1906 by Serbian Orthodox Christians who began to arrive in the Upper Ohio
Valley in the 1890’s. These immigrants came chiefly from what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and what are now the areas of Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina.”
“They belonged to the Serbian jurisdiction of the ancient and world-wide Orthodox Christian
Church. They came to escape ethnic and religious persecution and to earn a better life in a free land. Although some were businessmen, most took up employment in the area’s
steel mills and coal mines.
“These immigrants felt a deep need for a place to worship Christ as they were
accustomed, in a language they understood. Organizing in 1906, they formed a
congregation and purchased a church building in Mingo Junction from the Methodist
Church. They adapted this building for Orthodox worship and it was consecrated in honor
of the Resurrection of Christ with great joy in November of that year.”
(Read more on the church’s website listed above!)
Listed on FB & YouTube 3/18/13 thanks to Dane Radoja and Jovica. Thank you from all of us!:
The Petar Krstich Choir of Steubenville, OH presents SONGS OF SERBIAN PEOPLE:
Pjesme iz Srbije:
Za Cast i Slobodu Srbije:
Pjesme sa Tromedje
Davno Je Bilo To:
Names of those participating in this record album of wonderfufl songs (thanks to Dane Radoja of Crown Point, Indiana):
Mary Visnic, Mildred Dojonovic, Duska Milo, Helen Bizich, Nevenka Zelich, Mildred Stepanovich, Sarah Baltich, Sally Madich, Mickey Martich, Ann Bruich, Babe Vuckovich, Mickee Vaughn, Mary Momcilovich..
Sophie Divich, Mimi Ostovich, Lil Porec, Lydia Milo, Marsha Momcilovich, Dawn Baltich Marie Karas, Lil Zellar, Sonja Zelich, Nada Marovich, Dorothy Yujevic, Barbara Rocknage, Mika Rocknage. Nino Karas, Robert Suka, Nikola Vuchenich, Bert Dojonovic, Milan Suka, Nick Karas, John Smiljsnich, Jimmy Musulin, Bob Zori, Stevo Rocknage, John Kosanovich, Pete Momcilovoch, Milan Vuchenich, George Martich.
Thanks to Dane for listing these. A great piece of valuable American Serb history!
Arthur (“Jibby”) Jibilian with 512 flags behind him, each one representing an American airman saved by Draza Mihailovich & his Chetniks. Metcalf Field, Toledo, OH 6/15/2008
Mim, what a beautiful website! I shared it with Fr. Serge, Mimo, and my niece Jennifer in North Carolina.
What a woman! I’m proud to be your friend. Keep up your labors of love because we all benefit from them. Elaine M. (Galveston, TX)
I extend sincere congrats for a most informative and well-documented website. I would be delighted to provide additional items of interest for your archives, should you so desire. David V., (Wash., DC)
(You bet! This is how all of our young children will learn more about their wonderful Serbian/American heritage!)
POMAZE BOG!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Whenever I hear from you or see your picture and read your articles, I always think of your father and the times I was lucky enough to spend with him. I am forwarding your site to my sons Milan, Mateja & Mihailo (twins), as well as others, so they can recall the many stories that their +Deda told them about. They always listened in rapture. Especially about (1st Lt. Artillery) +Deda’s time with + Lt.Col. Draza, before the war. Respectfully, Milenko, Chicago, IL
This a beautiful web site, did you do all this yourself, if so I may hire you to do a website for my new business. I also wanted my dear friend Tom (Greek Orthodox) to visit your site, of particular interest, your Father publishing American Serbian Life magazine in the forties. Tom has a friend that is the publisher for Greek Life magazine. You’re the best! Love, Denn (Pgh PA)
About going to Ypsilanti (see Draza page). I once lived there and went to school there! Also, congratulation on being named SNF Person of the year. We in Aliquippa are all proud of you. Nikola, Aliquippa, PA
I am so glad that we have people…. ever vigilant, ever proud but most importantly ever faithful. Father Serge, Galveston, TX
Thanks for sharing! You certainly lead a most exciting life these days. I passed this along. Joe, Sewickley, PA
Your new links are outstanding. Truly professional. What truly great sources of information. I just can’t get over how good they are. So glad you are bringing attention to our brothers and sisters via the Internet.
Please, please keep up the good work. George
I love your website. That’s one heck of a good job! The airplane ride was the icing on the cake! Marti, MD & FL
I love your website! Just saw it today for the first time after Sam Subotich and Arthur sent an e-mail. Great job, and thank you for putting quaility information on the internet!
Aleksandra, Barrington, IL
Have forwarded this to fellow Serbs far and near! Don O., Pittsburgh, PA
THIS is beautifully done! You certainly are so talented and creative in all that you do!
Thank you for sharing this. I was so impressed with your
composition, content, the layout, the color, and the photos, especially of
the 4 children from Kansas City! You certainly wrote an extensive and thorough article on Draza. Your enthusiasm and literary contributions on Serbian History is a superb
addition to Mankind!
