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Stefica Tenzera Obituary

Stefica   Tenzera
Stefica Tenzera

August 5, 1946 - November 5, 2019
Born in Cerna, Croatia
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Stefica (Stephanie) Katancic was born August 5, 1946, in Cerna, Croatia, in an idyllic town in the Slavonian countryside. Married to Ivan Tenzera at age 18, the couple emigrated to America in 1969 with their children Bruno and Ina after spending months in a Catholic refugee camp in Austria. The family first settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where their daughter Marija was born, and soon relocated to the South Bay area of Los Angeles, where their daughter Stephanie was born.

Possessed of great strength and determination, along with an easy laugh, sparkling blue eyes, and a penchant for warm hospitality, Stefica made every house she lived in a home.

A fixture in the vibrant St. Anthony’s Croatian community, Stefica was a master cook and baker, specializing in all things Croatian, from the humblest bean soup to the most complex pastries and desserts.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ivan, her children Bruno, Ina, Marija, and namesake Stephanie, her grandchildren Nadia, Mateo, Celeste, Nikola, Michael, Dominic, Natalija, Daniela, Liam, Nina, and Jake, along with many other friends and family.




McNerney's Mortuary
570 W. 5th Street
San Pedro, CA US 90731
Monday, November 11, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Anthony's Croatian Catholic Church
712 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA US 90012
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
10:30 AM
Green Hills Memorial Park
27501 S. Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA US 90275
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
11:00 AM