Passed away September 24, 2020 at St. Mary's Hospital in his 100th year.
Beloved husband of Anna Listar (nee Drgastin) for over 80 years.
Father of Lili Mikuljan (Ivan) of Kitchener and Ivan Listar (Maggie) of London.
Grandfather to John Mikuljan (Kathleen), Kathy Gaspar (Robert), Allison Silcox (Tim), Ivan Matthew Listar (Lorranne), and Stefan Listar (Heidi).
Great-grandfather to Alyssa, Michael, Ryan, Joshua, Ava, Gabriel, Benjamin and Elizabeth.
Survived by his sister-in-law Dragica Listar and his many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by infant daughter Ljubica, brothers Mijo and Stjepan, and sisters Ljubica, Dora (Rudi), and Magda (Stjepan).
Ivan was a devoted husband for over 80 years as well as a proud Dad and a Deda.
He was the role model for his family who led by quiet example and respect for everyone.
In his humble and caring ways, he put the welfare of others before his own. He provided support for his children so they could have the education and better life that he dreamed of for his family.
Courageously, he left behind the life he knew in Croatia to follow his dream of realizing a better future in a new country. Once in Canada, he sponsored and opened his home to many relatives and others so they could also come to a place with greater opportunities.
Ivan had a strong sense of community and was one of the founding members and supporters of his parish, Holy Family Croatian Church. He loved to go to Croatian picnics to connect with relatives and old friends.
Thank you, Deda Listar, for everything you did for all of us.
Ivan's family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Monday, September 28, 2020 from 3-6 p.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, 15 minutes will be given to share your condolences. The Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Croatian RC Church, 180 Schweitzer St., Kitchener, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 10 a.m. Fr. Miro Grubisic O.F.M. officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Masks are mandatory at the funeral home and Church. Relatives and friends must RSVP to attend Ivan's visitation and Mass.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Diabetes Canada or Holy Family Croatian RC Church would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit www.henrywalser.com for Ivan's memorial and to RSVP to attend the visitation and Mass.