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In loving memory of
Alica VanDeusen
  • March 24, 1978
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  • March 27, 2020

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Obituary

Alica {Aliça}, (“Ali”, “Lisa”, “Big Al”) Tate VanDeusen, 42, of Ormond Beach, Florida, passed away in Tampa, Florida surrounded by family on March 27, 2020, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.  Throughout her courageous fight, she never lost her sense of humor.

Alica was born in Springfield, IL on March 24, 1978. She graduated from Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Illinois then moved to Ormond Beach with her parents.  She attended Daytona State College earning a degree in General Education. After teaching preschool at Temple Beth-El, she spent eleven years working as an independent child-care provider and personal assistant for a family she grew to love.

Alica was an adoring wife to her husband, Daniel. They married on June 23, 2011, in Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida. She was a devoted mother to their 6-year-old identical twin daughters, dubbed “twincesses”, Leila Tate (LeLe, Tatertot), and Ruby Danielle (Ru Ru, Sugar Ru).

Alica loved being outdoors.  Daily she could be found walking over the Granada Bridge, her designated “happy place”.  She and her family spent numerous hours at local parks and beaches.  When she was not in the sunshine, or at Disney World, she was happiest at home with her family. Those that knew her appreciated her baking skills.  She loved sharing her homemade meals and goodies with loved ones, especially the Flagler County Firefighter/EMTs working with her husband, Dan.

Alica had a quick wit and reveled in the cheap laugh. She always delighted in the surprising joys of life. Alica’s daughters will miss her cupcakes, snuggles and poop jokes. Her husband loved her eclectic choices in music and the sound of her laugh. A bright light in the world has gone out as her presence and sense of humor will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her immediate family, Alica is survived by her parents, Jerry and Fay Kalteux, Ormond Beach, parents, Jim and Sue Giacomini, Springfield, Illinois, brother Jeff Kalteux and sister Rachel Fox. She will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by maternal grandparents, Noah and Edith Tate of Alabama, and paternal grandparents Merino and Dorothy Giacomini of Illinois, Jerome and Alta Kalteux of Illinois, and 2 uncles.

In lieu of flowers, an education fund for her daughters has been established. Interested parties may send inquires to Sally VanDeusen at svd92@hotmail.com.  During this time of quarantine, the family encourages others to treasure this time with their families and playing outdoors. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, a memorial walk across the Granada Bridge and celebration of life reception will be held at a future date. Arrangements are under the care of Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society, Ormond Beach, FL.


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  1. 30 Jul 2020
    Jamie Prosperini Smith lit a candle:
    Lit since July 30, 2020 at 7:31:51 PM

  2. 30 Jul 2020
    Jamie Prosperini Smith lit a candle:
    Lit since July 30, 2020 at 7:31:07 PM

  3. 08 Jun 2020
    Jessica/Poppins says:
    I just miss you so much!
    Every single day. I want to talk to you and hear your thoughts and be silly with you and tell you how much I adore and love you.

  4. 10 May 2020
    Clau lit a candle:
    Lit since May 10, 2020 at 5:33:29 AM

  5. 26 Apr 2020
    Rosie Yarko-Lazzeri says:
    Our heart breaks for you all during this very difficult time. Many hugs and tears are waiting for Jim & Sue when you return to Illinois. Be safe my friends, Rosie & Jim

  6. 26 Apr 2020
    Rosie Yarko-Lazzeri lit a candle:
    Lit since April 26, 2020 at 4:46:51 PM

  7. 22 Apr 2020
    Jessica Daye-Redmond posted an image:
    It’s just not the same without you. You made every day so special. Missing you so much today. We love you Alica Tate.
    It’s just not the same without you. You made every day so special. Missing you so much today. We love you Alica Tate.

  8. 20 Apr 2020
    Jessica Daye-Redmond lit a candle:
    Lit since April 20, 2020 at 4:21:55 PM

  9. 20 Apr 2020
    Jessica Daye-Redmond posted an image:
    One of her favorite books to read with her girls.
    One of her favorite books to read with her girls.

  10. 20 Apr 2020
    Jessica Daye-Redmond posted an image:
    Always ready to dress up
    Always ready to dress up

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  12. 19 Apr 2020
    Robert Redmond lit a candle:
    Lit since April 19, 2020 at 4:31:24 PM

  13. 19 Apr 2020
    Robert Redmond says:
    Alicia was a very funny and unique person. She was very up front and quick to put a smile on someone’s face. I’ll miss her unexpected and tasty treats that she dropped off for our family. We will miss you!

  14. 18 Apr 2020
    Rianne Zibutis Class of ‘96 says:
    So sad to hear of Alice’s passing. We went to St. Agnes and SHG together and she was always a nice soul. Her positive attitude toward life, her family, and living the best life was like no other. I am so glad her girls look like her mini’s and hope her memory lives on through them. Prayers during this most difficult time for Dan and family.

  15. 17 Apr 2020
    Ryan Wells Class of 96’ says:
    Very sorry to hear of Alica’s passing. I remember in high school sitting in class joking with her like it was yesterday. She was always smiling. She will be missed and we will always keep her in our prayers.

  16. 17 Apr 2020
    Edie Richardson posted an image:
    Beautiful family.
    Beautiful family.

  17. 17 Apr 2020
    Edie Richardson posted an image:
    Beautiful mother.
    Beautiful mother.

  18. 17 Apr 2020
    Edie Richardson posted an image:
    Meeting her cousin, the only other girl, for the first time
    Meeting her cousin, the only other girl, for the first time

  19. 17 Apr 2020
    Edie Richardson posted an image:
    Growing up. Love all the phases of Alica.
    Growing up. Love all the phases of Alica.

  20. 17 Apr 2020
    Edie Richardson posted an image:
    Young and spunky, on Southern Born and Southern Bred beach trip.
    Young and spunky, on Southern Born and Southern Bred beach trip.

  21. 17 Apr 2020
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  23. 13 Apr 2020
    Mary Lynn Giacomini says:
    We are so sad by the loss of Alica. Have so many memories of her growing up and seeing her grow into the beautiful young girl. She was such a wonderful wife, mother and daughter. Our thoughts and prayers to her family.
    Love Joe & Mary Lynn

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