On November 19,2020, Marceia Ljubojevic, loving wife, daughter, mother, and grandmother, passed away at her home at the age of 81.
Marceia was born in the town of Wyandotte Michigan on September 14, 1939 to Marcena and Charles Richard Blackman. Marceia’s parents passed away at young ages, leaving behind Marceia and her older sister, Riki. Marceia and Riki, always agreed that although they lost their parents early, they were the very best and gave the two girls a strong foundation for life.
Marceia was a strong, sophisticated and worldly woman and always believed her multitude of early life experiences were enough to fill several lives. In her early years, she had a full life with her parents in Kansas City; a life of dinner parties, restaurants and jazz, Billie Holiday to mention one. The years after her father died, 1945 and 1946, were spent in Los Angeles and all its charm at that time; Malibu with hardly a house on the beach. Then in mid 1946, her mother moved herself and two daughters to southwest Missouri and the foothills of the Ozarks, beautiful country, and they lived on Grandmother Molly’s farm. Electricity was brought in 1947, and Marceia went to a one room school with neighboring children, and she maintained these friendships all her life.
After her mother passed away, she moved in with family who were employed as a contractor for the military. Next, it was four years in the South Pacific, beautiful beaches, diving and booney stomping (exploring the jungles). And for her teenage years Wickford Village, North Kingston, Rhode Island to finish high school early.
At age 15, Marceia was on her own in Berkeley, California where she attended college majoring in business. Not having a family and needing to support herself, she attended school year round with heavy schedules and graduated at 18. She went to work two days after graduation and worked her entire life with wonderful people. She worked in investment banking in the early days of Silicon Valley, worked for Ridge Vineyards for 28 years, later to become CFO for that company in the 80s and 90s. Marceia started a private accounting practice in the 60s and worked with outstanding clients the remainder of her life. She was an avid reader, world traveler, and a creative soul with a sharp intellect.
At age 21 in Berkeley, Marceia was introduced to Branko Ljubojevic’ from Dubrovnik, Croatia. They had a whirlwind courtship, Branko was very handsome in his 56 Thunderbird convertible and knew everyone in the best restaurants and nightclubs of San Francisco. They married in 1961 and lived in San Francisco, then moved to Palo Alto, and eventually bought their home in Los Altos in 1967. They had two lovely daughters, Ricena and Katherine. The Ljubojevic’ home was always filled with friends, guests would come for a few days and stay for months. Dubrovnik and the family and friends there also became a huge part of the family’s life. Branko died in 1995. Los Altos was the best town in which to raise a family and her immediate family continues to live nearby. Marceia is survived by her daughters, Ricena and Katherine, son in law, David Sciortino and her darling grandsons, Branko and Luka Sciortino.