I just finished reviewing your slides taken at Shadeland … I loved all of them especially ending with the Powell Family …
what a remembrance for all of us who were in attendance … thank you again! I know that your parents from up above have to be extremely proud of you and how you have carried the TORCH for Serbianism — its history, its language, its orthodoxy, its literature, its culture including art, music,etc.
As a companion traveler, your “eye” to capture exciting photos with meaningful, substantive scripts are awesome for me to experience … simply said: you continue to teach me on every trip enriching my mind, soul, and heart …. puna hvala my friend Mim ..With love and blessings, Dr. Natalie Pavlovic, Pittsburgh, PA
History of the Aliquippa church is absolutely excellent. I only go back, in memory, to Fr. Tomich and the church in Logstown. What a wonderful trip down memory lane. One that will be frequently repeated. Thank you for bringing the historical past to our present day for many to enjoy. You are uniting Serbs. As the website expands, so will the unity of fellow Serbs. You were guided to do this Mim. Keep at it. It is just wonderful what one person can do. Especially one that is SUPERB! Your work will lead to a greater understanding of our people’s courage, strength, and valuable contributions. I get shivers up my spine when I think about our people! May their faith propel them into the future filled with blessings from our Father in Heaven! I continue to promote this deserving website! George Vrgich, Monroeville, PA
This is Savo Subotich from St. Clair Shores, Michigan. It was really nice to meet you at
Metcalf Field. See how we Serbs always will find
another Serb at an event. Your web site is
beautiful!!! We are ALL better off because of people
Congratulations on a super, super website. You have labored many hours in compiling it, but we feel you considered it a labor of love. We can’t think of anyone who would have done what you have. Zivela Mim na mnogaja Ljeta. George and Mickey M., Weirton, WV
We can’t begin to tell you how much we loved your website. It is a tremendous job well done and very interesting. How proud we are of you and your hard work. Thank you for keeping that wonderful Serb spirit alive and sharing our Serbian pride with the world.
Milan and Rosalyn Opacich
Schererville, IN 46375
Love your new website…. How far we have come from our early Internet days. Bob F., Sewickley, PA
From Dorothy Paunvovich, Schererville, IN
(Please be sure to visit this site not to read about me, but to see the wonderful things that are being done in Indiana with the Folk Dancers, Serb Fest coming up, Recipes and ways to make Strudel, etc! Grateful, MKB)
Wow! I love you website and have posted it on my blog. I wish we lived closer so we could share ideas for the museum and other projects. My son loves APPLE computers too and has converted so many friends. Here’s the link: http://www.localbizblogs.com/stsav
“BabaMim” has done an outstanding job on those pages about Jake Allex. And yes, we are very lucky to be Serbian! Sending info about George Fisher and Texas. Mimo M., Galveston.
(See Famous Serbs page)
Great site! It’s really a very informative website. I bookmarked it. I am originally from St. Sava’s of Gary/Hobart/Merrillville, but have lived 9 years in Phoenix with my husband, Jovan and 2 children. I was checking Dorothy Paunovich’s local bizblogs at my old St. Sava Merrillville site and came upon your website. I love that Draza stuff. My faher-in-law was a Chetnik, +Nikola , and I used to dance in the only Chetnik folkore group in the USA, Dinara. Denise Kangrga, Phoenix, Arizona
I remembered the web address and the site is fantastic! You did an outstanding job! Rudlley Mrvos, Pittsburgh, PA
Just to add to your info on the National Heritage awards given in Washington, DC annually, my uncle Adam N. Popovich was in the first group of “National Ethnic Treasures in the early 70’s. He was also honored by the State of Illinois that same year for his contributions to the ethnic heritage of our state. Thought you would like to know. Excellent site. Your website is absolutely beautiful. The pictures and history are a fitting tribute to the wonderful colony of Aliquippa. It is always such a pleasure to visit. The SSF Festival this past Memorial Day was excellent and it was so heartwarming to see the entire community come together to help the choir..The food….well, let’s just say that the girls from Detroit and Lansing loved it! Continued success with the site! Aliquippa is fortunate to have an in-house historian that also possesses great techo-skills!!
Martha Ostoich Tesich, IL
You are wonderful! Thank you for all you have done and what you continue to do for our people. You have definitely inherited your father’s flair for writing. I have always said when I leave this Earth, I want you to write the article for the SRBOBRAN. Morbid? I think not, just telling the truth! Anyway, thanks again for everything you do. My grandfather was a priest in Aliquippa once, but died in 1937 there. He was also in Lackawanna, Farrell, and Kansas City that I know of. Again, thank you for all those years of great articles and for your website. Stevo and Lana Baich
This is a great website. You put a lot of work into it. I’ll pass it along. See you at the wedding. JT, London, England.
Holly, thanks for sharing this…and Milana and Jennifer (Boresz of WTOL), you don’t know me, but I want to say thanks for getting this story (see Draza Mihailovich page!) out there. It made my day. I actually cried (joyful tears) listening to the video and seeing the global TV photos on the web site. Honor is the key word here. We Serbs have our honor, our fighting men have been honored, and we honor the Halyard men who never gave up the fight.
