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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.

John “Johnny Boy” Micic – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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John “Johnny Boy” Micic

The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of John “Johnny Boy” Micic. Memory eternal.

John “Johnny Boy” Micic, Age 55, of Muncie and Portage, IN, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2021. He was always excited to see people and he loved everyone that he met. He would enter a crowd of 5 to a couple hundred and say “everybody is here!” He would then try to approach every person to show his newest radio, purse, or sports attire.

John loved to shop as well for the newest radio and/or purse. Anytime it was time for lunch or dinner, he would let people know he wanted to eat cheeseburgers and some French fries from McDonalds. He also loved going to the movies and watching comedies and action thrillers. He didn’t care what he had to snack on, as long as he had his favorite drink, a large Pepsi. He liked to watch Chicago sports on TV, and he loved the Chicago Bears and would always spell it out “B-E-A-R-S, DA BEARS!”

He is preceded in death by his parents, Milan & Koviljka Micic, his brother, George Micic, his sister Millie Micic, and his nephew Michael Micic. John is survived by his sister Mary (David) Nelson, Anne (Roger) Crafton, Nickey (Minerva) Micic, and Dona Micic. He will sadly be missed by his nieces and nephews, Mandy, Katie, Zoe, Noah, and Jonah, Vanessa, Rachel,  Kumovi, and family and friends.

Visitation services will be held on Friday, June 4, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church at 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN 46410, followed by a Service at 10:00 a.m. with Father Marko Matic officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Sava Serbian Church. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel 219-736-5840.

For more information, visit: https://mycalumetpark.com/2021/05/27/john-micic/

 

First $1,000 Early Bird Raffle Winner Drawn May 30

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The first $1,000 Early Bird Raffle winner was selected this past Sunday, May 30.

The next Early Bird Raffle takes place June 27 with the next $1,000 winner selection, so get your ticket to win before the next drawing!

Early Bird winners are still eligible for the $15,000 grand prize and other cash prizes the last day of Serb Fest 2021 – www.serbfest.org – taking place July 23, 24, and 25

For raffle tickets call: Mike Jaksich 219-880-6307; David Gerbick 219-588-3604; or the Church Office 219-736-9191. Raffle tickets available for $100 donation per ticket.

 

Historical Society presents gift baskets to Sunday School Scholars

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“Sunday School Scholars” at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana were awarded surprise book bundles, a collection of “Little Falcons”, which illustrate our Orthodox religion as well as Serbian culture and language.

Each basket contained not only “Little Falcons” but arts and craft supplies, as well as a stuffed animal for each student. One gift basket for each family was assembled by members of St. Sava’s Historical Society of Merrillville Indiana.

Sunday School students toured the Milan Opacich Historical Museum on the last day of Sunday School (Mother’s Day) for the year. The scholars were accompanied by their devoted teachers (left to right): Protinica Vesna Matic, Betsy Kirby, Ursula Brboric, Doris Manojlovic, Gordana Andric.

Several baskets still need to be picked up. Please see any Sunday School teacher.

Blessing of Graves Memorial Day Weekend, May 29 – 31

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With the weekend of Memorial Day approaching, let us remember all of the departed from this life, their names and their deeds, and let us rededicate ourselves to work for peace and good will and love among all people.

Beginning Saturday, May 29 Father Marko Matic will be blessing graves at Graceland and Angelcrest cemeteries in Valparaiso. Sunday, May 30 Father Marko will be blessing graves at our Holy Cross Cemetery at St. Sava Church. Monday, May 31 Father Marko will be blessing graves at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville and Oak Hill Cemetery in Gary. The complete list of times is available below.

In these days when so much is said about the high cost of living, it is fitting to pause on Memorial Day and acknowledge the great price that thousands of others have paid that we might live in this land of freedom, the United States of America.

Memorial Day came as a result of Civil War. This was America’s greatest war – in the lives that were lost, in the issues and principles at stake, in the fact that it was fought on American soil, and in the results that have come from it. American Land flowed red with blood in this terrible conflict. It was fitting that a solemn day of memory be set aside for such a conflict as that.

Just as the Jewish people have their feast of Passover to remind them of their freedom from Egyptian bondage, so America has its Memorial Day to remind us of the Salvation and rebirth of the United States as a free nation.

Since that time, Memorial Day has become a national holiday to honor the dead of all wars. Even more, it has become a day in which fitting remembrance is made of all of our relatives, kumovi and friends who rest in peace.

On this Memorial Day Weekend, let us remember all of the departed from this life, their names and their deeds, and let us rededicate ourselves to work for peace and good will and love among all people.

Memorial Day Weekend May 29-31, 2021

Services offered by Saint Sava Church

Saturday:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Parastos and blessing of graves at the Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso
  • 12:00 p.m. – Parastos and blessing of graves at the Angelcrest Cemetery in Valparaiso

Sunday:

  • Parastos and blessing of graves at the Holy Cross Cemetery (at Saint Sava Church) immediately after Holy Liturgy

Monday:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Parastos and blessing of graves at the Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville
  • 1:00 p.m. –  Parastos and blessing of graves at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Gary

Donna Winarski – 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 Donna Winarski. Memory eternal.

Donna Winarski (nee Drca), age 56 of St. John, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, May 17, 2021. She was born in Gary, IN on November 5, 1964.

She is survived by her loving husband, Steve; sons: Mike, Nickolas and Steven; sister Millie (Thomas Kus) Djuric; niece Donna (Adam) Bruner and grand niece Cassandra Bruner; nephew and nieces: Adam, Monica, Jessica and Lauryn; great nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Dusan and Sophia Drca and nephew Steve Djuric.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Sava Serbvian Orthodox Church, Merrillville with Rev. Marko Matic officiating. At rest St. Johnt. Joseph Cemetery, Hammond, IN.

Friends are invited to visit with Donna’s family on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the LINCOLN RIDGE FUNERAL HOME, 7607 W. Lincoln Hwy., Schererville (Rt. 30 east of Cline Ave.). Pomen prayer servce Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m.

Donna dearly loved her children and family. She was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and she retired from nursing to be a stay at home mom to her children. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to everyone.

May she rest in peace.

For more information, please visit: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/nwitimes/name/donna-winarski-obituary?pid=198705948