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Sister Mary Andrew Marasovich Order of Carmel1 (F)
b. 23 March 1914, d. 25 January 1997

Appears on charts:
Descendant Chart for Tomas Marasović

Sister Mary Andrew ca 1934
     Annie Marasovich was born on 23 March 1914 at Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Andrew Marasovich and Ivanica Marasovich.2 As of 23 March 1914, Sister Mary Andrew Marasovich Order of Carmel was also known as Annie Marasovich. She lived with Andrija Marasović and Ivanica Marasovich and Draga Marasović, Marija Ivanica Marasović and Edward Joseph Marasovic circa 1920 at 9120 Mackinaw Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. From the census, it appears to be a multiple unit home with at least four families; all with origins in Croatia.3

Annie Marasovich was enumerated with Andrija Marasović on the census of 5 January 1920 at Chicago as Annie Marasovich. Listed as 'Annie', 5 years old, attending school, able to read and write, born in Illinois, father and mother born in Croatia, speaks English, occupation 'none'.4
Andrija Marasović, Ivanica Marasovich, Edward Joseph Marasovic, Sister Mary Andrew Marasovich Order of Carmel, Joseph August Granich, Florence Barbara Granich, Marie Evelyn Granich, Genevieve A. Granich, Lorraine Rose Kovack, Unknown Padzich, Nikola Malenica, Marija Ivanica Kovack, Mate Kovačević, Zora Granich, Joseph Melvan, Joseph Komar, Joseph Hrstich, Mate Hrstich, Petar Koljanin, Mary Hrstich, Anna Hartman, Dorothy Josephine Granich, James Kovack and Mary Furlan attended the wedding of Jakov Radja and Draga Marasović on 4 May 1929 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Croatian Catholic Church, 2864 E. 96th Street, Chicago, Illinois.5,6,7,8 Annie tried to join a convent at sixteen years of age but her father forced her to return home.

Annie Marasovich was enumerated with Andrija Marasović, Jennie Marasovich and Edward Joseph Marasovic on the census of 17 April 1930 at 10732 Avenue "O", Chicago, Illinois, as Anna Marasovich. Listed as 17 years old, does not live on a farm, single, has not attended school or college in last six months, born in Illinois whereas her father and mother were born in Yugoslavia, she can read, write and speak English, employed as a assembler in a kitchenware factory, not a veteran.9
She was became a nun with the Sisters of St. Francis in 1932 at Joliet, Illinois. She was entered the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. Was received as a novice on 8 September 1939, made her First Profession of temporary vows on 9 December 1940 and made her perpetual vows on 30 May 1946. Served as a cook. On 30 January 1939 at Queen of Carmel Convent, St. Leo Benedictine Abbey, St. Leo, Florida.10,11,12 She was employed by St. Patrick's Home and Mount Carmel Home on West 54th Street from 1939 to 1941 at New York, New York. She was Professed into Order of Carmelite for the Aged and Infirm on 9 December 1940.12 She was employed from July 1941 to December 1952 at St. Leo's College, St. Leo, Florida. She gathers with her nieces and nephews circa 1942 at Chicago.13 Sister Mary Andrew appeared in the backyard of the Radja's around 1943. She was Final Profession into Order of Carmelite for the Aged and Infirm on 30 May 1946.12 She was St. Leo's College closed in December 1952. She was employed in 1953 at St. Rita's Home, 880 Greenlawn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. She was employed from 1953 to 1962 at Sacred Heart Home, North Miami, Florida, The Probate of her mother Ivanica's estate lists her at St Rita's Home 1415 e. Broad St, Columbus, Ohio.14 She and Carolyn Radja, Edward Joseph Marasovic, Zora Granich and Marija Ivanica Kovack were the heirs of the estate of Ivanica Marasovich probated on 27 October 1961 at Probate Court of Cook County, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago, Illinois. Caroline Radja and Edward Marasovich acted as Executors.

They were 'bonded' for $11,500 for faithful discharge of their duties.

The estate was valued approximately as $5,000 Personal and $5,000 Real Estate.

The heirs were identified as Edward Marasovich, Caroline Radja, Mary Kovack, Zorka Granich and Anna Marasovich (aka Sister Mary Andrew)

On 27 October 1961, Caroline Radja was called to testify as to the legitimacy of the five children heirs of Ivanica.

On 20 November 1961, Dr. Leo H. Holm, M.D. filed a claim for $25 against the estate. His service was for anesthesia for a fractured hip on 28 June 1961.

For a fee of $13 the probate was published in the 'Chicago Daily Law Bulletin' on 31 October 1961 and November 7-14 1961.

Mr. D.M. Knight and Counsel Vincent Knaus were called to testify, on 27 October, that they witnessed the signing, on 11 September 1958, by Ivanica of the will being probated. Official Reporting Service of the Probate Court billed the estate $17 documenting the will proof. This was a revised will from the one signed on 22 August 1957. This new will included in the probate file is illegible.

On 30 November 1961, Mr. Jerome J. Smerz, appraiser, testified that no 'goods or chattels' of the estate have come to his knowledge.

The Claude E. Griesel Mortuary, represented by Grace Griesel, submitted a voucher of $1,701.05 for 'Directorial Services' in the funeral of Ivanica. This included $795 for the casket.

