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Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA

OBITUARY

Alice Dana

August 6, 1926January 3, 2020
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DANA, Alice (Forstall) – 93, of Scituate, formerly of Huntington, CT, passed away peacefully after an illness on the evening of January 3, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis William Dana, with whom she shared 48 years of marriage before his passing in 1997.

Born in Amsterdam, NY, she was the daughter of the late Walton C. and Charlotte C Forstall. She was a 1944 graduate of the Emma WIllard School. She went on to graduate from Brown University and received her nursing education at Massachusetts General Hospital. Devoted mother of Catherine Satterlund and her husband William, Jon and his wife Margaret and Bill and his wife Caroline. Cherished grandmother of Maggie, Lauren, Mia and Jonathan.

She was predeceased by her brother Alfred E. Forstall, her sister May F. Sinclair and brother in law Col. John E. Sinclair. She is also survived by her sister in law, Louise D. Forstall of Alexandria VA

Alice enjoyed her nursing career for more than 40 years. She was an avid sports fan, following the Red Sox, UNH and Brown University.

A witty conversationalist, Alice loved to knit, play mahjong, and scrabble. She was well traveled and loved cruising. Favorite vacations include when she took her entire family on a Disney cruise and cruise to Alaska. Alice sang in her church choirs for 80 years. Visitation will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 3 -7 PM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. Funeral Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 2pm from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 465 First Parish Road, Scituate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment to take place at a later date In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 12, 2020

Memories

Alice Dana

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Joanne Kinsman

January 11, 2020

I always loved seeing Alice’s smiling face at Webb’s as we were getting ready to exercise in the pool. In the beginning, I only knew her as Alice until one day with stars in her eyes, she began to brag about her grandchildren Lauren and Mia. Shortly after that, I made the connection and realized that I had “her Mia” as a student at Inly! Such a small world and such a wonderful and kind lady.

Tom Bucaria

January 6, 2020

It occurred to me today that I have known “Mrs. D” and her family for 50 years (although I don’t appear to be anywhere near that old!), ever since her son Bill, my oldest and best friend, and I were summer campers together on Long Island. I also lived with the Danas for three years while attending law school, a short drive from their home in Huntington, CT where I was officially dubbed their “Star Boarder”.

The Dana house was always a warm, welcoming and whacky one, with Mrs. D playing the straight man to her husband, Pops Dana, their children and a gang of cocker spaniels. They treated me as a member of the family from the first moment I met them. It was an impromptu lunch in their Hempstead, Long Island home, when Pops solemnly presented me with a jar of peanut butter so that my hot dog could include what I was assured was the customary Dana condiment of choice for hot dogs. Being a polite and naive young man, traits that Pops knew he could benignly exploit for the amusement of his family. I hesitated but cautiously reached for the questionable topping, and the entire family burst into raucous laughter, Mrs. D included. I had been welcomed into the Dana family!

Alice Dana was a wonderful woman and I will miss her. She was a prominent part of my childhood, and a nurturing and supportive presence in my life for many years thereafter (we just took down our Christmas tree that held an ornament she gave us at the birth of our first child, it had her handwritten greeting on it and I have loved seeing it for the past 30 years!). I have many fond and warm memories of her and I am confident that she and Pops have had a lovely time these past few days catching up. What a lovely reunion! Via com Dios Mrs. D.

Tom “Star Boarder” Bucaria


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