Susan P. Zaveruha, RN: May 19, 1947 – Feb. 6, 2020

Susan Zaveruha, R.N., 72, of Coupeville, Wash., passed away on Feb. 6, 2020, due to complications of diabetes. She was born in Bridgeport, Conn. on May 19, 1947 to parents Dorothy and Lionel Probert.

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Paul Zaveruha, M.D., residing on Whidbey Island since 1982, both of them having the privilege of serving the medical needs of the people of this community for 20 years: she as registered nurse in Whidbey General Hospital’s emergency department and intensive care unit and he as general surgeon at WGH since 1982.

Susan is also survived by her daughter, Deborah Z. Burrus, son-in-law, Robert Burrus, and twin grandchildren, Brent and Sydney, all of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Cynthia Zaveruha, of Agoura Hills, Calif.; son, Alexander Zaveruha, of Petaluma, Calif.; her sisters, Sally Caldarazzo, of Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., and Marguerite (Kent) Moller, of Newtown, Conn.; and brothers, William Probert, of Newtown, Conn., and Thomas (Lynn) Probert, of Stratford, Conn.

Susan worked as an LPN to support her husband during his medical school training in Washington, D.C. She then furthered her nursing education at State University of New York in Morrisville College and returned in 1978 to the medical profession as a registered nurse in New York, Virginia, and Washington, culminating in her 20 years as R.N at Whidbey General Hospital.

Her life was dedicated to her family and to the care of her patients above all else. Susan was a totally giving person.

A memorial service for her will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Wallin Funeral Home with a reception to follow.

Remembrances may be given to the American Diabetes Association in her name.

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