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Celia "Cil" Grgich

July 15, 1923 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 100) 100 Years Old

Celia "Cil" Grgich Obituary

Celia “Cil” Grgich (nee Pavich) passed away on December 27, 2023. Born July 15, 1923 to Serbian immigrant parents, Cil grew up in a close-knit Serbian enclave in Steubenville, Ohio. Her early days were filled with hardship due to her father’s early demise yet her memories were of laugh-out-loud moments and innocent mischief with childhood pals that became lifelong friends or relatives.

After her marriage to Nick Grgich in February 1946, they started a family in San Francisco and settled in Daly City where they raised their four sons. She was devoted to her Serbian Orthodox faith as a founding member of St. John’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral where she served her church community as a multi-term Past-President and active member of the St. Sophia Sisterhood. Her legacy includes 50 years of fellowship and volunteer service at Camp Saint Sava dedicated to preserving Serbian Orthodox and cultural traditions for hundreds of kids from parishes throughout Western America.

Cil loved a good bargain (especially a mystery Kohl’s scratch-off coupon) on clothes and accessories - those that were not returned – that she would combine with items from her bursting closets into stylish outfits she crafted as much for a doctor’s appointment as for a special occasion. She relished discovering garage sale kitsch to fill the home she and Nick built in Sonoma in 1973. No outing was complete without a picking up a kitchen gadget, romance novel or clock followed by a cherished lunch out.

Of course, her legacy would not be the same had she not, as a young woman, met the love of her life, Nick Grgich. Partners in marriage, dance, and life for over 65 years until his death in 2011 – theirs was a special love marked with a sense of humor and devoted friendship. Her heart always beat a little faster when he was near. Cil is predeceased by her parents, Mike and Anna, as well as her siblings, Maryann “Maci” Vignovich and Stanko Pavich along with her Grgich in-laws and their spouses. She was preceded in death by her beloved niece, Joanne (Fred) Wolfinger in Ohio. Cil leaves her sons Steve (Natasha), Stan, Dan (Sharon) and Mitch (Cathy) and grandchildren Kyle (Krystle), Kaia (Nikola Kordic), Nick and Michael (Eunmi) and great-grandchildren, Olivia and Carter Grgich and Nova Kordic. She is survived by her godchildren, Ann and George Tepovich and her devoted caregivers Griselda & Araceli Hernandez who provided 24/7 competent compassionate care for over four years.  

The family who became friends and the many friends who became family, will miss her active presence in their lives. Each have wonderful memories to hold close, and in the coming years each will realize the impact she had on them is beyond measure. Having Cil as a mother, mother-in-law, aunt, Baba, great-grandmother, godmother, mentor, and loving friend will always be valued. Cil enjoyed a “family-first” life that made her happy, a heart full of dreams that found their way true, and a lot of good friends along the way. The endless memories shared with her will sustain us for the rest of our lives.

Friends are welcome to gather for a Memorial and Celebration of Cil’s life during pomen (memorial) services on WEDNESDAY JANUARY 10 at 5:30pm with visitation 3:00-7:00pm, at Duggan’s Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa Street in Sonoma. Funeral Services will be THURSDAY JANUARY 11 at 10:30 am at Duggan’s followed by interment at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery, Sonoma. A dacha luncheon follows.  Remembrances may be made to St. Sophia Sisterhood c/o St. John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Cathedral 910 Baker St San Francisco, CA 94115, Camp St Sava POB 965 Jackson, CA 95642 or a favorite charity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
January 10, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Duggan s Mission Chapel
525 West Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476

Trisagion
Wednesday
January 10, 2024

5:30 PM
Duggan s Mission Chapel
525 West Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476

Funeral Service
Thursday
January 11, 2024

10:30 AM
Duggan s Mission Chapel
525 West Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476

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