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DIVJAK,  Maria

November 14, 1922 – Prvic, Luka

September 14, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Maria Divjak (née Livić), beloved mother to Branca Pachkowski and Baka to 5 cherished grandchildren, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2018 at the age of 95 years.

Maria was born in Prvić Luka, Croatia and raised in Šibenik, where she completed her schooling as a tailor. She immigrated to Canada in the 1950’s, making a good life for herself in Vancouver, B.C. She married in 1957, giving birth to her daughter in 1958.  She was a talented seamstress, working for many years at Neto Industries and later had her own business, sewing everything from men’s suits to motorcycle leathers. Maria loved handicrafts and working in the garden of her treasured home. She was a ‘competitive’ Bingo player and could play a mind-boggling number of cards at any one time. Baka adored her family and was always a large part of their lives. Her greatest joy was to feed everyone mountains of palačinke with greetings at the door of “Welcome, come eat!” She moved to Calgary in 2008 and began her courageous struggle with dementia. Baka was a feisty woman, who loved to laugh, and faced life with unrelenting determination and strength.

Besides her devoted daughter, Maria is survived by her son-in-law Bruce; her loving grandchildren, Michael, Madison (Andrew), Mikayla, Maclean and Miranda, her ‘adopted’ daughter Sandy, and other family here and in Croatia.

Funeral Services will be held at    Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael Catholic Community (800 – 85th Street S.W.) on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens (Lower Springbank Road 17th Avenue SW) at 11:30 a.m.   Reception to follow at the Home of Branca and Bruce Pachkowski).

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In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated.

In living memory of Maria Divjak  , a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


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  1. Reminiscing about our baka this week and thinking of you Pachkowskis. May she rest in peace.

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  2. Jan and Stew Senger

    Thoughts and prayers are with you Branca Bruce and family. Hard to lose a Mom. Take care

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