Vancouver, BC, Canada (formerly of Chicago!)
Our congratulations! You have contributed to the Serbian movement in so many ways. All Serbs are deeply indebted to you for your unwavering passion and commitment to all that is Serbian. May God send special Blessings to you on this historic occasion! All the best,
I’ll see you at Kennywood and give you a great congratu – latory HUG!!Love, Cissy R., NJ
I would like to tell you that your web site is very good, no, it is excellent and that we are proud of you, especially Teta Nena! I stopped writing for a moment and went to your web site to see it again. I was fascinated that you found that old SRBOBRAN issue with St. Sava’s Hymn in Serbian Cyrillic! Stojanka, Belgrade.
Your special day gave me the perfect reason to commend you on the outstanding website. If each Serbian American would learn 50% of the information contained on it, one would be so aware of our heritage. I loved the version of “Kol Slaven.” You were savvy with computers long before it was commonplace. Ziveli i mogaja ljeta! George & Deb S. P., Pittsburgh, PA
I visited your D. Mihailovich & Operation Halyard page and saw the two cover pages of your father’s magazine, Am. Serb Life. Our church has a copy of that magazine with Bishop Nikolai on the cover that we used for our 100th Anniversary ad booklet. Bishop Nikolai consecrated our new church on that day (1948). Our copy of the magazine is in bad shape, but we we used the article your father wrote about our church for our book. Our church in Steubenville is really named Visoki Decani and looks like the one in Kosovo (one part of it), however, we go by the name of Holy Resurrection. It’s sad to read about what’s happening to our churches and monasteries in Kosovo. Also enjoyed those diary entries written by Nick Lalich. I had to make copies and send to my sister, Ann. She took history in college and is so completely involved in Serbia’s part, especially in the war that started in 1991. Everytime I talk to her, I get a history lesson, even going back to the Congress of Berlin. She connects past history to the present. We also want to congratulate you for being Person of the Year. We feel you deserve this honor and hope that “God grants you many, many more years!” Your articles in the SRBOBRAN are really informative and well-written.
Mary & Nick Drazich, Steubenville, OH
I just wanted to tell you that your website is wonderful and loaded with very interesting information. Thank you for taking the time to create such a site. Hope to see you next weekend in Aliquippa!
Owner & Marketing Solutions Consultant. Hermitage, PA
9/9/08 Thanks, Mim! It (MORE @ DRAZA) looks wonderful! I’ve been soliciting our membership for Chetnik photos, and as I receive any that might be worth sharing, I will forward them to you. I will do another blog directing people to your great website either tonight or tomorrow, as well as feature your site in the “Featured Blog Posts” section on the right. Your site is remarkable, and I learn something every time I visit. We have a meeting for our cultural committee tonight, so I’ll have to get busy preparing……….Thanks again…….My son thinks you’re so cool because he is an absolute die-hard Mac fan-there are no other computers allowed in our house, his apartment (Oakland), or with any of his circle of friends. He has probably helped sell 30 Macs in the last 8 years. Localbizblogs.com is being developed on Macs in San Francisco/Oakland by my son and his 2 friends. Once you get a Mac, you never go back! Fondly,……………Dorothy
Hi Baba Mim! Thank you for sharing your website address with me at the Aliquippa Choir banquet last weekend.(9/13/08) I started reading it and have to say that it’s great to have all of this information in one place. I’ve learned a lot already, and I look forward to reading more. I also would like to thank you for a wonderful weekend. I had a great time – you were all such wonderful hosts.
Mirjana (Mira) Milinkovic, Branko Radicevich Choir, Chicago, IL
The website is incredible. I enjoy looking at it. I am sending it on to my
mother-in-law…..I’m sorry for not having done this before.
Jennifer Pittsburgh, PA
Dear Baba Mim,
Good to see you another day in Aliquippa! Here is where you can find a book on Rudjer Boskovic.
Rade, President Helios Publishing
I will never forget our (Kosovo Men’s Choir to Serbia) trip and YOU! If every Serb had 1/8 of Serbian Heritage and Orthodoxy in them as YOU have, what a place it would be! I visit your site when I can, with working three days a week, taking care of Dad and our precious Grandson Anthony, my time is divided. Have a wonderful day!
Mary Ann Rusnov, Ohio
Very impressive website! See you at the Midland Choir Concert. Starts 4:00 PM at the Club on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008. Dinner and Dance follow.
Paula Esapovich, Midland, PA
Hello, I have checked out your web site on several occasions as it truly gives historic perspective and has the warmth not contained in the books. Congratulations on your accomplishment. Take care. Your web site is wonderful. It’s fantastic. The Butte part on the “Interesting Tidbits” page is especially good.
Your website is very interesting and inspirative. You can also find a lot of material on my website and you have my permission to use material you find interesting. www.antikvame-knige.com
Pozdrav! Filip Tomasevic, Belgrade.
