Mary Angeline Bobic was born May 17, 1924 in East Chicago Indiana. She was the middle child of three children (elder sister Elizabeth and younger brother Marion) born to Jacob and Simica Rokov.
After her family moved to San Pedro she graduated from Dana Middle School and San Pedro High School. On September 29, 1947 she married Edward Bobic at the old Mary Star of the Sea church on 9th St. She gave birth to 2 children, John and Sandra, and was a devoted and nurturing mother.
Mary was outgoing. She loved to cook and entertain together with her beloved husband Ed of 69 years. Over the years they went to many socials and traveled a lot as part of several senior groups with many great friends. Mary and Ed were very good dancers and the envy of a lot of friends.
During the course of her adult life she worked at several jobs: stenographer, store deli, La Chispa Restaurant in Pedro, and Schick Lingerie with a group of ladies she was very close to. Mary loved her family and extended family. She enjoyed being with them all. She was known for being overly affectionate, sweet and caring, encouraging and supportive. Whether you met her for the first time or were a long time friend she greeted you with a hug and a kiss.
Mary had a sweet tooth for all baked goods but was partial to anything chocolate. She was a good baker and specialized in 4 Croatian favorites: biscotti, apple strudel, nut roll, and poppy seed roll. In her later years she would rely on the multitude of birthday parties in the family to get her fix, or nephew Robert to bring her baked goods, or son-in -law Duane to bake pecan chocolate chip cookies, or son John to get something from Polly Ann's (bear claw) or Granny's Doughnuts (apple fritter).
Mary loved people. She was a people person: always smiling, caring, and serving. God was very good to Mary giving her a long life with relatively few health issues. She lived it out in San Pedro surrounded by numerous friends, relatives, and her church.
She was involved with the Velike Gospe Society of Mary Star of the Sea Parish. She passed away peacefully at her home in RPV at the age of 97. Mary is survived by son John (Ruth) Bobic, daughter Sandra (Duane) Calkins, grandchildren Joanna (Andre) Esperias, Joshua Bobic, Jeremy (Carlene) Calkins, Nathan Calkins, Daniel (Kimmie) Calkins, great-grandchildren Micah, Katie, Sadie, Ashley, Kaylie, Dane, Dannie, Nathan, Jacob, Landon, Logan and numerous nephews and nieces.
Special thanks to Sofia Zalaya, mom's full time housekeeper, caregiver, companion, and friend. Sofia was devoted to mom's spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. She went far beyond anyone could have hoped for providing care, love, and laughter to brighten mom's days: a true saint and example of her Christian faith.
FOTO: Privatni album
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