Poquoson, Virginia 23662, United States

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Making a Difference Dignity for the Aged




October 1924 - November 2019

Rose Marie KuKich

Rose Marie Kukich, 95 went to meet her Lord and Savior on Saturday, 30 November, 2019 while residing in Poquoson, VA.  Rose, affectionately known as Baba, was born on 13 October, 1924 in Clinton, Indiana to Robert and Angela Mirkovich (née Pucelj). She grew up and attended schools in Blanford and Clinton, Indiana.  Rose met her husband Nick Kukich, a former US Marine Crops Officer and OSS Agent from Dillies Bottom, Ohio in Chicago.   Married in 1947, Nick and Rose moved to Blanford, Indiana and subsequently to Claymont, Delaware where they retired. She moved to Poquoson, VA in 2015.

Claymont residents since 1957, Rose and Nick became model citizens of this Wilmington suburb.  Rose worked as an Administrative Assistant at Sears and later All American Engineering.  She was a long time member of the St Nicholas  Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church of Philadelphia, President of the Philadelphia Serbian Lodge, President of the Claymont Little League Women’s Auxiliary, 50+ year member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Claymont Volunteer Fire Company, VFW Auxiliary Post 5447, Serbian National Federation, Slovene National Benefit Society,  Order of the Eastern Star, and founding member for the advocacy organization Dignity for the Aged to help the elderly who reside in nursing homes all over the United States. 

Preceding Rose in death were her parents, and loving husband of 66 years, Nick.  She is survived by her sister Angeline Devitt of Bloomington, IN; brother Robert Mirkovich of Ocala, FL; Sons: Bob Kukich and wife Shirley (Sam) Kukich, Poquoson, VA; Steve Kukich, Blanford, IN ; Nick Kukich and wife Sharon Kukich, Milford,PA; Grandchildren in who she took great pride: Laura Melenas and husband Matt Melenas, Tampa, FL; Danielle Kinney and husband Rob Kinney, Elizabeth, CO; Alex Kukich and wife Ashleigh, Baltimore, MD; Christine Kukich, Baltimore, MD;  and Great-grandchildren Anna Kinney, Emelene Kukich, Cameron Kukich, Parker Melenas, Jocelyn Hunt, Hayley Melenas and Connor Melenas.  


Rose will be sorely missed by her family and by the multitude of friends throughout the United States and Europe that she cultivated over the years. She will be remembered for her strength of character, devotion to family, generosity as well as her Christmas cards and notes of encouragement; she epitomized the idea of giving. Rose traveled the US and the world not to sightsee but to be with friends and family.  For many years she was a regular attendee at Serbian National Federation events where she enjoyed the company of many friends and family.  She was the consummate hostess, cooking wonderful ethnic dishes and desserts for friends and family – there were no strangers at the Kukich table.  In addition to cooking, Rose had many talents that she applied to a variety of hobbies including golf, sewing, crocheting, quilting and gardening.

Above all, Rose was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a dedicated friend who was nourished by her faith and Serbian heritage and buoyed by the love of so many who will miss her deeply.

Visitation will be Monday 9, December 2019 from 11:00 – 12:00AM at Mealey Funeral Homes, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington, Delaware, 19808 (302-654-3005).  The Reverend Milorad Orlic will celebrate a service at 12:00AM at the funeral home and a grave site service at 2PM at the New Castle County Cemetery Veteran’s Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, Delaware 19701.  A reception will follow at the Claymont Volunteer Fire Company. 

 In lieu of flowers friends are invited to send a donation in her name to Dignity for the Aged  at the link below.  


Thank you

What an honor it is for Dignity For The Aged to be designated by 

the family of "Baba" as an organization to support in her memory.  Please use the link below, or 

If you prefer to send your donation in regular mail our address is:

Dignity For The Aged

  7 Jefferson Court

Poquoson, Va 23662

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Tributes and notes from friends

please send any comments to: digntityfortheaged@gmail and we will post them here.

