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V. Rosalie Zugaj

February 6, 1929 — December 9, 2023

Raytown, MO

V. "Rosalie" Zugaj, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2023, in Raytown, Missouri.  She was 94.

She was born on February 6, 1929, in her hometown of Kirksville, Missouri, to Jesse W. and Rosy (Hurley) Vincent.

Rosalie led a remarkable life filled with compassion, dedication, and a zest for learning. After graduating from Kirksville High School, she pursued her passion for nursing by completing the nursing program at Research Hospital. Armed with her knowledge and skills, Rosalie dedicated herself to caring for others and served at various hospitals in the area as a registered nurse, until the mid-1970s when Rosalie retired from Bendix.

Retirement did not slow her down; instead, it provided an opportunity for her to embark on new adventures. Together with her beloved husband Joseph Zugaj, Rosalie owned and operated "House of Ceramics" in Kirksville. Her artistic talents shone through as she shared her expertise with others by teaching classes on ceramic making and painting. Rosalie's love for arts and crafts touched the lives of many aspiring artists who credit her guidance for their own creative journeys.

When she wasn't immersed in the world of ceramics, Rosalie indulged in a myriad of hobbies and interests that brought joy to her life. She had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and found solace within the pages of books. Chess held a special place in Rosalie's heart as she engaged in friendly battles of strategy with friends and family. Music was another passion that resonated deeply with her; she particularly enjoyed playing the piano.

Throughout their years together, Rosalie and Joe enjoyed discovering the wonders of traveling across the country in their beloved RV. The open road became their canvas as they painted colorful memories from coast to coast. These voyages allowed them to experience the beauty of nature and create cherished memories that would last a lifetime.

Rosalie is preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph Zugaj; her daughter, Nancy Carter, and her brother, Floyd Vincent.

She is survived by her son Jeff Zugaj and his wife Sharon; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

May her gentle soul find eternal peace as we remember the profound joy she brought into our lives.

A private memorial service will take place at Little Sisters of the Poor with inurnment following at Highland Park in Kirksville.  
Memorial contributions can be made in Rosalie's honor to Little Sisters of the Poor in Raytown.

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