Kathy Knezevich was born Katica Bezek in Peljesac, Croatia on April 10, 1911. Kathy was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Tony Knezevich. She and Tony immigrated to the United States in 1955. She leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and adored friends. Affectionately known in the Croatian community as 'Teta Katica' & 'Goga,' Kathy will always be remembered for her generosity, warmth, understanding, and kindness. In California, she leaves behind her cousin Slavka Krsinich, and her three daughters. She calls them her nieces. Also niece Ann Bachan-Jigger, daughter of her beloved deceased cousin, Senka Bachan. She also leaves behind dear friend Janja Susac, whose family she considers to be her own. Janja was one of Kathys design students in Zagreb.
Kathy was trained in Zagreb as a high-fashion designer, and educa- tor, and was respected & known for purveying the highest standards of creativity, quality and style. Her European education earned her the equivalent of a Masters Degree in Fashion Design. She obtained her U.S. visa based on her talent, and acquired U.S. citizenship 5 years later. Kathy was initially employed by the exclusive San Francisco label French Lady which created custom designs.
Tony and Kathy devoted their 62 years of marriage to their love of family and adventure. They traveled the globe, with an appetite for knowledge, discovery, and pleasure, and managed to visit most continents. Their connection and love for family was witnessed through their generous desire to help their relatives achieve their dreams, and they did so with great purpose. Tony and Kathy sponsored three nieces and provided for them so they could fulfill their aspirations. The Knezevichs motivation for moving to Sacramento was for Tony's career advancement, and for Kathy's goal of creating her own fashion designs for women throughout Northern California. Kathys love of fashion and design were such that she didn't fully retire until she was 85 years old!
Kathy was an active and Founding Member of the Croatian American Cultural Center/Sacramento, as well as the Croatian Women's Club.
Closed casket visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger,
5401 Folsom Blvd. Entombment will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 7101 Verner Ave followed by a Memorial Mass and reception starting at 12:00 P.M. at Croatian American Cultural Center, 3730 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento.
Remembrances can be made to the Komen For The Cure ~ 'Rac-Pac' designation ~
, Sacramento, CA 95825.