Posted: November 25th, 2013

1921 ~ 2013 Iva Bebek, beloved wife of the late Nick Bebek passed away at the age of 92 years. Iva was born September 13, 1921 in Sipovaca, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

She was the 2nd oldest of five siblings. Iva grew up on a small family farm, helping with the everyday chores. At the age of 35, she left her family and came to Canada to marry her childhood sweet heart. Together, they raised 2 children on their farm near Picture Butte. Here she worked alongside her husband doing every job to make ends meet. Her true enjoyments were working in the garden, baking for family gatherings and spending time with her 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. After Nick’s passing in 2005, Iva stayed on the farm, for another 5 years. The last 3 years were spent at Piyami Place. Iva is survived by her son Marvin (Patti), grandchildren Curtis, Jamie (Brynne) Jacey, (Zach) Harris, great-granddaughter Lennie Bebek, daughter Lil (Art) and family, her sister Dragica and numerous nieces and nephews in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. She is also survived by Nick’s 2 sisters, Millie Ponjavic, Andrea Habijanac, and sister-in-law Freda Bebek and families. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years Nick, his parents Jure and Jurka Bebek, her parents Maté and Ruza Zivkusic, her 3 brothers Mijo, José, Vinko and their wives. Also Nick’s family, sister Madeline Lukenda, brother Mike Bebek, brothers-in-law Ivan Ponjavic, Rudy Habijanac, and Steve Lukenda. A Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, November 22, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at ST. CATHERINE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 762 Crescent Avenue North, Picture Butte with Father Thomas Vadassery, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Suite 204, 2323 2nd Avenue, NE Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3. Send condolences at

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