Flora Salvante Milroy (nee Crisostomo)

Flora Salvante Milroy (nee Crisostomo) of Waukesha passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at the age of 96.

"Tia Flora," as she was affectionately known, immigrated from the Philippines to the United States in 1968, where she worked as a physical education teacher at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago. On Jan. 29, 1977, she and attorney James ("Jim") Edward Milroy were joined in holy matrimony, and they lived happily in Milwaukee until his passing in 1988. Flora was an avid gardener, quilter and seamstress, and enjoyed dancing and cooking delicious meals for her family and friends. Devout in her Catholic faith, Flora served as a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. John Neumann Catholic Church of Waukesha until 2008.

Flora is survived by her younger brother, Louis S. (Amy) Crisostomo of Pewaukee; her nephews and nieces, Louie V. (Joan) Crisostomo of Milwaukee, Arthur C. (Hope) Crisostomo of Pewaukee, Christine (Thomas) Crisostomo Hey of Waukesha, Edgar C. (Annabelle) Crisostomo of Waukesha, Bernard C. (Liz) Crisostomo of Dallas, Grace (Robert) Crisostomo Olsen of Waukesha, Tony (Cheryl) Crisostomo of Waukesha, Don Crisostomo of San Francisco, Greg (Edie) Crisostomo of Egan, Minn., Joselito (the late Alma) Crisostomo of the Philippines and Marlene Crisostomo of the Philippines; and her numerous grand-nephews and nieces and great-grand-nephews and nieces in the United States and the Philippines. Flora is also survived by her many friends, including Judy Funk and Marijo Repath.

Flora was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents; several of her brothers and sisters; and most recently, her beloved niece, Frances of the Philippines.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. Mass of Christian burial Friday, Feb. 4, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Curt Frederick will be officiating. At Flora’s request, her grand-nephew Michael Hey will be the pianist-organist for the Mass, and nephew Arthur will sing "Ave Maria" in celebration of the eternal presence of grace. Immediately following Mass, a light luncheon in celebration of Flora’s long and wonderful life will be held in the St. William parish hall.

Flora will be laid to rest beside her husband Jim in a private burial at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee at a later time. Flora will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneral-Home.com, or call 542-6609.