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Alicia Flaherty Stein

Alicia Flaherty Stein died in her home on Saturday June 8, 2013 with her family by her side. Some believe she died of Disco Fever, however her battle with cancer for over four years was more likely the actual cause. She never complained and never questioned her disease, but instead lived and loved her life, family and friends. She was married three times to her best friend Jim and had three biological children and many unofficial children including nephews, nieces and friends.

Alicia was born on June 26, 1947 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Edward and Mary Jayne Flaherty whom she claimed were both circus performers, but it's highly suspect. She met Jim Stein of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware when she was 14 while attending the auctions at Stuart Kingston on the boardwalk. They were secretly married at the county courthouse in Rockville, Maryland six years later. They were married a second time in front of their families five years after that and then renewed their vows in 2010. Third time's a charm.

Alicia wasn't a fan of cooking, but made a mean reservation. If she could, she would offer her condolences to the soon-to-be unemployed caterers she can no longer hire. She enjoyed a great practical joke and loved the element of surprise.

She was most at peace looking at the ocean with her toes in the sand and loved good conversations with friends about anything, from the profoundly prophetic to the sublimely irrelevant. She had an uncanny ability to connect with strangers, usually insisting that she knew their parents, and spending five minutes with Alicia was like finding a lifelong friend. She always put the comfort and well-being of others before her own. She was the shoulder to cry on, the ear that could listen and the voice that, more often than not, knew exactly what to say. There was no bigger heart than Alicia's. She was incredibly loyal and fiercely protective. She was a person who could easily forgive, but never forget. Her greatest joy was to laugh and her family and friends would do their best to try and bring a smile to her face. She had eyes of the bluest skies long before Axl Rose made it popular and was a master winker. Her beauty was unmatched, her smile was radiant and she will be forever missed.

She leaves behind her husband Jim, sons Edward (Kristin) and Jaimie (Shanna), daughter Courtney, nephew P.J. Flaherty (Kristine), nieces Alex Walsh (David) and Jacquelyn Penters (Scott), her sister Lyn and niece Lara and grandchildren Alexis and P.J. Flaherty, Isabelle and Sophie Penters, Drake, Sam and Evangeline Walsh, and one on the way, her consiglieri Francina Johnson and right-hand woman Corine Williams.

A celebration of her life will be held at Greenville Country Club, 201 Owls Nest Road, Wilmington, DE at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 13th for anyone who wishes to attend.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Delaware Hospice at 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810 or Dr. Andrew Cameron's Laboratory Research Fund at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In the memo line of the check, please reference Alicia Stein. Checks should be made payable to Johns Hopkins University and mailed to Attn: Michelle Golberg, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 422-A, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

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Published in The News Journal from Jun. 12 to Jun. 13, 2013.
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October 15, 2016
Dear all: I just learned of Alicia's passing last night from friends in New Castle.She was a radiant, thoughtful,and extremely talented woman I had the pleasure of directing her in several shows at Westminster College and my late husband Lou Lager, had her in several classes. We all spent happy times at her home in just visiting, and for cast parties. Her sisters, Mom and Dad were a delight to know. My daughter had also played with Lyn's daughter
when they visited Mary Jane. I have many fond memories of Alicia, always open, honest, and joyful. The beautiful qualities her life expressed live on, and and will continue to touch those who knew her.

With love,
Eileen Hendrickson (Lager)
Eileen Hendrickson
May 5, 2014
Aunt Alicia, you were an inspiration to us all. Knowing that this will be the first full year without you in my life, and my family's lives, is just something I never wanted to experience. Words cannot express the impact you had on my life. You helped shape the person I am now, and the man I will become, and I thank you for that. I love you with all my heart.