I enjoyed my tour around your website – you are quite the accomplished woman! I am looking forward to meeting you and planning how we can work together. Alexis S. Macklin, Director of the Library and Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA
I just stumbled upon your site researching info for our annual Phoenix SerbFest commemorative book. What a wonderful site! Could I use some of your info? Thanks, Mary Ivanovic Goulian, Arizona. ++++++++++++++++++
First let me say what a fabulous job you have done in conveying what it means to be an American Serb! Bravo! I have added a link to
your website on SerbBlog!
Here’s another name for your list, another Serb-American who just came to mind — Donald Bellisario Sr., who produced Magnum PI, JAG and now NCIS. His mother was Serbian and his father was Italian. I read about Bellasario in an article on Sasha Alexander when she was on NCIS, saying that they were “both half-Serb and half-Italian”. And one more:
Denise Hale, born in Belgrade and has been a paragon of San Francisco and international society for over 40 years. Denise Hale has played a prominent role as a great supporter of cultural and charitable organizations, both in San Francisco and around the world. (She donated an Ambulance to Princess Katerina’s Lifeline Fund that has her grandparents’ names on the sides as it travels to help those in need throughout Belgrade.)
(see SF Examiner article above.)
Formerly married to film director Vincent Minnelli, she later married Department Store scion Prentis Cobb Hale. Twenty years later, in the early 1990’s, bothered by the fact that she and Mr. Hale had only had time for a civil ceremony, she and Prentis Cobb Hale reaffirmed their vows in a lavish wedding in St. John’s Serbian Orthodox Church in San Francisco, complete with a tamburitza band and attended by international high society. They remained married until Mr. Cobb’s death a decade ago, and Denise Hale has continued her role as a prominent member of San Francisco’s genteel social set. All the best!
Melana Pejakovich, CA
Unbelievable website. My father was a Chetnik who died in 1995. He spent a lot of time trying to get the truth out about the heorism of Draza Mihailovich.
Evica Brnilovich, Margate
Great website, Mim, and great story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Thought you’d like to know our event on Dec. 5 at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orhtodox Church (Chicago) keeps getting bigger and bigger and is turning into a WWII Memorial!
Besides Greg Freeman, author of THE FORGOTTEN 500, we will also have a few of the airmen at the affair, including Clare Musgrave, although his health is a challenge. Clare wants to address the assembly. He is 89.5 years old and told Doug that the only reason he is alive is because of the courage and heroism of the Serbian people and Chetnik forces. His enthusiasm and memory of the rescue are unabated. He said that he would train from St. Joe to Chicago and that he would like for one of us to give him a ride to the church!
Eli Kosanovich and Doug Palandech, Chicago, IL
Greg, Deenie & Mila, 2009
I wasn’t sure if you would even remember me (Harry Suzich’s son from just across Beaver Grade Road, now living in Phoenix). I guess it’s been well over twenty years since I last saw you at Kennywood. I’ve been meaning to email you for a long time, to express my appreciation for EVERYTHING you have done and continue to do in the promotion, preservation and defense of Srpstvo. Let me first congratulate you on your SNF award this past year – if anyone was truly deserving of this, it’s you! If it were up to me, you’d have the Order of St. Sava as well. Your father is smiling down on you with tremendous pride, I’m sure.
I have the opportunity to peruse the internet quite a bit and I have naturally checked out Serb-related items of interest. It seems that everywhere I’ve been, I find that Mim Bizic has already been there! Web sites related to Mitchell Paige, Nick Lalich and the Halyard Mission stick out the most in my mind. I feel very honored to have had the opportunity to meet Nick Lalich in Tucson a year before he passed away. It turns out we were both born in the same hospital in Lorain, Ohio (a few years apart). What a gentleman he was. I sat there in total awe of him while we talked of Cica Draza and the military in general, but he was more interested in hearing about me.
Of course your web site is an incredible source of information and inspiration. And I look forward to receiving the Srbobran every month especially to read your contributions. I don’t know where or how you find the energy.
I know it may sound like I’m “piling it on” with the accolades, but they are sincerely heartfelt. My wife Loydeen (Lenka according to her baptismal record) is a Phoenix native, and her late mother’s side are Juncevici originally from near Boka Kotorska who settled in Bisbee, Arizona. Of course I had to name my daughter Mila after my baba. We are all members of the St. Stefan Nemanja Church in Bisbee, as well as the Serbian-American Club of Tucson. My work schedule has prevented me from attending services at St. Sava’s here in Phoenix, but that should hopefully change soon.
I suppose my feelings stem from the fact that throughout the conflict in the Balkans, as a member of the USAF stationed in Europe and a “witness” to many terrible things, as well as a Serbian-American who takes great pride in the contributions of our people to America throughout the years, for obvious reasons I was very saddened at the injustices. Talk about a nightmare situation. I got out of the AF in ’96, two years before Kosovo erupted, and was further disheartened by our foreign policy and actions there. Your efforts throughout this time in the defense of Serbs everywhere were really a beacon of hope for me personally. I guess having visited Sjenicak as a young man in 1980 and soaking up the feelings of heritage and roots while in the selo only magnifies it – you of course can relate to what I’m trying to convey.
