Са тугом, али и са хришћанском надом у васкрсење и вечни живот, обавештавам вас, драги моји парохијани, да је наш дугогодишњи посвећени парохијан и носилац Ордена Светог Саве, брат у Христу Никола Тодоровић уснуо у Господу 29. септембра 2021.године.
Опело за покојног Николу ћемо обавити у четвртак 14. октобра 2021. године са почетком у 11:00 часова на српском гробљу у Источном Лос Анђелесу. После опела и сахране уследиће и даћа у Павиљону Српског друштва “Јединство”.
Нека Господ дарује вечну и блажену успомену уснулом слуги свом Николи!
It is with great sadness, but with Christian hope in Resurrection and Eternal Life, that I inform you, my dear parishioners, that our brother in Christ and dedicated member of our Parish for decades, as well as the St. Sava Medal awardee, +Nickola Toforovich has fallen asleep in the Lord, on September 29, 2021.
Funeral service and interment will be held at the Serbian Cemetery in East LA on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 11:00 am followed by the “Daca” Luncheon in the Serbian Benevolent Society “Jedinstvo” Pavilion.
May Nikola’s memory be blessed and eternal!
Nickola V. Todorovich – Obituary
March 20, 1930 – September 29, 2021
On September 29, 2021, Nickola V. Todorovich of West Covina, CA, age 91, fell asleep in the Lord after a short, but courageous fight with lung cancer. He was a faithful, family man, who was proud of his Serbian roots, but also believed in and achieved the American Dream. Nickola was born on March 20, 1930, in Drazevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia. As a preteen, he moved to Belgrade where he completed his education and graduated from the Geodetic College and then worked for the Yugoslav Republic – Geodetic Authority in Serbia for four years. In 1956 he accepted a job in Austria and worked for the Austrian Department of Geodetic Authority for 6 months while he continued his quest to find his father who was missing in action since WWII. From Vienna, Nickola immigrated to the United States with the help and support of the Serbian National Defense Council.
Nickola lived in Chicago from 1956 to 1961 when he moved to Los Angeles. Upon his move to California, he was employed by the State of California Department of Transportation where he worked as a surveyor and then a Civil Engineer until his retirement in 1995. Nickola was passionate about his work; he continued working independently until the age of 80. In 1962, just three months before his plan to return to Serbia, he became a United States Citizen. Shortly thereafter he met Dragica Jaksic; they were married in October of the same year and raised two children. He was known for being a devoted husband and proud father who stressed the importance of education and hard work to his children. Nikola’s legacy includes volunteering and supporting the Serbian Orthodox Community in Los Angeles, building a church in Serbia, and throughout his life opening his home and heart to support many friends and family here and abroad. His hobbies included chess, travel, reading, and Serbian poetry. His travels included an Alaskan cruise with his grandchildren, China, S. Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and a trip to Russia with a Volga river cruise. Additionally, following retirement, he began smoking meat and became an avid gardener. Nickola developed a reputation for his delicious tomatoes and Serbian Prosciutto. He was proud of his heritage and modeled values of the importance of knowing one’s roots, and learning and retaining many of the beautiful customs of the rich Serbian culture.
In 2014 Nickola was widowed. In 2019, at the age of 89, he remarried.
Nickola was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Darlene Dragica Todorovich (2014), his brother Vitomir Todorovic (2014), and sister Nikolija ‘Ruza’ Todorovic (2008). He is survived by his daughter Gordana Todorovich Vukotich, son Alexander Todorovich, grandchildren Denis Vukotich, Natasha Todorovich and Nick Todorovich, and by his second wife Bojana Jovic. He will be genuinely missed by his family, kumovi, extended family, friends, fellow parishioners, former colleagues, neighbors, and so many individuals he connected with during the past nine decades here and abroad.
Funeral Services :
11:00 am Thursday, October 14, 2021
St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
4355 E 2nd St.,
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Interment immediately following at:
Serbian United Benevolent Society Cemetary (across the street from the church)
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to :
Nick and Darlene Todorovich Cancer Research Fund” for the benefit of Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz’s Cancer Research Program at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Gifts can be made payable to USC Norris Cancer Center, 1441 Eastlake Ave, #8302, LA, CA 90089, Attn: Carmy Peters, Director of Development/Community Relations
or online by visiting: www.uscnorris.com/DarleneTodorovich
Envelopes will also be available at the funeral for your convenience
St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Interior Fund – Envelopes available at the viewing and funeral