Emilia C. Furlong

emilia furlong

Emilia C. Furlong


Beloved grandmother and aunt Emilia "Millie" Furlong, passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday, October 5, 2015 just four days after her 98 birthday.

Millie was born 10/01/1917 in Chicago, IL to Ralph and Josephine Strocchio. She had two older brothers, Frank and Ed and a younger brother Marty. Millie was quite the tomboy growing up with three brothers; climbing trees and fences and skinning her knees. Millie married Harold Furlong in 1939 and they were blessed with the birth of a daughter, Joy, in 1940. Millie never tired, she worked full-time as an executive secretary for a steel company in Chicago.

Millie was very family oriented, on her lunch breaks and in her spare time she visited and cared for family members. She was always cooking or baking something and was well known for her cream puffs and mayonnaise cake.

After the passing of her husband and mother, Millie moved to Colorado to live with her daughter and her family. As a survivor of the depression, Millie clipped coupons and maintained a stocked pantry and freezer. She always had what she called "a fork full of spaghetti" in the fridge, otherwise known as a serving for two.  A simple trip to the grocery for bread and milk, usually meant walking up and down every aisle and leaving with a car load of food.

Millie enjoyed going to the racetrack to bet on the horses. She had her own strategy for picking the winners and won several trifectas. When gambling came to Colorado, Millie rather enjoyed playing ONLY the penny slots. One day she was playing those and had no idea how much she had won. So she turned to a woman next to her and asked how much she had won the lady said you won $300 in pennies. The look on her face was priceless when she thought $300 in pennies was going to come out of the machine.

Millie never said an unkind word and always put others needs before her own. She loved unconditionally and was always positive. She was a devout catholic and loved the holidays. Millie was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

Millie is survived by her grandchildren Debra & Darrell Tuenge, Robert Olenski. Great grandchildren Maresa & Victor Nichols, Jonathan Tuenge, Madalayne Martin-Olenski, Jackson Olenski. Great great grandchildren Braden, Ashlynn and Alayna. There are countless nieces and nephews, as well as other loved  family members.  

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  1. The Bible gives an encouraging look at a future time when God will "wipe out every tear" from our eyes, and "death will be no more". Revelation 21:3,4 Please take care of each other in this difficult time of loss.

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