Obit: Kavanaugh, Vivian (1919 - 2006)

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Surnames: Kavanaugh, Vinger, Zarif, Thompson

----Sources: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) April 20, 2006

Kavanaugh, Vivian (9 Sept. 1919 - 19 April 2006)

Vivian Kavanaugh

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Vivian (Vinger) Kavanaugh, 86, of Key Biscayne, Fla., died April 19, 2006, in Key Biscayne.

There will be no local funeral service.

Cremation and interment will be in California. She was born Sept. 9, 1919, in Greenwood, the daughter of Palmer and Lydia Vinger. She was married to Bill Kavanaugh. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Kay (Salim) Zarif, Key Biscayne, Fla., and Jim (Roberta) Kavanaugh, Glendale, Calif.; a sister, Shirley Thompson, Marshfield; two grandchildren; and two nieces.

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----Sources: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) April 25, 2006

Vivian Kavanaugh

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Vivian Kavanaugh, 86, of 571 N. Mashta, Key Biscayne, Fla., died April 19, 2006, in Key Biscayne.

Memorial services will be held in Los Angeles, Calif., at a later date. The body will be cremated and burial will be in Forest Lawn. Memorials in her name may be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation or Clark County Humane Society.

Vivian was born Sept. 9, 1919, to Palmer and Lydia Vinger of Greenwood, Wisconsin. She attended Greenwood High School and Lutheran Deaconess Hospital Nursing School in Chicago.

She married Bill Kavanaugh in 1943 in St. Louis, Mo. She and her husband lived in Greenwood for 25 years and she worked many years at Neillsville Memorial Hospital. The Kavanaughs retired to Brownsville, Texas, where she worked as a school nurse. They then moved to Sun City, Ariz.

Vivian loved golfing and in the past 25 years she traveled all over the world with her daughter, Kay Zarif. The highlight of her travels was to be in Bethlehem for a Christmas Eve. The past eight years, she became incapacitated and required three fulltime caregivers. She lived next door to her daughter and was lovingly cared for. While she was unable to get around, she had a constant companion, "Paco," a rescued chihuahua. She will be missed.

Surviving Vivian are her daughter, Kay (Salini) Zarif, Key Biscayne, Fla.; son, Jim (bobbi) Kavanaugh, Burbank, Calif.; two grandchildren, Nathan and Megan Kavanaugh, both of Burbank; her sister, Shirley Thompson, Marshfield; two nieces, Pat Thompson, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Nan (Michael) Shinkle, Kansas City, Mo.; and an uncle, Mal Vinger, Minneapolis, Minn.

She was predeceased by her mother, father and husband, Bill Kavanaugh.

"As for man, his days are like grass: As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth, For the wind passes over it, and it's gone; And the place thereof shall know it no more." Psalm 103:15-16



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