VRANIC, Berto - Berto Vranic was born into a loving Croatian family on June 23, 1940, in the former Yugoslavia.
He was the sixth of nine children born to Ivo Vranic and Antonia Rolih. Towards the end of WWII, when Berto was only four, the family fled with many other refugees to Austria, and later to Italy.
Then, in 1948, they were accepted as refugees into Argentina, where they settled in Lujan, outside of Buenos Aires.
There, Berto graduated school and went on to study aviation engineering.
His family were active members of the local Croatian culture club, where he would meet the love of his life and future wife, Vojana (also known to friends as "Jenny").
In 1968, Berto crossed the world again as he and Jenny moved to Toronto and settled in the St. Clair area.
Berto worked in construction, specializing in the crafts of stone and tile masonry. He would eventually renovate their entire house himself, building it up around Jenny even as she lived in it.
Berto passed away at his home on Sunday, December 4, 2022.
He was welcomed into the next life by his wife, Jenny Vranic; step-son and best friend, Janko Herakovic; his parents and his siblings. He is survived by his granddaughters, Chloe Herakovic (Sebastian Wuepper) of Chicago, IL; Gina Herakovic (Sean Walsh) of Detroit, MI; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Herakovic of Escanaba, MI; nephews, Frano Marijanovic (Margarita), Marko Marijanovic (Marta), Baja Marijanovic (Silvia), niece, Paula Marijanovic of Lujan, Argentina; and many other beloved family and friends in Canada, Argentina and the United States.
Berto has also a favourite nephew, Ivan, in Sweden; and his sister, in Croatia. He will be missed terribly, but memories of his warm heart, gruff affection and fierce loyalty will live on in their hearts.
Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, 1695 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, on Saturday, December 17, 2022, from 8 a.m. until Service time in the chapel at 10 a.m.