Cincinnati Parishioner Celebrates 90th Birthday

On November 18th, 2012, we were blessed with another beautiful day to enjoy God’s Creation. A moderately warm day for the middle of November, the fresh air and clear blue skies above Cincinnati, OH added to the celebration of one long-standing parishioner of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church. Mrs. Jennie Pjanic enjoyed her 90th birthday on November 15! During Divine Liturgy Jennie took Confession and received Holy Communion!

Born Eugina George, Jennie is the eldest of two daughters of Romanian immigrants John and Eva, who wanted a better life for their children. She was baptized at St. George Romanian Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, OH and is the mother of two daughters, Georgia and Eva. Jennie worked for over 50 years in the dry cleaning business. In 1975, Jennie met her husband, Mirko Pjanic, who was a Tutor at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church. Jennie and Mirko were married for 29 years before he fell asleep in the Lord. In addition to Georgia and Eva, Jennie has two step-children, Mike Pjanic of Minnesota and Marilyn Davenport of Montgomery, OH. She has also been blessed with seven grandchildren: Bruce, Brian, Travis, Matthew, Christina, James, and Sava.

Jennie has been a parishioner at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church for 37 years and still counting! She is the oldest living parishioner of the parish. In these past 37 years, one could always find her working in the kitchen, cleaning in the church, as well as fellowshipping and establishing friendships with her brothers and sisters in Christ. Jennie also worked as Vice President of KSS (Kolo Srpske Sestara – Circle of Serbian Sisters) within St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, which was the first Kolo organized in the United States. Following Divine Liturgy, Very Reverend Petar Petrovic awarded Jennie with a Certificate of Gratitude for her contributions to the Church.

After Diving Liturgy, Jennie and her family celebrated with many parishioners in the fellowship hall, where her daughter Eva prepared delicious dishes, including the Balkan favorite, “sarmale (Romanian) or sarma (Serbian)”. As the Certificate of Gratitude states:

Jennie Pjanic is awarded this Certificate of Gratitude for her 37 years of membership, financial  support, personal devotion, appreciation, exceptional and unselfish service for the betterment and prosperity of our Holy Church and Circle of Serbian Sisters; for her realization of God’s words, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” [Gal: 6-9]. Happy 90th Birthday and may God continue to bless you for many more years!