Dejan Kuljanin Dejan Kuljanin

Dejan Kuljanin

(2002 +2023)

Dejan Kuljanin, 21, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2023 as the result of a tragic traffic accident. Born on May 24, 2002 in Rockford, Illinois to father Dragan and mother Zlatana Kuljanin. Memory eternal.

Dearly beloved son of Dragan and Zlatana Kuljanin; Proud brother of Srdjan Kuljanin; Loving nephew of Željka Kuljanin, Lenka Mršić, and Veroljub (Danijela) Petrović; Dearest cousin of Nikolina (Philip) Thompson, Kristina (Nikola) Čulic, Nikola (Jelena) Kuljanin, Marko Kuljanin, Predrag (Nicole) Mršić, and Marijana Petrovič. Fond uncle to Landon and Madalyn Thompson, Jovan, Ilija, Milijana, Andjelija, and Marko Čulic, Stefan Kuljanin, and Anja Kuljanin.

Dejan was a fourth-year Rockford University student studying Elementary Education on a full-ride scholarship. He was automatically enrolled in their Master’s program and planned to become a teacher in the Rockford Public School District. Dejan had a passion for helping children and the elderly. He was a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked at Alden Park Strathmoor serving the vulnerable elderly population. Following his Education Degree, Dejan planned on enrolling into nursing school and had plans to teach and work as a nurse.

In Dejan’s young life, he had accomplished so much. He was part of the Guilford High School Student Ambassador Organization, Student Council, Debate Club, Somos Latinos, and Key Club. Dejan was on the Guilford High School tennis team and also played the viola in the school’s band. He was an assistant to the school counselors and was part of the Inclusion Club.

Dejan was the epitome of what any good person strives to become. Many friends and family leaned on him for advice, support, and encouragement. Dejan’s young, kind, and generous heart will be sorely missed by numerous other relatives and dear friends in the USA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and worldwide. This includes the Svorcan, Kuljanin, Djordjic, Kalicanin, Minic, Radosavljevic, and Stefanovic families.

Opelo, Serbian Orthodox Funeral Service, will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the New Gračanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery, 35240 W Grant Ave, Third Lake, IL 60046.

Interment will take place at the Most Holy Mother of God Serbian Orthodox Cemetery.

After the interment Dacha, Serbian Orthodox Memorial Luncheon will be held at the New Gračanica Monastery.

For detailed information please contact:
SVETA GORA FUNERAL HOME, Chicago, tel 773-588-2200.

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Edith Arroyo (Rockford, Illinois)

Words cannot express the sadness my heart feels. Dejan was my best friend. He made my life 1,000% better. My heart, condolences, and prayers go out to his family. Not only was he an incredibly smart and dedicated student, but he was also an amazing friend, and a wonderful son/brother/cousin/nephew. Dejan's heart for education and health care was inspiring and he had a huge impact on my life, our cohort, and all the lives he touched while working. And his love for his family and culture was so strong. Dejan will ALWAYS have a special place in our hearts, and nothing could ever change that.

Brian Buhck (Rockford, Illinois)

Zlatana and Family, Hearing this news really took the wind out of my sails - all the times we have talked about our family's and what has been going on in their life's. I cant image what this would be like and can only offer our deepest sympathy. Love and prayers to you all Brian & Molly Buhck and family

Rose Brown (Rockford , Ill)

Zlatana and family. I was so sorry for your loss of Dejan. Your stories of your boys always made me smile. My prayers in this difficult time are with all of you.The good memories of him will always be with you.

Stephanie Pena (Rockford, IL)

Such a sweet and kind soul, was always a wonderful friend to my daughter Alexus, just behind his Grandmother's house... Sending prayers ... Thinking of you all.

Vea Payton (Rockford , Illinois )

My Condolences to the entire Family. My prayers are with you. Dejan, his smile and love will truly be missed.

Josette Fillbach (Beloit, WI)

I am so sorry for your family's loss. My heart breaks for you all.

Svjetlana Slavic (Rockford , Il)

Iskreno saucesce Draganu I Zlati ,pokoj dusi andelu bozijem koji nas je prerano napustio .laka mu crna zemlja ,pocivaj u miru bozijem

Alyssa Hopkins (Rockford , Illinois )

My deepest condolences goes out to dejans family. I was one of Dejans classmates at Rockford University. Dejan had the deepest passion for teaching and he expressed that in class. He was the type of student that wasn’t shy nor afraid of raising his hand just to answer a question or to respond to something we were talking about in class. He would of been a fantastic teacher and I know he would of been loved by the students. He was taken way to soon and his presence is definitely missed at Rockford University.

Savannah Turen (Rockford, Illinois)

I was a classmate of Dejan’s at Rockford University. We met freshman year of college and became friends through the many many classes we had together. He truly was an amazing person that could light up a room with his smile and laughter. He will forever be in our hearts at Rockford University and be dearly missed by all. His passion for teaching was inspiring which I will carry on to my future classroom in honor of him. My heart goes out to you and your family during this time.

