Alicia M. Lee Costales, 93, passed peacefully Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at High Desert Haven foster care residence in Bend, OR. Alicia moved to Bend in 2005 to be nearer her daughter, but left her heart in Astoria, OR.
She was born in Austin, PA, to proud immigrant parents but grew up in Southern California along with 6 brothers and sisters. The war touched everyone in her generation, and it was to WWII that she lost her husband, Lloyd A. Luzzani, who was serving on the USS Lipscomb Bay.
A subsequent marriage to James R. Smith took the family to Navy posts in California, Hawaii, Washington and Oregon. In 1970 she met William G. Lachapelle, with whom she would spend the next 30 wonderful years.
Her life was rich in friendship many of those she had had since the war. Most of them predeceased her and left her longing for better climes of the past. Fifty of her 93 years were spent in Astoria and she thought fondly of it as home. For some years, she worked in a local cannery alongside many who became lifelong friends. She was quick to make acquaintances, and generous of her time and charitable deeds. But, if you had earned her respect as a true friend, then that loyalty was returned a thousand fold.
She was quiet but fun-loving and could dig her batch of clams with the best of them and then fry them up for a family feast. She was a great cook and a gifted quilter along with blue ribbon talents in the textiles. She was a knitter and crocheted and while residing in her late years in Bend, OR, found time to provide knitted slippers for the children of Ronald McDonald House. Again, giving of herself.
She was very much loved and will be missed. She is survived by her three children, Marie Jenkins of Clifton, CO, Lloyd Luzzani of Washington and Jackie Lachapelle (Bill White) of Sisters, OR, as well as a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and though not biologically related, a second loving family: Tom & Joanne Alfonse and their sons Nate & Nick.
At Alicias request, there will be no formal services a celebration of her 93 years has already been held. Her daughter, Jackie, would like to extend a personal and heartfelt thank you to Partners In Care/Hospice of Bend, OR, for their overwhelming care and compassion. Arrangements were in care of Baird Funeral Home in Bend, OR.
It is requested that any donation in Alicias honor be made to Partners in Care/Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701.