SARANAC LAKE - Alice Zuliani, nee Zahtila, of Saranac Lake, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday afternoon, Aug. 27, 2012.
She was 98 years old, born April 5, 1914, in Krsan, Istria, in Croatia. The daughter of John and Mary (Dragovina) Zahtila, Alice came to the U.S. as a young child with her family, including three brothers now deceased, John, Joseph and Anthony. She lived her childhood in Cleveland, Ohio, before the family moved to mid-Manhattan's west side, where her father ran an Italian grocery business.
After marriage to her husband Anthony Zuliani, she resided in the Bronx, where she raised three sons, then moved to Yonkers in Westchester County, afterward to Shelter Island on Long Island, and then settled in Saranac Lake.
Alice will be remembered for her love of family and their gatherings, her easy warmth and her love of humor and laughter. She was a great cook of regional Istrian/Croatian dishes, loved to swim in the ocean and lakes, and was the first prepared to go when family outings and trips were planned. One of her favorite pastimes, with a cup of coffee at hand, were the Sunday crossword puzzles.
Alice was predeceased by her husband Anthony of 75 years, who passed away just shy of his 100th birthday in 2010.
She is survived by her three sons: Joseph, John and James, and their three wives: Elena, Keti and Lynn; six grandchildren: Marc and Alyssa, Jason and Alexia, and Michael and Joseph; and three great-grandchildren: Luca, Nico and Augusten.
Alice will be particularly remembered for her joy of singing, including such favorites as "Little Brown Jug," "Santa Lucia" and "You Are My Sunshine."
There will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held by the family.
In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to remember Alice may make donations to the Saranac Lake Free Library. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901, 518-561-3980.
Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.