OK, I’ll stop. Keep up the wonderful work. Srecan Bozic i Srecna Nova Godina, i puno hvala!
All the best to you and your family – I miss Moon Township!
Gliso Suzich, Arizona
I am searching my Tata’s family. I don’t know where else to look. Can you help me? Thank you.
(I will try to help with YOUR help too. If anyone has any information for Donica, this is one way we can all help each other. I asked Donica where her father was from and any other info she could supply.)
Hristos Se Rodi! My Tata left in spirit in 1993, He was born in Obilicevo, Novi Knezevac June 1912. Deda was Svetozar and Baba was Darinka (Manic’).
I know he had a son and daughter before meeting my mother and coming to America in 1951. Their names are Natalitu and Danche (?) and their mother was Rastra.
My father was an only child, but never said anything about aunts or uncles. He hardly talked about family with us children. My mother joined my father in spirit in 2007.
I live in Sunbury, Ohio.Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
I want you to know how appreciative that I am for you responding and helping me to try and locate my tata’s family. I don’t know who I am (the Serbian part of me) on my tata’s side. I want to know more about my Serbian side for so long, I feel like a part of me is missing. Your site is helping to find out more on the Serbian’s people and traditions.
Thank you again
Donica Nikolic firstname.lastname@example.org
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Great Website! Don’t know how I hadn’t seen it before ! You’re a Historian Extra-ordinaire! I felt I’ve known you, also, a true Srbianka from reading the SRBOBRAN these many years.
I’ve been collecting Halyard Mission data for many years but can’t come close to your collections. In around 1942-43 I read a comic book with the exploits of Draza and the Chetniks but have never been able to find that book.
I moved to Escondido in 1965 and took an active role in founding the St. Petka Church in San Marcos.
Have been trying to uncover more on the ancient Serbs. Conventional thinking is that Serbs migrated to the Balkans in the 5th Century. There has been reports that the Serbs are part of an ancient people who had two kingdoms in what is now India and migrated West and North for some unknown reason. I have a copy of a manuscript that the late writer wrote for his book before he passed away.
Croats believed they came from ancient Persia(Iran). This is the route that the ancient Serbs took. This period was over 3000 years ago. Some supposedly settled in the Balkans and the younger 5th century
Serbs met the older ones. There is some interesting discoveries in this area that I’d like to share at a later date. India had a highly developed
civilization many thousands of years ago comparable to those in ancient Iraq.
Michael Papich, Escondido, CA
Mike is a retired aerospace electrical engineer, and is the author of those great stories in SERB WORLD magazine about the Serbian Chicken Ranchers in North San Diego County. Mike was born in Windsor, Ontario, and remembers being a musical student of the late Pio Popov. “Reflecting back, I think that extra sugar from all the kolaci that my late mother , the extra-ordinary cook-baker, made me hyper and restless.”
Mike has a desire to start an essay contest for youngsters under the age of 17 to write about OPERATION HALYARD for the SRBOBRAN. Welcome! We need great people like this who care about our future!
More from Mike:
Spent a few more hours on your web site last night. You’re GREAT! Few comments:
a) Didn’t see Einstein’s wife, Mileva Maric +, listed as the notable. I believe there was an article in the Srbobran some years back. I have a clipping(my snips at work) and also have a VCR on her. Einstein was more than a cad on how he treated her and the kids. The Russians claim that Maric’s name was originally on the Nobel Prize for the Theory of Relativity! Also have some letters between Maric and others when she studied Physics. Also saw your refr. to the “other Mileva” when you attended a wedding.
(Big website on Mileva Maric Einstein on the TESLA site. Check it out here.)
b) Didn’t see any reference to Nicholas Chuprija(SP?) as head of the General Dynamics Corp. Believe there was a write-up some years back in the Srbobran and refr. to the lodge his father belonged to. May have the article in my files(Snip).
c) On the web site, saw a spelling mistake regarding Vojvoda Momcilo R. Djujic’s + name. There is no “r” in his surname.
d) Your SRBOBRAN article on the coverage/events in Ohio regarding the Halyard Mission was super.
Thank you, Mike. This is what it takes. All of us working to make it the best it can be!
You have a great website and an amazing credentials. I am so impressed with your work and effort to keep your Serbian heritage alive and spread the word about Serbs and their history.
My opinion is that you don’t need to have a Cyrillic page. You can always link to some other pages if they want to go to some related pages with a Cyrillic script.
I don’t trust the machine translators – they do very bad job, especially with Serbian and other Slavic languages. Serbian is too complicated for computers to tackle it right. I’ll link your site to mine, so we can get more traffic and I’d appreciate it if you can do the same. I have two sites: one for translation services for all Slavic languages: www.lztranslation.com and one dedicated just for teaching Serbian online: www.studyserbian.com/proba
(that one is still in the development stage, but it is running and already has lots of language material).
