Published DateLACONIA — Alice M. (O'Donnell) Melcher, 94, of 406 Court Street, died peacefully at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
Alice was born November 14, 1918 in Medina, New York, the daughter of the late Francis and Louise (Britton) O'Donnell. She graduated from College of New Rochelle in 1940 with a B.A. Degree in French and graduated from Columbia Presbyterian with a Degree in Nursing in 1942. She was a registered nurse for over thirty years and had been employed as a Head Nurse at Columbia Presbyterian in New York City, Medical Surgical Nurse at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, New Jersey, and employed at Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida, before retiring in 1988.
Alice resided in Mashpee, Massachusetts for several years before moving to Laconia in September, 2010. She was a devout Catholic and was a former member of Christ the King parish in Mashpee, where she was a volunteer in the Church Library. She also volunteered at the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store in Mashpee.
Alice loved to travel with her children taking them on several summer camping trips across the U. S. visiting 48 of 50 states. The family also traveled across Europe during the summer of 1966. She was an avid reader and loved the theatre and the ocean.
Survivors include a son, Rick Melcher, of Reno, Nevada; two daughters, Laura Lynch, of Waimea, Hawaii and Paula Sircin, of Laramie, Wyoming and seven grandsons, Jacob and Michael Lynch of Hanapepe, Hawaii; Zachary Lynch, of Brighton, Massachusetts; William and David Sircin of Laramie, WY, and Nathan and Raymond Johnson, of Tucson, Ariz. In addition to her parents, Alice was predeceased by a daughter, Ellen Johnson , a brother, Dr. Francis O'Donnell, a sister, Louise Brownell, and by her former husband, Dr. George W. Melcher, Jr.
Funeral Services and burial will be held in Medina, New York at a later date.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com