- PJ Flaherty
PJ Flaherty
October 28, 2013
The Queen Bee & Me, SoRe 2012
I still miss you so much & the wound feels so raw. I've needed to talk to you practically every day since you left us & I just hate it. I can't imagine Thanksgiving without you. I can't imagine the Beach without you. I miss your laugh, your sarcasm, your wit, your kindness, your empathy, but most of all, I miss your love. I wish I could wave a magic wand & make you come back home healthy & happy. But wishes, as we know, are for children. This child loves you & misses you more than words can say.
Marian Stein Leddington
July 1, 2013
I am sorry to hear about your lose. Alicia was a beautiful woman and always treated me well. God Bless her! You have my prayers.
Sherri Leslie (Past Employee)
Sherri Leslie
June 24, 2013
Sorry to hear about Alicia's passing. I never had the great pleasure of meeting her in person, but she must have been one of God's Angels on earth. I'm sure she must be smiling down on your whole family.
June 23, 2013
The sweetest and most beautiful woman I've ever seen with my own eyes. With great sympathy to the Stein/Flaherty families.
dana centrella
June 18, 2013
I had the honor to know her , she was a wonderful and beautiful person . We all going to miss her .
Honey Kamali
June 16, 2013
I am so sad to hear about the lose of Alicia. I was a childhood friend and have tried to find her without success until now. My name is Rosemary Brice Eastman. She has been in my thoughts for the last couple of years. I did not know she was sick. She was a very special person and loved to have a good time even when we were very young. We had no problem getting into (innocent) trouble. She was a natural beauty..we spent many times at the farm where her Father would scare us as we slept on the porch..she gave him several gray hairs!! I am sorry we did not stay in touch. I will keep her, you Jim and her family in my prayers.
Rosemary Brice Eastman
June 16, 2013
I played the Tin-Man and Alicia was the Scarecrow in the Westminster College Production of The Wizard of Oz. I hadn't thought about her in many years and her face popped into my head last week. I was compelled to google her today and learned of her passing. We never dated but we had adventures. One day we posed as a wealthy couple and took a Pantera for a test drive, returning to the dealership 5 hours later! What fun! What a strong spirit and delight she was. She promised to take me to the circus one day to met her parents. Deepest sympathies.
Jamie Alcroft
June 14, 2013
It was an honor to help care for her. I will miss her
Renee Hudson
June 14, 2013
What a wonderful tribute....I wish I had known her. Beth Murphy
Beth Murphy
June 13, 2013
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Beautiful Wife Mother Aunt and Friend. She was just so Gorgeous inside and out !!! Her smile and laugh will always be remembered ....
.... She was all you said above .... I was so Honored and Blessed to know her.
Your Family will be in my Heart and in my Prayers ....,
Linda Ferrara
June 13, 2013
Dear Jim and Children,
I write with tears of joy for having known Alicia and tears of sadness for sich a great loss. All of us who knew her were blessed with her radiance. How fortunate we all were and especially you who knew her as Wife and Mom.
I will always remember her swinging a tennis racquet, tilting her head to the sun and smiling with love at her family and friends.
My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in all the coming days with the hope that you will find peace in her love.
Eileen Nixon
June 13, 2013
What a lovely and beautiful tribute from her family to such a beautiful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this very sad time.
Maryanna Lynch (Wayman)
June 13, 2013
I didn't know her, but I wish I had. What a beautiful, touching, funny, and loving tribute. So very sorry for your loss.
Mary Ann McElfresh
June 13, 2013
Dear Jim and kids: There will never be another woman like Alicia! She was amazing. My deepest sympathies to you all.
Joanna Vague Hamrick
June 13, 2013
We were very fortunate to meet Alicia at Edward and Kristin's wedding. A remarkable woman. With love, friendship and sympathy to all family and friends,
Pat and Tom Williams
Pat Williams
June 13, 2013
Dear Jim and Family,
Ann and I our very sorry for your loss.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Beautiful Obituary!
Dan Larnick
June 13, 2013
I will remember her first day at Neshannock High School. I was asked to meet her at the back early, before the school buses arrived. I thought it was a strange request and maybe there was something wrong with her. She just didn't want anyone to see she had a chauffeur. Alicia wanted to blend in with everyone. She had a heart of gold, funny and I am sure those who crossed her path in the future also grew to love her. We had fun with many sleep overs and had to laugh when we had to do dishes at her house, too. Lin you were lucky, when I was there. I so regret not getting in touch with her over the years. We all need to remember to make time for those friends before it is too late. Alicia, every time I see a yellow butterfly I will think of you.
Prayers to your family,
Gaynelle Perch Henderson
June 13, 2013
Indeed a beautiful tribute from her family for a larger than life personality. Our thoughts are with the entire Stein family during this very sad time. Trippe Wayman and Alisha Bryson
alisha bryson
June 13, 2013
I Would like to express my condolences for the lost of your dear family member Alicia Flaherty. There is a hope and promise that death will actually be swallowed up forever. That has brought me comfort in the past I hope it does for you and your family as well
A Warren
June 13, 2013
What a beautifully written tribute!

I was fortunate enough to meet this amazing woman and I feel like I know her because I know her daughter, Courtney. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family and Friends!! God Bless!!
Bernadette A
June 13, 2013
What a beautiful lady she must have been..inside and out! This obituary truly touched my heart. God bless
Truly Touched
June 12, 2013
Exceptionally beautiful lady. So sorry for your loss. She is in Heaven.
June 12, 2013
Although I never met Alicia from the wonderfully written obituary the world was a mucn richer place with her presence. May her memory live on in your hearts.
tolli Gossett
June 12, 2013
I never met her and I love her. We"'ll be friends next time!
June 12, 2013
beautiful picture and tribute
June 12, 2013
A beautifully written tribute to an obviously just as beautiful woman. Prayers to her family and friends.
June 12, 2013
I did not know her, however, after reading that entertaining obituary, I wish i had.... sorry for your loss.
June 12, 2013
If Alicia's legacy was to have one of the best obituaries the News Journal has ever published, she has truly succeeded! I didn't know her but sadly, after reading this, I sure wish I had. Wonderful tribute to a lady with a great sense of humor!
June 12, 2013
This is the best obituary I've ever read. I didn't know Alicia, but I can only assume she was as witty and charming as the writer. I'm sure she'll be missed. Condolences to her family and friends.
June 12, 2013
So sorry for the loss of such a beautiful woman inside and out. She will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife and your mother to all the Stein family. We will miss seeing her at Michael Christopher Salon.
Denise Dillon
June 12, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
June 12, 2013
I didn't know her, but after reading this, I wish I had. She sounded like a fun time.
A Person Unknown
June 11, 2013
Our deepest condolences go out to the Stein family in your loss. Alicia Flaherty was a classmate of mine at Neshannock High School. I will always remember her as a beautiful person, both inside and out. On behalf of the Trojans of '65, we mourn the loss of our dear friend and classmate. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sorrowful time.
Darlene Galiano Tarcy
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