She and her late husband Dr. Gabriel were married for nearly 56 years, and together they raised seven children, including Mary Vargo (John), Michael, Robert (Ginna), Richard (Elizabeth), the late Thomas, John (Ana), and Gabriel, and were adoring grandparents to John, Kevin and Matthew Vargo, Julia, Christopher, Stevie, Katie, Jamie, Mary Hope, John, Thomas, Joseph, Ana, and Marina Mulcahy.
She is also survived by treasured extended family, including Patricia Shalhoub and family, Rajko (Inga) Malojcic and family, and by dear family friend Anne Marie Mersereau. In addition to her husband and her son Thomas, she is reunited with her parents, George and Mila (nee Rukavina) Ticak, her parents-in-law Joseph and Anna (nee Conway) Mulcahy, sister-in-law Josephine Mulcahy, and brothers-in-law Joseph Mulcahy and John Shalhoub. She can now meet her sisters Nadica and Mila, who as infants predeceased Vesna's birth, but whose presence Vesna always carried in her heart.
Vesna and her parents left Croatia in 1947, living in Rome, Italy and Buenos Aires, Argentina, until her family arrived in Aberdeen, Washington in the early 1950's, where she attended Weatherwax High School. While always maintaining pride in her Croatian heritage, Vesna obtained her US citizenship, a thrill which would never fade for her.
She attended Seattle University, supported by scholarship from that Jesuit institution. She became certified as a medical technologist and worked at Children's Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle. In 1958, she met and married Gabriel, who at the time was training in pathology at the University of Washington.
During their marriage, they lived in Staten Island, NY, Detroit, MI and Omaha, NE, eventually residing for 46 years in Gabriel's hometown of Jersey City, NJ. In widowhood, she lived for several years in the Cleveland, OH area, and for the last four years of her life she resided in Pleasant Hill, CA.
The family wishes to recognize the staff at Aegis of Pleasant Hill, who provided such caring attention in her final years. Vesna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She always wanted those she loved to thrive and shine, not drawing attention to herself.
In addition to family togetherness, she loved reading, laughter, and, especially, travelling and car rides, particularly when visiting grandchildren was involved. She was devoted in her Catholic faith, and was known to frequently turn (virtually always successfully) to intercession from St. Anthony.
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