Ranka Savkovich-Stecky

Obituary of Ranka Savkovich-Stecky

Ranka Savkovich-Stecky, of Denville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in the comfort of her home on Friday, January 11, 2019. She was 72 years young.


Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, to the late Tika and Desanka Savkovic, Ranka was the youngest of four children. Ranka was born with strength and intelligence. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Belgrade. Upon graduation in 1969, she moved to the United States to live with her brother. She married the love of her life, Nick in 1971 and eventually became a U.S. Citizen. Ranka started her Engineering career at Leslie Valve Company before settling in at GPU Nuclear Corporation in Parsippany. During her career, Ranka proved to be an expert designer in the Nuclear Power industry. She worked on many important projects at places including Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Ocean County, NJ and the Three Mile Island Generating Station in Dauphin County, PA. Later on, medical and health issues forced her to take a medical disability retirement in 1993. However, this gave Ranka the opportunity to do what she loved the most; host parties and entertain her friends and strangers alike. A true social butterfly with a heart of gold, she would welcome anyone in to her home that needed somewhere to go. Whether it was for a few days while they were waiting to go back to their home country or for a few months to help out, everyone knew they had a home with Ranka. She truly was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.


Predeceased by her parents and siblings, Bane, Lale, and Zora, she leaves only cherished memories to her beloved husband of 48 years, Nick; her treasured niece, Lisa (Andy) Newland; and loving nephew, Marko (Vesna) Savkovich.  


Public Visitation will take place on Sunday, January 20th from 12 - 4 pm with Funeral Service beginning at 3:30 pm at Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Ave., Denville, NJ. Memorial Donations are being accepted in Ranka's name by way of www.inmemof.org to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Please leave a condolence, light a candle, and leave a special memory for her family.