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In Memory of

Rosalie Aloi Duca

July 31, 1923 - May 16, 2017

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In Memory of
Rosalie Aloi Duca
July 31, 1923 to May 16, 2017

Duca, Rosalie Aloi, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family praying the rosary. We are so blessed to have shared in the life of Rosalie, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Rosalie was born on July 31, 1923 in Dallas, Texas to Frank and Lula LaRocca Aloi. She lived her whole life in Dallas where, after being double promoted twice in grade school, she attended North Dallas High School. Rosalie married the...

In Memory of
Rosalie Aloi Duca
July 31, 1923 to May 16, 2017

Duca, Rosalie Aloi, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family praying the rosary. We are so blessed to have shared in the life of Rosalie, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Rosalie was born on July 31, 1923 in Dallas, Texas to Frank and Lula LaRocca Aloi. She lived her whole life in Dallas where, after being double promoted twice in grade school, she attended North Dallas High School. Rosalie married the love of her life, Francis Salvador ("Sal") Duca, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in November of 1945 following the end of World War II. She raised three children and above all else taught her children the importance of faith, family and love. Rosalie loved her Catholic/Italian culture. She served pasta and meatballs every Sunday after Mass at the family home and all were welcome. Rosalie and Sal loved dancing and were known for their "swing" on the dance floor. She cherished her lifelong friendships in the Italian community and it is said that she "never met a stranger." When meeting someone new, Rosalie would always ask someone their name, their mother's name and their grandmother's name and then she would proceed to tell her new friend all about their own family. Because of the constant kindness and love she offered to others, many in Dallas considered themselves "adopted" into Rosalie's family. Rosalie had an incredible memory, remembering stories and details from years ago and never forgetting a birthday or anniversary. Before the age of technology, those around her knew they could call her for any address or phone number and she could recall it for them straight from memory. Rosalie was a charter member of the "HG Club," a club of Italian mothers that shared lifelong friendships, faith and support together. She sincerely cherished each of these friendships. Rosalie was a member of Catholic Daughters of America for over 40 years (Court Mary Immaculate # 1719) and often boasted that she had recruited over 100 new members. She valued the mission of Catholic Daughters and was very active in the court. Rosalie and Sal were charter members of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church where she was a member of the St. Bernard Altar Society and St. Joseph circle. She even sang for a short while in the St. Bernard Choir under the direction of Father Marsh. After Sal passed away in 1998, Rosalie moved to Dallas's Lakewood neighborhood and began attending St. Thomas of Aquinas Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar Society and a faithful member of "The Lord's Circle of Love" prayer group led by the faithful dedication of Lucy Rose Campise. Rosalie understood the need to help others and give back to the less fortunate and contributed countless volunteer hours to "Our Ladies of Charity" and also enjoyed making rosaries for the missionaries. Rosalie was very important in the lives of her immediate family. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren cherished their relationships with her. She was involved in their daily lives and kept in touch with those out of town via email, Facebook and facetime. She was famous for her "Nana Smile" and whenever she would see her family, she would ask "What day is it?" Her family knew the answer-"it's a HAPPY DAY!" She would prepare rhymes for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren for their birthdays, holidays, weddings, graduations or just because. Her best wedding advice was "dance together and pray together and you will always stay together" and she baked Jesus a birthday cake every Christmas. She prayed for every member of her family every night. She was very devoted to "Our Lady of Fatima" and recited the rosary twice a day for the intention of world peace. When any member of her family was travelling by air, she would light what was known as her "airplane candle" and pray for them until they returned from their travels safely. Rosalie became so famous for her airplane candles that friends and extended family would call her before their travels and ask her to light a candle for them. No matter what else was going on in her life, she would ask the times and dates of travel and would light the candle and pray for their safe passage. Even as her life was ending , Rosalie was still giving to those that came to visit her. She would tell each person a story about her life, remind them of the memories they shared, or give them a piece of advice. She told each person how much she loved them and how important they were to her. She lived her life as she died with unwavering faith, grace and love of family. Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Salvador Duca, parents, Frank and Lula Aloi, and brother, Vincent Aloi. Rosalie is survived by her three children, Mary Rose Colgin (Larry), Joseph Duca (Rena), and Theresa Marie Dillard (Michael) . She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, that she loved with all of her being: Michelle Peacock (Matt), Lisa Colgin, Lauren Agapios (Evagelos), Brian Peterson, Aaron Duca (Jenny), Chelsea May (Adam), John Colgin (Virginia), Matthew Colgin (Andrea), Meredith Colgin, and Christopher Dillard (Kristen). She is also survived by her 16 great-grandchildren, who were the absolute loves of her life: Tristan, Gabriella, Kaitlin, Isabelle, Samatha, Zachary, Olivia, Austin, Sabrina, Sophia, Lillian, Marina, Ava, Matthew, and babies Jackson and Emma. Rosalie was survived by many nieces, nephews , great nieces and great nephews whom she loved very much and were very much a part of her life. The family wants to thank the Aloi, DiCarlo and Duca families for loving "Aunt Rosalie" . All services will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 6306 Kenwood Avenue, Dallas. The family will greet friends at 9:30 a.m. The recitation of the Rosary will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass with Most Rev. Michael G. Duca, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.