Kokarev, Slavka, a 41-year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2005 in Torrance. Born in Krusevo, Macedonia, Slavka was 93 when she died of age-related complications. Slavka married Toma Kokarev in 1933 and relocated to Sofia, Bulgaria. After six years in Communist labor camps the family escaped and fled to Vienna, Austria, and finally found sanctuary in the United States in 1963. Over the course of these three decades the Kokarevs worked as clothing manufacturers, restaurateurs and importers. Upon arriving in Redondo Beach, Slavka's husband died of throat cancer in 1964 while they were in the process of establishing a restaurant in the same city. She then took a job as a seamstress at Chic Lingerie for several years until she moved to Manhattan Beach to live with her daughter, Anna, and son-in-law, Karl Simon. Slavka took great pride in her skills as a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and tending to her family. She played an integral role in raising her granddaughter and later took on the role of ''nurse'' to her daughter who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1968. Slavka's talent as a seamstress translated to a hobby in petitepoint and her needleart garnered many awards in the South Bay. Additionally, she was a member of the Neptunian Women's Club in Manhattan Beach. She is survived by: daughter, Anna Simon of Manhattan Beach, grandson Andrew Goorfin of Stevenson Ranch, granddaughter Melissa Disharoon and three great-grandchildren, Teagan, Finn and Harper Disharoon, all residents of Los Angeles. In addition, she is survived by her older sister, Nada Panzoff of Plymouth, MI, and a host of other relatives who remain in her homeland of Macedonia and neighboring republic of Serbia. Preceded in death by: mother, Fanica Joseva, father, Nikola Josev, brothers Toma, Gorgi and Ivan Josev and sister, Zoya Joseva. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary Macedonian Orthodox Church (10550 Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA 90606) or National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( The service will be held this Sunday, May 15 at 1pm at Pacific Crest Cemetery, 2701 W. 182nd Street in Redondo Beach.

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  1. Baba was a joyful person who was always so kind to me, and everyone who met her. She obviously loved her family and enjoyed making them happy. I always think of her fondly and know she will be missed by many. I am so sorry she is gone. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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