Clarice Kralovec
1957 - 2019
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BIDDEFORD - Clarice Allen Kralovec, dearly loved family member, teacher, and friend, passed away on August 15. She was 61.

Born to Grace and Otto Kralovec in Chicago, Illinois, Clarice was the youngest of four children. A Wilson High School graduate, Clarice attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, spending her junior year abroad in Toulouse, France. She graduated in 1979 with a BA in French and a minor in Religious Studies. 

After graduation, Clarice used her grace, intelligence and French fluency in a variety of interesting jobs, including serving as Executive Assistant to the Consul General of France in Boston for several years. But Clarice could not resist the call to further her formal studies in French. She completed an MAT in French at Tufts University in 1989 and a Ph.D in French Language and Literature at Boston University in 2002, earning numerous academic and teaching distinctions along the way. 

Clarice moved to Maine in 2003 to become a much-loved French teacher and respected chair of the World Language Department at Sanford High School. She brought dedication and a commitment to excellence to both her teaching and her department leadership. Her students affectionately called her "K-Dogg" and "Dr. Madame," and recognized her with teacher awards for "Best Sense of Humor" and "Hardest Name to Spell." In turn, she thought of her students as "her children." Faculty members and the new teachers she mentored held her in high esteem, appreciative of her playful humor, ready smiles, and tasty "bon bons" she brought to brighten many department meetings. She received accolades from her peers for her professional contributions. She will be fondly remembered by her students and colleagues. 

Clarice enjoyed a lifelong membership in the Episcopal Church, and discovered her warmest and closest church family at St. Alban's in Cape Elizabeth.

Clarice Kralovec is survived by her three siblings John, Etta, and Bill Kralovec, their families, and Clarice's longtime friends Daphne and Chris James who took loving care of her and her family during her illness. Clarice was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Grace. She leaves behind a world forever changed by her kindness and gentle presence. 

A service in celebration and thanksgiving of Clarice's life will occur at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 885 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on Wednesday, August 21, 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a making a gift to

The Dr. Clarice Kralovec French Study


Sanford High School Scholarship Committee,

100 Alumni Boulevard

Sanford, ME 04073;

or other favorite charity.

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Published in Journal Tribune on Aug. 20, 2019.
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August 21, 2019
So sad to hear this... She was not just my teacher, but also a friend. Thank you for instilling a great love of French in me. I will miss your sweet humor and infectious smile. You have left a forever mark on my life, and the lives of many others. God bless you and your family, you will all be in my prayers.
Lacey Gerrish
August 21, 2019
To Clarice may you rest in peace and to your siblings they have my prayers and condolences for your passing. She always kept to herself but she never not talk to you when you saw her at a store or at the mail box. God Bless Clarice and I believe God got another angel.
Barbara Corbeil
August 20, 2019
I see by reading these tributes that Clarice's warm and generous spirit and her motivating sense of humor developed grandly from when I knew her as my step-sister when we were children. This is such a sad moment, I can only think to express my sorrow and hope for thanksgiving for our lives enriched by having known Clarice Allen Kralovec.
Lindy Noll McClellan
August 19, 2019
David and Jeanne Pace with grandson
Clarice was in our St Barnabas Episcopal youth group in the 1970's in Portland Oregon. She was smart, funny, beautiful - a joy to have in our midst.
Rev. David and Jeanne Pace
August 19, 2019
I have seen Clarice only a couple of times since she moved across the country to the other Portland but I have many happy memories of her, mostly as a teenager and young adult. She was one of my favorites of my daughter Liz's friends and it was always fun to have her around. To her family, I am so very sad for your loss.
Barbara Snow
August 19, 2019
Clarice's loving kindness brightened our lives, too. She stayed with my son and me during my husband's final months, and provided an immeasurable amount of real comfort and support. I shall remember her as a kind soul with deep resources and strength, who loved her family and friends, students and colleagues, and all things French.
Nina Mayer
August 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Keep memories close to your heart❤
Laura Thompson
August 18, 2019
Clarice touched the lives of so many students with her passion for teaching. Her legacy will be remembered when each of the many students she had in her classes speaks French that she taught them. Rest In Peace Clarice and thank you for all you did for our kids!
David Theoharides
August 18, 2019
So shocked and heart broken to read this. Clarice was a good friend, colleague and teacher. I have fond memories of her from my days at Sanford High School, she will definitely be missed ❤
Kendra Brown
August 18, 2019
I absolutely loved learning from this adorable, feisty woman. I even stole one of her games (frappe) and adapted it for teaching elementary music. Going to miss the quiet glow of Madame Kralovec!
Katie McFarland (DeRoche)
August 18, 2019
Clarice was a beautiful person inside and out. She had such a warm smile and compassionate spirit. I always looked forward to our chance encounters on the days that I worked at the high school. She will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Clarice. My thoughts and prayers to your family and friends during this very difficult time.
Yvonne Michaud
August 18, 2019
Clarice was a witty and warm person, a great teacher, and she will be missed.
John Verzosa
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