Alyce Lorraine Stroh|
Alyce Stroh, 99, passed away Jan. 24th, 2013. Born in 1913 in Alberta Canada, Alyce grew up in Seattle and Yakima. As the oldest of 9 children, she left home at a young age and graduated beauty school. Living in Union Ridge, a women's residence in Seattle, she met and married her lifetime love, James Stroh, in 1935. When Jim enlisted as a Navy physician during WWII, Alyce raised her 4 rambunctious boys on her own for 2 years. Family stories of surviving camping trips and picnic tables on the roof are now etched in family legend.
In 1947, Jim and Alyce planted roots on Mercer Island, a location Alyce called home for 66 years. During their 51 years of marriage, she remained a fashion plate, a devoted wife and mother and a consummate hostess. Alyce was known as the "Queen of Mercer Island" for her parties, barbeques, hosting school reunions and family weddings. She was honored as the Mother Emeritus of Mercer Island High School class of '58.
Her hobbies included daily phone calls to family and friends, hours of card games, and always someone over for meals. Her most frequent question: "what did you make for dinner." Her gardens were her passion; she made poinsettias re-bloom. Many happy times were spent salmon fishing in Desolation Sound with her sons.
Alyce's love of family was legendary. She listened to your troubles and cheered your successes. She was the hub of the Stroh clan having the family at her home for all holiday celebrations. She will be greatly missed.
Alyce was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Stroh MD in 1987. She is survived by her sons: Jim (Mary Jo), Stephen (Kathleen), Tyler (Sue), and Allen (Barbara); 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. A special thank you to Denise, her caregiver, and to Evergreen Hospice. The family plans a celebration of her life this spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Evergreen Hospice Foundation, 12040 NE 128th St., MS#5, Kirkland WA 98034-3098.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 2, 2013