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Anthony Ivanov Bekavac


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Bekavac, Anthony Ivanov
93, of Sun Lakes, AZ passed peacefully on March 18, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Born Ante Bekavac in Zezevica, Croatia on September 11, 1922, Ante immigrated to the United States in 1957, joining 3M Company in sales in St. Paul, MN. In retirement, he founded Specialty Travel and Tours, planning and escorting group tours to destinations around the globe. In 2000, he moved to Sun Lakes and continued to travel extensively. Ante was devoted to his family and always willing to lend a hand or share his experience and wisdom. He took great joy in life and felt very blessed to have lived the American Dream. Ante is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Virginia (Hayes); his son John Bekavac; daughters Peggy Olson (Doug), Connie Murray (Scott) and Cathy Duthie (Graham); grandchildren Eric, Jenna, Elena, Maureen, Mark, Michael and Max; sister Zorka Coric; brothers Fr. Kruno Bekavac and Milivoj Bekavac; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Marija (Vukusic) Bekavac, and his sister, Mile Bekavac. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Friday, April 1st at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Ahwatukee, with internment following at Valley of the Sun Cemetery in Chandler. A Celebration of Life Luncheon will be held at Oakwood Country Club in Sun Lakes.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 27, 2016
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