Victoria "Vicci" Walker of Erie peacefully went to heaven on June 21, 2013 surrounded by her family and snuggling close to her dogs. Mercifully she was granted the "express lane" home. She was born on Thanksgiving Day November 25, 1954 in Kane, Pennsylvania to the late George Sr. (Pop's) & Elvera Lemmon Walker. She was a devoted daughter nursing both her parents through their final days. Vicci was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Samuel L & Daisy Mae Bauer & maternal grandparents, Arthur Lemmon & Myrtle Sophia Black and her niece, Laura Walker. Vicci graduated from Kane Area High School (1972) and from St. Vincent's School of Nursing (1981). She also obtained her Nursing Home Administrators License. Vicci started her career at St. Vincent' Hospital working in the Intensive Care Unit. From there she worked in the long-term care industry using her administrator's license to assist facilities in correcting deficiencies. She was employed by CareGivers Health Services in March of 1997 as administrator. She established a team that was valued for and known throughout the community for the "best" patient care. She affectionately referred to them as "her girls" (Tina, Kylie, Kelly & Terri). Under Vicci's guidance CareGivers Erie office also received the internal quality award 10 times since the year 2000. Vicci loved to work and loved being a nurse. She was a born teacher using every moment to educate and inform patients, staff, families, other providers & physicians, Her knowledge and advice were welcomed and sought after. Vicci spent numerous hours on the phone helping others do great things for this community, all in the interest of the patients. Her last message to her physicians was "remember the patient, and I'm not talking about me." Vicci loved to travel and enjoyed many vacations in the company of her friends & family. Her signature Aruba license plate on her car advertised her favorite vacation spot. Vicci loved to travel back to Kane and go camping in the Allegheny Forrest. When nieces & nephews arrived she established the "Kid's Annual Camping Trip", no parents allowed. This was one of her most precious gifts to her family when she loaded their kids and all the camping equipment and took them to "Foxes Dam." This was an auspicious undertaking for in the woods, beside a creek, a tent city was born and for one week everyone learned from Vicci what it meant to appreciate God's world. No cell phones, no electronics, just your self, your family & nature. Vicci is survived by her brothers, George (Butchie) Walker, Jr. & wife Carole of California, William (Billy) Walker & wife Patty of South Carolina, sisters Martha Franks & husband James and Daisy Walker of Oklahoma. Many nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and even great great nieces & nephews also survive Vicci. Vicci is also survived by her second family. Her friend of 30 years Cheryl Visnoski and her parents Evelyn & Ron, ("the House Doctor") Visnoski. Her sistas Laura & Mary Beth and their husbands Don Chrzanowski & John Applebee. She also had the pleasure of another grandma, Louise Desser. And finally the loves of her life affectionately know as NuNu to Adam & Elysha Chrzanowski, Leah, Andrew, Samuel, Jacob & Jospeh (godson) Applebee and Mary Rose & Lewy Kerner. Vicci enjoyed the company of many friends. Often the people she worked with became her friends and the list is far too lengthy to name everyone. She was especially proud of the working/friendship relationship she had with her bosses (Tim, Carmen & Bader). Of her it can be said, there were no enemies. She looked at everyone as her friend and never ceased to offer help. She lived with a passion laughing and joking every day. The following plaque was next to her bed: "If you planted hope today in any hopeless heart, If someone's burden was lighter because you did your part, If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away, If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray, Then your day was well spent." Friends are invited to Vicci's funeral mass at St. John the Baptist Church, 509 East 26th Street on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Kanzius Cancer & Research Foundation, 130 West 8th Street, Suite 216, Erie, PA 16501 or to her family in care of Brugger Funeral Home. Arrangements are being handled by the Brugger Funeral Home & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
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Published in the Erie Times-News from June 24 to June 25, 2013