|Birth: ||Nov. 8, 1953|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 2010|
Alicia served as a mentor, organizer and leader to youth in the Pilsen community over the course of her three-decade career at Mujeres Latinas en Acción.
A life-long Pilsen resident, Alicia held many roles at Mujeres including those of counselor, advocate, interim director, and most recently youth services coordinator. Among her many accomplishments, Alicia led a successful campaign against tobacco companies who marketed their products to youth, oversaw organizing efforts to educate youth on reproductive health and justice issues and managed the organization during a period of difficult transition. "She was the spirit of our organization and the embodiment of our mission," remarked Maria S. Pesqueira, President and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción. "There was not a phase of our development as an organization in which Alicia was not involved or an active contributor. We are deeply saddened by her loss."
Alicia had a contagious laugh and sense of humor. She was well known at Mujeres as the resident story teller and historian who would serve as a constant reminder to maintain focus on the neighborhood needs and mentor the next generation of leaders in the organization. She took new staff on ride-alongs of the neighborhood in her (need name of year, make, model of car), pointing out neighborhood drug spots and gang areas. But perhaps her greatest legacy was the impact she had on children and families in the Pilsen community. "She was a teacher,"...
She held leadership positions in YouthNet, the Harrison Park Advisory Council, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advisory Board and the Latina Dropout Prevention Project.
"Alicia touched our lives in so many ways," said Neusa Gaytan, Program Director at Mujeres. "She taught us the value of friendship and respect. Alicia will be deeply missed."
She is survived by her partner Norma Seledon, her daughter Dolores, three grandchildren, Angel, Popeye and Jessica and brothers and sisters daughter of the late Carmen and the late Alejo Diaz.
Funeral Visitation: Monday, October 11, 2010 from 2pm - 8pm at Sagrado Corazon/Sacrade Heart Funeral Home, 5218 s. Kedzie ave., Chicago, Illinois. Celebration of Life 6:00 p.m.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Lying in State at St. Procopius Church, 1641 S. Allport, Chicago, Illinois 60608 from 9am till start of Celebration of Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.
Arrangements under the direction of Funeraria del Angel Sagrado Corazon, Chicago, Illinois. Zefran Funeral Directors - Concepción Rodriguez
Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Ms. Clyde
Record added: Oct 27, 2010
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