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Gordana Helena Katurich

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Gordana Helena Katurich Obituary
July 1, 1939 - January 23, 2017 Gordana Helena Katurich, age 77, passed away from complications from cancer on January 23, 2017. An amazing woman - incredibly intelligent, loving, funny, feisty, and passionate about life. Gordana cared deeply for her family, friends, and students. She was a dedicated teacher for over 50 years. Gordana, who was born in Split, Croatia (then Yugoslavia), left the former Yugoslavia with her family during WWII to live in Vatican City, Italy, for three years, before spending most of her youth in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while awaiting visas to come to California. She came to Los Angeles in 1959 where she met her future husband while attending English classes at Los Angeles City College. She earned her Bachelor's degree at San Fernando Valley State College and received her Master's degree from California State University Northridge. She and her husband Nikola were married for 55 years until her passing. She was a phenomenal mother to her three children, Petar, 54, Carina and Miriana (Miki), 49, and a spirited grandmother of six. Gordana was a Spanish teacher for thirty-one years at James Monroe High School and also taught at LA Valley College for close to three decades. She is remembered by her family and friends as a strong, accomplished, caring and energetic woman who loved life and contributed significantly as an educator. She is survived by her husband Nikola, son Petar (Patty), daughters Carina and Miriana (Matt), six grandchildren, Nikolas, Gianna, William, Adriana, Juliana and Luke in Northridge, along with her sister Biliana and niece Vanessa in Washington, D.C. Gordana was the matriarch of the family she loved with a passion, always extremely big hearted, and our rock. Her warm smile, loving spirit and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed and cherished in our hearts forever. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The City of Hope or .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2017
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