Known as Lucky to most and as Nona to her close friends and family, Srecka Fredotovich made a swift and peaceful passage to her garden in heaven on Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, after 98 years of living life to its fullest. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Vinko. Survived by her daughters, Inka Mims and Viki Cyphers; her son, Ian Fredotovich; grandchildren, Tania, Sam, Inka, Ben, Ian, Wesley, Morgan and Meggy; great-grandchildren, Coral, Megan, Mallory, Scout, Justus, Cody, Kayla, Skylar, Kayleigh, Carter and Anthony; great-great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Conner and Sierra. Born in Croatia, Yugoslavia, on May 9, 1911, she survived World War I as a child and the next war as a new mother. When World War II broke out, her husband was immediately captured at sea on a freighter, leaving Srecka and their infant daughter wondering for years whether he was still alive. She was never one to shy away from any task. Despite repeated bombings, invasions and widespread starvation, she survived the years of war with her daughter, Inka, by making shoes out of old leather purses, rope and whatever materials she could get and trading the shoes for food. After escaping communist Yugoslavia in 1946, she booked passage on the first ship she could find which was heading for America, a freighter that took weeks to make the voyage. Her husband was waiting at the dock in Louisiana and after being separated for nearly a decade, the family was tearfully reunited. The Fredotovich family made a home in New Orleans. Srecka was proud to call New Orleans home and lived there until recently, when she moved to Baton Rouge. Never afraid of work, she lived on her own until the last few months of her life, keeping her own house, tending to her beloved gardens and plants and even working at her daughter's business, Inka's Uniforms, helping with alterations. She delighted in gathering with the five generations of her family. Despite her incredible life stories, she will be most remembered for her spirit, her childlike vitality, the pure love and joy she spread all around her, her unwavering spirit of gratitude and her constant love and trust in the Lord. We will miss the flower of her presence, but delight in the knowledge that she is now cradled in the arms of God. Visiting at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Friday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Mike Collins, celebrant. Entombment in Lakelawn Mausoleum, New Orleans, at 2 p.m. Friday.
I just heard. So Sorry to hear of your loss. I lost Dora Mae in Feb, 2010. Contact me when you get a chance.
Roger AucoinMoss Point, MS
To the Family of Srecka: I am very glad to have known your mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother and greatgreat grandmother. She was one of a kind. You are all very lucky to have had her with you for so long.
Tanya Kennedy familyBaton Rouge, LA
Inka, I am sorry to hear of your mother death.
Im sure she will be remember by all who knew her,and Love her.
You are in my Prayer.
Bessie H. ChaseGray, GA
YOUR FEARFUL TRIP IS DONE, THE PORT YOU SOUGHT IS WON. REST IN PEACE AND GOD BLESS
CARLEEN ED LYNCHTAMPA, FL
We are so sorry for your loss and ours too as she was such a friend to all and we morn with you. May you remember all the good times. She always had a smile and that will not be forgotten. Rene Terry
Terry and Rene CarlinSt. Francisville, LA
What an incredible woman and role model for living and courage. I am sure she will be missed and my condolences to her family.
Judith SelleEureka Springs, AR
Ian Family My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kelly FlynnTampa, FL
INKA I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. EVERYONE LOVED HER SO MUCH. A WOMAN YOU COULD NOT EVER FORGET. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS
LINDA GARRETTmetairie, LA
Dear VIki, Inka ,Ian family
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Mom. OUr thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Fred Anne Hardie
Anne Ferran Hardiemetairie, LA
Ian, I am so sorry for your loss. She is in a better place now. Charlotte
Charlotte ColasNew Orleans, LA
I would like to extend my condolences to the family, Nona was an amazing person. I enjoyed everytime I seen her because no matter how you were feeling, she managed to put a smile on your face. She was definitely one of a kind. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Brad GravesBaton Rouge, LA
my prayers are with all the family as you grieve her passing, but smile because she is in good hands and in great company now.
cora coleeunice, LA
Im very sorry for your loss. May God watch over all of you.
Patty SalazarTampa, FL
To the Fredotovich Family,
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. My heart go out to you in your time of sorrow. I am so sorry for your loss.
Michelle BeukTampa, FL
Our sympathy goes out to all the family. We know Lucky is resting in peace with The Lord.
Lucille HebertEunice, LA