Larisa Zlatic, Ph.D. in Linguistics
LARISA ZLATIC LANGUAGE SERVICES
tel: (512) 626-3854 fax: (512) 338-9384
Thank you so much for the kind words. Thank you for all the hard work you did. It is all worth it!
Best of luck and hava a Happy Holiday!
Senator Teresa Fedor
(Ohio State Senator, 11th District, who presented Arthur Jibilian the flag of the state of Ohio on December 7, 2008, recognizing also the contributions of the Serbian people during Operation Halyard.)
+++++++++++++++++++(About Operation Halyard and the December 7, 2008 event:)
Your video is great. Could you write something for Srbobran about the event, which is so important. Your lecture was outstanding, you are such important person for Serbia.
God bless You. Best Regards from
Dr. Ljubo Vujovic, Secretary General Tesla Memorial Society of New York
Take a look on Numbers 2,3,and 4 of our website.
Looks great. Nice work!
Gregory A. Freeman, author
THE FORGOTTEN 500
I had a chance to look at your website and I am truly impressed with
how well the information is organized, as well as with the depth of
your knowledge on the subject of Serbian history.
Currently, I am getting ready to go to Belgrade. I am leaving on the
4th of January. This will be the first time that I will visit “moj
grad” in 17 years. I am very excitited and a little overwhelmed…
I will spend Serbian Christmas and New Year in Belgrade with friends
and relatives. Later I will visit my family in Zagreb and on the
island of Brac. On the way back to Belgrade I will go through Bosnia
and make a stop in Zenica where I was bourn and lived till I was four
This will conclude my much awaited tour of the Motherland which in my
case spans all over the ex-Yugoslav territory…
I hope that upon my return I will get a chance to meet you in person.
Mir Boziji, Voistinu se Rodi!
SRETNA NOVA GODINA!
Srpski (Serbian) PENTAGON:
How the heck are you? It’s been a long time at least 40 some years! Your website is great. Send me more contact info and I will give you a call.
Hello Milana! Great website! Thought your readers would be interested in knowing I’ll be guest starring on the USA network series PSYCH airing tomorrow night, Friday 1/23 at 10:00pm EST/9:00pm CST. The episode is called “Earth, Wind, and …Wait for it” and it will be re-airing throughout the week in case you miss it on Friday.
Additionally, starting on Saturday, you can watch the episode online at
Wow. Talk about shameless promotion. In any case, I hope you are all having a wonderful new year and that our paths cross again soon!
P.S. Be on the lookout for another one of these little reminders later this
spring when the infamous “Candy” returns to RESCUE ME!
From Srdjan Ridanovič in Novi Sad, Serbia:
Himna Buže pravde sa ploče Baba Anđe je predivna. To je pravi dragulj. Hvala Vam puno što ste je prveli u digitalni oblik i na taj način je ovekovečili.
Veliki pozdrav iz Novog Sada.
After I found our national anthem „Bože Pravde“ from old album of your Anđa Mamula, and after I wrote a letter, I continued to search your web site and I stumbled on some beautiful songs like „Niko nema što Srbin Imade“, „Oj Đurđev danak“, „Što se bore misli moje“, …
All those songs are jewels („dragulji“) of our culture, because they represent true emotions of people living long way from their home land. I also enjoyed listening to that old same songs that our ancestors listen long time ago.
It would be very nice if you could place all the songs from your website on one page and invite people with old records to place them too and share it with the world.
I was born in Zrenjanin, in Banat, but now I live and work in Novi Sad. My grad grad grandfather Živa left to America from the village of Srpska Crnja with his three daughters and their husbands after WW I. They went to city of Detroit. I lost all contacts with them over the time. I am very sorry about it, and that is a why your site thrilled me so.
Yesterday was a big day in Serbia. (5/21/09) America’s vice president was in Belgrade. All traffic in all main streets was stopped. All parked cars were removed along the way with the all containers. Yesterday Belgrade was paralyzed. But the new page of Serbia Americas relations was opened!
…just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your web site! Interesting and lots of fun to read.
We appreciate help from our readers!
This is traditional costume of Vrlika [Dalmatia] and surrounding area. The men would wear this when they were guarding Christ’s tomb and they are called “Grobari.”
Petar Katic /Christina Katic
Look at this! A REAL Jugovic!
Thank you for providing such a wonderful site. Kindest regards. Respectfully,
Thank you again for hosting such a great site for our history. Yes, Milana, my email says matthewy@, that’s because when the grand folks came to America back in the late 1800s they wanted to make sure the name was pronounced right by non Balkans, hence the Y in Matthew Yugovich, my ancestral name is Mate Jugovich..
I was just over in the Adriatic and had a great time touring all the beautiful places along the coast as well as the cathedrals at Kosovo…. Some of the Priests there helped my brother and me trace our family back to around 1340s.
