Ljilijana Radojicic(nee: Zivkovic)
1933 – 2020
Racine- Ljiljana Zivkovic Radojicic, or as all her friends called her Lillian, was born May 7, 1933 in Smederevo, Serbia to Dimitrije Zivkovic and Dragoslava Stefanovic Zivkovic. Lillian had two sis and one bro that she liked very much Cana, Mira and Zika.
During her youth she delighted in school and books. However, due to World War II and her moms and dads divorce she had to live with extended relative between Smederevo and Zrenjanin. She was particularly close to the Djurdjevic household who shaped her young life and fostered her love of knowing.
When she was 19 she worked for the Narodna Banka in Smederevo where she met 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 intentions were to leave the communist regime in Yugoslavia. While living in an Austrian deportation camp for 2 years, they had their very first child – Konstantina (Koko) Cattran. They remained in Austria until they were able to immigrate to the United States. Together they crossed the ocean, going into America through Ellis Island for a better life. They knew nobody here, and were given assistance to reside in Chicago. Upon meeting another Serbian couple with relatives from Chicago, they traded places. Lillian, Bora and Koko then calmed down in Racine, WI. There they contributed to their household with two extra adored daughters, Mimi Radojicic (Rodriguez) and Dina Radojicic (Swanson). Lillian and the kids loved to go on strolls through the park, city, and lakefront, and were the favorite topic for Bora's family images.
Lillian worked for Rainfair making raincoats, however took evening classes at Gateway and received her degree in Accounting. Always a strong supporter for employees rights, she signed up with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) as their workplace supervisor and supervise the activities for garment factory workers throughout Wisconsin. She was an outspoken supporter for this group and could be discovered at convention centers, rallies and political events. In her spare time, she likewise took part in the Racine Women's Club and PTA for Racine Unified Schools. As she grew older, Lilijana ended up being an intense Democrat, while Velibor remained a strong Republican. This resulted in lots of lively arguments in your home, but they still liked each other. These political conversations instilled comparable spirits in their kids to this day.
Lillian or Mama as so many individuals called her was constantly prepared to provide a hug to everyone she satisfied. She delighted in opera, sweets and household.
She is survived by sons in law Chuck Cattran, Andy Rodriguez and Seth Swanson. Family good friends including her dear next-door neighbor Carol, Janet Kujawa, Dede Doerflinger, Dale Floyd, Mary Jo Kopf together with numerous others who will miss her dearly. Lillian ended up being the happy granny 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 Home & & Crematory 3915 Douglas Avenue Racine, WI 53402(262
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