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In Memory of

Aline Degelia Duca

April 1, 1926 - March 27, 2015

Obituary


DUCA, Aline Degelia April 1, 1926 - March 27, 2015 "Well done, good and faithful servant...Enter into the joy of your master." Matt. 25:23 How blessed we are to have shared in the life of Aline Duca, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Aline was born on April 1, 1926 in Dallas, Texas to Jim and Irene Genaro Degelia. She spent her whole life in Dallas where she attended Sacred Heart Grade School and St. Joseph High School. After her mother died in 1944 she worked with her dad in his grocery store....

DUCA, Aline Degelia April 1, 1926 - March 27, 2015 "Well done, good and faithful servant...Enter into the joy of your master." Matt. 25:23 How blessed we are to have shared in the life of Aline Duca, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Aline was born on April 1, 1926 in Dallas, Texas to Jim and Irene Genaro Degelia. She spent her whole life in Dallas where she attended Sacred Heart Grade School and St. Joseph High School. After her mother died in 1944 she worked with her dad in his grocery store. She married the love of her life, Lewis, in 1949. Her family was the center of her life. She raised 4 children and taught them so many things, with the most important being the love of God. Aline's Catholic faith was the center and foundation of her life. Going to Mass and receiving Communion was an opportunity for her, not an obligation. She taught her children right from wrong and to always turn to God for the answers. Aline was a charter member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and was actively involved in the Altar Society until her health began to fail. As a young woman, Aline joined in with other lifelong friends and became a member of the MQN Club. While her children never knew the real meaning of "MQN" they know that the time and love she shared with these wonderful women brought her much happiness and many memories. Aline loved to cook. Her cooking and baking were an art. She always had something to offer if you stopped by and could create a delicious meal almost out of nothing! Along with her cooking, she was a seamstress and did beautiful handwork. Aline was compassionate, always aware of those who were in need and helped in any way she could. Aline prayed each and every day. If she said she would pray for you, she did. And once you were on her prayer list, you didn't get off. Aline helped start the Trinitarian Auxiliary for Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, Texas. She was a prayerful supporter of seminarians and religious life. Aline's life truly was a life of service - to her family and to others. Even as her life was ending, she showed care and concern for the caregivers who cared for her, making sure they were taking care of themselves. We thank those who cared for her with dignity and showed true compassion. Aline's life will continue through all those who were touched by her care and love. Aline is preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Duca, parents Jim and Irene Genaro Degelia, and brother Joe Degelia. Aline is survived by her four children, son Most Rev. Michael G. Duca, Bishop of Shreveport, daughter Rosanne Duca Dworaczyk (Bill), son James G. Duca (Cindy), and daughter Irene Duca Casburn (Mark). She is also survived by the loves of her life, her grandchildren, to whom she gave unconditional love: Andrew, David, Laura, Rebecca, Matthew (Catherine), Rachel (Sam), Hannah, Annie and Sarah. Affectionately known as Granny A, she is also survived by great-granddaughter Lucia and her future sister. Aline is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. The family wishes to thank Marie Tate who was faithful in bringing Holy Communion to Aline and to Joan Tate, who always made her day brighter and made her feel good by making her look good! Thank you to Tim, Aline's nurse from Priority Home Health Care, who not only took care of her medical needs but became a friend with whom she could share her stories and faith. We are also grateful to Homewatch Caregivers and Amity Hospice who were with Aline the last week of her life. Your care and concern are greatly appreciated. All services will be on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 6306 Kenwood Avenue, Dallas. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. and recitation of the Rosary at 10:00 a.m. The Funeral Mass will follow the recitation of the Rosary with The Most Rev. Michael G. Duca, celebrant and Rev. John Libone, homilist. Interment will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (www.stthomasaquinas.org, Holy Trinity Seminary (www.holytrinityseminary.org) or the Bishop Michael G. Duca Student Scholarship Fund at Bishop Lynch High School (www.bishoplynch.org/duca).