Anna Zado

May 1935
December 2022


With love and sadness, we share the passing of our mom, Anna Boserup Rush Zado. Born in 1935 to parents Magda and Paul Boserup in Minneola, NY, Anna and her brother Daniel Boserup, now deceased, lived on Long Island, N.Y., for a short time in Denmark, and eventually in Upstate NY. Anna attended and graduated Class of ‘57 from New York State Teachers College in Cortland, NY, majoring in Physical Education, and is a 1981 C-Club Hall of Fame Inductee. It was there she met and married her husband, James H. Rush. They raised their family in Cortland, where Anna continued, and loved her teaching career, and received her Master’s Degree while exemplifying motherhood at it’s finest. She taught at the Elementary and Collegiate levels, and supervised student teachers throughout Central New York until her retirement in 1993. She is survived by her four children, Chrisann (James) Poole of Palm Beach, FL, Debbie (Nathan) Bretscher of Kingston, TN, Linda (Michael) Antelmi of Nokomis, FL, and Paul (Kerala) Rush of Vail, CO. Her husband James pre-deceased her in 1993. She could not have been more proud of her 10 grandchildren, Danielle, Joe, Jessica, Rachel, Kaitlin, James, Paul, Emily, Laura, and Matthew, and her three great-grandchildren, Charlie, Jackson, and Rush. They brought her much joy over the last. 42 years, and she continued her love of teaching with them long after her retirement. Anna relocated to Palm Beach, FL in 1997. with her second husband Richard Zado (deceased 2004,) and resided there until 2017, before relocating to Temple Terrace, FL and most recently to Nokomis, FL. Anna has 4 step children, Lisa Westcott, Erica Zado, Kristen Zado, and Richard Zado Jr and many step grandchildren, all who she adored. Anna’s love of sport kept her active throughout her retirement. She was an avid golfer and swimmer and continued her love of learning throughout her life. Her ties to her alma mater, SUNY Cortland, were strong, especially to her beloved soccer team, the first U.S. Women’s National Soccer Championship Team, in 1980. This amazing group of ladies has rallied around “Coach” for the last 40+ years, showing their love and affection, and bringing her a joy not experienced by many. Her family is forever grateful for their presence in her life. One of her players recently shared a quote from Maya Angelo that is very suitable, and shares the essence of our mom - “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.” That was our mom. She will be missed by the many, many lives that she has touched. Anna’s body will be donated to Science, forever the teacher. A private service will be held with her family at a later date. Donations in her honor can be made to The Tiny Hands Foundation of SW Florida, who supply backpacks with school supplies for children in need, SUNY Cortland Athletics, or a charity of your choice.

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