Jovan Gus Filipovski

  • Born: January 18, 1929
  • Died: June 3, 2019
  • Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Wujek - Calcaterra & Sons

36900 Schoenherr Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Tel. (586) 826-8550

Tribute & Message From The Family

FILIPOVSKI, Jovan Gus. June 3, 2019. Age 90. Beloved husband of Vera for 67 years. Proud and loving father of Anna Rakowicz (Stephen), Jasmine Filipovksi and Phillip Filipovski. Predeceased by his loving parents Gus and Vassa Phillips and his brother James Phillips (the late Betty). Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members both in the United States and in Macedonia.
Jovan was born on January 18, 1929, in Carev Dvor, Macedonia. He immigrated to the US in 1958 with his bride and two baby girls. He worked in his fathers restaurant in Port Huron, MI for several years and then worked for TRW Automotive. He then moved to Warren MI where he and his wife raised three children. The family later settled in Sterling Heights, MI. Jovan was a quiet, humble and kind man who enjoyed classical music and playing his violin and mandolin. He also loved to read Macedonian newspapers on the internet and spending time with his devoted family. Visitation Friday 3-9pm with a 7pm Parastas at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Funeral Liturgy 10am Saturday at Nativity of the Virgin Mary Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, 43123 Ryan Rd. (at 19 Mile Rd.), Sterling Heights. Interment, White Chapel Cemetery, Troy. Memorial contributions to the Prostate Cancer Foundation are appreciated. Please share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Vera
Was very saddened to see that John passed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time. May God give you strength through all your memories. May John Rest in Peace!
Your friend,
Dolores, from Sears

Posted by Dolores Potchynok - Utica, MI - Friend   July 25, 2019


Anna and Family, Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your father. May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal. May the God of all comfort, strengthen you at this time of sadness. And may God promise for the future promise you peace. Our warm wishes and love.

Posted by Donna and Roy APUZZO - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   June 09, 2019


My dear cousins and aunt Vera, my condolences to you all. I wish uncle John peace and rest, but likewise to you all and to remember him as a very good, very sweet and down to earth man. I will remember him and his music forever. May he rest in peace, Love Sue

Posted by Suzana Ognen - WARREN, MI - Family   June 07, 2019

Uncle John always had a smile whenever I saw him.

Posted by Paul Phillips - ROYERSFORD, PA - Family   June 05, 2019

Phil, my condolences to you and your family. Your dad's smile in the picture is a wonderful memory of a loving husband and father devoted to his family. I know you will miss him so much.

Posted by Judy Dignam - Rochester Hills, MI - Friend   June 05, 2019

Sorry for the family's loss. I've known his son for years, Phil. He's a very good person and pretty good tennis player. I'm sure his father was a great influence on him.
My condolences, and the best to the surviving family members.

Posted by grant Garrett - Rochester Hills, MI - Friend   June 05, 2019

Uncle John's obituary picture is so Uncle John. He was such a sweet, gentle, kind, and generous man. We didn't see him often enough, but each time was lovely.

Posted by Pamela Deemer - Dahlonega, GA - Family   June 03, 2019

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