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Joseph August Granich1 (M)
b. 4 August 1920, d. 16 December 1980

Appears on charts:
Descendant Chart for Tomas Marasović
Descendant Chart for Mateo Granić

     Joseph August Granich was born on 4 August 1920 at Chicago, Illinois, son of Philip Martin Granich and Zora Granich.2,3,1 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.4,5,6,7

Joseph August Granich was enumerated with Philip Martin Granich on the census of 10 April 1930 at 10633 Avenue "O", Chicago, Illinois, as Joseph Granich. He was listed as a single white male, 9 years old, son of the Head of Household. He is shown as being born in Illinois and having mother and father born in Yugoslavia. He did attend school in the previous six months.8
He was graduated circa 1940 from Indiana University, Indiana.1 He gathered with the rest of the family with Philip Martin Granich and Zora Granich circa July 1942 at Chicago. Joey was about to leave for North Africa.9 He was stationed with the US Army during WWII as a Private from 30 July 1942 to 3 January 1946. His enlistment was "...for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law". Was overseas for 32 months in Egypt with the 2888th Engineers Service Platoon as a clerk-typist. While in Egypt, visited the El Schatt Croatian refugee camp and played the accordion for them. His Army Serial Number was: 36 361 329. His Army enlistment record shows his civilian work as a "railway; crew dispatcher".10,11 Joseph sent this souvenir home from Egypt. Now held by Genivieve Granich Rassell.12 He was an attendee when Andrija Marasović and Ivanica Marasovich were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with family members on 2 March 1947 at 10732 Avenue "O", Chicago, Illinois.13 He was an Internal Revenue Service auditor from 1960 to 1980.1 He gathered for the celebrateion of their 45th wedding anniversary with Philip Martin Granich and Zora Granich in 1963 at Rupcich Restaurant, 106th and Indianapolis Blvd, Chicago, Illinois. The party took place in the Rupcich restaurant on Indianapolis Boulevard and 106th Street.14 He attended celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary with Jakov Radja and Carolyn Radja in May 1979 at Chicago.15 He died in sleep of a heart attack on 16 December 1980 at Chicago at age 60.2,3,1 He was buried on 19 December 1980 in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery located in Calumet City, Illinois.3,16

Last Edited=17 Aug 2008


  1. [S162] Dorothy Granich Rupcich, "Granich Family Group Sheets".
  2. [S17] Various People, Various files, Social Security Death Index, Family Search of the Family History Library.
  3. [S76] Joseph Granich Cemetery Marker, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 801 Michigan City Road, Calumet City, Illinois.
  4. [S43] Wedding party photograph, annotated, 29 May 1929, Jim Radja Library, Witnesses listed for the annotated wedding pohotgraph. Annotation provided by the bride..
  5. [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.
  6. [S161] Interview, Carolyn and Jakov Radja, 24 June 1981.
  7. [S534] Jakov & Caroline Wedding Reception Material, Unknown Vendor, 26 April 1929 Thomas G. Radja Library.
  8. [S169] 1930 US Census, IL, Cook County, City of Chicago, ED 16-424Suprvr Distr 29, Sheet 12A, Line 12.
  9. [S649] Interview, Carol Ann Granich Bender, Various dates.
  10. [S526] World War II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File; , Box 1071, Film No. 5,133.
  11. [S84] Sacred Heart Croatian Church of Chicago Illinois, Sacred Heart WWII Memorial Book.
  12. [S282] Interview, Genevieve Granich Rassel, 19 June 2004.
  13. [S276] Memorabilia collection, Genevieve Granich Rassel, 20 June 2004.
  14. [S234] Interview, Dorothy Granich Rupcich, 26 July 2003.
  15. [S54] Interview, Sr. James E. Radja, Various.
  16. [S155] Joseph Granich, Funeral Card, 19 Dec 1980 Jim Radja Library.

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Jim Radja
Vienna, Virginia, US of A

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