OBITUARY

Elizabeth Anne Vukovich

September 14, 1954March 31, 2021
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Elizabeth Anne Vukovich was born on September 14, 1954 and passed away on March 31, 2021 and is under the care of Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery.

Funeral Service will be held on April 9, 2021 at 9:30 am at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery, 6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO. Outdoor Reception will be held on April 9, 2021 at 11:00 am at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery, 6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO.

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Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Outdoor Reception

    Friday, April 9, 2021

Memories

Elizabeth Anne Vukovich

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Neyla Driscoll

April 11, 2021

Lizzie and I have known each other since 5th grade; we share a September birthday, and and she used to tease me about being four days older than she was. We graduated in the same class of 1972 in La Junta, Colorado and I dated her older brother Mark throughout high school. She would later tease, "Why did you marry my brother? He had stinky socks!" Liz grew up being teased by four brothers, peeling potatoes every night for her Mom for the family of ten, and doing dishes with her two younger sisters. She helped raise the baby Joe, but still loved kids enough to have four of her own, including twins. Liz married a wonderful man named Mirko Vukovich....(don't tell Mirko, but she was not terribly fond of taking that name...) But she was terribly fond of him! Liz and Mirko would begin hosting the big clan of Driscolls for Thanksgiving every year, with their growing young families..
She was a tremendous hostess, leaving little favors at each place
setting to make us laugh, and gifts for everyone of those little
nieces and nephews! Liz loved humor.. Particularly, this past year was long and lonely. Liz had structural issues with knee and hip, and I did too! She had had lower back surgery, and I probably need it. We commiserated!! We also found something to laugh about, nearly every day. We shared our values, our love for the Lord, for our husbands and families and yes, the particular joy of having grandchildren! We also shared many worries and concerns and many many prayer requests. Sometimes Liz would burst out in song on the phone! And you could count on her to leave you a vm with Happy Birthday to you in her beautiful soprano voice. She loved music and enjoyed her piano and played the mandolin. If we would have
lived closer, we would have enjoyed playing guitar together and singing folk songs from the 70's...I will so miss Lizzie, our talks,
our similar interests and her love. Sing and dance Lizzie!
We all love you! Your friend forever, Neyla

Cindy McBride-Keefe

April 11, 2021

May God bless your family, as you move through this tremendous loss of a wife, mother, & grandmother. I lived across the street from Liz and Mirko in Ken Caryl with my parents Pat and Rusty, for 3 years with my infant son Riley after a bad divorce. Liz was always so kind and sweet to me, & always had a smile on her face. At your Christmas parties I felt like one of your own family members, and Liz was generous with attention and wonderful conversation. My thoughts of Liz will always be of a generous, happy, glowing, beautiful woman who loved her family with everything she was. Mirko, Jr. wrote a beautiful biography and I was touched looking through all the family photos. I know she is with the angels and in a place where all she knows is joy and lightness.
With Sympathy,
Cindy Keefe

Dennis Burrell

April 9, 2021

We remember Liz early on, beautiful young lady with a strong family upbringing. Highest accolades for their parents for raising a family to be so very proud of. She passed this on, we saw this today at her funeral. Her family honored her in such a special way. It was beyond awesome!! Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and may God bless and heal you.
Dennis and Margi Burrell (Bernita's nephew and wife)

Michelle Collard

April 9, 2021

Sitting here in the airport waiting on the plane that will take me to you—where I can no longer deny this is my reality and you are really gone. Oh how sad I am, but that’s about me. Several times these past days I’ve caught myself smiling in relief to know you are finally at rest. No more demons, no more struggling, no more pain. Rest in the everlasting arms my precious bestie. To all the family that loved her so well, you are in my prayers as you begin the process of rebuilding your new “normal”. May all that was so right, so precious, so dear live on in each of us as we journey on with her presence in our hearts.

Kristin Vukovich

April 8, 2021

Dave Billingslea

April 8, 2021

Mirko, MJ and family,
Sending you our warmest thoughts and prayers. Reflect on the time spent and the memories made. Take good care and see you soon.

Best regards,
The Billingslea Family (Dave, Shawna, Brayden, Connor)

Ryann Vukovich

April 7, 2021

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Ryann Vukovich

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FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

This is my sweet Momma's happy place! With kids on her knee, she always loved children so much, seeing this picture of her with my boys, her grandchildren, even makes me miss being a kid. I could always come to her for a hug and a kiss anytime! I will miss her so.

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Biography

Elizabeth Anne Vukovich - September 14, 1954 to March 31, 2021

Elizabeth (Liz) Anne Vukovich was technically born in Kansas (which I reminded her of often when she tried to claim she was a Colorado native - she would always say, "I was only out of Colorado for two weeks!") in September of 1954 but was raised in south eastern Colorado in the small farming town of La Junta. She was the second oldest of eight children born to John and Bernita Driscoll, the sibling of Mark, Paul, Steve, Tom, Susie, Jannie and Joe. As the second oldest child and oldest girl, she often spoke how she was the "Mom Jr" of the family. By most accounts, she had a good home and there was a lot of love between all the Driscoll family.

She graduated from La Junta High School and attended Otero Junior College before transferring up to Colorado State University to follow her brother Mark and where she would meet Mirko, her eventual husband. Mirko and Liz met in their senior (?) year at Colorado State and were married in Fort Collins in 1979. They moved to Denver where they had four children, Mirko Jr (1981), Nik & Sus (1984) and Jess (1986). All four children would attend and graduate from Colorado State as well, quite the growing heritage. For the majority of their married life, Liz and Mirko lived in Littleton, CO and raised all four of their children in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The family was very close and Liz was the glue that kept the family together, laughing and loving each other.

Liz, by her nature, was a very sensitive and caring soul. She was shy and quiet, but loved people, loved to laugh and loved to care for her children (and children in general). In talking with her kids, you can often hear stories of the songs she made up to sing to them, funny inside jokes they all had and the cute nicknames that were bandied about in the happy household. Her husband, Mirko, knew her as a caring and devoted wife who had the largest heart to serve him and the rest of the family. She was also an avid sports fan, especially of the Denver Broncos, and she could often be found hiding under her bed, when the Broncos were locked in a tight game towards the end of the fourth quarter, holding a pillow over her head in anxiety (you would think she would have gotten used to them losing over the years :) ).

Later in life, the demons of addiction would creep in to make what should have been a crowning achievement of all her hard work as a mother, enjoying being a grandmother, the most difficult stage of her life. Her battle with alcoholism would last 17 years riddled with some good moments fluctuating with hard ones. The battle ended with Liz succumbing to liver disease in the spring of 2021 on March 31st.

Liz is survived by her husband and four children as well as six grandchildren who were all with her at the end to say goodbye. As hard as the years of addiction were, such was her love and caring for her husband, kids, friends and family throughout her life that well wishers and visitors from far and wide came to pay their respects to a woman who truly embodied God's loving care for others for most of her life. Those who have truly known her carry with them the compassion of her true nature with them always. Though the disease of addiction is brutal, it did not ultimately win out. The evidence of the love of her family and the care that they showed up to the very end is a testament to her spirit. It is a spirit that transcends the deepest darkness and one that will live on in each of us and will be renewed when the world is made whole again.

Rest in peace, Mom. We love you.

Written by Mirko J Vukovich (eldest son)