Ivan
Ivan Joseph Mihaljevich passed away at home, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. He was 78 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Cvijeta (Florence); children Ivan Mihaljevich, Jr., Tanya Sussman, Tatiana Tomasevich, and Zrinka Botiller; and five grandchildren. Born in Croatia on Sept. 15, 1929, Ivan made his way to the United States to join his brother who was already living in the South Bay area. He has been a resident of Redondo Beach for almost 50 years. Ivan loved his family and was very active in the Croatian community. He also worked with various children's charities to provide medical care to children in need. His greatest passion was singing opera. He started singing when he was 4 years old and has performed in concert halls, opera houses and on television throughout the world. In his spare time, he liked to repair watches and tinker with electronics. Ivan worked for 24 years as a test engineer for TRW until he retired in 1990. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 15th at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Anthony's Croatian Catholic Church located at 712 N Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation in his name be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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  1. Grandpa, it is a year today you went to visit heaven. Your first great grandchild is on the way and she hears your singing all the time. I miss you so much. Thank you for being the greatest grandfather a girl could ever ask for. I love YOu!!! Klinka

  2. My Condolences to you Cvijeta and your family. My thoughts and prayers to you all during this time of sorrow. I will never forget Ivan’s beautiful voice! I am very sorry for your loss. Respectfully, Leisa

  3. I was having my sister review my page here and we noticed Ivan’s name. I just lost my 18 year old Son who passed away in his sleep of unknown causes on January 28th 2008. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I will always remember Ivan checking his groceries through my check stand with a beautiful smile on his face. He was always very kind. With all my Love, Debra Del Rosario AKA Beckstrom From Lucky market/Albertsons

  4. Dear family, We are saddened by reading about Ivan’s passing. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we worked together at TRW. Getting our families together was such fun. Ivan and Ivan Jr. installed that attic stairway for us that we use frequently. Our hearts go out to you. With fond memories, Howard, Dale, Arik, Caryn and Diane Korman

  5. Dear Family, My memories are so strong of our times at TRW. We had such fun at department lunches, picnics, and evening parties. And through it all, I remember Ivan’s bright, joyous smile. You are all in my thoughts and my prayers.

  6. Ivan and I have worked together for so many years. He did so many handy-man projects for me, and he also reset some small diamonds from my mother-in-law’s ring so that it would be in a ring that fit my finger. It is the only ring that never leaves my finger. We shall all miss him.

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