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Julio Cesar Velazquez – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Julio Cesar Velazquez. Memory eternal.

Julio Cesar Velazquez, age 73 of Portage IN, passed away on Thursday October 14, 2021. He lived the life he loved and loved the life he lived. He retired with over 30 years of service as a licensed clinical social worker.

He was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, and a former coach/board member of the Portage Soccer Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents Rose and Julio Velazquez Sr. and sister Rosemary Cothran. Survived by wife Olga (nee Galic) of 43 years; sons: Adam (Christine) and Daniel (Kelly) Velazquez; grandchildren: Mara, Charlie, and Nick Velazquez; Brothers, Bob (Mary) and Jim (Julie) Velazquez; aunts: Maria Miller and Libia Pabon.

Also survived by many nieces, nephews, sister and brothers-in-law, cousins, dear Kumovi, and CLOSE friends.

Julio was gentle, kindhearted, and full of life. He brought humor to any gathering and prided himself on his ability to bring joy/laughter to others. The “Sugar Bear” was always there when you needed him, never met a stranger, and LOVED his family. In the end, Julio fought his health battles with tenacity and immense courage. He will be missed by all who knew him. May his Memory be Eternal.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11am St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN with V. Rev Marko Matic Officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service, 11:00 a.m. Interment St Sava Holy Cross Cemetery, Merrillville. May his Memory be Eternal. For further information please call Mileva or David at CALUMET PARK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 219-736-5840.

Radmilo “Rade” Radojcic – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Radmilo “Rade” Radojcic. Memory eternal.

Age 83, of Crown Point, Indiana.  Born on the 23rd of September, 1938 in Kragujevac, Serbia.  Loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side on Friday October 8th.  Radmilo emigrated to the U.S. in 1965, became a U.S. citizen, and established roots in Northwest Indiana.  He was a retired steelworker with 37 years of service at U.S. Steel, Gary Works.

Radmilo was a member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana and was well-known in the community.  A lifelong soccer enthusiast, he was also a member of Avala Soccer Club for many years and enjoyed playing in his youth, as well as coaching and staying active.  After retirement, Radmilo stayed busy by gardening and tending to his large fruit orchards with his wife Mimi.  When he wasn’t busy with his horticultural interests, he would care for his honey bees and enjoyed his retirement hobby of beekeeping.  Being a life-long learner and doer, there wasn’t much he couldn’t do.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paun and Borika Radojicic.  He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Milovanka “Mimi” Radojicic, his sons Milan, Nenad (Tami) and Tomislav as well as his grandchildren Stevan (18) and Tijana (15).  Radmilo also had an extensive network of family and friends in Serbia and here in the U.S.  He was well loved and will be dearly missed by many.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, October 13, 2021 directly at 9:00 a.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191  Mississippi St, Merrillville, with V Rev Marko Matic officiating. Interment New Gracanica Cemetery, Third Lake, Illinois. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 219-736-5840.

Nedeljka “Nena” Marinkovich – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Nedeljka “Nena” Marinkovich. Memory eternal.

Nedeljka “Nena” Marinkovich, age 93, of Crown Point, IN passed away peacefully on October 4, 2021. She was lifelong member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and it’s Kolo Sestara. She served her church and Kolo Sestara faithfully with joy in her heart. You saw her working every banquet, funeral and Serb Fest. She loved her church and it’s people dearly. Her love for the Karageorge Choir of St Sava was immeasurable. Nena retired from St Mary Medical Center in Gary, IN with over 15 years of dedicated service in the housekeeping department.

She was preceded in death by her siblngs: Marija, Milica, Dragan and Sava.

Nena is survived by her beloved son Milan (Rada) Marinkovich; two cherished grand children, Milan Jr and Aleksandra Marinkovich (fiancé Nicholas); sister Milka of Germany, Niece Mitzie (Zarko) Zakula and family, nephew Danny Ivankovich and family; and her dear Kuma Stana Djinovich and family; and many other relatives and friends both here and in Europe.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, October 12, 2021 directly at 10am St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN with V Rev Marko Matic officiating. Interment Holy Cross St Sava Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. Nena will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. Vecnaja Pamjat.

