SPRING GLEN/SALT LAKE CITY - Our wonderful mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, loving care giver and friend, Zelpha Skriner Vuksinick, died on Oct. 25, 2008 after a gallant battle with cancer. Her 99-year-old heart needed to rest, as it was a big generous and loving heart.
She was born Sept. 6, 1909 in Rockvale, Colo., to Anton and Magdolena Blatnik Skriner. Married the love of her life, Louis L. Vuksinick, Jan. 26, 1929 in Price; he preceded her in death on Sept. 30, 1989.
Zelpha was a member of the Social Order of Beauceant, where she served as a high priestess; member of The Lydia Temple 32 (Daughters of the Nile); and she dearly love these associations.
She was also a member of the Catholic Church, Western Slavonic Lodge 52 and the Slovenian Home of Spring Glen.
Zelpha loved to clean her home, cook and entertain family and friends.
She loved to speak and sing in the Austrian language when she met someone with the same interest.
She belonged to the Ladies Bridge Club and these days were very special to her.
Since Sept. 21, 2001, Zelpha has been a resident of St. Joseph Villa in Salt Lake City.
While residing there, she made myriads of friends whom she dearly loved, doctors, nurses, CNAs and especially the aides who took such loving car of her.
There are too many wonderful people to name as they all meant so much to her.
Survived by her son, Dr. Louis (Janet) Vuksinick, Palo Alto, Calif.; daughter, Maxine (Wayne) Russell, Salt Lake City; grandson, Harold Russell; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle and Mason Russell; step-grandchildren, Gregory, Timothy, Anne, Jeffrey Peterson and their spouses; five step-great-grandchildren; sister, Antonia Corak; brother, Henry (Nadine) Skriner; sister-in-law, Violet Skriner; special friends, Leigh Nichols and Monica Stapley. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Anton; sisters, Mary and Olga Skriner, Anne LePere and Frances "Dollie" Perri.
Funeral Mass Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church in Helper, with a vigil service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friends are welcome to join the family at St. Anthony's Church Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Committal service Mountain View Cemetery, Helper. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Villa, 451 Bishop Federal Lane in Salt Lake City, or your favorite charity in Zelpha's name.