Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Peter Samardzija

Passed away on July 31, 2020


Peter Samardzija, age 82.  Late of Orland Park, Illinois formerly of South Holland, IL.  Passed away July 31, 2020.  Beloved husband of Mira (nee Stanojcic) for 61 years.  Loving father of Rod Samardzija, Dana (David) Duvnjak, and Bronny (Nicole) Samardzija.  Cherished Djedo of Kristiana (Jovi) Balac, Andrea Duvnjak, Katarina, Tiana, Peter, Tanja, and Maya Samardzija.  Dearest cousin, kumovi, and friend of many.  Preceded in death by his parents George and Anica Samardzija and siblings Nikola, Ljubica, Danica, Mile, and Milka.  Peter was a retired owner the Gremp Steel Company.  He was a founding member and past president of St. Simeon Mirotocivi Serbian Orthodox Church.  Pete was instrumental in the building and constructing of New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery and also served on the monastery board.  He was a founding member of the Zmaj Jovan Jovanovic Choir and an avid golfer and longtime member of Olympia Fields Country Club.  Visitation and funeral services Tuesday, August 4, 2020 DIRECTLY at New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery (35240 W. Grant Ave. Third Lake, Illinois 60046) where Pete will lie in state from 9:30 am until time of service at 11:00 am.  Interment New Gracanica Serbian Cemetery.  Due to the Covid – 19 pandemic masks are required if you are attending the services, if you are unable to attend please sign the online guest book below).  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Simeon Mirotocivi Serbian Orthodox Church or Lifeline Chicago in Pete’s name.  Arrangements entrusted to Elmwood Chapel, James Betkowski and Sons, Directors.  For more information 773-731-2749

Funeral

Lie in State DIRECTLY at New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Cemetery
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 9:30 am

Funeral Service:
New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery
35240 W. Grant Ave.
Third Lake, Illinois 60046
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 11:00 am

Interment:
New Gracanica Serbian Cemetery
Third Lake, Illinois 60046

Memorial Contributions:

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Simeon Mirotocivi Serbian Orthodox Church or Lifeline Chicago in Pete’s name. 

Visitation Location

New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery
35240 W. Grant Ave.
Third Lake, Illinois 60046


Visitation Information

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 9:30 am until 11:00 am

Condolences
"Sending our deepest sympathies, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Augie Mimica and family "
- Augie Mimica
August 1, 2020 4:36 pm

"Чика Перо, почивај у миру! Нека те анђели чувају! Чувај Српство и са неба! Небојша Живковић I express my greatest condolences at the news of his sudden death. May he rest in peace. "
- Nebojsa Zivkovic
August 3, 2020 3:54 am

"Deepest condolences to our Samardzija Family. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories that life with Cika Pete brought! Vjecna mu pamjat. milka petrovich thoresen and family"
- milka, todd, jessica, leila petrovich thoresen
August 3, 2020 6:15 am

"My prayers and sympathy to the Samardzija family. Pete was my good friend and golfing partner."
- Harry R. Buoscio
August 3, 2020 9:35 am

"Naijiskrenije saucesce povodom smrti sopruga,oca i dede Pere zeli vam ja i moja familija,zbog licnih zdravsvenih razloga nemogu da prisustvuje na sahrani. mane Knezevic"
- MANE KNEZEVICH
August 3, 2020 9:36 am

"We were saddened to hear about the loss of such a wonderful man. Sending our sincere condolences to the Samardzija family."
- Carol and Bill Elliott
August 3, 2020 9:42 am

"Mr. Samardzija will always be remembered as a very kind man. We are sorry for your loss."
- Seka and Smilja Ivancevic
August 3, 2020 11:38 am

"So sorry to hear of your loss. Pete always had a kind word for whomever he met. I will always remember our Hall of Fame team at the Raiders at Olympia Fields. He was a good friend and will be missed by everyone who knew him. I learned much from him over the years. My deepest sympathy with the Samardzija family."
- Barry Link
August 3, 2020 11:42 am