For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 219-736-5840

*Due to the Covid-19 virus that has sadly affected the family, we are requesting all precautionary measures be taken including face coverings – masks to be worn indoors at the funeral and social distancing to protect everyone. Thank you.*

107th anniversary of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church takes place Sunday, October 17 in Merrillville, Indiana

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The celebration of the 107th anniversary and the 30 year anniversary since the consecration of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana will begin Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with Divine Liturgy and a banquet following that is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

Special guest speakers at the banquet will include former St. Sava President Ted Erceg, Very Reverend Jovan Todorovich, and His Grace Bishop Longin.

His Holiness Patriarch PORFIRIJE was previously scheduled to speak at the banquet but his visit to the United States has been postponed until further notice.

Schedule Anniversary Celebration – October 17, 2021

  • 10:00 a.m. – Divine Hierarchial Liturgy, followed by Memorial Service and laying of Memorial Wreaths
  • 1:00 p.m. – Anniversary Banquet and Program at the St. Sava Event Center, Merrillville, Indiana
  • St. Sava Hymn – Children of St. Sava
  • Posting of Colors and National Anthem – S.S.S. Karageorge Choir
  • Welcoming and Introduction of Guests
  • Remarks by Ted Erceg, former St. Sava President
  • Remarks by Very Reverend Jovan Todorovich
  • Remarks by His Grace Bishop Longin

Register now online for Sunday School at St. Sava – Merrillville, Indiana

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Sunday School at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana is currently active for grades Preschool through 8th grade, offering classes for children (religious and Serbian language) along with special extra activities from now through May 2022.

Classes began in September, so now is a great time to register.

Click here to sign-up online with the “SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORM”

Classes meet every Sunday from 11:20 to 11:55 a.m. and from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.Classes are also offered virtually, for those not able to join in person.

 

Donald Potrebic – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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Donald Potrebic

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

Donald Potrebic, age 81, born November 4, 1939 in Gary, IN to Peter and Olga Potrebic (nee Trbovich), passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, peacefully at home.

Don was a loving and devoted husband to his late wife Ellen (nee Conway) for 46 years, and a loving and proud Dad to Heather and his late son Nick. His grandchildren, Taylor, Nicole and Tyler Nicholas were his ultimate joys. He loved his family more than anything in this world; nothing ever came before his family. He loved music and loved to dance.

Don is survived by his daughter, Heather Isley of Hobart; his granddaughter, Taylor Reid of Colorado and his grandson, Tyler Reid of Valparaiso; his nephews: Ron (Shaina) Potrebic, Mike (Lisa) Bilkey, Scott (Kim) Bilkey, and Patrick Conway, his nieces: Donna (Stacy) Adams, Rhonda (Kevin) Curtis, Karen (Lee) Jones and Beth (Patrick) Eder; sister-in-laws: Barb Potrebic and Kaye Conway; lifelong best friends, his “Barbara Ann” and Bill Gallo; and several great nieces and nephews as well as great-great nieces and nephews and many friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ellen (Len); parents, Peter and Olga Potrebic; and son, Nick (Donald Nicholas);brother, Ron Potrebic; brother-in-law, James Conway; mother-in-law, Catherine Conway and father-in-law, George Conway.

Don was an avid sports fan and a graduate of Hobart High School, class of 1957. He lived by the motto “once a Brickie, always a Brickie”.

Don enjoyed politics and helping his community serving on the Hobart City Council for 8 years before moving on to County Council serving for another term. Don proudly served in the United States Army 101st Airborne as a paratrooper and medic and worked at US Steel in the 84-inch hot strip mill as a roller for 44 years before he retired.

Don lived a very full and active life. He is loved and missed so very much for his sense of humor, his kindness and love.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 19, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point. Funeral Service will take place on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. directly at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.

His Holiness Patriarch PORFIRIJE to celebrate Holy Liturgy at St. Sava, Merrillville, Indiana – October 17

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His Holiness Patriarch PORFIRIJE will be making a special visit to celebrate Holy Liturgy at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

This special date will also mark the celebration of the 107th anniversary and the 30 year anniversary since the consecration of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.

This will be the first visit to the United States for His Holiness PORFIRIJE and the public is invited to partake in this historic event, including the Divine Liturgy and banquet immediately following.

To ensure seating for this historic event reservations will be required.

Please respond by September 30, 2021 by calling 219-736-9191.

His Holiness the Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch +PORFIRIJE, is the 46th in line on the Blessed Throne of Serbian Patriarchs, and 55th successor of St. Sava as head of the Holy Serbian Church.

