Nedjo Kovacevic,age 57, dearly beloved husband of Velimirka, loving father of Mladenka and Slobodanka (Ljubomir) Trkulja, loving grandfather of Marko Trkulja, caring brother of Milos (Zdravka) Kovacevic, Rados (nada) Kovacevic, dearest son-in-law of Zora Ikonic, loving brother-in-law of Milena (Nedeljko) Kuljanin and Velimir (Saja) Ikonic, caring nephew of Goja Kovacevic, caring relative of Milos (Mira) Knezevic, dearest friend of Tihomir and Mirjana Trkulja and of the Ikonic, Stojanovic and the Totonchi families. Nedjo leaves numerous relatives and friends in Bosnia, Serbia, England, Germany, France, Australia and the US. Memory eternal.
Visitation Monday, March 16, 2009, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sveta Gora, Serbian Orthodox Funeral Home, 3517 N. Pulaski Road in Chicago. Pomen (Wake Service) 7:30 p.m. at chapel. Opelo (Serbian Orthodox Funeral Service) Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 11:30 a.m. St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois. Interment St. Sava Cemetery.
Nedjo Kovacevic was born on March 8, 1952 in Zupcicima, Gorazde in Bosnia. Before leaving for the U.S., he spent most of his life in Bosnia. He loved working on the land. During the summer he loved to make plum brandy with his family, who would come from France and Germany to the farm. He married his wife, Vela, in 1979 and had Mladenka in 1980 and Bobana in 1983. After his mother and father died, he took over the land and did his best to take care of it before the war. Nedjo was separated from Vela, Mladenka, and Bobana many times by the war. Each time, they did not know if they would ever see each other again. While they loved their land deeply, Nedjo and Vela knew that there was no future there for Mladenka and Bobana, who were only young girls at the time. So Nedjo and Vela made the dificult decision to leave their home in Bosnia for the United States, which was a strange place where people spoke a language they did not know.
Some of the closest friends he made since he moved to the United States he met while working at the Allstate building. Nedjo was a tireless worker. He usually worked seven days a week in order to provide for his family and keep up with the difficultiesof living in the United States as an immigrant. Nedjo was a proud member of the Service Employees International Union Local 1, and went to many rallies to support the union and fight for better lives for his family and thousands of other janitors families. Only two weeks ago, he marched with thousands of janitors in the streets of downtown Chicago through the cold and snow to fight for their rights. Despite his health and a hurt leg, he wanted to march all day. Nedjo was always moved by the spirit of solidarity with other workers of all ethnicities and backgrounds and held a sign high in the air saying Borimo se za Sve Radnike, meaning Fighting for all workers.
Nedjo was a very good father and husband. This may have been because his birthday was on International Womens Day. He always happily enjoyed his birthday along with Vela, Mladenka, and Bobanas day. One week ago, on his last birthday, he gave each of the women in his family a carnation, which was his favorite flower all his life. Giving that flower to his wife and daughters meant so much to him, and receiving the flower meant so much to Vela, Mladenka, and Bobana. He always protected them and wanted what was best for them. During the most difficult times, he would reassure them that they would be okay, and was even able to make them laugh.
Nedjo and Vela were soul mates and loved each other deeply. Nedjo was very affectionate and showed his love and was never shy about his love for Vela. They cared for each other. They were never separated from each other, and would always work together through problems they encountered. Until his last day, he always missed his family that was scattered around the world because of the war and wished that they would all return to Bosnia to live together once again. His heart was always in his homeland. Every now and then, years after Nedjos family left their homeland, Nedjo would ask Vela if she thought they should never have left Bosnia. But Vela reminded him, We did this for Mladja and Bobana. Every time, Nedjo agreed with Vela, and would say, Yes, we did this for our daughters. We had no choice, and we did what was best for them. This was the last conversation Nedjo and Vela had before arriving to work on Friday, when he suddenly and unexpectedly died.
Nedjo always knew how strong Mladenka and Bobana were and had confidence in them to succeed when they encountered problems in their lives. While it was a simple joy for him, Nedjo loved playing cards with his daughters. He would always surprise his daughters with small, but important gifts. He would give them a flower, or an apple, or whatever he had that would make them happy. In his last years of his life, he saw his two daughters blossom into successful women who will soon be the first people in the family to graduate with college degrees.
And while he had no sons of his own, Bobanas husband, Ljubo, was the son he never had. They did all the things fathers and sons do during the last years of Nedjos life, especially fishing and playing chess. Ljubo was there when Nedjo caught his biggest fish. While Nedjo will do what he can from Heaven to support his wife and daughters, Ljubo will be here on the ground to support them.
Nedjo was the best grandfather any grandson could ask for. Nedjos best moments in the last years years of his life were spent with Marko, who is nearly three years old. Nedjo was fortunate to see Marko nearly every day of his little grandsons life. Nedjo would play with Marko and his toys, would lift him in the air, and lie next to him when he was tired. When Marko laughed, Nedjo laughed. Nedjo would have a constant smile on his face when he was with Marko, which explains why Marko is a happy, bright little boy and always has a smile on his face. Marko learned how to smile from his grandfather. While Marko will not grow up with his grandfather playing next to him, Nedjo will always watch and guide Marko from heaven, always smiling down on him.
Written by Mladenka Kovacevic
This death notice will always remain on the Internet as the everlasting remembrance of Nedjo Kovacevic.
For detailed information please contact: SVETA GORA FUNERAL HOME, Chicago, tel 773-588-2200.
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