Avalonne Rose Moskalewicz passed away peacefully in her LaSalle home on Friday, February 26, three days after her 92nd birthday.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 AM Saturday in St. Patrick's Church in La Salle with Rev. Thomas Otto officiating. Burial will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery in La Salle. Visitation will be in the church Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of services. The Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle is assisting the family with arrangements.
She was born in a small home on the corner of 8th and Gooding Streets, LaSalle, on February 23, 1929; the 8th child of Henrietta and Otto Schmoeger. Her father named her Avalonne, after a song he heard on the radio when she was hours old. Weeks later she was nicknamed 'Bubbles', and family and friends usually addressed her by that name. Bubbles graduated from LP High School in 1947, and as a young woman worked at Westclox. She married John (Jack) Moskalewicz, on September 3, 1949, in St. Patrick's Church, LaSalle. Together, they raised and educated four children: Tom, Sue, Nancy and Jim. She worked for Cawley & Costello Realty in the 1960’s, and for the Illinois State Division of Unemployment Insurance throughout the 1970’s and ‘80’s.
Bubbles was active in St. Patrick's women's groups, and the St. Bede Mother's Club. She was a member of several Bridge clubs, and enjoyed playing the game well into her eighties. She was known as a good cook, a patient listener, and a loving woman who enjoyed good conversation and hearty laughter. She lived her entire long life in LaSalle, IL.
Avalonne was preceded in death by her husband Jack, and her daughter Nancy (Tom) Roller.
She is survived by two sons: Thomas (Nina) Moskalewicz, and James (Amy) Moskalewicz; one daughter, Susan (Rick) Hubbard; 12 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to St. Bede Academy or donor’s choice.
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