On February 18, 2021, he was elected by the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church to succeed His Holiness Patriarch +IRINEJ of the Blessed Memory.

His Holiness Patriarch PORFIRIJE will be the keynote speaker during the program taking place October 17, 2021.

Schedule of October 17, 2021

  • 10:00 a.m. – Divine Hierarchial Liturgy, followed by Memorial Service and laying of Memorial Wreaths
  • 1:00 p.m. – Anniversary Banquet and Program at the St. Sava Event Center, Merrillville, Indiana
  • St. Sava Hymn – Children of St. Sava and Visiting Churches
  • Posting of Colors and National Anthem – S.S.S. Karageorge Choir and Visiting Choirs
  • Welcoming and Introduction of Guests
  • Remarks by Ted Erceg, former St. Sava President
  • Remarks by Very Reverend Jovan Todorovich
  • Greetings and Introduction of Special Guest by His Grace Bishop Longin
  • Key Note Speaker – His Holiness Patriarch PORFIRIJE

Bozo (Bogdan) Djankovich – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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Bozo (Bogdan) Djankovich

The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Bozo (Bogdan) Djankovich. Memory eternal.

Bozo (Bogdan) Djankovich, age 76 of Hobart, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Sunday, August 15, 2021. Bozo was born on March 30, 1945 in Katinovac, Croatia.

He was a member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and a long time member of the Avala Soccer Club. He was a retiree of The Budd Company.

Bozo was preceded in death by his parents, Djuro and Stanica and brothers Ilija and Milan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Mary Ann (Marija) Djankovich; three beloved children, Magda (Mico) Serdar, Milan (Milanka) Djankovich and Vesna (Stevan) Gagic; four cherished grandchildren, Aleksandar and Aleksandra Serdar, Marina (Andrew) and Miki Djankovich, and his beloved great-grandaughter Alena Rae; two siblings, Milka Bajic and Jeka Kolundzija; many other nieces, nephews, Kumovi and friends in the United States, Canada and Serbia.

He will always be remembered for his love of his homeland, his family and for his world travels.

Funeral Services will be held, Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 10 am at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville with visitation beginning at 9am, V. Rev Marko Matic, officiating. Interment St Sava Holy Cross Cemetery. Vecnaja Pamjat.

For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

For more information, please visit: https://mycalumetpark.com/2021/08/15/bozo-bogdan-djankovich/

SerbFest 2021 announces music acts July 23, 24, & 25 at St. Sava in Merrillville, Indiana

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Three days, 9 unique musical acts, and 45 hours of live performances – it’s part of the core of what Serb Fest 2021 is all about – music, singing, and dancing taking place at St. Sava in Merrillville, Indiana July 23, 24, & 25.

From the contemporary sounds of the modern Serbian DJ to the traditional tones of the plucked tamburica and the talented singers in our Serbian Kafana, you’ll experience a dynamic range of cultural music and dance at St. Sava Serb Fest 2021.

Opening night Friday, July 23 will also feature “Together Band” – an exciting and versatile 12-piece band from the Indiana & Chicagoland area performing American music from Big Band to Oldies and popular Top 40’s Hits under the big tent in the parking lot.

In addition to all the amazing food, drinks, and baked goods at St. Sava Serb Fest, our musical and entertainment offerings are a critical part of the cultural experience. Let’s face it, we love to sing, dance, and celebrate culture with family and friends!

Check out the complete daily schedule at www.serbfest.org to see who is playing and performance times for each day of the fest.

With musical acts playing simultaneously throughout nearly all of the fest, you’ll never know exactly where a Kolo dance may spontaneously begin. One thing is certain, you’ll know it when it happens and you’ll probably want to join in the fun!

Musical acts throughout SerbFest 2021 include:

  • ANDJELA SUBOTIC & NESA KASTELO
  • DIJANA ANTONIJEVIC & NESA KASTELO
  • DJ GOGI (GORAN) from Cleveland
  • DRINA
  • DUNAV OF CHICAGO
  • ORKESTRA SUMADIJA
  • PRAZNA FLASHA from Wisconsin
  • TOGETHER BAND
  • ZORAN RADOVANOVIC, MARIJA MARA & ZORAN MILETIC

Check out the complete daily schedule at www.serbfest.org to see who is playing and performance times for each day of the fest.