Alice Hope Bone, 99, of Oak Park peacefully passed away, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at King Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
She was born on December 30, 1920, in Witt, Illinois. She was the third child born to George and Suzanne (Degan) Gulanick. She had a sister, Margaretta (Gulanick) Wise, and brother, Edward Gulanick.
At the age of seventeen, Alice entered the St. Anthony De Padua Nursing School in Chicago. In her mid 20’s she decided to take to the skies as the airlines hired nurses as stewardess’. 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, they were married. The ceremony was held November 8, 1947, in Los Angeles.
Alice and Joe moved to Oak Park, Illinois to raise their family close to Chicago relatives. Joe completed his schooling with his chosen profession of dentistry, and Alice continued in her passion through nursing. Whether it was private duty, covering shifts at hospitals, or taking on administrative roles, Alice was by nature a nurse. At St. Anthony Hospital, she held several nursing leadership positions. She enjoyed a challenge and seeing a need, she wrote the manual for a new concept between nurses and pharmacists for a dedicated “Medication Team” that specialized in reducing medication errors significantly. In later years, she became a loyal and active member of the St. Anthony School of Nursing Alumni Association.
Alice still had more to give. 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. Accepting the challenge Alice delighted students with her quick wit and depth of knowledge for the next 5 years.
Alice was not all business, she loved to play, too. She enjoyed time with her family, hosting family celebrations, and visiting family that 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 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, 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 Naranch.
Alice is 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.
Alice will be laid to rest next to Joseph, in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois. 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.