Rebecca “Vikki” Flanagan, age 78, of Melrose Park, passed from this life into eternal life on December 23, 2020 at 1:22 AM.
Rebecca was born on August 17, 1942, at Oak Park Hospital in Illinois, daughter of Felix and Josephine Ledesma. She was a lifelong resident of Melrose Park, Illinois.
Rebecca is preceded in death by her parents, Felix and Josephine Ledesma, daughter-in-law, Lauri Gruber, and grandchildren, Stephen Depew and Adam Gruber.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her beloved husband, Robert “Brian” Flanagan; her loving children, Robert (Joanne) Gruber, Richard Gruber, Elizabeth (Glenn) Grabanski, Patricia Didriksen; her cherished grandchildren, Robert (Jackie) Gruber, Richard (Karie) Gruber Jr, Bradley (Chelsea) Gruber, Rebecca (Anthony) Garcia, Stephanie (Michael) Liang, Samantha Didriksen, Zak Didriksen, Christyne (Matt) Grabanski, Natalie Gruber; her loving great-granddaughter, Billie Gruber; her dear siblings, Carmella Fulmer, Leo (Kathy)Ledesma, Liz (George) Hurd, and Mary Kassal, as well as a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Rebecca was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, and friend. She worked hard to become a successful business owner while raising and providing for her four children. She was not a stranger to helping out anyone in anyway that she could. She knew how to have fun and enjoy life. She loved to read books, play cards, board games, computer games, and any kind of word game. But her biggest love of all was just being with her family.
The following words are a memorial from four children to a Mom that was not only loved but was, admired, respected, and cherished. All four say that they are who they are today because of the woman Rebecca Flanagan was. Because they all agree that their Mom was their role model and mentor. She showed them strength, courage, determination, independence, self-worth, and above all, unconditional love. She is a mom that will be missed deeply by Bobby, Ricky, Betsy and Trish. The loss of this amazing woman from their lives is a painful one, but they will all continue to prosper and live their lives because they know their mom would have it no other way. Vikki may be gone from this earth, but she lives on in the pieces of her she left in her children.
What can I say about mom, she is why I am who I am. She would say God helps those who help themselves. If you want something in life you have to work hard and depend on only yourself to get there. She did whatever it took to make sure we were taken care of properly. Mom had a little hard side, but it was because she was fighting uphill battles all the time. I am so proud of what she endeavored and all the respect she garnered from the people who mattered. Thanks, mom for loving us so much and all you did for us. I will always love you. Bobby
Mom started out running up hill! She had twins at 17. Two knuckleheads who got into everything. Mom was a scrapper, she always worked hard and clawed her way to the top of her industry! She always insisted that we be neat, clean, and do things the right way. She said if you want nice things that you have to work for it. I learned how to love her and my family by the way she treated my gramma, and my family. There wasn’t anything I wouldn’t do for my mom, my gramma, and my family. My brother and sisters have learned the same lesson. Mom made me a better person in more ways than I could write down in this short message. It would take a book! She prepared me for all the things that came my way in life, and I know she hurt for me too. She was a wonderful mom, and I will miss her every day for the rest of my life. I’ll love you forever mom! I will see you again. In due time. Enjoy paradise mom, you’ve earned it! Love Ricky
Mom, quite simply put was the strongest, most generous, loving, and beautiful person I will ever know. We didn’t have much growing up but we never knew that. Mom always found a way to provide for us. At times that meant her working multiple jobs. Looking back, she really was super woman. We are the people we are today because we had an amazing role model. Mom taught us that the love of family is so important. She also taught us that life isn’t always easy but if you work hard, love unconditionally, put others first, and keep your faith you will succeed at whatever it is you put your mind to. She was a living example of doing just that. I already miss our daily phone calls and hearing you say “Hello Betsy Poo,” and we’d talk about everything and nothing at all. Life is never going to be the same without you here with us but you will live in our hearts for always. I love you forever my beautiful Mammasita. Godspeed and God bless you on your final journey home. Betsy
My mom is and will always be my hero. Through my life I watched, this amazing woman, face and conquer obstacle after obstacle. If someone told my mom she could not do something or would never be able to succeed at a goal she set for herself she would dig her heels in and prove them wrong. I am so thankful that I made sure to tell her that she was my hero often. Every time she would tell me how proud she was of me and what I have accomplished I would tell her I owed my strength and tenacity to her. But it did not stop at her strength and tenacity. Because for as strong and determined as my mom was, she was equally loving and caring to her family and friends. Her drive for her successes were us, her four children. I remember even as a young child how many people called on my mom for help. Anyone who knew her knew that if they asked for help, she would do whatever she could for them. Whether it was financial or emotional. Family was the core to my mom’s strength and everyone she loved knew that. So often in my life I think about how much of my decision making and actions are influenced by my incredible mother. What was so unique about my mom was her ability to think logically but with an emotional influence. Because for my mom, her heart could never stay out of the equation. I learned from the best and strive everyday to earn my mom’s approval. My mom was my biggest fan, and I will miss her cheering me on and telling me how proud she is of me, and I will never stop working at earning her pride and love. I love and miss you so much mom but don’t worry for me because I will continue to work at being the best I can be just as you taught me to do. Love, Trish
Be at peace mom, your children are strong and will be okay because you made us that way.
A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a future date, possibly in the spring.
Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard, IL 60148.
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