"Sorry to hear of Pete's demise. Please accept our sincere condolence. He will be missed."
- mike & marianne puskar
August 3, 2020 12:57 pm

"Sincere condolences. May the wonderful memories you have get you through this difficult time. Bojana (Drobac) Lafond"
- Bojana (Drobac) Lafond
August 3, 2020 5:02 pm

"Rod and Bronny, so sorry to hear about your Pa. I always liked Pete a lot . . . I had not seen him since your Ma's passing. I hope you boys relish the memories and keep alive in your families' hearts. "
- Phil Hauck
August 3, 2020 5:24 pm

"Mr. Samardzija will always be remembered as a very kind man. We are sorry for your loss."
- Seka and Smilja Ivancevic
August 3, 2020 5:56 pm

"Mr. Samardzija will always be remembered as a very kind man. We are sorry for your loss."
- Seka and Smilja Ivancevic
August 3, 2020 5:56 pm

"My deepest condolences to the entire Samardzija family on behalf of myself, Biljana Covic and my son, Aleks Covic! Cika Pero will greatly be missed by his St. Simeon Family. Vjecnaja Pamjat, + Cika Pero"
- Biljana Covic
August 3, 2020 6:53 pm

"Poslednji pozdrav voljenom bratu, deveru,chichi,tvoju ljubav i dobrotu pamticemo vecno, zauvek ces biti u nasim srcima!!! Misa Samardzija sa porodicom "
- Grbic Milos
August 4, 2020 1:13 am

"Mr. Samardzija will always be remembered as a very kind man. We are sorry for your loss."
- Seka and Smilja Ivancevic
August 4, 2020 6:48 am

"Teta Mira, Rod, Dana, Bronny - We are so sorry to hear of Cika Pete's passing. We will always have fond memories of him, may he rest in peace. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Vjecnaja pamjat. Nick and Milena (Lalich) Novakovich"
- Milena Novakovich
August 4, 2020 8:07 am

"Najiskrenije saucesce porodici a cika Peri da pociva u miru. Cica Bulajic sa porodicom"
- Cica Bulajic
August 4, 2020 9:02 am

"Sincere condolences to the entire family, Kumari, and friends. Cika Pero will be missed by so many. Sending prayers and hugs to the family. Memory eternal "
- Stevanovic Family
August 4, 2020 11:18 am

"Our deepest condolences to the beautiful Samardzija Family. We always looked forward to seeing Pete and Mira and knew he would have that great smile to welcome us...Vjecnaja Pamjat Bill and Dawn Anderson "
- William and Dawn Anderson
August 4, 2020 3:57 pm

"To Mira, Rod, Donna, Bronny and all siblings. Not much more that hasn’t been said.+ May Pero"
- Joey Puhar
August 4, 2020 4:34 pm

"Deepest condolences to the Samardzija Family. Upon meeting Peter it didn't take long to learn how much he loved his family, church and friends. I will miss our visits and his warm and calming smile. May you rest in peace my friend knowing that you leave behind a proud legacy."
- John Straley
August 6, 2020 9:12 am

"Sincere condolences. May the wonderful memories we have about Cika Pero stay forever. He was and always be remembered as a great Serbian patriot and benefactor to the Orthodox Church, as well as to all Serbian patriotic organizations such Serbian National Defense, Chetniks, and SNF, as well as various humanitarian efforts he was associated with. May he rest in Heavenly Peace. Vjecnaja pamajt. "
- Dragan Ciric
August 7, 2020 9:56 am

Candles Lit
"Почивај у миру"
- Nebojsa Zivkovic
August 3, 2020 3:56 am

"His light shines eternally. Vjecna pamjat, Cika Pero."
- milka, todd, jessica, leila petrovich thoresen
August 3, 2020 6:03 am