Vivian Zane

December 17, 1925December 30, 2012
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VIVIAN ZANE, 87, of Honolulu, passed away December 30, 2012 at St. Francis Hospice West in Ewa Beach. Born in Haiku, Maui to parents Tien Soong and Brazeline (Tavares) Zane, Vivian was a retired registered nurse for the Veterans Administration and St. Francis Hospital, and was also a nursing professor at the University of Hawaii and other Schools of Nursing in Honolulu and in Philadelphia. After her retirement, she made trips to Asia and Europe, enjoyed playing mah jong and word board games, and collected Asian, primarily Chinese, antiques.

She was a graduate of Maui High School, St. Francis School of Nursing, the University of Dayton in Ohio, Teachers College of Columbia University, and did post graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley. During her long residence in New York City, she worked for the American Nursing Association as an on site visiting accreditor of nursing programs throughout the United States.

She is survived by sisters, Genevieve Z. Moudy, Rosalie Z. Spencer and Kathleen Zane; a niece, nephews and cousins.

A Mass will be celebrated in her memory on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 800 Kaheka Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.

A visitation will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, January 14, 2013, at Borthwick Mortuary-Makai Chapel. Prayer service will be at 11:30 a.m. Graveside committal services will be at 2:15 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park, 529 18th Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816. Casual or Aloha attire is suggested. Flowers are welcome.


  • Memorial Mass Sunday, January 13, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, January 14, 2013
  • Prayer Service Monday, January 14, 2013
  • Graveside Committal Service Monday, January 14, 2013

Vivian Zane

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March 13, 2013

I was saddened to learn of Vivian's death. She was a wonderful friend and I am go grateful for all her kindnesses to me and especially to my parents. Vivian and I shared an office at the University of Hawaii in 1967 when I first came to Hawaii. We also shared lots of laughs and life stories. I have so many fond memories of visits with Vivian whenever I returned to Honolulu. She had papaya ready for my breakfast each morning because she remembered how much I loved it. And I loved her. My deep condolences to her sisters and all of her family
Nancy Savage
Cincinnati, Ohio

Lydia Zane

January 16, 2013

You live on in our hearts and minds dear Aunt Nina.

January 12, 2013

Thank you for the wonderful memories, Aunt Nina. You will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We will miss you. Love, Michael & Deanna Spencer

Julia Woolsey

January 12, 2013

I am glad I was able to touch basis with you this past year. It brought memories of you as my instructor at St. Francis and of time working at VA. You still looked wonderful. Rest in peace, Vivian.

January 11, 2013

Aunt Nina we all love you so much. We always loved the time we spent with you. Rest in peace. Brian, Sarah, Spencer,Landon and Blake Mashburn

Naoko Nemoto

January 11, 2013

I had wonderful times with Vivian both at Massachusetts and Honolulu. Vivian, please rest peacefully. From Kyoto, Japan


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"Nina" Zane


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