Ljilijana Radojicic Obituary – WI|Racine Journal Times – Legacy.com

8November 2020

Ljilijana Radojicic(nee:

Zivkovic)1933-2020 Racine- Ljiljana Zivkovic Radojicic, or as all her good friends called her Lillian, was born May 7, 1933 in Smederevo, Serbia to Dimitrije Zivkovic and Dragoslava Stefanovic Zivkovic. Lillian had two sisters and one sibling that she liked very much Cana, Mira and Zika.

Throughout her youth she took pleasure in school and books. Nevertheless, due to World War II and her moms and dads divorce she had to deal with extended relative between Smederevo and Zrenjanin. She was specifically near to the Djurdjevic family who formed her young life and fostered her love of knowing.

When she was 19 she worked for the Narodna Banka in Smederevo where she fulfilled the good-looking Velibor (Bora) Radojicic. They fell in love, married and left their country, the former Yugoslavia. They told everybody they were disappearing to honeymoon, nevertheless their intents were to leave the communist regime in Yugoslavia. While living in an Austrian deportation camp for 2 years, they had their first kid – Konstantina (Koko) Cattran. They remained in Austria till they had the ability to immigrate to the United States. Together they crossed the ocean, entering America through Ellis Island for a much better life. They knew nobody here, and were given support to live in Chicago. Upon meeting another Serbian couple with loved ones from Chicago, they traded places. Lillian, Bora and Koko then calmed down in Racine, WI. There they contributed to their household with 2 additional adored children, Mimi Radojicic (Rodriguez) and Dina Radojicic (Swanson). Lillian and the kids loved to go on walks through the park, city, and lakefront, and were the preferred subject for Bora's household images.

Lillian worked for Rainfair making raincoats, but took night classes at Gateway and received her degree in Accounting. Always a strong supporter for workers rights, she signed up with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) as their office supervisor and oversaw the activities for garment factory employees throughout Wisconsin. She was an outspoken supporter for this group and might be discovered at convention centers, rallies and political occasions. In her spare time, she also took part in the Racine Women's Club and PTA for Racine Unified Schools. As she aged, Lilijana became a fierce Democrat, while Velibor remained a strong Republican. This caused many dynamic debates at home, but they still enjoyed each other. These political discussions instilled comparable spirits in their children to this day.

Lillian or Mama as a lot of individuals called her was always prepared to give a hug to everybody she satisfied. She enjoyed opera, sweets and household.

She is survived by kids in law Chuck Cattran, Andy Rodriguez and Seth Swanson. Household pals including her dear neighbor Carol, Janet Kujawa, Dede Doerflinger, Dale Floyd, Mary Jo Kopf together with numerous others who will miss her dearly. Lillian became the proud grandmother of Nada, Andy, Ava, Seth Arley and Audrey. And an even prouder Great Grandmother of Ellie.

Due to the COVID pandemic private household services will be held.


Funeral service Home & & Crematory 3915 Douglas Avenue Racine, WI 53402(262

)639-8000 www.purath-strand.com Published by Racine Journal Times on Nov. 8, 2020.

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