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Mirjana Jovanovitch

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Jovanovitch, Mirjana ALBANY Mirjana Jovanovitch, who fled her homeland of Yugoslavia during World War II, died February 12, 2013 at the Daughters of Sarah senior community in Albany, after a short illness. She was 88. She was the mother of Dagan Jovan-ovitch of Guilder-land and Milena Jovan-ovitch Berg of Bethel, Conn. Mrs. Jovanovitch was born October 11, 1924, in Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia and grew up in Belgrade. Her father, Dr. Milos Tupajanin, was a member of Parliament in prewar Yugoslavia and a leader of the agrarian political party that fought for the rights of farmers and opposed a wartime alliance with the Nazis. She was 16 when she and her family were forced to flee as German troops invaded Yugoslavia in 1941. They escaped through Greece to Cairo, Egypt. But as German troops advanced across North Africa, she and her family went to Cape Town, South Africa, where she attended high school. From there, she and her family sailed across the Atlantic to New York. They continued on to Montreal, where Mrs. Jovanovitch attended McGill University. As the war drew to a close, she went to England and settled there with her family. She graduated from Royal Holloway College at the University of London. In England, she met her future husband, Stevan Jovanovitch. He was a Yugoslav military officer who had spent four years in a German prisoner of war camp. They were married on July 23, 1950. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1958 and settled in Rome, where Mr. Jovanovitch joined the Rome Cable Corporation as an engineer. He died on Aug. 4, 2006. Mirjana Jovanovitch's lifelong passions included a strong interest in history and literature. She enjoyed giving lectures about the arts to community groups in Rome. She was related to the inventor Nikola Tesla through her father's family. Mrs. Jovanovitch is also survived by a sister, Solange Avakumovic of Vancouver and seven nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Zorka Hodgson and Ivanka O'Beirne and a brother, Vukosav Tupanjanin. A memorial service is planned in Rome in May.
Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 17, 2013
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