Nov. 1, 1915-April 10, 2005
Alice Kemnitz died April 10, 2005 at the Inn on Barton Creek in Bountiful. Alice was born November 1, 1915 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to David Thomas Reese and Bessie Amanda Swanson, the 5th of their 6 children.
Her two dear loves were her husbands, Dr. Donald Robert Saecker, father of her two children, Sally and Thomas, and Lt. Col. William H. Kemnitz, Jr., Ret., with whom she enjoyed long and happy marriages.
Alice is survived by daughter, Sally Livingston Kelsey, son, Thomas Reese Saecker, (Laura Hadley, daughter Louisa) Centerville, Ut, and granddaughter, Tara Benedicte Saecker, Bergen, Norway. She is also survived by grandsons Brent D. and Todd L. Kelsey (and families), many close nieces, nephews and in-laws. She is preceded in death by both husbands, son-in-law, R. Brent Kelsey and her five siblings, all who she loved dearly.
Alice had many beautiful qualities and talents which include: love of the arts and music, a passion for swimming, the ocean and water, and she was an avid physical fitness buff. For years she taught swimming at the YMCA in Beloit, WI. to people of all ages. She received a John F. Kennedy Red Cross award for her accomplishments in water sports and education. Alice served in the first group of Waves, U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed at Rochester, N. Y. and Oakland, CA, and subsequently worked in the Pentagon as a secretary. After working as secretary to a Pathologist, in Chicago, she attended nursing school. Alice left nursing to assist her late husband, Dr. Donald Saecker in his dental practice. She then settled into being a loving wife and mother during their 18 years of marriage. Her affinity with yoga, Tai Chi and Eastern philosophy lasted throughout her life, even in her late 80's, when she sat in her chair at Barton Creek for yoga/Tai Chi/ and exercise classes. She and late husband Bill traveled throughout the world during their wonderful 17 years of marriage. She and Bill loved each other and their many adventures. Her childlike fascination with life, her love for others and nature are traits for which she will always be remembered.
The family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the excellent care and many friendships shared with Dr. William (Karen) Sadler, the staff and residents of the Inn at Barton Creek, CNS Hospice, and her friends at Bountiful Community Church.
A celebration of Alice's wonderful life will be held at a future date.