San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

Branko Zenetich Pudarich

Oct 4, 1932 - April 1, 2021


Branko came to America as an immigrant from Yugoslavia at 5 years old where he settled with his parents Nick and Jaka Pudarich in the Potrero Hill district in San Francisco. He often shared fond memories of his childhood growing up in the neighborho­od he loved so much. After high school and a couple of years in Alaska while in the U.S. Army he became the comedian in popular musical groups with his good friends, The Partners and the Belasco Four. They performed across the country, their antics on the road likely causing many eye rolls from their families.

He met the love of his life Donna Lee while hanging by his nose at a men’s clothing store in downtown San Francisco. It was love at first sight.

He settled in San Bruno with Donna, where they raised the family and he opened his very popular restaurant The Rib Shack. He not only served the best BBQ in town for 27 years, he also continued to make people laugh. His customers loved coming in for a bite, to share a joke and maybe even flip a coin for the chance at a free meal. Branko and Donna loved to travel and spend time with their kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. Branko, preceded in death by his love, Donna on July 31, 2014, is survived by his children, Steve (Lori), Lisa (Rob), his grandchild­ren Nicolette (Garian), Alex (Allie), Jonathan (Kori) and Tina (Kevin), and his very much loved and adored great

grandchild­ren Cali, Lauren, Danielle, Ray Anne, Leona, Branko, Arrietty and Calvin. He is also survived by many cousins and close friends including his cousin Mary Stocco who he called his sister, and his 2 beloved cats who gave him comfort and company in his later years.

Branko always told us how lucky he was to have such a loving and close family. We were the lucky ones Dad. You were the light of our lives and we will miss you every minute of every day... we love you...

“More Than a Pocket Full of Rainbows”

Services are pending for when we can give Dad the send off he deserves.

In lieu of flowers donations can made to the Kitten Nursery, Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA.

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