I was born in Texas and raised a Texan complete with west Texas culture, but my Dad always told me we had some very important ancestors..I never really thought about it or researched it until I got older. The hospitality and warmth that I felt as a guest of the church was something I didn’t expect…I have never been treated with that much respect in my life…old men hugged me and kissed me, some of the older women would cry as they clutched my hand…. even the Priests acted honored, and quite frankly, I was humbled for knowing little of our history and culture.
The visit home was the most wonderful experience of my life.
June 3, 2009
I have photos of our visits there, on the last visit, the priests unbelievably let us take a few digital pictures of the frescos and art in the church. They also let us photograph the very old family registry archives held at the church.
(When I learned about Matt being so successful, he humbly wrote back:)
Ma’am, I work very hard to fill my father’s expectations and honor my name and country, but sweet Baba Mim, I’m not famous, my ancient ancestors may have been, but I’m just a hard workin’ Texan following in some mighty big footsteps…
I’m very pleased with you and your work and dedication.
As I said, a REAL Jugovic!
<—-Jugovic Village Sign
2 Brothers Jugovich
Hoping to buy & refurbish this ski resort just outside of Sarajevo in Chinitsa, Bosna. They recently purchased a 5-star resort on the sovereign island of San Lucia!
Read about Matt’s sons, John and Tommy Yugovich here<—
I will attempt to list here, the people who have contributed to this site in any way to help make it a better resource for all those seeking information about the Serbian people, their religion, customs and heritage.
If you know of anyone else who has helped that I missed, please contact me immediately through the Contact site found on the far left side of this page.I do want to know and not forget anyone.
Thank you again to all those to whom I am so gratefully indebted. You have helped bring inspiration, joy and beauty, interest, hope, pride, amusement, awe and love to people all over the world!
By alphabetical order:
Allegheny West Magazine- Pat Jennette
Astorino, Dennis L.
Astorino, Louis D.
Baich Brothers Orchestra, Kansas City
Bentley, Capt. Gary R./Ohio Air National Guard
Bentley, Helen Delich (former U.S. Congresswoman)
Bishop Irinej of Australia
Briscoe, Julie (Global Pittsburgh World Affairs Council)
Cappello, Lt. Col. John T.
Crepajac,+Aleksandar & +Wilma
Crum, Steve D.
Czubak, Chee Chee
David, Bill (#258 EAA)
Davis, Lyle E. (the PAPER, Escondido, CA)
Diles, Curtis (Bud)
EAA#582, Toledo, Ohio
Eastern Orthodox Diocese of America
Gantner, Dr. Rose
Google Translate: http://translate.google.com/translate
“I love you, Google!” Волим те, Гоогле-у!
Gajevic, Marija & Mladenovac School
Hayden, Ljubi Popovich Ostoich
Hirzel, Bev and Bill (#582 EAA)
Holland, Steve (The Askew writers of WWI)
Holy Resurrection S.O.C., in Steubenville, Ohio
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Butte, MO
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Pittsburgh
Kadilak, Karen (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Kosovo Men’s Choir & Dr. Rick Zivic
Lawrence, Dennis (#258 EAA)
Leech, Doreen (Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pgh)
Limrick, Melanie and Tim
Macklin, Dr. Alexis-WPA Heinz History Center
Masich, Andy, WPA Heinz History Center Director
Matejic, V.Rev. Fr. Mateja
Merick, V. Rev. St. Proto Rade
Montag, Evangeline Prisuta
Opacic, Milan and Roz
Orlich, Von Trbovich
Pavlovic, Dr. Natalie
Peters, Judy Klaich Zetz
Puhar, Pete and family
Rocknage, V. Rev. Fr. Stevo Rocknage
Scott, Randy-Michigan State University
St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa, PA
St. Elijah Church Choir, Aliquippa, PA
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland, PA
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, NY, NY
St. Tikhon’s Seminary NY
Serb National Federation
Serbian Bar Association of America (SBAA)
Serbian Singing Society
Serbian Unity Congress
Shields, Betty G.Y.
Siljegovic, Matuska Kathy
Stipanovich, J.T. and Aleks
Susnjer, Robert (Kum)
Terzic, Dr. Branko
Tesla Society, Ljubo Vujovic, M.D.
Tomich, Maryann and Dr. Nick
Torbic, V.Rev. Fr. Rodney
Vitorovich, Ann and Voya
Vuynovich, George and Mirjana
Wendell, Kathleen A.
W.PA Heinz History Center
WTOL TV Station
Yahoo! Small Business Engineers/IT Departments
Zlatic, Larisa, Ph.D
Serbian Day at Kennywood, with identifiable Serbs riding the Racer @ 1940. Mom Laura Mamula (Karlo) is in the next to the last seat from the top, our left, with a white hat. Sitting next to her is our Aunt Millicent Mamula Bobik. This huge photo display was at the Heinz History Center before they took it down. Sad, because it was always very special to us. Also riding on the cars on the opposite side were Pero and Mayme (Vukelich) Kovachevich. While her husband Pero can’t be seen on this particular photo, Teta Mayme is to our right hand side, 3rd back from the front. MAYBE, just MAYBE, one of the riders could have been Nikola Tesla! Rose & I weren’t 100% sure!
