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Marie Elayne Grozdanich

03/18/1937 - 07/22/2018

Marie Elayne (Popovich) Grozdanich, age 81 of Pengilly, MN passed away on July 22, 2018 as a result of her battle with cancer. Per her wishes, a private family memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Marie was born on March 18, 1937 in Grand Rapids, MN to Louis (Luka) and Angeline (Platisha) Popovich. She attended Greenway High School graduating in 1955, followed by attending Itasca Community College. She was married to Robert Grozdanich in Marble, MN on July 25, 1958. Together, they made their family home on their self created property known as Grozy’s Point located on Swan Lake in Pengilly, MN.

Marie enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and all of their activities, including time with her special friends playing cards, attending concerts, and numerous bonfires.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Helen Burns; brother, Eli Popovich; and daughter, Nancy Grozdanich-Lipinski.

She is survived by daughters, Roberta (Birdie) Oddo of Hibbing, MN and Jeanne (Beaner) Grozdanich-Nelson (Glenn Nelson) of Knoxville, TN; brother, Marko Popovich (Kay); sister-in-law, Marie Miklya; grandsons, Anthony Oddo, Nikolas and Nathan Nelson; step-granddaughters, Jennifer (David) Butcher and Tiffany Oddo; son-in-law, Jeffrey Lipinski; and numerous nieces and nephews.


4 thoughts on “Marie Elayne Grozdanich”

  1. nick berchin says:

    popovich family,

    my sincere condolences. marie and i were classmates. our families were good friends,
    she will be missed by many.

  2. Joan Booth says:

    So very sorry to hear of your Mom passing. Way back in the day our family had a place on Swan Lake and use to stop and visit your parents and play on the Point.

  3. Denise Hill says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family in this diffucult time.

  4. Marcia Miller says:

    My days are already too quiet without talking to your Mom on the phone. I am deeply saddened by her death. She was a “character” as you well know, but her spirit lives on. She loved attending concerts with a variety of music and entertainment, shopping at Herbergers, sharing birthday dinners with each other, sitting around a campfire to relax, and always enjoying a root beer float at least once during the summer. We made fond memories together. I loved hearing her laugh and her cynicism. She fought a good fight to the end. Our sympathy goes out to her family.

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