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OBITUARY

Alice Elizabeth Wedlake

June 28, 1916March 20, 2020

Alice Elizabeth Wedlake nee Sharpe age 103 passed peacefully into life eternal on March 20, 2020 at the SunCoast Hospice Care Center in Pinellas Park, FL. Born in Paterson, NJ, on June 28, 1916, she was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Albert in 2007. They lived in Totowa, NJ, from 1940 to 1980 where they operated a family furniture business, Accadia-Wedlake. They were seasonal residents of Englewood, FL, since 1954 and summer residents at Twin Lakes in Shohola, PA. Most recently Alice was a resident of Princeton Village ALF in Largo, FL. Alice is lovingly survived by her son, James Wedlake and his wife, Pam, of Seminole, FL and Northport, AL, and daughter, Alice-Jane Loewrigkeit and her husband, Peter, of Dunedin, FL and Shohola, PA, as well as four grandchildren: Ingrid Pimley and Kirsten Loewrigkeit of Oakland,NJ; Caryn Pruet of Northport, AL; and Brian Wedlake of Palmetto, FL; nine great grandchildren: Rachel, Nigel, Matthew, Evan, Liam, Sean, Finn, John & Greyson. Alice will always be remembered for her kindness and concern for her family and many friends. She has been described as a cross between Mother Teresa and Lucille Ball. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Totowa, NJ, for many years as well as St. David’s Episcopal Church in Englewood, FL. She was a charter member of the Englewood Does and a volunteer at the Englewood Hospital. She has been a member of the Mt. View, NJ, Chapter of the Eastern Star since 1956 and a member of the Milford, PA, Garden Club. Interment in the family plot at the Milford, PA Cemetery will take place sometime in the future at the family’s convenience. Memorial donations may be sent to: Salvation Army, PO Box 69, Venice, FL 34284; SuncoastHospice.com, 6770 102nd Ave, Pinellas Park, FL 33782 or the Milford Garden Club, Box 764, Milford, PA 18337.

Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Englewood, Florida.

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Ted Thompson

March 28, 2020

To Alice; who led a long and wonderful life as she touched so many people with her love and kindness. Hers was a life of love, and a successful one in anyone’s measure.

Along those lines, I offer a favorite quote about success. I think the words are a fitting tribute. It was written by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the love of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.”

May God bless and keep you, dear Alice.

Ted Thompson

March 28, 2020

To Alice: A warm, loving and faithful woman who brought warmth, happiness, goodwill and love to the world ... and shared it all freely with all who knew her. She was my father’s Sunday school teacher in the late 1930’s. He fondly remembered the nickname the young boys gave her; “Teach”. In the early 1940’s, before the start of World War II, Al and Alice gave my dad a job as an apprentice in their furniture store, skills that lasted his whole life. During the war Alice kept in touch with all of her former students, her “boys”as she lovingly called them, who were fighting and dying all around the world. My dad remembered herV-Mail letters of hope and encouragement, and the small gifts she’d sometimes send; simple things like a bar of soap and a fresh washcloth, or maybe a clipping from the hometown newspaper. The soap and washcloth were very welcome to my dad who fought for 3.5 years in the muddy, humid, and sweltering jungles of the South Pacific and the Philippines. When he returned home they gave him his familiar job in the furniture shop as he readjusted to peacetime. My dad always spoke highly of Al and Alice, even after our family moved from NJ to CO in the late 1950’s. He never, ever forgot their love and kindness. They remained close friends all the years of their lives, exchanging letters. On his 80th birthday on March 20, 2000, Alice sent my dad an amazing gift; a shoebox filled with all the V-Mail letters the two of them had exchanged during the war! She’d saved them all and decided it was time to return them to the few “boys” who were still alive. It was a remarkable treasure, a personal time capsule, one my father never forgot. He gave them to me before he passed away in 2005. I continued his tradition of exchanging letters with Alice, which I’ve done for the past 15 years. Through all those letters I came to appreciate her love and gentle spirit. Her friendship to my dad, my mom, and myself were truly the gift of a lifetime! God bless you, Alice!

Pat Anthony

March 28, 2020

I first met Alice in April 1962 at Dick’s mother’s viewing. We have been in touch over the years and visited when Dick and I were in Florida visiting my mother, Thelma Sturgis. We had a weekend planned to camp in Turkey Swamp in N.J It rained most of the week. One of your parents commented that we should cancel, and the other stated if we were crazy enough to bring kids out in this weather - they would not cancel. It turned out to be a beautiful weekend. Bob and Alice and family joined us for lunch also. At that time they had their Work/travel van. So your Dad measured our “ large” 13 foot Shasta for an awning. We had a great reunion.
I will say, your Mom and Dad always remembered the good times with Dick’s parents. Whenever we visited, Alice had the ability to start the conversation where we left off even if it was long periods before we spoke.
Dick and I always thought of her as “The I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter” lady. She even sounded like her.
Well all of you take care, stay well. I am sorry for your loss. Al and Alice were a special couple. Pat Anthony

Janet Courter

March 28, 2020

We loved Aunt Alice sense of humor and her beautiful smile. She loved her family and we enjoyed our conversations with her. My husband Frank, remembers the visits to her home in New Jersey and the great times together with family.

Our Sincere Sympathy to all the family.
Love, Frank and Janet

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY