Alice (Hilarides) LANDSTRA

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LANDSTRA, Alice ( née Hilarides)

97, of St. Petersburg passed away May 19, 2018. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Robert F. Landstra M.D., and is survived by her four children, Robert (Lisa), Catherine (Gerald Meaders), Martha Landstra Hoey, and Stephen; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her kind, caring, and joyful spirit will be truly missed.

She was born in Takoma Park, MD and raised in Grand Rapids, MI where she graduated from Ottawa Hills High School. She received an associate degree from Grand Rapids Junior College and graduated from Michigan State University in 1942. She taught high school for two years in Traverse City, MI. She joined the U.S. Navy WAVES in 1944 and served as a communications officer during World War II. She held the rank of Ensign and was assigned to Washington, D.C. to code and decode top-secret communique;s between the fleet and the Navy Department. After the war she was appointed Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Naval Reserve. She attended Western Michigan University in order to become a registered occupational therapist. Her clinical training included work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She went on to work at Evanston General Hospital in Evanston, IL; the V.A. Hospital in Dearborn, MI.; and the Eastern Orthopedic School in Grand Rapids, MI. She married Robert F. Landstra in 1951 and moved to St. Petersburg in 1961 where they raised their four children.

Alice was an active community volunteer. She worked at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, the Museum of Fine Arts, and she delivered meals to homebound seniors for many years with the Meals on Wheels program. She and her husband were longtime supporters of the Florida Orchestra, the Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg Museum of History, and the Free Clinic. She was also a member of the St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary. She was a long time member of Lakewood United Methodist Church and more recently attended Maximo Presbyterian Church. Alice delighted in returning to her beloved state of Michigan during the summer. She enjoyed playing tennis for most of her life. She took great pleasure in sewing and clothing design. She was an avid reader and an accomplished bridge player. All who knew her will fondly remember her smile, her warmth, her energy, and her love for life, family, and friends. She was the last of her generation and will be greatly missed. A family memorial service will be held in Port Sheldon, MI.


Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 13, 2018
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