Vid Zupan

November 21, 1932 - September 27, 2023

Vid Zupan

Vid died peacefully on September 27, 2023. He was born in Barlete, Croatia on November 21, 1932. He came to the United States in 1967 to join rest of his family who had emigrated from Croatia and settled in Sacramento, California.

As a young man, Vid lived in Gospic, Croatia. His early life was difficult at best. He and his younger sister Ruza lost their mother at an incredibly young age. Their father Tomo remarried and brought Anka into their lives. She became a second mother to them. Growing up during World War II was difficult for Vid and his family. After the war—when the communists took over Croatia—Tomo escaped to Austria and eventually immigrated to the United States.

Vid had difficulty attending school and living under the regime. His hope was to leave the country and the only way to do that was to escape. Vid was 18 years old when he first tried to escape into Austria. Unfortunately, he was caught and spent several months in jail. In the early 60s, Vid finally succeeded. He escaped to Austria, and then moved to Germany where he lived for several years. In 1967 Vid came to the United States to join the rest of his family living in Sacramento, California. It took over twenty years for the whole family to be reunited.

Vid was a good and caring man. He adapted well, worked hard, and enjoyed living in the U.S. He loved to follow American politics, was known for his strong political views, and often engaged in political discussions throughout his life.

At the end, he shared with the family that he had a good life and was ready for God to take him. We love you Vid and we will miss you. May you rest in heavenly peace.

Vid was preceded in death by his parents Tomo and Manda Zupan, his second mother Anka Zupan, sisters Dr. Ruza Antonovic and Kathy Zupan Osgerby, brothers Tony and Mile Zupan, and brother-in-law Dr. John Antonovic. Vid is survived by his sister Marijana Pavic, cousin and his wife Mike and Mary Jo Spalj, brothers-in-law Zeljko Pavic and Kevin Osgerby, and nieces and nephews: Dr. Sandra Antonovic Liem, Annette Antonovic Weist, Dr. Brian Tihomir Pavic, Andrea Pavic, Paul Osgerby, and Tommy Zupan.

On Monday, October 16th a Christian Burial will be held for Vid at St. Mary’s Cemetery; Mass at 10:00 a.m. in the Main Chapel and Interment at 11:00 a.m.   Following the committal service, the family invites all to attend a reception honoring Vid’s life at the Croatian American Cultural Center at 3730 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento 95821.


Monday, October 16, 2023
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

St. Mary’s Funeral Center
6509 Fruitridge Rd
Sacramento, CA 95820

Committal service

Monday, October16, 2023
11:00 AM

St. Mary’s Cemetery
6509 Fruitridge Rd
Sacramento, CA 95820


Monday, October 16, 2023
Immediately Following

Croatian American Cultural Center
3730 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95821