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Darinka "Nana" Marinovich

Passed away at the age of 93. Darinka was born on the island of Korcula in a town called Vela Luka, which happened to be the home of Marco Polo and Mother Theresa. Growing up, her hero in life was her father, Franko. Darinka helped him with many jobs including fishing and building, jobs that a man typically would do. Escaping the Nazis in 1943, she found herself in Egypt and worked as a nurse until she found passage on a ship to New York followed by a train to San Pedro. Darinka did not speak a word of English but still survived the long difficult journey to San Pedro. In 1946, she married Martin Marinovich, Sr., who was a fisherman, and together they raised their 3 children, Martin Jr., Frank, and Maria. With her husband being away fishing 8-10 months a year, Darinka had to provide all the necessities needed to survive. Being a jack of all trades, her father had taught her well, she managed to provide for her family. Caring for children during the day, she obtained work at Honeywell at nights for 18 years. Unable to drive herself, she somehow managed to do it all without a single complaint. All on her own, Darinka began buying property in 1963 and was a mastermind in real estate. She had multiple apartments and houses until she finally settled with 3 lots. Being a ball of energy, Darinka loved to do many things including travelling, taking photos, having dinners, and volunteering at the Mary Star Fiestas. She worked and did everything by hand, even painting a 1965 Chevy with a paint brush leaving no streaks. Learning the English language allowed her to excel to new heights and even to the day of her passing, was still in charge. She gave to the needy and never refused to help those in need. God will receive a tremendous asset to his angels. She was simply the best. We all loved you for your compassion, beautiful smile and heart of golden love. You always gave and never took. Nana, we all love and loved you beyond love and now you can rest in peace. Our angel of San Pedro, we'll never forget you. Darinka was preceded in death by her grandson and survived by her 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Monday, 5-8 p.m. at McNerney's Mortuary. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at McNerney's Mortuary followed by interment at Green Hills Memorial Park. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com.
Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 8, 2016
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