Del Ghingaro, Alicia Nicole (Steiner) age 41, of Southwest Minneapolis died the morning of May 24 after a three-and-a- half-year battle with breast cancer. Her loved ones were at her side. Ali worked as a team leader at Target Corporate Headquarters, but being a mother to Max and Miles, her two young sons, was her true passion: She took her "dudes" to karate, baseball, wrestling, swimming lessons and play dates. Ali found constant joy talking with her boys about their days at school, helping with their studies and just spending time with them and her husband Perry. The family recently joined the Carondelet Community; on Easter Vigil 2012 Ali and her sons stood together to be baptized, something she looked forward to with much anticipation: "We will all actually stand in the baptismal font that will have just been filled with water," Ali explained for friends and family on her CaringBridge site. "I wish I could be a fly on the wall to see this beautiful moment with my sons." Beloved wife of Perry T. Del Ghingaro, daughter to Jerry and Linda Steiner and little sister to Paul Steiner, Ali grew up in Minneapolis. She flourished in the love of her extended family who will miss her more than words can express. She attended Fulton Elementary and Washburn High School where many remember her striking voice when she starred as Audrey in the school's production of Little Shop of Horrors. At the University of Minnesota, she majored in theater and dance. Beautiful, whip-smart, loving and seriously funny, Ali faced cancer with the resilient grace that characterized her life. She cared deeply about how her illness would impact the lives of her loved ones, especially her beloved husband and sons. "I hope you all have something to dream about and look forward to," she wrote in a message to friends and family. "I know some of you do: new babies, trips, time with family. Revel in the small things. Stop to smell your children's heads. Love!" Alicia loved with a full heart and those who knew her will forever treasure the memory of their too- brief time with her. Visitation will be held 5 PM Tuesday, May 28 at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home, 5000 West 50th St., Edina. The funeral is at 11 am (visitation at 10) Wednesday, May 29 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2914 W. 44th St., Minneapolis. Donations in Alicia's honor may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation www.nationalbreastcancer.org. Flowers are also welcome! Her husband says that Alicia loved flowers. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996
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Published in Star Tribune from May 26 to May 27, 2013