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Zlata "Goldie" Peric

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Zlata "Goldie" Peric Obituary
Peric, Zlata "Goldie"
84, of Tempe, Arizona passed away on 8-13-2016. Zlata Peric was born in Osijek,Yugoslavia (now Croatia) to Savo and Danica Mihaljevic on September 22, 1931. She married Vladimir Peric in 1952 in Osijek. They left for Germany in 1954 and immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio in 1956. In 1973, she and her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Her most significant life accomplishment was raising 3 children to become resilient, loving, compassionate, honest, kind, generous, and respectful individuals with moral integrity, Throughout her life in America she worked in multiple factories (as a spray painter and later as an assembler making heaters and air conditioners) while raising her children. Her unconditional love, selflessness, and self-sacrificing for her children was extraordinary. She taught her children the importance of working hard, doing your best, helping others, overcoming adversity, and the importance of prayer. She survived many things in her life including: growing up in WWII in Yugoslavia where loud air raid sirens and shelters, exploding bombs, and combat soldiers coming into your home were commonplace; living in a camp for immigrants in Germany while waiting for sponsorship papers so she, her husband, and toddler could come to America; going through a difficult divorce in 1978; and working in factories for over 40 years. At 70, she survived a MVA where she had a concussion, multiple fractures, and injuries that resulted from being struck by a taxi while walking through a cross walk. She lived a simple life with one main desire - to see her children and grandchildren be happy & healthy. Zlata's living independently and working in a factory changed dramatically in 2012 when she was hospitalized and diagnosed with dementia. This was something she would not survive. Despite her fighting spirit, courage, grace, care by providers at BNI & BAI, and love and prayers of her family, she lost her 4 year battle with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). In the last two months of her life, Hospice of the Valley staff provided quality comfort care and support. Zlata was preceded in death by her parents, sister Jovanka Habjanovic, and ex-husband Vladimir. She is survived by three adult children Wlatka Peric-Knowlton, Adrian Jadranko (AJ Peric) & Annette Encinas; her brother Slobodan Mihaljevic, and sister Brana Jovanovic; her grandchildren Zane & Sophia Encinas. Zlata will be deeply missed and forever loved. A private family memorial was held 9-18-2016. A mass will be offered for her on 11-4-2016 at the Franciscan Renewal Center.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 22, 2016
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