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Zorey Rukavina, 94, lifelong Itasca County resident, died peacefully on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Bovey.
Born February 13, 1924 in Bovey, she was the daughter of Steve and Barbara (Shustarich) Kovacovich. Zorey had worked in the Danube Mine during WW II, Petrich’s Store, Midway Café, and in the Greenway High School as a cook. Zorey and Steve B. Rukavina, Sr. were married on October 18, 1941. Zorey was a member of the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church of Coleraine.
Her parents, Steve and Barbara Kovacovich; her husband, Steve B. Rukavina; brothers, Mike and Peter Kovacovich; and sisters, Mary Jokinen and Millie Mandich; preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Steve (Margie) Rukavina and Larry (Pat) Rukavina; grandchildren, Paul Rukavina, Marc Rukavina, Mike Peterson, Emily Rukavina, Abby Miller, Terry Newman, and Stacey Steel; and great grandchildren, Mason Peterson, Ari Rukavina, Zoe Rukavina, Bentley Rukavina, Tucker Rukavina, Paisley Miller, Jackson Miller, Dallas Gram, Taylor Gram, Lane Newman, and Logan Steel; sisters, Ruby Rudick and Dorothy Nordin; a brother, Robert Kovacovich; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Coleraine. Interment will be in the Itasca - Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids.