Marie Vinti Ruzicka
August 20, 1924 – June 15, 2022
Mary Vinti Ruzicka, 97, of Walla Walla died on June 15, 2022.
Born on August 20, 1924 in Walla Walla, she was the sixth child of Jim and Petrina Ballachina Vinti. It was Italian immigrants who moved to this area and started a family farm growing Walla Walla sweet onions and other vegetables. She attended Braden School.
Mary married Charles Anton Ruzicka on November 14, 1948 in Walla Walla, and they had four children. They established their own family farm in the Sudbury area and raised cattle, hogs and various crops. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting and attending Charles’ army meetings, in addition to supervising the school and sports activities of their children and grandchildren. Every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. she served a full spaghetti dinner with several desserts. Visiting relatives and friends at nursing homes and baking treats for patients at St. Mary Cancer Center have been weekly activities for many years. She also cooked and helped run the restaurant at the Walla Walla Livestock Auction. Mary was a life member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Walla Walla. It was there that she was baptized, received her first communion, got married and will have her funeral. She was a member of St. Anne’s Altar Society, the Catholic Daughters of America, and the Italian Heritage Association. In 2003, she and her sister Rose Vinti Arbini were the co-marshals of the Italian Heritage Parade.
She is survived by two children: daughter Irene (Dennis) Rapp of Spokane and son Marvin (Cheri) Ruzicka of Walla Walla; daughter-in-law, Mary Ruzicka of Cheyenne, WY; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Ruzicka (2008); and sons, Edward Ruzicka (2005) and Gerald Ruzicka (2021); as well as his parents, Jim and Petrina Vinti; sisters, Angie Vinti Locati, Vivian Vinti Castoldi, Rose Vinti Arbini and Virginia Vinti; and his brothers, Ross Vinti and Frank Vinti.
Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, June 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. The Rosary will be recited at St. Francis Catholic Church on Friday, June 24 at 9:30 a.m., followed by the funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery in the Catholic section. A reception and celebration of life will follow at St. Francis Parish Hall. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to St. Francis Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society through the funeral home.