GRABUSIC, STJEPAN “Steve”
On April 1, 2011, Stjepan “Steve” Grabusic passed away with his family holding his hands, after a dignified and courageous battle with cancer. Steve was born on November 26, 1939 in a beautiful little village in Zagorje, Croatia. He lived in Edmonton ever since he and his wife immigrated to Canada in 1968.
This loving brother, devoted husband, kind father and adored grandfather “Deda” will be forever loved and remembered by his wife of 46 years, Amalija “Emily”; daughters, Diana and Carmen (Goran) and precious grandchildren, Nicholas, Ava and Oliver. In Croatia, left to cherish his memory are his two sisters, Vera Novosel and Barbara (Stjepan) Sedlar and his sister-in-law, Stefanija Grabusic. He was predeceased on this exact day, seven years ago, by his older brother, Milan. He was also predeceased by his parents, Drago and Draga Grabusic. In Edmonton, he leaves to mourn two sisters-in-law, Barbara (Zeljko) Zugec and Ana Habulin. Also left with many wonderful memories of him in both Croatia and Canada are many nieces and nephews and countless family friends.
This gentle and humble man will be missed by his family in so many ways and for so many different reasons – we will miss playing games and cards with him, going on holidays with him, receiving his gardening advice, we’ll miss his perfectly barbecued t-bone steaks and pork chops, his homemade chicken noodle soup, watching soccer and hockey games with him, his helping us out around our yards and houses, his love of cats, but most of all his hugs, kisses and kind, sweet and loving words to us. His grandchildren say they’ll miss everything about him. His daughters and son-in-law will do their best to follow his excellent example – to slow down and find contentment and satisfaction with the simplest things in life.
The family is eternally grateful to the health care professionals who helped care for Steve including Dr. Tony Salopek, the Southeast home care office and the amazing people who work on Unit 43 (Palliative Care) at the Grey Nuns Hospital. Their tender and compassionate care will never be forgotten.
A Prayer Service will take place at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton, on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Reverend Franjo Visaticki will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at Nativity of Mary Croatian Church, 10560 – 98 Street, Edmonton on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, 4804 Meridian Street, Edmonton.
Donations in memory of Steve may be made to the Southeast Home Care Office, Palliative Care Unit 43 – Grey Nuns Hospital and any diabetes related charity or organization.