Alice Mae Shambach|
Alice Mae Shambach went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 4, 2014.
Alice Mae was born to Anna C. and Edwin Creal Henderson on December 7, 1932. She lived with her mother and father on the Henderson Farm in Palmyra Township until she married her husband Larry Shambach in 1954.
On October 10, 1954, Alice Mae married Larry when he came home on leave from the Navy. They moved to Akron in 1958 and had their daughter Susan Bowers on May 31, 1960. In 1966, Alice Mae, Larry, and Susan moved to Tallmadge where they built their home. In 1996, Alice Mae and Larry moved to Portage Trail East Apartments in Cuyahoga Falls where they lived on the eighth floor.
Alice Mae graduated from Palmyra School in 1950 and went on to Kent State University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in 1954. She also completed Graduate School at The University of Akron where she received a Master's in Education with a specialty in reading instruction. Alice Mae began teaching at Charlestown School in the Southeast District for two years until she began teaching in the Akron Public School District as a first grade and second grade teacher, as well as reading specialist. In 1994, Alice Mae retired from Windemere Elementary with nearly 40 years of service.
During her years of teaching Alice Mae was involved in the International Reading Association, Ohio Reading Association, and the Akron Reading Association. She served in various offices including President of the Akron IRA. Her favorite involvement was the Young Authors Program. Other organizations she was involved in were the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Sorority for Women Educators, where she served as president and Palmy Chapter #114 of the Order of the Eastern Star where she was a Worthy Matron in 1961. Alice Mae was also a member of the First Congregational Church of Tallmadge.
After the loss of her beloved husband of in 2005, Alice Mae continued to live in her apartment until moving into Emeritus of Stow assisted living in 2010 where she battled dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
Alice Mae will be remembered as a very caring person, giving herself to many. She loved to read, take naps, eat ice cream, and spend time with her family that she loved so dearly.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Edwin Julius Henderson; two infant siblings; her husband, Larry Shambach; and her parents, Anna C. and Edwin Creal Henderson. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and John Bowers; grandchildren, Brandi and Dustin (Lauren) Bowers; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Bowers; special cat Sweetie; and best friend, Nora Jean Thompson; as well as many other friends and family members.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Emeritus of Stow, Crossroads Hospice staff, especially Celeste, Kim, Erica, and Jenny.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
in her name. Friends will be received Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, where funeral service will be officiated by Reverend Dr. John Schluep on Thursday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Palmyra West Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Aug. 6, 2014