Mara  Juratovic


Mara Juratovic, 100, of Brookfield, formerly of Croatia, passed away Thursday morning (July 11, 2019) in her home.
Mrs. Juratovic was born April 24, 1919, in Kupinacki Kraljevac, Croatia, a daughter of the late Mijo and Jela (Jursa) Tumbri Taban.
She spent most of her life working on her family's farm. Following her husband's death she moved to the United States (1993) and lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Mirko and Barbara Juratovic for 20 plus years. Her son and daughter-in-law, Zvonko and Katica cared for her during her last four years.
Mara was very family oriented and was happy her children all lived on the same street so she could visit each of them every day and pass on her heritage to the generations to follow. She enjoyed sewing and made her grandchildren and great-grandchildren traditional Croatian costumes. Mara also liked to share the Croatian dish, cheese strukli.
She worked alongside her family for the Croatian Democratic Union, Sharon, and the Strossmayer Singing Society, Vienna, Ohio, helping with fundraisers and events.
Mara attended St. Anthony's Church in Sharon.
Her husband, Janko Juratovic, whom she married in December of 1933, passed away Feb. 22, 1992.
She is survived by: four sons, Slavic (Franja) Juratovic, of Zdencina, Croatia, Mirko Juratovic, Stjepan (Jana) Juratovic and Zvonko (Katica) Juratovic, all of Brookfield; four grandchildren, Stjepan (Lisa) Juratovic, of the Pittsburgh area, Marica (Matthew) Nagel, of Waterville, Ohio, Kristina Juratovic, of Brookfield, and Marina (Justin) Saunders, of Streetsboro, Ohio; and six great-grandchildren, Nadia, Ariana and Bianca Nagel, of Waterville, and Marijana, Stjepan, and Danijela Juratovic, Pittsburgh. Mara is also survived by five grandchildren and their extended families residing in Zdencina, Croatia and Germany: Zvonko Bencitic; Miro (Jadranka) Bencetic; Franjo (Ljerka) Juratovic, Zlatica (Drago) Jurkovic, and Vlado Juratovic. Also surviving is her niece Dragica Krizmanic and additional extended family members in Kupinacki Kraljevac, Croatia.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mara was preceded in death by: two daughters, Jana (Stjepan) Bencetic, and Bara (Ferko) Juratovic; daughter-in-law, Barbara Juratovic; and her siblings, three sisters and a brother.

Mara, 100, of Brookfield, formerly of Croatia
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (7-14-19) and 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday (7-15-19) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Funeral: Mass of Christian burial 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Anthony's Church, 804 Idaho St., Sharon, with Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hermitage.
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Published on July 12, 2019
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Dave and Saundra Makara
Jul 15, 2019
So sorry for your loss! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!