Andrew Vincent Zaninovich
July 28, 1926 – June 1, 2018
Andrew V. Zaninovich July 28, 1926 – June 1, 2018
Andrew V. Zaninovich, beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday June 1, 2018 in La Cañada, California, surrounded by his family. Andy, known as Uncle Andy by many nieces, nephews and extended family, was born to Vincent B. Zaninovich and Bonica Tomicic Zaninovich of Cutler, CA in 1926, one of 4 siblings with his brothers John and Antone and sister Mary.
Andy was a respected Table Grape Grower, and lived in Delano, California most of his life. After graduating from Delano High School in 1945, he served his country in the Army during WWII in the Philippines. Andy loved the Philippines and regaled his family with wartime stories always ending in how grateful he was to have made it back.
Upon his return home, Andy focused on the family business and doing what he loved most: cultivating Vincent B. Zaninovich & Sons into one of the most respected Table Grape Companies in the United States and the world.
In 1964 he met Stella Lamat at a social at St. Anthony’s Croatian Catholic Church in Los Angeles. They were married shortly thereafter and have spent 54 love-and-faith-filled years together.
Andy not only passed on his knowledge and love of grape growing to generations after him, he passed on his love of life and his zest for travel. He avidly sought to learn about different growing techniques wherever he went in California, New Zealand, South Africa and France. The colleagues he befriended wherever he traveled enriched his family’s life.
His thoughtful wisdom, quick smile and gift for cultivating the best in everything and everyone will be sorely missed.
Andy is survived by his wife Stella, daughter Andrea and son-in-law Geoff Bland and their daughters, Marie Estelle and Audrey Frances, and numerous nieces and nephews, whether by family or affection.
He is predeceased by his daughter, Maria Zaninovich, parents, brothers John and Antone Zaninovich and sister Mary Z. Bruszewski.
A Rosary and Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13th from 5:00 - 6:00 PM also at St. Mary’s of the Miraculous Medal Parish located at , 916 Lexington Street in Delano, California. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday June 14th at 10:30 AM at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Parish. In lieu of flowers, donations will be graciously accepted by L.A. GOAL, (www.lagoal.org/donate), 4911 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA. 90230, or the Memorial fund for the maintenance and improvement of the Roman Catholic Church in the village of Velo Grablje in Hvar, Croatia; checks may be made to Stella Zaninovich and sent to P.O. Box 249 Delano CA 93216. They will be collected and sent to Croatia.
Services entrusted to Delano Mortuary, a Dignity Memorial Provider. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.delanomortuary.com for the Zaninovich family.
- Rosary Wednesday, June 13, 2018
- Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2018
- Christian Mass Thursday, June 14, 2018
Andrew Vincent Zaninovich
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June 8, 2018
Stella and family,
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Andy was a great man a great husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.
Julio and I will forever remember him in our hearts. When we lived at the 5 acres he always came with the biggest smile he always had the best stories to tell us. He was dear to our heart's he helped us through one of the toughest things anyone can go through, when we had our miscarriage he comforted us with the kindest word and prayers. We will forever remember his kind words. Keeping you guys in our prayers and God bless you all.
Love Carmen and Julio.