MARIJA J. OBREZA (nee Kebe) age 87; beloved wife of 62 years to the late Viktor; loving mother of Victor E. and Katherine Pappas (husband Tom); cherished grandmother of Elizabeth Obreza Hurst (husband Philip) and great-grandmother of Hunter, Pippa, and Ruby; dearest daughter of the late Josef and Marija; dear sister of Juze Kebe, Venka Klancar, and the late Anna Zagar.
Marija was born in the town of Cerknica, Yugoslavia, before emigrating to the United States in 1958. She worked as a seamstress for Richman Brothers Clothing, followed by Parker Hannifin in the Shipping Department. Marija enjoyed polka dancing and gardening.
Contributions may be made in Marija’s memory to St. John of the Cross, 140 Richmond Rd. Euclid, OH 44143.
Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 AM Friday, May 20, 2022 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church.
Private burial at All Souls Cemetery.
Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Marija at THE ZEVNIK-COSIC FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) THURSDAY 3-7 PM.
Charity Name: ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
Charity EIN: 999928196
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My fondest memories of Marija are those of her cooking and baking. She would whip up delicious dinners, complete with gravy, with such ease. Her strudel and cookies were a must, no matter how full you were! From a simple fruit salad at breakfast, to a roast pork with wine gravy, it gave her and her guests great joy.
One of my favorite memories of Teta was when I traveled with her, Uncle Victor and Katie to Nashville. We had our hair styled before the trip. At night, before bed, she would wrap our heads in toilet paper, so our hair wouldn’t get messed up. Teta always welcomed us so graciously when we would visit from New York. We never left her table without enjoying some of her delicious apple strudel! I just know that she and Uncle Victor are once again dancing beautifully together. I will remember her with love and may God bless her with peace and console all of her family at this difficult time.
One of my favorite memories of Teta are when I traveled with her, uncle victor and Katie to Nashville. We got our hair styled before the trip. At night, before bed, Teta would wrap our heads with toilet paper, so our hair didn’t get messed up. She always welcomed us so graciously when we visited from New York. We never left her table without some of her famous apple strudel! I am sure that she and uncle victor are dancing up a storm. May God bless her with peace and console her family.
I express my condolences to all of Marija’s family .
Bojana Klancar from Slovenia ( daughter of Venka Klancar, sister of Marija)
To the Obreza family
My condolences to your family. May God give you comfort during your time of sorrow. I worked with your Mother and Farther at Parker.
Maria Banfi Kardos
Hi, this is Maria Kardos a dear friend of the Obreza family with fond memories of both Marija and Viktor senior. My husband Karl (passed in 2014) worked at Parker Hannifin with them both for many years. We would listen and dance to Polka music often and travel on tours together with Polka Bands. She was a good dear friend throughout the years, and I know she’s with Viktor again. I know son Vicktor and daughter Katie and wish them the best. With Love Maria Kardos