( Good old-fashioned networking, Serbian style!)
In today’s age, it is important that we stay connected and try to aid each other in as many ways as possible. This website page is my humble attempt to help other novices also get into the New Age of Marketing.
Social Media is an open communications network, social networking with news, bookmarks, blogs, microblogs, videos and photo sharing, message boards, wikis, virtual reality, social gaming, podcasts, Real Simple Synd. (RSS) feeds, social media press releases, etc.
“Telling and Selling” is dead. The new key is Demonstrating, Empowering, and Creating Business by Building Relationships.
“Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends..”
There are 350 million users on Facebook, most of them for Friendship. This program seems to be my favorite so far. My young cousins, Michelle and Jennifer, were the ones who urged me to join. So far, I love it. I’ve made so many new friends from all over the USA, all over the world. I’ve connected with a lot of “lost” relatives from the Krajina/Serbia.
Everyone has to be very careful about what they say on Social Networks, though, as employers are more likely to check out a candidate’s Face Book page now. Just common sense. No swearing. No photos with a lot of drinking scenes. Put your best foot forward at all times. Be a good friend.
“LinkedIn strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts. LinkedIn is a networking tool that helps you discover inside connections to …”
Linked-In is probably the best portal for business networking, as a more business-like atmosphere prevails. I have truly enjoyed belonging to this site also as it has put me in touch with some of the greatest brains in education and technology. The membership is not limited only to America, but embraces comments from contributors from around the world. These are the links I’ve found most interesting on Linked-In: Technology in Education; International Society for Technology, Innovative Learning and Education, e-Marketing and the Serbian American Professional Netowrk.
“Twitter is without a doubt the best way to share and discover what is happening right now.“
Twitter is the leading social media web portal currently, the top of the 3 Social Media sites, with 86% of people being on there.
A compilation of thoughts from the web/webinar.
When you meet someone for the first time, engage in conversations, but be real. Connect to others and invite your new contacts to also connect, with you playing host/hostess. Treat everyone with kindness and respect.
FOLLOW UP. Try to send that person you met an email later in the day while you have fresh remembrances of your meeting. That person will admire you for thinking they’re important to you and it shows you’re a person of action, not all talk, a real rarity these days.
Nuture a positive project culture. Establish an environment built on trust, creativity and open collaboration.
5 Steps to Success
2. Establish a Presence.
3. Expand your Reach.
4. Nurture Relationships.
5. Properly Maintain Presence.
Your PROFILE should be as inviting as possible.
Keep your eye on the Prize.
You’re in for the long term, every day for the rest of your life. Out of sight, out of mind. Stay in touch!
You must TARGET your audience as numbers alone are meaningless.
Build PERSONAL relationships for your business. Start with conversation before ever mentioning your business.
Be Transparent, BE TRUSTWORTHY!
It’s a ZERO-SUM game. You have to do it right or there are no benefits.
Be an Industry Leader, and not a follower.
Be Strategic and Map people down the path to buy your goal.
Excellent business examples are BBGeeks (Blackberry platform), Bridge2Growth; Masi Bicycles; The Coffee Groundz in Houston.
Drill down, use the Advance features on Social Media sites. Don’t talk to everyone, but TARGET your audience.
Join groups that have your targeted audience for prospects.
Create your own groups and prequalify your connections. “Join now if _______”
Add VALUE to the conversation, help solve problems.
Hope this helps!
We welcome your questions and queries. But it might be a case of the blind leading the blind. I’m just learning too!
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There has been so much unfair negative press about our wonderful Serbian people that I’m grateful to Yahoo for offering this opportunity to make a difference to our American Serbian youngsters who would like to learn more about their unique and wonderful heritage.
At this time I’d like to offer my thanks and prayers to my beloved parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, many friends and Kumovi who have passed on, but not before leaving something of themselves here on earth, not the least being their pride in knowing who they were. “Ja sam Ko sam, i Volim sto sam!” – I am who I am, and I like who I am.
They taught us to never be afraid to speak up for what’s right, no matter what the consequences; they taught us Respect for our fellow man; they imbued us with Confidence in ourselves. They always told us we were the BEST and we believed them.
Age made no difference just like today. Like then, you can see young children linking arms dancing kolos with Babas and Djedos well into their 80’s and beyond. We adored our Babas, Tetas, and Kumovi who lived all around us. It was the best environment any child could have been raised in. We were secure in their Love. “Niko nema.”
Hello! Zdravo, Kume!
Here’s how to contact me. Just leave your name and email, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
(You don’t have to fill in the “company” or “phone number” sections at all!)
BUT, I’d really appreciate any helpful comments you might want to make! And don’t be afraid to ask me any questions you might have that I might be able help you with on the COMMENTS section.
Thanks again for visiting with Baba Mim and family