Alice Bone, 99

Alice Hope Bone, 99, of Oak Park, died peacefully on Nov. 24, 2020 at King Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge. Born on Dec. 30, 1920, in Witt, Illinois, she was the third child born to George and Suzanne (Degan) Gulanick.

At the age of 17, she entered the St. Anthony De Padua Nursing School in Chicago. In her mid-20s, she decided to take to the skies as the airlines hired nurses as stewardesses.  She signed with Western Airlines, based in Los Angeles. On a flight from Los Angeles to Omaha, she met Joseph H. Bone. They played cards in the back of the plane to pass the time. By the end of the flight, he asked for her number and the courtship began. Three “dates” later he proposed; six months later, Nov. 8, 1947, they were married in Los Angeles.

The couple moved to Oak Park to raise their family close to Chicago relatives. Joe completed his schooling in dentistry, and Alice continued her passion through nursing. Whether it was private duty, covering shifts at hospitals, or taking on administrative roles, she was by nature a nurse. At St. Anthony Hospital, she held several leadership positions. In later years, she became a loyal and active member of the St. Anthony School of Nursing Alumni Association.

Once retired from nursing, she found another niche. DePaul University was looking for someone to teach Anatomy and Physiology, along with Medical Terminology to court reporters. She delighted students with her quick wit and depth of knowledge for the next five years.

She enjoyed time with her family, hosting family celebrations, and visiting family who lived afar. One of her grandchildren recently said, “I loved how Grandma had a way to always bring the family together.”

Alice is survived by her four + 1 children, Richard “Rick” (Kathleen Van Kampen) Bone, Edward “Ted” Bone, Susan (Bone) Merritt, and Mary Jo (Bill) Caselton and her plus one “Third Son” Gregory (Sharon) Voss; 10 grandchildren, Chad (Kim) Falco, Joseph Merritt, Daniel Merritt, Matthew Merritt, Aaron Merritt, Jennifer (Simon McAleese) Caselton, Jessica Caselton, Jason (Tracy) Narancich, Justin (Kelly) Narancich, and Jordan (Jennifer) Narancich; 10 great-grandchildren, Kallen O’Shea, Addison Falco, Ebin Merritt, Amelia Merritt, Ryan, and Brooklyn Narancich, Camron, McKinley and Lochlan Narancich, and Milan Narancich.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Gulanick; her mother, Suzanne (Degan) Gulanick; her sister, Margaretta (Gulanick) Wise; her brother, Edward (Mary) Gulanick; and her loving husband, Joseph Hunter Bone, who passed 31 years prior, to the day.

She will be laid to rest next to Joseph in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.      There will not be a visitation due to the state of the pandemic. We wish all friends and family to keep safe and stay well.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that a donation may be made to King Bruwaert House COVID-19 Response Fund

A celebration of life will be held this spring.

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