Maria passed away peacefully May 11th. She was born to Jakov and Frana Zuvela in Dubrov-nik, Croatia. She was raised in Vela Luka on the island of Korcula. In 1963 she moved to California to be with her childhood friend Toncica Franulovic and her family.
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Soon after, she traveled to Anacortes where she met Vito Ruzich. They were married in November 1964. Maria and Vito had two children, Randy and Vicky, and made their home in Anacortes.
Maria enjoyed knitting, sewing, and card playing with her friends throughout the years. She always had a large garden and was a wonderful cook. Family gatherings were always a special time for her. She was a great wife, mother, and friend. Maria will be truly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Vito, her children and their spouses, Randy and Anita Ruzich and Jon and Vicky Primozich. Along with her granddaughter Gabriella Maria Primozich and step-granddaughter Taleah Phillips Ruzich, and special friends Sonja Rupp and Maureen Mavar.
A mass will be held Saturday May 17th at 12 noon at St. Mary Catholic Church. A luncheon will follow at The American Croatian Club of Anacortes 1202 7th Street.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 15, 2014