Slobodan Nikolich, (Sam/Danche), 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Beloved son of the late Ilija and Nadezda (Pejcic) Nikolich, devoted husband of 57 years of Jovanka (Hinic), loving father of Sanja (Michael Wilson) and Aleksandra (Michael Gillespie), proud “Deka” of Matthew, Patrick, Thomas, and Mark, and dear brother of Dragan. His warm, gregarious nature and sense of humor filled a room and his pride in his daughters, love for his grandsons, of sports and good food brought him great joy. He was a graduate of the University of Belgrade and a founding member of the Serbian Academic Club. He served for many years as an officer on the board of his church, Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. He will be greatly missed. Memory eternal.
Opelo (Serbian Orthodox Funeral Service) Friday, October 11, 2019 -11 a.m. at the the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL 60631, to be followed by interment at the St. Sava Monastery, 32377 Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048.
Dacha (Memorial Luncheon) will be served at the New Gracanica Monastery, 35240 N. Grant Street, Third Lake, IL 60046.
In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral (https://www.serbiancathedral.org/donate/) and American Diabetes Association (https://www.diabetes.org/research).
For detailed information please contact:
SVETA GORA FUNERAL HOME, Chicago, tel 773-588-2200.
Dragi Jovanka, Sanja, Saska I Unuci, It is never easy to part with someone so very close to you. Age and illness don't matter, it is the hardest thing. The only way it is bearable is to know what a gift life has given you, his family, to have had him so close. I will remember him as an excellent man, a phenomenal grandfather. He brought together good humor, friendships, and the highest human values. As we would say in Serbian, Ljudina - a Big Man. My thoughts are with you. Borka
Draga Jojo, Sasa i Sanja, Primite nase iskreno saucesce. U tuzi sa svima vama, Dragan, Branka i Filip Hinic
ISKRENO SAUCESCE GOSPODI JOVANKI SANJI I SASI NJIHOVIM PORODICAMA.....DA VAM BOG DA SNAGE...A SLOBODANU VJECNA SLAVA I HVALA LAKA MU CRNA ZEMLJA MILOVAN ZRNIC I DRAGANA P.
Draga naša tetka bako Jovanka, sestre tetke Sanja I Saša sa porodicama, Napustio nas je mnogo poštovan i voljen teča deka Slobodan. Bio je naš iskren rođak velikog srca i široke duše, čovek koji je ostavio neizbrisiv trag u ćivotima mnogih ljudi. Čuvaćemo zauvek lepe uspomene zajedno sa vama Zauvek tuguju, Slobodanka Hinić, Radica Miletić sa sinovima Nebojšom i Urošem
Dear Strina, Sanja, Sasha & Family, Tamara and I were heartbroken to hear the news that your beloved husband, father, grandfather--and our dear "Stric"--has departed this life. As I recalled my last encounter with him at my parents' house, it was so remarkably similar to my earliest childhood memories of him: full of life, enjoying the presence of each person around him, smiling and laughing, joyful, immensely proud of you--his family. I feel blessed that 13 years ago we had the opportunity to spend a week together in Australia, together with my Dad, and I will forever cherish the many fond memories from that trip and throughout all the years. Indeed, Cika Slobodan was such a unique and special man that his passing leaves us feeling void. But we firmly believe that the joy which he brought us here pales in comparison to the joy he must now be experiencing in Heaven, in the embrace of his ancestors of whom he was also proud. May his memory be eternal! May the Lord give him rest with the saints and the righteous. Nenad & Tamara Djordjevic
Iskreno saucheche Jovanki cerka Sanja njenoj Familiji cerka Sasha i njenoj Familiji od kuma Moma Mira Dejan Vulovic Your legacy and spirit live on forever with your family and friends Memory Moma Mira Dejan Vulovic
Draga Jovanka, Sanja, Saška i deco, Tužni što smo izgubili našeg dragog prijatelja. Puno smo ga voleli i nećemo nikad zaboraviti njegov osmeh, humor i srdačnost. Bio je neobično ponosan na svoju porodicu a mi smo večno zahvalni što nas je smatrao svojim prijateljima. Pre puno godina, kad smo tek došli u Čikago, Miloš i Saša su ga prozvali svojim Dedom, a on je to sa ljubavlju prihvatio. Nedostajaće našoj celoj familiji. Vječnaja pamjat. Dušan, Ela, Milos i Saša Djordjević