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OBITUARY

Alice Rosemund Spach

November 20, 1937July 14, 2020

Portland, ME - Alice Rosemund (Szczepanski) Spach, 82, of Portland, Maine, left this earthly life on July 14, 2020 surrounded by her family after a brave fight with multiple system atrophy (MSA).

Alice was born on November 20, 1937 to Stephania Maria and Joseph Szczepanski; she grew up on the family farm in Maine, NY and attended Town of Maine School and Union-Endwell High School. She was an active member of All Saints’ Polish National Catholic Church and worked for Wilson Memorial Hospital. She married the love of her life, Herb Spach, and spent 57 wonderful years together, raising their children in Binghamton, NY and spending summers at Oquaga Lake. After retirement, they moved to Portland, ME to be near their kids and grandkids.

Before her illness, she was often found walking or kayaking around Oquaga Lake, doting on her grandchildren, enjoying her garden, or planning a party or bonfire with good friends. She gave herself to others by volunteering over the years at Binghamton High School PTA, the Closet in Deposit, NY, and countless charitable organizations and events.

Throughout her life, Alice spread kindness and joy to everyone, made each person feel special, and brought sunshine and laughter to every day. Her gentle presence and contagious laugh will be remembered and forever missed.

She is predeceased by her infant son Eric, her dear sister Josephine Pochily, and her wonderful brothers Ed, Ted, Frank, Stanley, Steve, and Ray Szczepanski. She is survived by her husband Herbert of South Portland, ME, her daughter Karen and her husband Drew Larsen of Burlington, VT, her son David and his wife Darshana Spach of Portland, ME, her beloved grandchildren Ava Spach, Sam Spach, Ella Larsen, and Greta Larsen, her brother-in-law John Spach, her sister-in-law Phyllis Szczepanski, and many more nieces, nephews, and friends who loved this extraordinary woman.

Alice’s family greatly appreciates the care provided by the staff at Birchwoods at Canco Nursing Home and the kindness and compassionate care Northern Lights Home Care and Hospice have provided to Alice. Her great joy in life was being active. When that was taken away from her by MSA, she looked forward to bike rides facilitated by the Portland Wheelers and wheelchair walks in the woods and garden. A celebration of Alice’s life will take place next summer on her childhood family farm. For now, recall Alice’s wise words; take 3 deep breaths, don’t overdo, and above all, just enjoy.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Alice’s memory to Portland Wheelers (portlandwheelers.org) or the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition (www.multiplesystematrophy.org).

Services

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Skip Kolosky

July 27, 2020

Alice was one one the sweetest woman I have ever meet. She was also very mischievious and very funny.
The Lord is getting a good one.

Hope Muchie

July 26, 2020

I was a caregiver to Alice a few years back. I’m so sorry for your loss. Alice was a very special lady. I loved her teaching me how to cook new things. Or playing card games with her at the table. Her sneaky little grin when she was kicking my butt in gin rummey. The way she loved her family was priceless. I knew everything that was going on in her grandchildren’s lives (she loved talking about them). She would go around her condo doing her exercises while showing me all the pictures on the Walls and then telling me the stories behind the photos. You could just feel the love she had for her family. You all did a wonderful job taking care of her. Herb,Karen ,David you are all in my prayers. Rip Alice I’m so thankful I met you. Hope

Adrienne Abramowitz

July 21, 2020

Alice was always smiling and so kind to me. She was a devoted grandmother and you could always tell how far her love spread. I will remember her taking us on her boat and tubing for the first time, but I will especially remember the note I got in the mail from her and Sam. Sam was about four and found a receipt and typed up some numbers and printed them and desperately wanted to send them to me. As a supportive and loving family member, she sent it to me without question. I still have this note and kept it because I loved the devotion it showed from Alice to mail basically nonsense for Sam enjoyment. She will not be forgotten.

Kit Donnelly

July 21, 2020

I didn't know Alice long nor had we spent much time together, but when I first met Alice and Herb, I was made to immediately feel at ease. She was always warm-hearted, inclusive, and curious. This world will miss her. My heart goes out to all her family, especially Herb as he navigates the rest of his life without this beautiful compass.

Bonnie Zebrowski

July 20, 2020

Dear Herb, Karen, David and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Alice's passing. She was a very giving person, sharing her time with many organizations, including Calvin Coolidge's & East Middle's PTA, where we became friends raising our children. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Bonnie & Tony Zebrowski

Michelle Riter

July 20, 2020

Alice was a beautiful soul. I haven't seen her in years, but I will always have great memories of summers on Oquaga Lake with the Spach family.

Rose Morin

July 20, 2020

I am so saddened that this beautiful lady has left us. She was one of the kindest, sweetest persons I have ever known. I feel truly blessed and honored to have her as my friend.
I send my prayers and condolences to her wonderful family. Alice and you are always in my heart.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY