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Andja (Baba) Bjeletich

1901 - 2006
Passed away peacefully in the company of her family and pastor on November 14, 2006 at the age of 105 in San Jose CA. Born October 25, 1901 in Niksic Montenegro to Djuro and Petrusa (Cetkovic) Lalic, one of eleven siblings. Married George Bjeletich on April 9, 1922. Immigrated to Butte, Montana in April 1930 with two small sons, Robert and Dan. In Butte, gave birth to two additional children, Helen and John. After the death of her husband in 1961 she moved to Cupertino, CA to be near her children and grand children.
She was active in the Serbian community and Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte, Montana and Cupertino, California. Was a member of the Circle of Serbian Sisters and the Serbian National Federation. Andja has left an indelible print on those who have known her. Her strong spirit and warm heart commanded your attention. Although not formally educated she was wise beyond her years and was most interested in the people in her life particularly her family.
Predeceased by her husband George, her eldest son Robert in 1997, and great-grandsons Luka Bjeletich, and Nikola, Luka and Jakob Adzich. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Margot Bjeletich, Austin, TX and John and Nancy Bjeletich, Cupertino, CA, her daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Roy Adzich, Cupertino, CA and daughter-in-law Joan Bjeletich, Seattle WA. Also survived by thirteen grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren, and three great, great, grandchildren.
Pomen services: Sunday November 19, 7:00 p.m. at Alameda Family Funeral Home, 12341 Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd. Saratoga. Funeral services: Monday, November 20, 2006, 11:00 a.m. Serbian Cemetery, 1801 Hillside Blvd. Colma, CA 94014. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Archangel Michael Church, 18870 Allendale Ave. Saratoga, CA 95070 or the charity of your choice.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on Nov. 18, 2006
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