Filadelfio “Phil” Monaco
January 27, 1945 – October 16, 2023
Filadelfio “Phil” Monaco went to the Lord on October 16, 2023. He was preceded in death by parents, Angelo and Rosary “Sarah” Monaco.
Phil was a long-term resident of Quality Living Inc., where he enjoyed over 15 years of independent living, assisted by loving staff members and good friends; especially his cousin, Anna Marie Monaco.
He will be missed by good friend and advocate, Kathy Miklas, and many close relatives, too numerous to mention.
Phil is survived by cousins, Robert, and Margaret Monaco.
Phil (Filadelfio) Monaco Life Story
(Based on conversation between Phil and Kathy Miklas in February, 2020)
I was born on January 27, 1945 at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, NE.
The doctor thought I would die soon, so he (a Catholic) baptized me. Then I was baptized at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Omaha. I lived in a 4 Plex in Little Italy for 50 years. My dad died when I was 16 years old. I helped my mom by cleaning the house and drying the dishes. I helped take care of mom when she was older.
I attended school at J.P. Lord, at St. Philomena Catholic School (now All Saints Catholic School at St. Frances Cabrini Parish) and Tech High School. When I was at St. Philomena School, I walked up and down the stairs every day. I attended one semester of college at what used to be Omaha University, now the University of Nebraska Omaha.
I received Confirmation, First Communion, and First Confession at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.
When I was old enough, I worked at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), checking memberships, and renting towels. I also worked at Douglas County Hospital in the Housekeeping Department on weekends. I also worked at Lutheran Hospital, cleaning restrooms and vacuuming. For fun I participated in a bowling league.
My mom and I moved from the 4 Plex to a new, accessible apartment complex that Quality Living (QLI) had built on 90th and Boyd Street. My friend, Cathy Delihant, and I would go to Bag ‘N Save every week to get groceries. After my mom broke her arm, she went to live in a nursing home, and I moved to QLI Assisted Living. QLI was the best thing that ever happened to me!
At QLI, I participated in: Sign Language Club, Faith Community (Mass and Faith-Sharing), fishing, and “drive-arounds” though different parts of Omaha.
I enjoy reading books on history, watching old movies, participating in Catholic Mass at QLI and at Sacred Heart Church, attending Creighton Bluejay basketball games, watching football games, and reading the newspaper.
My proudest accomplishments are: trying to be nice to people, enjoying being with people, running the overhead projector, when we used that, for Catholic Mass at QLI.
VISITATION: Monday, October 23, 2023, 6-7 p.m. at the West Center Chapel, followed by a VIGIL SERVICE: at 7 p.m. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 10 a.m., St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1335 S. 10th St. Private Family Interment. To view a live broadcast of the service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.