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Memorial for Stefica Tenzera

Born in Cerna, Croatia on Aug. 5, 1946
Departed on Nov. 5, 2019 and resided in RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA.
Visitation: Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
Service: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Cemetery: Green Hills Memorial Park
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Stefica (Stephanie) Katancic was born August 5, 1946, in Cerna, Croatia, in an idyllic town in the Slavonian countryside. Married to Ivan Tenzera at age 18, the couple emigrated to America in 1969 with their children Bruno and Ina after spending months in a Catholic refugee camp in Austria. The family first settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where their daughter Marija was born, and soon relocated to the South Bay area of Los Angeles, where their daughter Stephanie was born.

Possessed of great strength and determination, along with an easy laugh, sparkling blue eyes, and a penchant for warm hospitality, Stefica made every house she lived in a home.

A fixture in the vibrant St. Anthony’s Croatian community, Stefica was a master cook and baker, specializing in all things Croatian, from the humblest bean soup to the most complex pastries and desserts.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ivan, her children Bruno, Ina, Marija, and namesake Stephanie, her grandchildren Nadia, Mateo, Celeste, Nikola, Michael, Dominic, Natalija, Daniela, Liam, Nina, and Jake, along with many other friends and family.


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