Viola L. DeLuca
April 30, 1926 – January 6, 2021
She is survived by her daughters, Therese DeLuca and Kathleen “Nena” Brabec (Frederick Bender); granddaughter, Kristina Brabec; two step grandchildren, Jonathan Bender (Jenny) and Emma Bender. Preceded in death by parents, Theresa and Dominic Alberico; husband, Anthony DeLuca; siblings: Angie Giordano, and Alfred, Joseph, Samuel, and Harold Alberico.
Private Family VIGIL SERVICE: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:30pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4810 Woolworth Ave. Interment, Calvary Cemetery.
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Viola was born in Denver, Colorado, on April 30, 1926, to immigrant parents from Calabria, Italy. She was fourth in line out of six kids: Alfred, Joe, Angie, (Viola), Sam and Harold. Alfred was the studious one. Joe was the dashing charmer. Angie was the serious musician. And Viola, nicknamed “Tilly” by her uncle, was the small but mighty tomboy whose batting skills were regularly sought out by her younger brothers for neighborhood baseball games.
In 1941, Viola’s father moved the family to Omaha to work in the shops at Union Pacific Railroad. In 1944, Viola met the love of her life, a sweet, blue-eyed Sicilian named Anthony “(Tony) DeLuca, on a blind date. Tony was “painfully bashful.” Viola often said, “If I hadn’t kissed him first, we never would have gotten married.” A year later, after Tony’s mother objected to her son’s marriage to a non-Sicilian, the young couple eloped to Marysville, Kansas.
In 1955, Vi and Tony welcomed their first daughter, Therese (Terri), into the world, and five years after that, Kathleen (Nena). Vi’s children were her pride and joy. In 1987, their granddaughter, Kristina, was born and became their shining star. Nothing was more important to Vi than her family.
Vi’s loving, selfless and giving nature, combined with her innate sense of style and creativity, was a blessing to her family — and to everyone whose lives she touched. She was a beautiful seamstress who sewed all of her children’s clothes. The hum of the sewing machine could often be heard late into the evening and early morning hours as she worked to finish an outfit for a special occasion. Vi also made all of her own dresses out of the most colorful, silky fabrics. She wore her beautiful dresses every day of her life.
Vi was an active member of the “Handy Annies” chapter of the 4-H Extension Club for over 20 years. She was brilliant when it came to crafts and ceramics. As much as she enjoyed the process of creating, she loved sharing her beautiful works with family and friends even more.
Vi was an active member of Blessed Sacrament Parish and was the “batter lady” at the church’s fish fries for over 30 years. In 1985, she was named Catholic Woman of the Year.
Vi’s kitchen was the heart of her home. She and Tony cooked side-by-side and opened their home to everyone. They were too busy loving and feeding people to ever judge them. Together, they were the power couple of peace, and a conduit of love and understanding for all who knew them.
We thank God for sharing this beautiful soul with us for over 94 years. We love you for all eternity, Mom.