Joe "Jojo" Terzich

Born: Sat., Feb. 28, 1942
Died: Mon., Oct. 7, 2013


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 12, 2013
Location: St. Michael's Serbian Hall

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Oct. 12, 2013
Location: St. Michael's Serbian Hall

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Joe “Jojo” Terzich
Joe “Jojo” Terzich, 71, Kelly Lake, died Monday, October 7, 2013, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  He was born in Pool Location near Hibbing on Feb. 28, 1942, to Joe and Eva Terzich.  He grew up in Pool Location and later moved to Kelly Lake.  He graduated from Hibbing High School and was the owner/operator of Terzich’s Store in Kelly Lake.  He loved the races and going to the casino.  Jojo was a true "Kelly Laker."  
He is survived by his wife, Marianne, of Kelly Lake; her children Alice (Fred) Prtine with grandchildren Rick Prtine and Samantha (Jeremy Gustafson) Prtine;  and Jack (Roberta Middlestead) Sanborn and Roberta’s children Mike, Shelby, Marisa, and Bailey, all of Hibbing; a special great-grandson, Hunter Gustafson; his brothers: Dan (Gena) Terzich, Michael Terzich, Steve (Dolly) Terzich; a sister, Sharon (Marty) Ban; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He will be missed by all who knew him.  
Per Joe’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.  Instead, please join his family for a celebration of Joe’s life on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 2—6 PM at St. Michael’s Serbian Hall in Hibbing.  Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing.  To leave an online message of condolence, please visit  

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Rachel Lee'
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
Thoughts and Prayers for your family, He will so be missed, you could never meet a nicer, greater man than JOE.

   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
So saddened to have lost such a dear long time friend. JoeJoe was such a soft spoken big teddy bear, never one to complain. Our little racing crowed had so many good times with JoJo, all the invitationals, etc. He was always there for Bobby G. Gary, & the crew
Maryann you were his true love, even though you & Joe didn't have too many years together, I know how much he loved you & you made him very happy, your family was his family, he must have felt like his life was COMPLETE when he met you. Please if there is anything we can do, let us know. Gary is a very handy, talented guy, he will do anything for you. RIP JoJo.

Cindy Philips
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
Kelly Lake has lost one of its finest. My first memories of JoJo were from him working at Terzich Market. He always had a smile when you came through the door and was so kind to us kids. Later years he was my father's right hand man in my dad's dirt business. JoJo went above and beyond to help my family during my dad's illness, always assuring my dad to just take care of himself and he would make sure all was running well with the business. After my dad's death he was there to assure my brothers and mom that everything was going to be ok. My brothers knew that they could always count on JoJo to keep things moving in the right direction. His loss is felt acutely in my family. I will never forget you JoJo, for all the things that made you the special person you were and you will be in my prayers always.

Gene "Geno" Scaia
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
To a super good friend for over 50 years, May you rest in Peace Joe!

Pat Clemens
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
My Dad/Jack Clemens used to call on Terzich in Pool Location when he worked for Island Farm Creamery. He would have me come with him & help & I was only four years old when I started helping him. I remember Jojo & what a great guy he grew up to be. When he started the store in Kelly Lake everyone loved him. I want to give my condolence to the Terzich family.

Pat Clemens,
Beaumont, California

Natalie Phillips Lazar
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
I'm so sad. I have so many memories of JoJo growing up in Kelly Lake. He was so good to my mother. He'd deliver our groceries and plow our driveway because Nelly had all those kids! He'd pump gas for us ladies and if we didnt have change he would just say "Go, pay me next time." What is Kelly Lake going to do without him? Who will stand behind that counter for the next 50+ years? My heart goes out to you, Sharon, and your brothers and your large extended family. Friends, he had so many friends. His passing leaves a huge hole that no one else can fill. I wish I could be there to celebrate his life,but you can be sure you all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Dorothy Plese
   Posted Fri October 11, 2013
Sorry we won't make it to your celebration - Joe has always been one of our favorite people. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

Dorothy Plese
Lisa Plese

mary debelak
   Posted Fri October 11, 2013
so sorry to hear about Jo Jo, he was such a good friend, and such a good man. helped me in a lot of ways. I will miss him and his friendship. sympathy too his fa mily and god bless!!

Dave Marchel
   Posted Sat October 12, 2013
The paths we should take through life are forged by great people like Joe Terzich.

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