Kelli Feather-Henigan (Winnebago, IL)

Zlatana and family, I am devastated and heartbroken to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences. I cannot imagine what you must be going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Glisic Milena (Smederevo, Srbija)

Najmiliji nasi,primite najiskrenije saucesce povodom vaseg gubitka i tragicne smrti voljenog Dejana.Znamo da je bol ogromna i da je gubitak nenadoknadiv i saosecamo sa vama u tom bolu.Budite ponosni na Dejana sto je uvek unosio radost u vase živote ali i svih onih koji su ga poznvali.Pamticemo ga nasmejanog i zivece u našim mislima kao sinonim za dobro,vredno i cestito.Neka mu Bog podari nebesko carstvo.Iskreno, porodica Glisic.

Jelena Antanasijevic (Vicenza , Italia )

Primite nase iskreno saucesce. Nek vam Bog da utehu a njemu podari rajsko naselje.

Mattson Gloria (Augusta, GA)

Zlatana, I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling , losing your wonderful, amazing son. You are in my heart and prayers. Sending love from afar. Gloria Mattson

Belinda Roberts (Belvidere , Illinois)

I am so sorry for your loss. I taught Dejan at Rockford University and loved having him in class. Such a kind soul who added richness and depth to our discussions. My heart breaks for you and I wish you peace and comfort in the coming days.

Daryl Messenger (Anna, IL)

Zlatana and family, my heart breaks for you. To lose a child and brother is unimaginable. Prayers for each of you as you move through the coming days.

Andjelka Milutinovic (Des Plaines, IL)

Zlata, Dragan and family I am so sorry for your loss there is no words that will take your pain.

Molly priest (Rockford , Illinois )

I am so very sorry for your loss. I taught Dejan at Eisenhower, but in all fairness he taught me more than I ever taught him. His kind heart and easy smile will always be remembered. Heaven has gained an exceptional angel. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Even in middle school, Dejan would mention his family with the utmost sincerity and regard. He was passionate, creative, empathetic, and brilliant. He was the epitome of kindness and his absence is such a loss to all that knew him. The world has lost one of the best, but heaven has gained an everlasting angel.

Ursula Sobottka (Machesney Park, IL)

I am so sorry for you loss, Zlatana. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this very difficult time.

Srdjan Bozic (Rockford, IL)

Ожалошћеној породици,фамилији и пријатељима Упокојеног Дејана желимо искрено саучешће Срђан,Мина и Бојан

Slobodanka Savovic (Lynnwood , Washington)

Pokoj dusi Andjelu Dejanu Iskreno saucesce Dragane ,Zlati I Dejinu bratu i ostaloj porodici Vjecnaja pamja

Dee Ram Koneru (Rockford, Illinois )

Our condolences to your family. Let his sole rest in peace 🙏

Branislav Sarafijanovic (Las Vegas , Nevada )

Primite nase najiskrenije saučešće. Neka mu Bog dusu prosti i da počiva u miru.

Veronica Austin (Rockford, IL)

Zlatana my heart breaks for you and your family. He was such a sweet person. I don't know what you are going through but I think he is looking down with love for all of you.

Jasmina Sakic (Park Ridge, IL)

Our beloved, sweet, kind, and generous angel, you departed from us far too early, yet your brief time here left an indelible mark on the world. The world was deprived of your presence, for you had already begun to make it a better place in such a short span. Your radiant smile was a reflection of your beautiful heart, a bright light that will be sorely missed, enduring in our memories forever.

Jovana Sarić (South Beloit, Illinois)

Primite naše iskreno saučešće. Neka vam Bog podari snage da ovo izdržite zajedno. Dragi Dejan neka počiva u miru Božijem.

Twyla Hauser (Cherry Valley , Illinois )

Zlatana it saddens me to hear about your sons passing, my heart is heavy for the grieving of your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏❤️

Nevenka Tomic (nee Todorovic) (Park Ridge, Illinois)

Zlata, Dragan, Srdjan and family, My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son. I only know Zlata and did not know +Dejan, but he sounds like a remarkable young man. I can't even imagine what you are all going through and words can't take your pain away. May God and our faith give you strength during this time. Vjecnaja Pamjat

Војислав Озренка и Филип Важић (Rockford, IL)

Примите наше искрено саучешће и израз нашег најдубљег суосјећања и нека његова душа почива у миру

Бошко Глигоревић (Рокфорд, Ил)

Покој души Дејану,Вама здравља и снаге .Ми Вас можемо разумети…

Branislav, Drasko i Dragana Djordjic (Toronto )

Pokoj duši dragom Dejanu, roditeljima da Bog podari snagu i Blagoslov da nastave dalje. Iskreno saučešće porodici Kuljanin od rodbine iz Kanade.

Bozidar Glisic (Rockford , Illinois )

Pokoj ti tvojoj predobroj i velikoj dusi,dobri andjele! Porodici iskreno saucesce,da Vam Bog da snage da izdrzite ovo vreme!

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