Neda Culic

Rođena:02.06.1960. (Rijeka, Hrvatska)

Preminula:25.01.2021. (Seattle, Washington, Sjedinjene Američke Države)

Dob: 60

Neda Ružamarija Čulić was born in Rijeka, Croatia on June 2, 1960. When barely a toddler, her father (Ivan Čulić) arranged for the escape from communist Yugoslavia of his family, including Neda, her sister (Agata Čulić) and her mother (Anka Čulić). The family obtained political asylum and immigrated to the United States in 1962.

They settled in Great Falls, Montana with the aid of a relative in Montana and the Catholic Church. Neda’s younger sister (Maria Čulić Anderson), was born in Great Falls. In 1980, Neda moved to Billings, Montana to attend college. While there, she met Jane and Walter Botts, who became dear, life-long friends.

Neda moved to Issaquah, Washington in 2019 in order to be closer to her sisters and their families. She joined the assisted living community at Aegis of Issaquah, where she lived her best life, making many friends and participating in the wide range of activities the community offered. Our family will always be grateful to Aegis for the amazing care and quality of life they gave to Neda. Neda loved to meet people and make friends. With her warm and gregarious personality, she was an instant hit at any gathering. Neda was always the first person in the room to laugh or crack a joke.

Neda was also a creative being, who loved to knit, crochet, embroider and draw. She knit the most amazing works of art, from simple mittens and socks to intricate sweaters and blankets, often creating her own stitches and patterns. She loved to share her talent with others, either knitting an amazing piece for them, or teaching them how to knit themselves.

Neda also curated an extensive DVD collection of comedies (the movie “Elf” was a favorite) and musicals (the movie “The Sound of Music” was the all-time favorite) that she always shared. Our family has many happy memories of watching movies with her (even if it was The Sound of Music – again).

In addition to her family and friends, Neda cherished her faith. She was a long-time parishioner of, and volunteer with, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Billings and she joined St. Joseph’s when she moved to Issaquah. Neda’s rock-solid faith carried her throughout life and in Neda’s final days, carried Agata and Maria as well. Neda was our family’s greatest blessing, reminding us always to lead with laughter and love.

While our sadness at her loss is profound, we know that she is with her parents, Ivan and Anka, and that we will meet them again.

Neda is survived by her sisters, Agata and Maria; her nieces, Angella Dolman, Maxine Anderson and Grace Anderson; her grand-nieces, Alexis Dolman and Harper Dolman; her brothers-in-law, Art Morton and Shawn Anderson; and her nephew-in-law, Doug Dolman.

If you wish to make a donation in Neda’s honor, the family has selected the Immigration Services & Refugee Program at Catholic Charities USA. See

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