Marko Saric passed into eternal life on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021.
A resident of Boca Raton, Fla., Marko raised his family in Cleveland. He is survived by four children and nine grandchildren.
After completing a jewelry apprenticeship in Zagreb, Croatia, Marko pursued his dreams. He escaped communism for Paris, France. Caritas, a Catholic Charity, then lent a helping hand and brought him to America.
As legend has it, Marko’s first words of English were Chubby Checker’s famous lyrics, “Let’s Twist Again.” His love of music and dance extended out to the world of ballroom, where he and his wife performed competitively.
Born in Rudopolje, Lika, during World War II, Marko remained active in Croatian culture. He was President of the Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans and a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union.
Marko was also a member of the American Croatian Business Association, Founder of Prestige Jewels, Inc., and a parishioner of St. Paul Croatian Church.
He will be missed by his wife of 57 years, Yasna Saric; his son, Nino (and wife, Lora), and his grandchildren Andrew, Maria and Adam; his son, Mark (and wife, Sonata), and his grandchildren Hugo and Dominik; his daughter, Nancy, and his grandchildren Ivan, Neven, Mateja and Eva; and his son, Steven (and wife, Jamie).
Marko will be buried in All Souls Cemetery, in Chardon Township, in a private ceremony.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be held Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul Croatian Church located 1369 E. 40th St., Cleveland.
Prestige Jewels, Inc. is in good hands and will continue to honor Marko’s legacy with his youngest son, Steven “Stipe” Saric, at the bench. Continuing the tradition of old world, handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry making.
Our family thanks the community for the continued show of love and support during this difficult time.