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Nicolette "Nikki" Dyevich Goga

February 8, 1927 — February 22, 2022

Brownsville, Texas

Nicolette "Nikki" Dyevich Goga

BROWNSVILLE, TX. – Nicolette “Nikki” Dyevich Goga, age 95, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at her Brownsville home on Tuesday, the 22nd of February 2022. She was born in New Jersey on February 8, 1927, the daughter of John and Helen Dyevich (Knego), who were immigrants from Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Shortly after Nikki was born, the family moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York where she grew up.  After studying mechanical drawing, she became employed as a technical illustrator for twelve years with various New York City defense electronics companies where she illustrated complex machinery parts.

In 1957 she married Croatian born Ivo M. Goga, a World War II veteran, in the city of Veracruz, Mexico.  Later they moved to the picturesque colonial city of Campeche, Mexico where Ivo worked and they made many wonderful friendships. After four years, they moved to Brownsville, Texas, a city she treasured, where she, along with her husband, raised four children with great devotion. Years later, she became a major participant and focused her creative talents into The Lantern Grill Restaurant on South Padre Island, Texas.

Nikki’s faith was very important to her; she loved God, her family, and her church. Nikki was very active in her local parish, St. Luke’s Catholic Church, where she became a Eucharistic Minister, serving at Brownsville Medical Center, Valley Regional Medical Center, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, and The Ladies Altar and Rosary Society. She also frequently hosted an informal bible study at her home for several years. She loved cooking, decorating, gardening, and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Nikki was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ivo M. Goga; her sister, Mary Luetich; brother, Nicholas Dyevich; and sister, Helen Hinck.

Nikki is survived by her four children Ivo John Goga (Stephanie), Marie Lisa Goga, Robert Anthony Goga (Denise), and Gregory James Goga (Magda); six grandchildren Nikiza, Katia, Sophia, Gregory Nikolai, Christian, and Nicholas; her godson, John Luetich; as well as many other nieces and nephews.

The family will gather at a later date for a private service.

In lieu of floral arrangements and customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions in her name be made to Sunshine Haven Inc. at 7105 W Lakeside Boulevard, Olmito, Texas 78575, an organization that Nikki supported, or to the charity of your choice. Letters of remembrance and condolences may be mailed to the Goga Family at P.O. Box 5138, Brownsville, Texas 78523.

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Personalized funeral arrangements directed by Steven R. Hieu Bailey and Staff have been entrusted to the care of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home at 945 Palm Boulevard in Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 546-7111 .

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