CHARLESTON — Alice Marie Voytovich, age 93 of Charleston and formerly of Crestwood, Illinois, graduated into her Heavenly Home on Thursday, April 4, 2019. A family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Zoetime Ministries, Inc. (zoetime.org) and mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.
Alice was born September 29, 1925 in Clark County, Wisconsin, a daughter of the late Joseph and Martha (Gruber) Colby. She married Fred Voytovich and they celebrated many joyous years of marriage until his death on April 8, 1989. Left to cherish their many wonderful memories is her daughter, Debra Zabka and husband Robert of Charleston; her grandson, Brent Zabka, his wife Luz and their children, Justin, Alicia, and William of Charleston; her brother, Robert Colby and wife Dorothy of Houston, Texas; her nieces and nephews and their families, Terri (Colby) Savage of California, Jack Colby and Jill (Colby) Bright, both of Texas, Cindy (Colby) Loughnane of Virginia and Jerry Voborsky of Colorado. Alice was also blessed with Rob and Debra’s adopted family, Michael Chen and wife Lan, and their children, Audrey, Chloe, and Aiden, of Michigan and Steve Chen and wife Rena, and their children Trevor and Madeleine, of California. Alice’s extended family included John Kim and wife Gwen, and their daughter Stephanie of Charleston, and Luz’s family – her mother, Violeta (Lola Vi) Chambers and her Uncle Boyet and Aunt Nelie Orcilla and their children, Leanie, Marc and Nicole; and Rob’s sister Janine Zabka.
Alice enjoyed being a wife, mother and homemaker but also worked outside the home with her last position being a sales associate for a boutique and gift shop. She attended LifePointe Church in Mattoon with her family and was a member of the Busy Bees Club. She participated in events through both the Crestwood Senior Center and the Life Span Center and enjoyed attending the social events at the Arbor Rose Memory Care Homes located in Charleston, Arcola, Monticello, Tolono and Robinson.
Alice was a collector of bluebirds and bees and was a fan of Elvis. She was a true patriot, and when living in Crestwood, was a member of the welcoming committee for the returning Honor Flight veterans. She loved to travel and her family was blessed with her outgoing and fun-loving personality on many memorable family vacations. She was nicknamed the “Great Mamu” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her grandson, Brent said it best: “She ran her race well!! So proud of our amazing Grandma!! She traveled the world, went dancing and enjoyed Bingo with Lola Vi, played 31 like a pro, and loved everyone so……much. Debra (Mamu) was always her favorite daughter and she loved Papu’s (Rob’s) jokes. We will miss you Grandma, but we know we will see you again in heaven.”
This lovable kind and sweet wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend will be missed by so many. Alice’s memorial website is available at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com.