Flora Bareishis slipped quietly home to her husband Charles and her Savior Jesus Christ during her sleep on Thursday, July 10, 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ferdinando and Grazia Granese; her brothers, Alphonse, Joe and Eddie; sisters, Constancia and Norma; and her loving husband, Charles Bareishis. Flora was truly the matriarch of the Granese/Bareishis families.
Flo was born to Ferdinando and Grazia Granese of Montella, Italy, on Nov, 6, 1915, in Canton, Ohio, where she spent her early years learning to speak Italian and continuing the Italian family traditions.
The family then moved to Chicago where her father worked as a blacksmith and mother was a traditional homemaker. Flo attended Fenger High School and remembers sneaking out the window at night to meet with her high school chums. She met her future husband Chuck at the Chicago USO where she was dazzled by the new sailor.
During World War II, while Chuck was stationed in the South Pacific, Flo worked at the Rheems factory manufacturing parts for military artillery. When Flo and Chuck were reunited after the war, they began their family: Dawn Bareishis (McGill) and Charles Joseph Bareishis were born in Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. They moved to Alsip, Ill., where, with her brother Joe and his daughter Sandra, they raised chickens and pigs for market in their spare time. Farm life suited the new family and Flo became "Mom" to Sandra. She also worked at Lane School as secretary to Principal William D. Smith.
Flora and Chuck moved to Kingman in 1995 to be near daughter Dawn and her family, husband Larry and children Sean and Erin McGill. While here they were witness to the graduation of granddaughter Erin McGill, the marriage of grandson Sean McGill and the birth of two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Katie McGill.
Easy to laugh at herself and others, Flo was a spark of joy to many newfound friends in Kingman, especially those at the Kingman Ranch Mobile Home Park and the Kingman Racquet and Fitness Club where she continued to attend water aerobics until three months ago - not bad for a lady of 92 years. She volunteered at Cerbat Elementary School helping the office ladies by counting, sorting and stapling many items sent home.
Flora is survived by a daughter, Dawn (Larry) McGill; son, Charly (Joni) Bareishis of Florida; grandchildren, Sean and Erin McGill; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Katie McGill; beloved niece, Sandie Granese of North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews and cousins across the country.
Although she loved to travel, Flo was not able to visit Italy or Hawaii, two of her dreams. However, we know that now, reunited with her husband, she can go anywhere her dreams take her!
The family would like to thank all the caring and loving friends and relatives who helped make her last days comfortable and joyful.