Sadly, our friend and club member Alice Prattico has left us.
Rochester: On May 15, 2013, at age 68, peacefully in her sleep with her family by her side, after a long and brave battle with cancer. Alice was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Jim, of 45 years; her children, Anthony, John, and Michael and Julie (Paska) Prattico; her grandchildren, James and Maria Prattico; her sister Salome (Lawrence Daly); sisters-in-law Frances (Prattico) Warden, Domenica (Prattico) DeFazio, and Carolyn (Furlong) Prattico; her cousins, nieces and nephews; and many supportive friends. Alice was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Helen (Walkowski) Szwajkos.
A graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School and Monroe Community College, Alice worked many years for the Diocese of Rochester at Blessed Sacrament Church, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Ambrose. She also stayed at home for many years to raise their three boys.
Alice was an avid gardener, knitter, and artist. She loved tending and sharing her vegetables and flowers, and was a certified Master Gardener. She was a prolific member of the Shawl Ministry at St. Ambrose, and was always knitting another item of warm clothing for her family. On many vacations and quiet moments, Alice could be found drawing or doing a crossword puzzle, taking photos of interesting flowers, or searching for unusual shells along the seashore, where she loved to walk.
The Prattico family would like to extend their gratitude to the very kind and supportive doctors, nurses, and staff at the Leo Center for Caring.
Friends may call on SUNDAY, May 19, from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the funeral home, 1650 Empire Boulevard, Webster, NY. Funeral Mass on MONDAY, May 20, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church at 10:00 AM, with interment at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Alice's memory to the Leo Center for Caring, 1500 Portland Ave., Rochester, New York 14621.
June 1: 8 AM: Guided Bird Hike: Sponsored by the Bird House Store.
*** Possible Field Trips for the Summer
Marlow Orchids Garden Tour - May
Iris Farm in Penn Yan - June
Garden Walk in Buffalo - July
Harris Seeds Demo Gardens - August
Dates and times to be determined.
Iris Show — Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 1-4pm. “The Music of Iris” at Marketplace Mall. The public is invited to enter the Show. The Show is Sponsored by The Greater Rochester Iris Society.
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