Gluvna Shimo Hromada Home
Family Owned and Operated since 1912 Lorain, Ohio
Mary  Govich
Active at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Age 95
Born: April 13, 1913   Died: November 10, 2008

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Mary Govich (nee Pavlovich), 95, of Lorain, died Monday November 10, 2008 at Avon Oaks Nursing Home in Avon after a lengthy illness.

Mary was a charter member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church of Lorain where she was in the choir and was a member and past president of both the Serbian Ladies Circle and Mothers Club. She and her husband Michael were the first couple to marry after the consecration of the church. Since 1924 she was an officer and member of the Serb National Federation Lodge #66.

During World War II, Mary worked at Bendix in Elyria, at One-Hour Martinizing Dry Cleaners in Elyria and at the Fashion Barn Boutique in Lorain. She also volunteered at area voting stations in Lorain.

After retirement, Mary bowled regularly with the senior clubs. She enjoyed crocheting, needlework and embroidery. Fortunately, after about 56 years, she was able to travel to Serbia to see relatives that she hadn’t seen since childhood.

Arriving from Yugoslavia (Serbia) at age 11and attending school to age 16, she married, but was unable to get a high school diploma. Hence, in her 60’s, she was urged to attend night school for 6 years and received her diploma from Admiral King High School in 1974. Not surprisingly, she earned straight A’s. Unknowingly her graduation coincided with the high school graduations of her youngest daughter Milica and her two grandsons Mike R. Coso of California and Dan Govich of New Mexico. The Morning Journal published a human interest story of the four of them graduating at the same time.

She is survived by her son Dennis M. Govich and wife Lori L. of Elyria, daughters Joan G. Coso of North Ridgeville and Mrs. John M. (Milica “Seka”) Vukasovich of Birmingham, Michigan, daughter-in-law Dr. Marilyn Govich of Norman, Oklahoma, 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, cousins Jovica Pavlovic of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Radovan Gvoic of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years Michael G. Govich in 1997, son Dr. Bruce M. Govich in 1998, parents Sam and Milica Pavlovich (nee Busic), sister Nada Crews and son-in-law Michael M. Coso.

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