It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved, beautiful Jelka (Jela) Nizic.
Jela passed away peacefully on February 18, 2021 at the age of 68. Jela, born in Virovitica, Croatia, was the beloved wife of the late Ivan Nizic, cherished mother of Ivan Nizic Jr. (Christina), and Antonia Mertol (nee Nizic) (Serhat), proud “Baka” to Johnny, Teo, Kristian and Leo, adored sister to Stipe (“Galja”) Tojcic, Tomislava Ivankovic, Mara Perkec, Ana Radic and late siblings Mijo (“Mico”) Tojcic, Matica Tojcic and Pavica Tojcic, and devoted friend to many.
Those who were fortunate enough to really get to know Jela would know that she had the biggest heart. She was generous to a fault. All you had to do was ask. In fact, most times you didn’t even have to ask. Jela would always be giving, and never ask for anything in return.
Her greatest loves were her two children and four grandchildren. Widowed at a young age with two small children to raise, there was nothing she would not do for them. She loved and cherished them profoundly. She was a fierce protector of her children; akin to a lioness with her cubs. Her love for her grandchildren was even stronger and nothing brought more joy to her heart than being around her four boys.
Her personality was one of a kind. She had an infectious laugh. She was strong willed and never afraid to speak her mind. If she was upset with you, there was no way that you would not know. She enjoyed a good cup of Turkish coffee with her “vitamins.” She was obsessed with the Raptors. She was a rebel at heart, dancing to The Rolling Stones and playing air guitar. Her positive energy was contagious.
Jela was an extremely spiritual woman. Only those close to her knew that she was a gifted empath who could feel and experience the pain and joys of others in order to help them get through their life experiences. She would take time in her busy day to help anybody in need of her knowledge and wisdom. Jela always had the right words to put your heart at peace even though she had endured many trials and tribulations in her own life.
Her life ended much too quickly, but in that time, she managed to touch the lives of all those who were blessed to get to know her.
In light of COVID restrictions, a private visitation will be held on February 21, 2021. Mass will be held on February 22, 2021 adhering to gathering restriction policies. For those unable to attend, please cut and paste the following link into a new window on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:00am: https://youtu.be/nQicmgid5Z0
If desired, flowers can be sent to Turner & Porter Peel Chapel.