Andjelija “Andja” Djukic (nee Tica)
Andjelija "Andja" Djukic (nee Tica)
December 31, 2021
Andjelija “Andja” Djukic (nee Tica) died peacefully at her home in Crown Point, IN on 12/31/2021 at the age of 99 years. Her husband of 76 years, Milan, was by her side, as he always was in life. Andja is survived by her dear husband, Milan; her children, Dusan “Dan” (Vera) Djukic, Milena Phoenix “Millie” Djukic, and John (Teresa) Djukic; her grandchildren, Ted (Jenny) Polovina, Matthew (Rebecca) Djukic, Ksenija Djukic, Rachel (Greg) Harter, Marko (Emily) Djukic, Natasa (Tom) Van Grinsven, and Audrey (Andy Rice) Djukic; great grandchildren, Milan, Stefan, Mila, Abby, Tessa and Jett; her dear sister, Simeuna Maric; sister in law Natalija Tica and many nieces, nephews, kumovi and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marko and Marta, her brothers Ilija, Djordje and Jovan Tica and sisters Anica Sljivar and Milka Damjanovic. Andja was born on February 16, 1922 in Knin, selo Golubic, in Dalmacija, the former Yugoslavia (Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes). She was the oldest of seven siblings and hoped to be trained as a tailor after she finished her basic education. Andja left home in June 1941 to join and support her father Marko, future husband Milan, brother Ile and others to fight the Nazi occupiers and subsequently, the Communists and Fascists, during the Yugoslav civil war as proud members of the Cetnik Freedom Fighters. At the conclusion of the war, Andja, Milan and their eldest children, Dusan and Milena, along with father Marko and brother Ile, resettled in the United States and became active members of the Serbian American community in Gary, Indiana. It was from this base that Andja and Milan provided the foundation for some of her other siblings and extended family to immigrate to the United States. Andja was a beloved pillar in the Serbian community and remained active as a Cetnik, as an Orthodox Christian and as a proud Serbian woman until her passing. She was a founding member of the St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral community (Merrillville IN), its Kolo Sestara and the national Cetnicko Kolo Sestara (Schererville IN). Due to Covid concerns, the funeral and burial will be private with only immediate family members in attendance. There will be no public viewing or visitation. The family will reassess the Covid situation at the mark of the 40-day parastos, and if safe to gather, will open the parastos and memorial luncheon which follows to all who wish to attend. The family asks that all memorial donations made in Andja’s name be directed to either the St Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church or to the KSS St Elijah.
For further information please call Mileva at Calumet Funeral Chapel 219-688-5311
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