OBITUARY

Margaret "Margie" Jerinic

May 3, 1944October 16, 2021
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Author, coffee drinker, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Margaret Jerinic was a voracious reader with wide interests, as her bookshelves will attest. Hidden beneath her reclusive nature was a passion for the written word, whether she was reading, writing, selling or translating it. She came alive when the conversation turned to fiction and history, and her enthusiasm inspired others to read. She could be counted on to provide insight and references on a diverse range of topics, including the significance of the British mystery and the historical controversies surrounding Vlad the Impaler.

She raised five daughters, managed a bookstore, wrote book reviews and the novels The Sword of the Spirit: A Novel of Byzantium and The Eunuch’s Secret, a mystery set in the Byzantine Empire. She had a unique ability to translate books and theological articles into English from Church Slavonic, Serbian and Russian. She loved music, so she sang in her church choir and began guitar lessons in the middle of her adult life. She loved cats but became the primary caretaker of the dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and fish that found their way into 7 Robinwood Road. She also saved many mice and birds from feline clutches all while consoling the confused cat who only wanted to feed her.

A devoted Eastern Orthodox Christian, she lived her faith, committed to the plight of the underserved. She volunteered for a variety of causes and served in many ways, including packing supplies for the food insecure and knitting hats for the homeless.

Margaret was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Gordon and Mary Wilson and grew up in Oxford, Ohio. As an undergraduate, she studied Russian at University of Wisconsin, where she also met her husband, George, marrying him in 1963. Together they moved to Massachusetts in 1968 and began a family and a long life in the Boston-area. Margaret earned a Master’s degree in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at University of Massachusetts Boston. She loved the New England landscape and her Boston-area community, enjoying her return visits there after she and George relocated to Nevada in 2014 to be closer to their children and their families.

Margaret is survived by her husband George Jerinic of Henderson, NV and her five daughters and their families, including seven grandchildren: Maria Jerinic-Pravica and Michael Pravica, and Nicholas, Natalia and Luka of Henderson, NV; Vera Jerinic-Brodeur and Chris Brodeur, and Caleb and Norah of Mesa, AZ; Katarina Jerinic and Chad Stayrook of Brooklyn, NY; Olga and Paul Koenig, and Henry and Theodore of Agoura Hills, CA; and Alexandra Jerinic and David Ko of San Francisco, CA; as well as many friends scattered across the country.

Visitation will be held Thursday, 10/21, from 5:30-8:30 PM and the funeral Friday 10/22, at 10:00 AM at Palm Eastern Mortuary and Cemetery, 7600 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89123.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the following organizations which were meaningful to Margaret:

ST NICHOLAS FOUNDATION The parent foundation of the St. Nicholas Mission which supports Orthodox Christian outreach. donations by Paypal to frelias@delja.net

THREE SQUARE FOOD BANK Focused on outreach to “struggling individuals and families at risk of hunger” and working to eliminate food insecurity in Southern Nevada https://give.threesquare.org/production?cl=THREE&pg=general_donation_form&amt=75,150,225,500&value=3&customsource03=email&tribute=TRUE&comments=on&source=fy22_general_donation_form

SPREAD THE WORD NEVADA “Dedicated to advancing childhood literacy within low-income communities by changing lives one book at a time." https://spreadthewordnevada.org/donate-today/

And please support your independent bookstores.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 22, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, October 22, 2021

Memories

Margaret "Margie" Jerinic

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Lissa McCain

October 22, 2021

You’ll be truly missed Margaret! We’ll think of you during the Creed and Our Havenly Father prayers at St. Nicholas.

May God rest you in peace kind lady.

Sincere Condolences to the family.

Lissa, Elena & Joana

Alma Sandman

October 21, 2021

Dear George and girls,
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. The tributes to Margaret were lovely. Loss is never easy. Keep in mind that love never dies. May God be with you as you travel this road of grief.
Sincerely, Alma Sandman

Vicki & Vincent Howell

October 19, 2021

Our sympathy on the sudden passing of your mother. Sounds like a lovely lady who passed on her love of books to her daughters.

Blessings.

Georgia Kalogerakis

October 19, 2021

Margaret, my dear friend, was the daughter of scholarly parents. She met, fell in love with George at college, married him and became Orthodox. They moved to Boston where the family grew and we became lifelong friends attending all baptisms and weddings together. She was devoted to her family and encouraged her daughters to develop their talents and find happiness each in their own way. Margaret lived her faith and followed the Serbian traditional “Slava” of the family saint’s name day, St Nicholas celebration. She prepared 5 or 6 lavish seafood dishes-never sitting down while George served and hosted many guests. While on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land I would often see her affectionately holding George’s hand. Margaret loved books and after the girls grew up, using her creative intellect, she authored two wonderful novels to share with the world. She lived a full life with her beloved husband George, her beloved daughters: Maria, Vera, Catarina, Olga, Alex and their families. I pray God gives the family strength at this difficult time. Eternal be your memory my sister in Christ. Georgia

George Kosich

October 19, 2021

Deepest Sympathy is extended to the Jerenic/Pravica Family during this most difficult time in your lives..... May God give you comfort and May the Memory of our late Margaret be Eternal! Vecnaja Pamjat!

George Kosich
Professor of Music, Musician

Jelena Boskovic

October 19, 2021

Margaret was an inspirational and very kind lady. I saw her as a saint among us! Memory Eternal!

Michelle Tusan

October 18, 2021

I have wonderful memories of Margaret at Maria's house. Her kind, gentle demeanor along with her delicious contributions to the feasts we all shared will stay with me most. I also remember the 'zoom' book launch Maria hosted in the longest days of the pandemic. It was a true delight to hear about Margaret's new book and so much fun to see faces I hadn't seen for so many months together sharing this moment. My family sends sincere and heartfelt condolences to your family in this difficult time.
Michelle

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