  • Hoping you will find some comfort in the love a memories your heart will always hold onto - Donna Yezdimier Pascavitch and Family
  • My thoughts are with all of you at this time.  I considered your mother Aunt Rose and truely loved her.  She was a remarkable woman and loved her family and friends dearly. - Ruth Phillips
  • Wishing you strength for today, and comfort in the days ahead, knowing how mjch your loved one meant to so many  - Nancy and Darrell Wesner 
  • We are very sorry for the loss of your mom. Ron has many fond memories of her (and your dad) and the kindness she showed to the PMC cadets.  I remember her kindness as well.  I know she will be missed but never forgotten. - Love, Ron and Diane Erale
  • Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers and if you need me - I'm here. - Kenn and Joanne White
  • Dear Kumovi Bob and Sam, Steve, Nick and family,  our deepest sympathies to you on Kuma Roses passing.  such a strong and beautiful soul she was & is - so many wonderful memories.  So many of our loved ones have passed, but we are strengthened by our faith and that we will all be together again in God's time.  Vecnaja Pamjat.  May her memory be eternal - Love, Kumovi Grubisha/Laufenberg/Mertz
  • May God's peace surround you at this difficult time.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  Bethel Baptist Church Membership
  • In Loving Memory, a Perpetual Mass Enrollment, Sacred Heart Association - Ms Carol A. De Coursey Leonarski
  • Society of the Little Flower Memorial Membership for Rose Kukich requested by - Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Calvetti
  • As difficult as this time is, may you find comfort in knowing that your loved one will always be with you, and the memories you shared will forever be a part of your life. - Love, Vesna, Vedo and Ivor
  • Hope you can feel the love that's surrounding you now in all the ways you need. - In sympathy, Stana and Jadranka
  • With heartfelt sympathy to you and your family as we remember a life so very well-lived.  Much love and Peace of the Holy Spirit, Jane and Will Hatcher
  • May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead - April and Tony Casparriello
  • Thinking of you with Heartfelt Sympathy - Jim and Sandy Ritter
  • Hope Knowing that you're thought of in warm and caring ways helps to ease your sorrow through the days ahead - Richard and Aggie Pettyjohn
  • In Loving Memory The passing of a loved one is never easy, but when we can be assureed that they enter heaven to the arms of our Lord, we can rejoice and find comfort they are in the best of hands.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil: 4:7, In Christs Love - Hal and Shirleen Christenson
  • In Sympathy - Even at this difficult time, you are not alone, Those who care for you hold you close in heart and wish you peace - Star Love Circle, Ruth Chapter #19 O.E.S
  • Praying the Lord will comfort you with His Peace, surround you with His Love, and encourage you with His Presence - Father Orlic and St Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church in Philadelphia
  • With Sympathy - Reen and Louis Morris
  • Warm thoughts and prayers are with you in your sorrow. - Earle R. Durmon
  • May the comfort bring you the peace that passes all understanding and the assurance of His loving presence during this time.  Pastor Doug Echols, Bethel Baptist Church
  • Hope the memories will soften the grief you feel now, bringing comfort and peace day by day - Your adopted kids, Gwen Wood, and Ashby Ambrose
  • Bob and Sam, We wanted you to know we are thinking of you and praying for you - Ed and Beth Moore
  • Praying you will feel His tender loving care as your heart finds His path to healing and peace. -  Thhinking of you!  Susan, Gary and Erin Hines
  • Gently wrap yourself in the warm memories of your mother.  Let the love that held you close continue to bring you strength and comfort - with sympathy and we are praying for you - Mark and Teresa Warlitner
  • May you find strength, peace and comfort in your memories, with sympathy - Tom and Kay Dawn McFarland
  • Bob and Sam May god's grace bring strength, comfort and healing in this time of sorrow - Keeping you both in our prayers - our deepest sympathy - Pat and Song Vick
  • Wishing you memories that ease your loss and love that heals your sadness - Chris and Bob Ancell
  • Sincere Sympathy - Mr. Samuel Pettyjohn
  • Till we meet again - A Hui Hou - Your kindness as our Kuma will be missed - Dee & Steve Fraser and Mallie Madesh
  • In Loving Memory of Aunt Rose - Mike, Meg, Nick Pavich
  • Our Deepest Condolences - Mary Theresa and Bill Feyk
  • Dear Aunt Rose - Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you - The Devitt Family
  • Our thoughts and Prayers are with you - Members of Bethel Baptist Church
  • Dear Rose, I will always cherish everything you have done for me, you are a wonderful Christian woman, my wonderful sister - Robert Mirkovich
  • Rose was a faithful member of our Order and we hope this donation with help with your organization, continue the good work in her memory. - Cheryl Montillo, PM, Chapter Secretary - Ruth Chapter #19, Order of the Eastern Star, Wilmington, Delaware.
  • My sympathy to you all on this great loss, Sincerely Dan Pyevich