Bernice Ella Kovacevich

November 5, 1925 - April 30, 2019
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Bernice Ella Kruger Kovacevich, 93, of Galveston departed this life on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

She was a loving wife of 59 years, Mother, and “Ma” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bernice was born in Galveston on November 5, 1925 to Adolph and Pauline Kruger and grew up on 18th and Winnie.  She graduated from Ball High School in 1943 and worked at ANICO before she met and married, George P. Kovacevich, in 1947. Born with a beautiful smile, Bernice was a warm, quiet and kind person who was always there for her children.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George P. Kovacevich; her oldest son, Michael George; her sister, Agnes Novotny, her brothers, Walter and John Kruger and her granddaughter, Alyssa Jacobs.

Bernice is survived by her four children, daughter Karen Kovacevich and wife, Karen; son Peter G. Kovacevich, Sr. and wife, Cynthia; daughter Georgette Mullen and husband, George; and son John Kovacevich and wife, Cindy; six grandchildren, Dana Escamilla and husband, Ruben; Peter G. Kovacevich, Jr. and wife, Staci; Marla Kovacevich, Allen Jacobs and wife, Shana; Megan Perez and husband, Daniel, and Ashley Kovacevich;  nine great-grandchildren, Jonathon Escamilla, Matthew and Jason Kovacevich, Hayli, Caleb, and Christian Moore,  Alliana Jacobs, Braelyn Kovacevich and Gabriella Perez.  Bernice is also survived by her sister’s daughter, Linda Novotny Theut (Gilbert); sisters-in-law Gertrude Popovich, Vida Rector, Joyce McDonald, Barbara Kovacevich and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and family on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Malloy & Son Funeral Home 3028 Broadway, Galveston.  A Pomen (Memorial Service) will be held at 5:00 pm with Fr. Thomas Colyandro officiating.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.on Monday, May 6th  at Saints Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church, 4109 Avenue L, Galveston, Texas.  Burial will follow the services at the Serbian Orthodox Cemetery on 61st Street in Galveston.  Immediately following the burial there will be a reception at the Saints Constantine and Helen Church Hall.  Pallbearers will be immediate family members.

Memorials may be made to the Saints Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 3280, Galveston, Texas 77552.



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Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Pomen at 5:00 PM

Service Information

Date: Monday, May 6, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Saint Constantine & Helen Serbian Orthodox Church

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, May 6, 2019

Serbian Orthodox Cemetery


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Born: November 5, 1925
May 16, 2016
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Died: April 30, 2019

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elizabeth Miller posted on 5/7/19

Our deepest sympathy at this difficult time...."I will down in sleep in peace, for you alone, O Jehovah, make me dwell in security." Psalms 4:8 Our thoughts are with you.


Elaine Mitrovich posted on 5/5/19

To Bernice's Family- What a privilege it has been to know and love Bernice! She has always been so sweet, so loving, so kind, and always so much fun to be around. My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your beautiful mother. God Rest Her Soul! May her memory be eternal! - Elaine Mitrovich


Kay McRay posted on 5/4/19

Karen and family, Charles and I are so sorry to hear about your Mom.You will miss her so very much.Take care and know that we are thinking of you at this time. Sincerely, Kay&Charles McRay


Sye rice posted on 5/3/19

We are so saddened about Bernice. She loved all of you. Her heart was big enough for her huge family. We loved her and enjoyed her visits with that beautiful smile that lifted us all. May the Lord wrap you in his loving arms during this sad time.


Zenobia posted on 5/3/19

I am deeply sorry for loss of your dear Bernice. May the memories you shared with her comfort you during this difficult time. God provides comfort, through his word the Bible, to those broken at heart by means of a promise. Acts 24:15 highlights “...there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.”


Pattie Floerke posted on 5/2/19

For our Karens.... so saddened to hear about your mother’s passing. Wow, what a life she did lead. I don’t remember many stories that KK told except that she was always proud of all her family. Georgette, you will be in our thoughts as well. It’s truly overwhelming what this great generation has done for us. Our generation doesn’t measure up. Our world is a much different place. Wish we could learn to be more like them. Love to you all. Pattie and Monte


Saralyn Richard posted on 5/2/19

Dear Karen, You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you and your family find comfort in memories and the long legacy your mother has provided.


Jenny Micheletti posted on 5/2/19

Karen and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. You guys were so fortunate to have her for all those years. She was a sweet and kind lady that always had a beautiful smile that I will never forget. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sincerely,


Daniel & Connie Perez Sr posted on 5/2/19

You are in our thoughts and prayers and have our Deepest Condolences


Peter Kovacevich Jr posted on 5/1/19

You will be greatly missed and always remembered. Love You