On 1 November, the Executors submitted to the Court an inventory of estate assets:
1. Unecumbered and unimproved Lot 13, adjacent to 10732 Ave O, Chicago.
2. Unecumbered Lot 14 improved with a one and a half story frame residence containing two apartments, 6 rooms up and 3 rooms down.
3. Unecumbered and unimproved Lot 15, adjacent to 10732 Ave O, Chicago.
4. Savings account at Steel City National Bank account #17959 for $5,513.20
5. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company policy #56855751, dated 22 April 1918, on life of Ivanica, proceeds of $50.10.

Total cash proceeds of $7,112.11 minus costs for various administrative fees and services (including $375 for each of the two executors) of $2,262.00 and debts of $1,742.05 leaving cash on hand for distribution of $3,108.06. The distribution to each of the five heirs was then $421.61 plus $1,000 to Caroline Radja according to the will dated 11 September 1958. Sale proceeds of the three lots and building is NOT mentioned.14 On 5 November 1962 the title to the real estate (three lots and one building) Of Ivanica Marasovich was transferred to her five heirs Edward Marasovich, Caroline Radja, Mary Kovack, Zorka Granich and Anna Marasovich.15 On 23 December 1963 the title to the real estate (three lots (13, 14 & 15) and one building) of heirs Edward Marasovich, Caroline Radja, Mary Kovack, Zorka Granich and Anna Marasovich from Ivanica Marasovich was transferred to Angelo and Hanna DiCianni of Chicago. No sale price was mentioned.16,17 Angelo & Hanna DiCianni, purchasers of Ivanica Marasovich's inherited three lots immediately secured a mortgage from The Steel City National Bank of Chicago for $12,500 for lots 14 & 15. It can be assumed that this is close to what they paid the heirs on transfer of the title. So the heirs received about $2,500 each.18 She was employed by served invarious capacities such as Sacristan, Eucharist Minister and as resident advocate on several of the nursing floors from 1964 to 1976 at Lourdes Residence, 315 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida.10 She was employed by across the way from 1976 to 1993 at Pennsylvania Residence, 208 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, Florida.10 She witnessed the award of Sister Mary Grace Therese Guthmiller Order of Carmel on 15 August 1977 at West Palm Beach.11 She was was honored at the Noreen McKeen Residence, with Bishop Thomas V. Daily as celebrant, as Jubilarian after fifty years of service with the Carmeite Order on 24 June 1989 at Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel, 315 South Flager Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida.19,20 She was ill with two heart attacks and multiple forms of cancer from 1990 to 1997. She was assisted with light duties and retired for health reasons on 23 January 1993 at St. Patrick's Residence, 1400 Brookdale Road, Naperville, Illinois.10 She died on 25 January 1997 at Naperville at age 82.2,12 She was buried on 30 January 1997 at in the Resurrection Cemetery located in Romeoville, Illinois.2

Last Edited=8 Dec 2007


  1. [S69] Loretta Pastva SND, The Carmelite Sisters, pp 62 showing engraved names of deceased Sisters.
  2. [S73] Sister M. Andrew Marasovich O. Carm. Cemetery Marker, Resurrection Cemetery, 135th Street and Illinois Rte 53, Romeoville, Illinois.
  3. [S113] 1920 US Census, Supvr Distr 1, Enumeration District 503, Ward 8, Sheet 3.
  4. [S113] 1920 US Census, IL Chicago, Cook Co., Supvr Distr 1, Enumeration District 503, Ward 8, Sheet 3.
  5. [S43] Wedding party photograph, annotated, 29 May 1929, Jim Radja Library, Witnesses listed for the annotated wedding pohotgraph. Annotation provided by the bride..
  6. [S121] Certificate, Jakov Radja and Dragica Marasovich marriage of 4 May 1929, presided over by Bonaventure Andacic and lists Joseph Hrstic and Mary Furlan as witnesses.
  7. [S161] Interview, Carolyn and Jakov Radja, 24 June 1981.
  8. [S534] Jakov & Caroline Wedding Reception Material, Unknown Vendor, 26 April 1929 Thomas G. Radja Library.
  9. [S169] 1930 US Census, Roll 432, Page 32A, Tenth Ward, Enumeration District 424.
  10. [S67] Letter, O. Carm. Mother Mary Suzanne to James E. Radja, 16 Jan 2001.
  11. [S71] Interview, Sister Mary Grace Therese Guthmiller O. Carm., 2 July 2002, at St. Patrick's Residence.
  12. [S158] O. Sister Mary Andrew Marasovich, Funeral Card, 25 Jan 1997 Jim Radja Library.
  13. [S54] Interview, Sr. James E. Radja, Various.
  14. [S497] Probate File in the Estate of Ivanica (Jennie) Marasovich 61P09412.
  15. [S548] Land Registration File No. 5982, Cook County Registrar.
  16. [S549] Warranty Deed No. 2135835, Cook County Registrar.
  17. [S550] Warranty Deed No. 19048454, Cook County Registrar.
  18. [S551] Trust Deed No. 2135836, Cook County Registrar.
  19. [S68] "Jubililarians Honored", page 1.
  20. [S276] Memorabilia collection, Genevieve Granich Rassel, 20 June 2004.

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