Alice Gardner Lagergren Galione, 90, of Colorado Springs, CO, died in her sleep Thursday, December 24, 2020. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1930, Alice was the only child of the late Alicia Zimmerman Lagergren and Harald John Lagergren, Jr. Alice is also predeceased by her ex-husband and the father of her children, Ronald Ralph Galione.
As a child, Alice was the apple of her father’s eye, Harald. He doted on his only child whom he adored. Alice’s mother, Alicia, a schoolteacher, was the disciplinarian and kept a watchful eye on her curious daughter. In the mid-1940’s (and unbeknownst to her parents), Alice ditched high school as a teen and took the train into NYC to see Frank Sinatra in Times Square.
After graduating from Roslyn High School in Roslyn, NY in 1948 and then from Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, VA in 1950, Alice married her high school sweetheart, Ronald Galione in the fall of 1952. Prior to marrying, Alice converted to the Galione faith, Catholicism, and remained a lifelong practicing Catholic.
During the early years of their marriage and at the beginning of his career with General Electric, Ron and Alice moved frequently to many towns and cities up and down the eastern corridor. With an expanding family, they eventually returned to Roslyn, NY before finally settling in New Canaan, CT.
After their divorce and with 4 children in tow, Alice immersed herself into various social[MR1] and charitable organizations with her trademark exuberance and warmth – renting a beach house in Madison, CT, a ski house in the Berkshires, and purchasing a time-share in Key West, FL. An avid catalogue shopper, Alice loved to entertain, and decorated her homes with aplomb and creativity according to the season. She held many a holiday themed party for family and friends wherever she put down roots.
Alice had a great sense of humor and loved a new adventure. She loved to travel, and was a card shark. Hoping to meet new neighbor David Letterman, Alice dressed up as a gorilla one Halloween and crashed a party she had heard Letterman was throwing. Disappointed there was no party (as Howard Stern had said on his radio show), Alice mailed Letterman a note, to which David Letterman replied (on NBC stationary) to his newfound neighbor, “What’s a nice lady like you doing listening to Howard Stern?”
A beautiful woman at every age, Alice had many male suitors who wanted to marry her after her divorce; however, she chose to remain single. An empty nester in 1988, with an antique house over 200 years old, Alice decided to sell the family home in New Canaan to build her dream home in Colorado Springs, CO, where she resided over 30 years.
Alice considered her children to be her greatest accomplishment and was proud of each child. Her 4 children are; Susan Galione Saksa of Colorado Springs, CO, Thomas Galione (Susan) of Ridgefield, CT, Linda Galione Quina (Chris) of Farmers Branch, TX, and Alicia Galione Miller (Richard) of Midlothian, VA; plus her 10 grandchildren; Jennifer Saksa, Kristen Saksa Juen (Mike), Matthew Galione (Rachel), Michelle Quina Shaw (Matt), Michael Galione, Brian Quina, Melissa Galione, Caroline Miller, Mark Galione, and Richard S. “Max” Miller, III.
Alice took a genuine interest in others and will be missed for her compassionate heart and welcoming hospitality.
The family would like to thank the staff at MorningStar Assisted Living in Colorado Springs, CO for their loving care provided Alice during the pandemic.
Due to the pandemic, a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
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