Alice M. Powers, 1917-2019

Alice M. Powers
Alice M. Powers, 1917-2019. Photo provided

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Alice M. Powers, 102, of School Street, passed away peacefully Oct. 2, 2019. She was born Alexandra Maria Woynar Feb. 26, 1917, in Bellows Falls, the daughter of Andrew and Bernice (Niemczura) Woynar. A 1935 graduate of Bellows Falls High School, Alice worked as a telephone operator for five years. On Oct. 27, 1941 she married Dr. Michael F. Powers at Sacred Heart Church. Michael predeceased her in January 1976.

Survivors include sons Peter A. Powers and wife Jane of North Walpole, N.H., Timothy M. Powers and wife Nancy of Bellows Falls, Michael D. Powers of Walpole, N.H.; daughters Michele M. Koson and husband Peter of Alstead, N.H., Jane M. Steuwe and husband David of Rockingham, Vt., and Mary A. Powers of Bellows Falls; and eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers Bernard and Stephen Woynar and sisters Stella Belaski and Adeline Woynar.

Alice belonged to the Bellows Falls Women’s Club and was a charter member of the Bellows Falls Historical Society. She was a parishioner of St. Charles Church, member of the Catholic Daughters, and a choir member. Alice also enjoyed many friends and maintained an active lifestyle throughout her entire life.

She particularly loved swimming in the Connecticut River in her youth and taking her family to swimming holes and to a friend’s cottage in Herrick’s Cove. In later years, she made an annual swim “to the island and back” at the cottage on Lake Warren, N.H. until her early 90s! For over 30 years, she attended the adult swim at the Rockingham Recreation Center pool. She volunteered at the Rockingham Recycling Center and also assisted at the Rockingham Meeting House. Proud of her Polish heritage and immigrant parents, she was an excellent cook and retained many fond memories of growing up and raising a family in Bellows Falls, a place she loved her entire life.

There will be no calling hours. A funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls, Vt. Burial will follow in the St. Charles Cemetery.

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