MADUNIC, Marija (rodena Lozic) - It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we advise our family and friends of our beloved mama’s passing on February 8, 2019, at the young age of 92.
Mama was born on September 25, 1926, in Arzano, Croatia. She married tata (Marijan Madunic) in 1963 and together, they moved from Croatia to Thunder Bay where they raised us, their two daughters Mary and Lillian.
Predeceased by her husband, Marija leaves behind her daughters Lillian and Mary (Jerko) and her very special grandson Matthew who she called Babin Ruzmarin and who was her passion and absolute delight.
Marjia came from a large family of 9 siblings who, despite physical distance, always remained close in each other’s hearts. Out of a total of 9 loving brothers and sisters, 7 siblings remain to mourn Marija: her brothers Ante (the late Neva), Ivan (Mara) and Tomic, (the late Ljubica), sisters Mila (the late Bozo), Neda, Iva (the late Jozo) and Andja (Tomica), sister-in-law Marija (the late Nikola) Madunic, brother-in-law Frane (Tona) Madunic in Thunder Bay.
Marija was predeceased by her sister Anka (the late Jozo), brother-in-law Marko Madunic, and her beautiful nephew Denis who was taken away from all of us much too soon.
Mama had many nieces and nephews, who all have families of their own. At the top of the list of nieces and nephews on the Lozic side are Ivica, Mario, Dijana, Josko, Zeljko, Damir, Bozenka, Mirela, Jasmina, Iva, Anita, Brigita, Niksa, Olga, Mira, Ilija, Jozo and Marija. On the Madunic side Irene, Diana, Anthony and Frankie, Anka, Ivica, and Ante. Even though they are oceans away, all of her nieces and nephews loved her so much and she was always their ‘strina’ and naj draza tetka’ (most favourite aunt).
Our Kuma Seka always had a very special place in mama’s heart. She and mama were like sisters who loved and respected each other profoundly. Our families have an unbreakable bond that we have shared all of our lives and that we will no doubt always share, in this world and beyond.
Our Teta Mara also had a special place in mama’s heart. They grew up together in Croatia and then continued their beautiful and everlasting friendship that has joined their families together as well.
Mama lived a beautiful, healthy, long and fulfilling life. Mama loved to make her homemade bread, apple strudel and her breskve – everything had to be perfect and thankfully, she taught her two daughters how to carry on the tradition. When she was living in Thunder Bay, she was always helping the Croatian communities whenever help was needed with anything. Mama loved to read her Croatian prayer books and her little bible and she loved praying the rosary daily. Mama’s life became full of joy and happiness the day she welcomed her first and only grandchild Matthew and became Baba. Matthew meant the world to her and she loved him with all her heart. They had a special bond that only the two of them shared.
We would like to thank Dr. Osborne at Credit Valley Hospital and the 2 beautiful angels that God sent to us to care for our mom and be with us day and night while she was there. Ivana Bacelic and Natalie Kalic, our longtime friends and nurses at the hospital, whom we never thought would be taking care of our mother when she needed it the most. We will never forget all of your support and love and everything you did for us. Mama was so lucky to have you by her side.
To all of our family and friends for all their support and kind words and prayers, we thank you. Our Dragica and Rosie, Kuma Suzi and Kuma Tonka – we know how much you all did for our mom this past week and we know how much you all meant to her. She loved you all and so do we. To those of you that came to the hospital to see her, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. To all our family and friends who travelled from afar, you have no idea how much you all mean to us. We love you all so much.
Draga Mama pocivala nam u Miru Bozijem I neka te Dragi Isus I Mila Gospa cuvaju – puno te vole tvoja Ljiljana, Mary, Jerko I tvoj naj drazi – Matej.
Visitation at Glen Oaks funeral home, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville on February 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will then take place at the Church of Croatian Martyrs, 4605 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Entombment then at Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens, Oakville at 2:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Church. Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home and the Church.