The world lost an incredible person but heaven gained an angel on June 3, 2022 when Ann Zikoski went home to Jesus. If you were lucky enough to have her as your nurse, your neighbor, your daughter, your sister, your mother, your grandmother, or your great-grandmother, you felt the warmth of her being.
A lifelong Scranton native, Ann was born February 3, 1928 into a hardworking Italian immigrant family. Her adolescence was spent during the Great Depression and World War II. Life was difficult but always full of love and family. She graduated from Scranton Central High School and in 1954 married Edward Zikoski, a World War II veteran. They had one child. She worked in the textile industry while raising her family. She immersed herself into her family. When her son played sports, she started the cheering squad. When he joined the Boy Scouts, she became a Den Mother. Later on in life she went to college and earned nursing degree from Wilkes College, all while working full time. Nursing was the perfect profession for Ann. She loved being a nurse and was respected by her patients and colleagues. She always went the extra mile and truly cared about her patients. Upon retirement from Community Medical Center, she worked as a private duty nurse. She was elected president of the Roundwood Senior Center. When God blessed her with grandchildren, she turned the basement of her house into a play land filled with toys. To no one’s surprise, she became the consummate grandmother. She taught us many things but instilled in us the importance of family, God, and hard work. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She leaves behind her son, Dr. Edward Zikoski and daughter-in-law Marcia Tulaney Zikoski, Southampton, PA; her grandchildren, Edward John, Miami, FL; Michael Charles, Hamilton, NJ; and Bryan Matthew, Abington, PA; her great-grandson, Michael Joseph; her brother Sam Vitris; and sister Kay Atwood; her sister-in-law Joan Vitris; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dominick and Josephine Vitris, sisters Ann Marie Heller and Francine Kowalski, and brothers Nick, Joe, and Frank Vitris.
The funeral will be Saturday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Basilica of St. Ann, St. Ann St., Scranton. All those attending are asked to go directly to the church. Interment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may pay their respects Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Savino Traditional Funerals and Cremation Care, 157 S. Main Ave., West Scranton. Carl J. Savino, Jr., Supervisor.