Richard, Alice (Andrews)
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Alice E. (Andrews) Richard, age 79, passed away on December 5, 2012, at the Hamilton Care Center in Two Rivers while being cared for by Hospice for lung cancer.
Alice was born on March 16, 1933, to Mary Benedict and Earl Andrews in Wabeno, WI along with her twin brother Albert. She was raised with her siblings on a small farm in Mountain, WI, by her father and grandparents.
In 1955, she met Larry "Bebe" Richard and they were married on May 29, 1956, relocating to Anchorage, Alaska, where Larry was stationed in the U.S. Army and their first sons, Joseph and Larry were born.
In 1959 they returned to Two Rivers and settled on the east side where they raised 3 additional children: Albert, JoAnna and Cindy. Alice worked many years at Paragon Electric, serving as a union officer and as IBEW, Local 1512's first woman President. Through her union, she also attended the UW School for Workers, served as a member of the local United Way Board, and as an officer in the Federation of Labor. Alice was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for many years. Having missed the opportunity to finish high school, Alice completed her GED in 1985, demonstrating to her children the importance of education and that one never stops learning.
She was a loving mother who served as a strong role model, wonderful story-teller, poetry reader, and always with the most beautiful smile. She shared with us her deep faith in God, and taught us how to live with grace and dignity.
In 1954 she made the difficult decision to place her baby girl up for adoption. Her prayers were answered this June when Alice was reunited with her daughter Paula.
She was blessed with the knowledge that her decision and sacrifice was the best thing for her daughter, and that she was raised in a loving family.
The perfectly timed reunion gave our Mom great energy and strength, providing her peace and comfort. However, the blessing was a greater gift to her children who now have an older sister for which to share their joys, sorrows, and family lore. In August, she was also graced with her first great-granddaughter Kaila Mroz.
Alice is survived by her 5 children: Paula Byars Rehr (William); Lawrence Richard Jr. (Sherry), Albert Richard (Cyndi), JoAnna Richard (Paul Nelson) and Cindy Richard (Jen Kreisa). She is also survived by her grandchildren: Colleen Mroz (Allen), Becky Rehr, Angela Holman (Randy), Amanda Parsons (Jonathan), Andy Nelson, William Rehr, Jr (Glenda), Eddie Nelson. Christie Richard, Larry Richard III, Julianna Richard, Joseph Richard and great granddaughter Kaila Mroz; her brothers: Dexter (Shirley) Andrews and Albert Andrews; her sisters-in-law: Marie Klein, Louise (Ed) Skarban, Chris (Marc) Johnson, and brother-in-law, Harry Lee McFall.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry; son, Joseph; sister, Ruth Braun, sisters-in-law: Frances McFall and Gina Andrews; and brother-in-law, Ivan Klein.
A celebration of Alice's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday December 17, 2012, St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Two Rivers. Officiating at the Mass will be Rev. Dick Mauthe.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 9:00 until 10:45 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2012, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Two Rivers.
Memorials may be made in Alice's name to the
, or the United Way.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family by visiting www.kleinandstangel.com
The Klein & Stangel Funeral Home and All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
The family would like to thank Dr. Barylak for the many years of care, the staff at Hamilton Care Center and Aurora Hospice. We also especially thank Shirley Andrews and Marie Klein for their wonderful spiritual care of our mother, delivering communion and offering sisterly love. We also deeply appreciate the care, visits and laughter that our cousin Sharon Suettinger provided to all of us, especially our Mom, who deeply loved her little "Iodine".
The family also appreciates the many visits by relatives, nieces and nephews who provided many touching moments of love.
Klein & Stangel Funeral Home
1420 22nd Street
Two Rivers, WI 54241
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Dec. 14, 2012