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Charles C. Cronovich

February 15, 1925 September 2, 2017
Charles  C. Cronovich
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Obituary for Charles C. Cronovich

Charles (Cedomir) Crnojevich was born in Valier, Illinois on February 15, 1925 to George and Sava (nee Podric) Crnojevich. He was the youngest of three children which included sister, Danica (Dorothy) and brother, Vladimir (Wally). At the age of 17, he left high school and voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country in WWII which included tours in Africa, Italy, France and Belgium. He was honorably discharged as a First Sergeant in 1950 and awarded the Bronze Star for valorous conduct and action against the enemy.

“Charlie” met and married +Naida (nee Pavlovich) through their Serbian Orthodox church and married on May 29, 1949 at St. Lazarus Orthodox Church in Detroit. He returned to school to complete his education and received his diploma from Northeastern High School. Charlie and Naida had 4 daughters. He was the proud father of Georgia (Rande) Somma, Roxanne (Paul) Kovacevich, Debra (Michael) Raad and Carla Cronovich Kearney.

He became a commercial insurance broker and worked for General Accident, Michigan Mutual and Johnson & Higgins. Daughter, Roxanne, was born in Indianapolis where he’d been transferred with General Accident. The young couple sought to return home to family and he successfully landed a job with Michigan Mutual. Eventually, he became employed with Johnson & Higgins where he moved up the ladder and retired as a Sr. Vice President.

Charlie was a lifelong active steward of St. Lazarus Orthodox Cathedral “Ravanica” for the past 68 years. He served on the Church Board and was instrumental in the construction of St. Lazarus Cathedral where it now sits on Outer Drive and Van Dyke. He was also a member of the Men’s Club. The Cronovich Family could be found at the Serbian Hall each Friday night where he made sure the children were taught the Serbian language, choir and other cultural activities.

After 62 years of marriage, he lost his devoted wife, Naida, in 2011. He was also preceded in death by his beloved siblings, Wally (“Vlad”) and sister, Danica Yaksich.

Deda Charlie was the proud grandfather to Scott and Adam Somma, Christopher and Lauren Kovacevich, Zachary Raad, and Alexa and Charles Kearney. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday 2-8 pm at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Rd., Clawson, MI with Pomen at 7pm. The Funeral Service is Wednesday 11am at St. Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral “Ravanica”, 4575 E. Outer Drive, Detroit. Officiating will be the pastor, Very Rev. Fr. Zivan Urosev. Visitation at the Cathedral begins at 10am. Committal prayers and military honors will follow in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.

Memorials appreciated to St. Lazarus Cathedral or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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