Alice M. (O'Donnell) Melcher, 94, died peacefully at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Alice was born on November 14, 1918 in Medina, NY, the daughter of the late Francis and Louise (Britton) O'Donnell.
She graduated from College of New Rochelle in 1940 with a B.A. Degree in French and graduated from Columbia Presbyterian with a Degree in Nursing in 1942. She was a registered nurse for over thirty years and had been employed as a Head Nurse at Columbia Presbyterian in New York City, Medical Surgical Nurse at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, New Jersey, and employed at Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida, before retiring in 1988. Alice resided in Mashpee, MA for several years before moving to Laconia in September, 2010. She was a devout Catholic and was a former member of Christ the King parish in Mashpee, where she was a volunteer in the Church Library. She also volunteered at the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store in Mashpee. Alice loved to travel with her children taking them on several summer camping trips across the U.S. visiting 48 of 50 states. The family also traveled across Europe during the summer of 1966. She was an avid reader and loved the theatre and the ocean.
Survivors include a son, Rick Melcher of Reno, NV; two daughters, Laura Lynch of Waimea, HI and Paula Sircin of Laramie, WY; and seven grandsons, Jacob and Michael Lynch of Hanapepe, HI, Zachary Lynch, of Brighton, MA, William and David Sircin of Laramie, WY, and Nathan and Raymond Johnson, of Tucson, AZ. In addition to her parents, Alice was predeceased by a daughter, Ellen Johnson; a brother, Dr. Francis O'Donnell; a sister, Louise Brownell; and by her former husband, Dr. George W. Melcher, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary's Church, Medina, NY at 10 AM on Monday, October 7, 2013, followed by a committal service at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Alzheimer's Association, Five Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201, Bedford, NH 03110 or to St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, 406 Court Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina.
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