Milica "Millie" Vujicich, 77, of Brookfield, died Sept. 28, 2013 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.
Ms. Vujicich was born in Yugoslavia on Dec. 11, 1935 and grew up there in the midst of World War II. She immigrated to the United States in 1968, alone. Her daughter, Vera, followed her a year later, in 1969. Ms. Vujicich left Yugoslavia, family said, "to give herself, her daughter, her future daughter and grandson a better life."
She worked many menial jobs, at one point four jobs at once, until she landed a job in as an accountant — that's what she had trained for in Yugoslavia — at Hart, Schaffner and Marx in Chicago. She loved the job and worked there for many years.
Family members remember her as proud, defiant and extremely independent, yet someone with a sense of humor, who was compassionate and generous. According to family, she always took time to help people and her beloved rescue dogs as well as animals and birds that were hungry in the neighborhood.
Ms. Vujicich is survived by her daughters, Vera Stepanovich and Millie Vujicich; her grandson, Paul Stepanovich; and her beloved dogs.
A celebration of and tribute to her life will be held Sunday, Oct. 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Irish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave. in Brookfield.
Kopicki's Tower Home for Funerals and Cremation, Lyons, handled arrangements.