For my grandfather, dear Dada,
What I remember most are his blue eyes, the color of Adriatic sea. His eyes were the most unbeleivable color of blue.
My grandfather was many things to me...my first impresion of him was that he was a movie star. He had dashing good looks. I thaught he was an actor.
But my father was a true family man. He was extremely loyal to my grandmother Nina, they were always together and always seemed like newlyweds. I admired this so much in my grandfather.
He was also a true patriot. He loved his country Croatia so much. He was always speaking to me of Croatia has right for independence.
I didn't have so much time with my grandfather.
This is a heartache of being an immigrant. You always have to be apart from your loved ones.
I remember my grandfather the last time I saw him. This is where I spent most time with him when I was little girl. It was in his fragrant garden, on his beloved island of Losinj with his most precious wife. I will always remember him there and this is where I am sure he is now-in peace.
I love you my gradfather Dada.
Your grandaughter Evonne.
April 8th 2008, Memorial Service, St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, White Bear Lake, Minnesota