Elsie L. Vezzani


Elsie Vezzani of Gig Harbor died Sept. 8, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Colton, Washington, the youngest daughter of Frank and Teresa Busch.

Elsie graduated from Holy Names Academy in Spokane and attended Seattle University, where she met the love of her life, Robert L. Vezzani. They married in 1953 while he was stationed with the U.S. Army at Camp Roberts, California. In 1956, they moved to Tacoma where Elsie began a busy and happy life helping Bob build his fire protection business while raising their three children.

Throughout her life, Elsie endeared herself with her warm and outgoing personality to everyone she met — making countless new friends, joining a variety of Key Peninsula organizations and causes, and adding energy, warmth and humor to every endeavor.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob, son-in-law Barney Harkins, and three of her sisters: Estelle Busch, Francis Coad and Joyce Frei. She is survived by her children Teresa Harkins (Barney), Bob, Jr. (Kathie), David (Barb); grandchildren Conor (Dani), Christine, Mathew (Nora), and Andrew; her sisters Alma Druffel and Lola O’Toole; step-brother Wayne Busch; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial and reception celebrated the life of this kind and loving woman October 5 at the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church in Lakebay. In lieu of flowers and because of the wonderful people that took care of her at Hospice House, remembrances can be made in her honor to the Franciscan Foundation, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place 98466; or to a charity of choice. Please share memories at