The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Ella B. Kosanovic. Memory eternal.

Ella B. Kosanovic (nee Hofferber), age 91, of Merrillville, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2009 at Spring Mill Health Center.

Through most of her life, she was a very devout, active and generous member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, and its Circle of Serbian Sisters. She and her late husband Mile were grand donors and great benefactors of St. Sava parish, and were equally as benevolent to the New Gracanica Diocese of Third Lake, IL.

She will be long remembered as “Kuma” of the main bell which was installed upon the construction of the new St. Sava church in Merrillville. In addition, Ella took an active part in numerous auxiliaries such as: “Karageorge” choir, Movement of Serbian Chetniks “Ravna Gora,” the Serbian National Defense Council and the former Serbian Pioneer Club.

After several years of dedicated service, she retired from U.S. Steel-Gary Works. Along with her husband Mile, she was preceded in death by her parents and several siblings. Ella is survived by her Kumovi, the Gajo Manolovich family. Also, numerous nieces, nephews and other Kumovi.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 9 AM Directly at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville with V. Rev. Jovan Todorovich, Rev. Marko Matic and other local clergy members officiating. Interment, New Gracanica Cemetery, Third Lake, IL.

Visitation will be Monday from 4-7 PM at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, under Savich & Semplinski Directors. A Pomen Service will be offered at 7 PM, Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Sava Church would be appreciated.

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