Eureka - Alice Flaminio, age 80, of Eureka, Illinois, peacefully departed on her heavenly journey Thursday, October 2, 2014, from Snyder Village Nursing Home in Metamora, Illinois, with family members by her side.
Alice was born into the loving family of William and Hilda Rooker on December 27, 1933, in Danville, Kentucky, as the seventh of eight children. She spent her elementary and high school years, however, in Minonk, Illinois; and married Albert Dean Flaminio from Toluca, Illinois, on December 19, 1954.
Alice will now be reunited with her husband; parents; five siblings, Betty Laitas, Jim Rooker, Bill Rooker, Ken Rooker, and Wes Rooker; two sisters-in-law, Ila Rooker and Jan Rooker; one brother-in-law, Walt Laitas; many dear friends; and four furry friends, Gypsy, Tia, Romeo, and Juliet.
Left to mourn her absence are her three children, Kathy (Brian) Bowald of Eureka, Steven Flaminio of Hixson, Tennessee, and Krista (Scott) Wahlstrom of Chicago; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Olive Miller of Dayton, Ohio, and Mary Plunkett of New Port Richey, Florida; one sister-in-law, Marlene Rooker of Flanagan, Illinois; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews, and friends.
During the course of her life, Alice worked for the Illinois Education Association in Springfield, Illinois; Isch's Second Hand Store in Metamora, Illinois; and as a seasonal IRS customer service representative in Bloomington, Illinois. Her most important work by far, however, was her devotion to lovingly raising her children and helping them with their own families.
Alice immensely enjoyed making lasting memories with her family by playing spirited card games, exchanging silly holiday gifts, and taking relaxing vacations during which she cherished the moments she could "teach" her husband, brother, and son-in-law how to catch the big fish. They, in turn, tolerated her mild exaggerations, while serving her another margarita. She spent as many fun evenings as possible playing bridge, dancing, and dining out with friends. Alice had even been known to hit the casino occasionally to try her luck at the slot machines. Music brought her much pleasure, albeit attending concerts or simply singing along with the radio or CDs during daily activities. She was a fan of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, and St. Louis Cardinals and could hold her own on the bowling lanes. Her cats, Romeo and Juliet, provided endless comfort to her in the absence of her beloved. Those who love her will miss her great sense of humor, infectious laughter, honest character, sympathetic ear, caring nature, and helpful disposition.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 6, at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at Eureka Bible Church on Tuesday, October 7, at 10:30 a.m. immediately proceeded by interment at Olio Township Cemetary.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Online condolences may be made at www.argoruestmanharris.com.
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