DAWSON -- Stephanie Kos Dubravcic passed away Wednesday morning, the 25th of January 2012 in Dawson, Georgia. Stephanie was born in the south central European republic of Croatia in 1922. Together with her first husband, Ivo Stefanac, Stephanie participated in the emerging Croatian democracy movement in what was then Yugoslavia. For her advocacy of democratic initiatives, she was held as a political prisoner by the Communist regime in the days immediately after the Second World War. Stephanie would go on to receive her bachelor's degree from the University of Zagreb. In 1953 she and her fiance, Milan F. Dubravcic escaped communist rule in Yugoslavia and were married in Trieste, Italy in September of that year.
Before arriving in the United States in 1965, the couple had lived in Melbourne, Australia and Vancouver, Canada. While her husband was a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Stephanie supported the family as a high school French teacher. After the family moved to Akron, Ohio in 1968, Stephanie went on to earn a Masters Degree in Spanish and French as well as a Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from the Ohio State University. Stephanie took particular pride in her ability to research literary works by noted authors such as French existentialist author Simone de Beauvoir in their original language. Her career included teaching engagements at Ohio State, Kent State, and Alfred University. While she was fluent in six languages, she had a particular love of Italian and established the Italian Studies Department in Alfred. During the course of her career, Stephanie taught a total of 5 different languages, in 4 countries, on 3 separate continents, using 2 different alphabets, all in one unique and passionate style.
She retired to Sarasota, Florida with her husband prior to moving to Dawson, Georgia. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Milan F. Dubravcic; her daughters Marie Stefanac and Elizabeth Dubravcic; her sons, Frank, Stephen and Milan; her children-in-law Evangelos and Cindy; as well as her grandchildren Timothy, Ellie, Zachary, Greg, Marios and Nicholas.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Harvey Funeral Home in Dawson, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Croatian Relief Services at croatianreliefservices.org.
Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so by visiting www.harveyfuneralhome.com.
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