CUBA - Alice M. Sweet, 94, of 33 Prospect St., Cuba, passed away Thursday (Feb. 25, 2021) shortly after arrival at Olean General Hospital.
Born on Sept. 18, 1926, in Laona, she was a daughter of Benjamin and Irene Damon Sprague. On July 31, 1948, in Laona, she married Loren A. Sweet, who predeceased her on Feb. 2, 2004.
She was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, and later graduated from Fredonia Teachers College, with a degree in elementary education.
Alice taught second grade at the former Rushford Central School, for several years, where she met her husband. She then became a dispatcher for the Cuba Town Police Department; Cuba Fire Department and Ambulance Service.
She retired her call number KTL708, in 1991, after decades of service. She was also an honorary member of the Cuba Fire Department and a member of the Cuba United Methodist Church.
She loved watching birds, camping and traveling, and it brought her great joy to send cards and notes to her family and friends. She was a proud mother and grandmother who enjoyed being with her family.
She leaves behind her children, Loren A. (Cate) Sweet Rotonda of Florida, Lanny A. (Brenda) Sweet, Luke A. Sweet, Lisa A. (Dale) Stadler, Lori A. Sweet, Lee A. (Steve Yatzkanic) Sweet-James, Lloyd A. (Yvonne) Sweet and Lon A. (Linda) Sweet, all of Cuba; 23 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Lynn A. Sweet on May 8, 2005; a grandson, Paul Bean on Dec. 19, 2013; two brothers, Neil and George Sprague; and a sister, Norma Dewolf.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. only on Tuesday (March 2, 2021) at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull St., Cuba. Private family services will be held on Wednesday, with the Rev. Sonya "Sunny" Mauser, as officiant.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial be made to the Cuba Fire Department, PO Box 84, Cuba, NY 14727 or the Cuba Town Police Department or Cuba Ambulance Squad, 15 Water St., Cuba, NY 14727.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at rinkerfuneralhome.com.