Anne Zak

Anne M. Zak (Baklik)

March 8, 1918 - April 3, 2021
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Anne M. (Baklik) Zak, age 103, of Shelton entered into rest on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Griffin Hospital with her loving family by her side.

She was the devoted wife of the late Vincent J. Zak, Jr. Anne was born in Derby on March 8, 1918 daughter of the late Joseph and Louise (Singer) Baklik. Anne loved her family the most and cherished every minute with them! She loved being a nurse and her long career at Griffin Hospital, she loved volunteering for Griffin Hospital and St. Vincent de Paul, She was a member of the St. Joseph’s Rosary Society, Shelton Senior Center Knitting Club, Shelton Historical Quilt project, she taught knitting and crocheting to students at Sunnyside School, in Shelton, and crocheting lap blankets for the elderly in convalescent homes, gardening, her roses, garlic plants and raspberries, tag selling, selling vegetables and fruit with her daughter at the Shelton Farmer’s Market, vanilla ice cream, and French vanilla protein drinks, lots of salads, pizza, baking chocolate stained glass marshmallow cookies, plum dumplings, apple strudel and poppy seed rolls, making hundreds of pizzelles, sitting on her swing by the water, sunbathing, wheel of fortune and Jeopardy, and her huge rolling pin and 4 leaf clover collection.

Anne was the beloved mother of Debra Petrushonis (Kenneth) and Linda A. Purcell ( John Porter), loving grandmother of Jeffery Purcell, Robin Zak Armstrong ( Brian), Karen Zak Getchel (Brendon), VIncent J. Zak IV ( Ann), Nicholas Petrushonis( April), Corrine Petrushonis( Stephanie), Natalie Petrushonis ( Roger) and Patrick Petrushonis (Hui) and great grandmother of Zachary, Clancy (Lauren) and Elliott Purcell, Allison and Daniel Zak and Lucas, Madison and Mason Petrushonis, daughter-in-law, Carole Zak and sister-in-law, Frances Zak. She was also survived by many nieces and nephews. Anne was predeceased by a son Vincent J. Zak, III, a brother Edward Baklik, Sr. and five sisters, Antonia Preneta, Mary Flanceski, Lillian Zak, Louise Hardeswick and June Baklik.

A Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Church, Shelton, Ct, April 8th at 10AM for family and friends. Burial will follow at Mt. St. Peter Cemetery. Masks and social distancing is required. The Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd., Shelton has been entrusted with her arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Shelton High School, 120 Meadow St, Shelton Ct 06484, c/o The SHS Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of Anne M. Zak for a student going into nursing. Friends may leave condolences at
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Service Details

  • Funeral Mass

    April 8th, 2021 | 10:00am
    April 8th, 2021 10:00am
    St. Joseph Church
    424 Coram Ave.
    Shelton, CT 06484
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  • Interment

    April 8th, 2021 | 11:00am
    April 8th, 2021 11:00am
    Mt. St. Peters Cemetery
    219 New Haven Ave
    Derby, Connecticut 06418
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Pat McQueeney

Posted at 10:34am
Linda, Debbie, and Family,
Sending our prayers and love at this very sad time. Anne was an amazing woman. I will always remember her kindness to my mom, how happy she was to be with people, and her enjoyment of ambrosia. Her love of her family was so obvious as was your love for her. She will be sadly missed. Believe that once again she is able to do all the things she so enjoyed.
With our deepest love and sympathy,
Pat, Frank, and Kevin

Christine Zak

Posted at 09:33pm
Dear Linda and Debi,
Your Mom was a remarkable woman. I will always remember her love and acts of kindness. She has a special place in my heart as a wonderful Aunt and Godmother.
My sincere condolences to your family.
With love, Chrissy

Marilyn Jespersen

Posted at 08:47pm
Aunt Anne was a wonderful Aunt and Godmother. She truly is going to be missed. Her kindness and caring for others were outstanding. She remembered our special days and was always very excited to see her extended family. She showered her family with so much love. I spent many days visiting her home in the early days and was really impressed with seeing her dressed in her nursing whites, uniform, cap and spotless white shoes - knowing she was doing important work and being very proud of her. I admired her healthy way of living also - cooking with the bounty from her gardens and her seasonal canning of vegetables and fruits. She was an excellent model of the right way to live who enjoyed 103 magnificent years. May Aunt Anne now rest in peace with a huge family in heaven. And may her family here find comfort in all of the beautiful memories. Love you Aunt Anne, Marilyn and Neil Jespersen and Family

Ginny Harger

Posted at 08:43pm
To the Zak Family -- My sincere condolences to you all on Anne's passing -- she was such a lovely lady! My Mom, Clara DeFelice, enjoyed Anne's company so much while volunteering at the St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Shoppe and her visits with Anne at the cottage on the river to "look at the swans". Here's a picture of them at the Thrift Shoppe when they decided to dress up one year for Halloween. They had a lot of fun together. The back of the picture says Ann - Clara - Nick - Cory - October 31, 1987.

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