It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mom, sister, teta, Ivka Majetic on December 25, 2020.
Mom was born in 1935 in Svete Florjan Hrvatska (Croatia) one of 10 children. She is survived by and will be missed by her sons Zeljko (Theresa) and Davor, her sisters, Pepica (Mijo), Marija, Vlatka (Darko) and Ruzica as well as nieces and nephews in Croatia and Canada.
She was predeceased by her parents Dragutin & Josipa, siblings – Mirko, Ivan, Slavica, Ankica, and Micka, as well as by her beloved husband of 53 years Branko, whose memory she cherished every single day.
Mom’s life journey was a struggle but this little amazing woman overcame so many obstacles in her life with so much joy, love, happiness and compassion. In her youth her father passed away very young which left her mother with children to care for on her own. Mom stepped up to help out the family in all ways possible when she was old enough. Working in Zagreb, as a house cleaner and nanny as well as working in a factory sewing. The opportunity arose in 1960 to go to Canada which she applied for in secret because of communism in her country. Via Austria with her cousins she was accepted to come to Canada where she met the love of her life and married him after seeing each other 3 times. They settled in Cochenour Ontario where dad worked in the mine and to be close to their best friends Zlatko and Dragica. Zelko and Davor were born shortly after. They moved back to Winnipeg after the mine closed and they started a business together building and renovating houses. The family was in a traumatic car accident in the US and mom was badly injured, in a coma for 11 days and was told she would never walk or talk again. She proved everyone wrong and with her husband’s love and support she was able to return to her family. Between her working with her husband and caring for the boys she still found time to go to hairdressing school and earn her degree. All of her time in Canada she never forgot her home and family in Croatia, taking many trips back there with dad. She has travelled back every year since 2014 to visit with family and those visits were always filled with love and cherished time with her sister, brother in law and her nephews.
Thank you to the RCMP, Springfield Police and WFPS for your care and compassion. Cremation has taken place and a private family service has been held. Mom’s ashes will be taken to Croatia to be laid to rest with her beloved husband. In lieu of flowers donations can be made Manitoba Brain Injury Assoc. 204 – 825 Sherbrook St. Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5
Mom you will be missed terribly by all who knew you and loved you. May you rest in peace forever.
Odmor u miru.
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