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Manca Karun

Manca Karun
Manca Karun

Miss Manca Karun, 4, from Austria-Hungary (modern Slovenia), was born in 1907. She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with her father Mr Franz Karun they were travelling to Galesburg, Illinois.

Franz and Manca were rescued.

About a year after the disaster the family returned to Austria-Hungary (Slovenia), Manca's four siblings later returned to the United States but Manca remained in Slovenia where she married Anton Juvan. They had four children: Toucka Juvan; Marjan Juvan (b. 1940, d. 1991); Anica Juvan, married Tone Kosnjek; and Lojzka Juvan (b. 1946) married Tone Zorman.

Manca and Frank Karun
Mrs. Manca Yuvan, Frank Karun
A piece of candy for her brother

Manca Karun with her brother Frank on her visit to the USA in 1961
(Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7 March 1961)

Manca made occasional visits to relatives in America, as reported in the local press of the time.

She died in Slovenia in September 1971 some of her descendants still live in Milje, Slovenia.


Manca (pronounced MAHN-sa). Elsewhere listed as Monca, Mona, Amie, Anna and Anna-Mary.
Juvan (pronounced YOU-vahn).

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Manca Karun
Born: circa.1907
Nationality: Slovenian Austrian
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 349256, £13 8s 4d
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Friday 17th September 1971 aged 64 years
Buried: Pokopališče v Šenčur, Šenčur, Slovenia [Austria-Hungary]

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References and Sources

Galesburg Republican Register 22, 23 April 1912
Galesburg Evening Mail, 23 April 1912
The Detroit News December 1960
Cleveland Plain Dealer January 1961
Glas (Kranj, Slovenia), 18 September 1971, Death Notice

Newspaper Articles

Cleveland Plain Dealer Manca Yuvan Local celebrity
Local celebrity from Milje, Yugoslavia
Manca Yuvan one of 700 suvivors
Titanic disaster cost the life of her uncle
Galesburg Republican Register (23 April 1912) FRANK KORUN REACHES HOME
Titanic Survivor, Daughter and Austrian Friend Saved From Ocean Grave
Monmouth Daily Atlas (23 April 1912) GALESBURG MAN SURVIVES DISASTER
Monmouth Daily Atlas (15 February 1913) GALESBURG TITANIC SURVIVOR GIVES SKIN
The Quill (18 March 1913) Gave skin after daughter received burns in Kerosene fire
Glas (18 September 1971) Death Notice for Manca Karun
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  1. Gavin Bell

    Gavin Bell said:

    Would anybody out there know what became of survivor Manca Karun Juvan? I know that she died in Kranj, Slovenia sometime in the 70s or 80s but I have never been able to trace her exact date of death. Anybody out there?? Cameron

  2. Encyclopedia Titanica

    Encyclopedia Titanica said:

    Have a death notice here for Manca Karun dated 18th Sept 1971 so likely 17th is correct. (This courtesy of Arne Mjaland)

  3. Loretta Kozel

    Loretta Kozel said:

    I am trying to place a relative of my husband's family. It is reported that Franz Karun was an cousin/uncle of Peter and John Kozelj. This Frank Karun lived in Chicago, IL in the 1930's or 1940's. He worked for a large farm implement factory. There were other Karun relatives from Ohio. Peter and John Kozel were two children of a large family born in Milje, Austria. They both immigrated to PA and then to Chicago late in the 1930's. As both families were from Milje, Austria (a small farm village) it is possible that they are related. My husband's brother remembers Frank Karun coming to visit... Read full post

  4. Melinda Laura Varju

    Melinda Laura Varju said:

    Just wondering, how is this name pronounced? Is it Mansa, or Manka? Sometimes the little girl was listed as Anna, and that's nowhere near Manca. Just wondering because I think this name is gorgeous and cute. Thanks, Laura

  5. Timothy Trower

    Timothy Trower said:

    Laura, I noticed your posting about Manca Karun, and the pronunciation of her name is MAHN-suh. She went back to Slovenia and lived out her life. Her descendants still live in the Karun homeplace where Manca was raised. The person that can tell you much more about Manca Karun is Phil Gowan. He would be able to tell you much, much more about Manca. Hope this helps!

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