Alice M. (Hall) GAUDIO|
1924 ~ 2013
Alice M. (Hall) Gaudio, age 89
from the Eastgate area of Bellevue. Alice - who was twice a widow of military veterans, died on Saturday, March 2, after suffering from the effects of Parkinson's and a severe recent bout of pneumonia. Alice had been active in the VFW in her early years and later on for 30 years with the Puget Sound Air Force Sergeants' Association.
Alice first came to the Puget Sound in the early 1940's leaving her home in Culdesac, Idaho and after high school graduation came to work in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyards in Bremerton. It was here that she met her first husband, George Leslie Harrington, who was a marine in WWII. In the early 1950's, while living in eastern Washington in Soap Lake, Alice met and married her second husband, Italo P. Gaudio, a staff sergeant stationed at Larson AFB in Moses Lake. Mr. Gaudio was assigned to the Strategic Air Command and moved his family to Connecticut in 1960 and then back again to Washington State, the Eastgate neighborhood after retirement in 1964. Mr. Gaudio was involved in the Cuban Missile crisis in the early 1960's while based at Westover AFB in western Mass while the family lived in New Haven, Connecticut.
One of Alice's special memories was attending a "whistle stop" campaign event in October of 1952 in Ephrata, Washington where she got to see General Dwight Eisenhower campaigning for President. She was able to see in person the General who had won WWII and saved the world from Hitler. As time moved on, Alice loved to read about Presidents and First Ladies biographies. She loved anything that was red, white and blue.
Another special accomplishment was her commitment to our democracy. She voted in all elections from school board members and school levies to partisan elections for Governor and President. Then she worked at the polling stations at elementary schools on election day to help other people make their vote count. Then she drove into Seattle and worked with King County Elections to help get all the votes counted.
Alice dearly loved her two poodles and a series of cats that were in and out of the home through the family room door. Alice was a serious book reader of Danielle Steele, loved her backyard flower garden, cooking and canning.
Alice lived through the depression era but she never remembered going hungry or being without other basic necessities. She lived on the Hall family farm of several hundred acres and so it seemed there always was food to eat and a home to live in. She remembered the family making a few barter exchanges for flour, sugar and beans but that was it for negative impact of the depression. She loved to cook and can vegetables and for a few years ventured over to eastern Washington to buy butchered grain fed pork and beef and come home and cut into family portions for the freezer.
After the last of the family children left the nest in 1978, Alice started her career of volunteerism. Her main contribution was nearly 2,000 hours of time donated to military veterans at the Veterans Hospital in Seattle. These were veterans without local family members for emotional support that cherished Alice's kindness and just the simple act of time spent with them.
Alice is survived by her children -
Alana Harrington of California, Bill Harrington, Suzan Reite, Debra Raplee and Mike Gaudio, all of Washington. Alice's mother, Martha Hall, died at age 91; Alice's sister Margaret Herndon is now 92 and living in Lewiston, Idaho and a younger sister, Francis Nelson of Washington. Alice's brother Bill Hall died at age 89 last year while living with his family in Asotin, Washington. Alice is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Services are scheduled for Monday, March 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Bellevue at 1215 145th Pl. S.E. A reception will follow the chapel service and then a short gravesite service. See www.sunsethillsfuneralhome.com for other details. Alice will be laid to rest next to her husband Italo Gaudio.
Remembrances should be made to any of the following -- any local unit of VFW, the Air Force Sergeant's Assn, c/o AFSE Chapter 1461 - Care of SMSgt Angela Fernandez, Pres., Box 4160, JBLM McChord Field, WA 98438; or the Parkinson's research foundation at www.NWPF.org.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2013