Ilse Ann Ivanovic, age 89, of Elgin, Illinois, passed away in Fernandina Beach, Florida on October 21, 2015.    She was born on March 4, 1926 in Braunschweig, Germany to the loving parents of Wilhem and Margarete Hartzer.

Ilse grew up in Blankenburg Germany, the oldest child of nine children.  She escaped communist-controlled East Germany in 1950 and met the love of her life, Slobodan Ivanovic, in Hamburg, Germany, where they subsequently married.  Ilse and Slobodan immigrated to the United States in 1951, and by 1952 the couple moved to Elgin, Illinois, where they raised three boys during their 53 years of marriage.

Ilse was preceded in death by her husband Slobodan, her sons Peter and Djordje, and her grandson, Alexander.

Ilse is survived by her son, Nick; her grandchildren, Anna, Nicholas, Tonja, Zackerji, and Kathrin; and her great-granddaughter, Christina.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St, Elgin.  Services and interment will be Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at New Gracanica Monastery and Cemetery, 35240 W. Grant Avenue, Third Lake, IL 60046.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations to Community Hospice Foundation, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Arrangements are entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit

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