Alyce M. (Kazlauskas) Henchey

January 4, 2022

Alyce M. (Kazlauskas) Henchey

Alyce M. (Kazlauskas) Henchey  –  a longtime resident of Woburn and former Principal of the Clapp School, passed away at the Kaplan House in Danvers, Tuesday, January 4th, 2022, at ninety-one years of age.  Devoted mother of Julia Rose, her husband James of Salem and Rosemary Henchey of Woburn.  Dear sister of Helene Gustafson, her husband Gary and their son Erik, of NY and the late Charles Kazlauskas.  A Funeral will be held in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Tuesday, January 11th at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a Calling hour PRIOR to the Mass from 8:30-9:30 a.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home , 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment is private.  In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Alyce’s honor to the Kaplan House c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

Alyce M. (Kazlauskas) Henchey passed away peacefully with her daughters at her bedside in the Kaplan House in Danvers, Tuesday, January 4th, 2022.  The former Principal of the George I Clapp Elementary School in the South End of Woburn was ninety-one years of age.

Born in Nashua NH, Alyce was one of three children born to the late Charles and Amelia (Ekavich) Kazlauskas.  Raised and educated there, she was a graduate of Nashua High School along with the Class of 1948.  Following high School Alyce continued with her education at Rivier College in New Hampshire where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education.  

Throughout the summers in high school and college and often spending summer vacations working at Hampton Beach. Here Alyce made some lifelong friends from Woburn, with whom she has remained friends with.  Her position as a hostess at the Casino there also led to her meeting some of the most popular bands during that era.

In the mid-fifties, Alyce began her teaching career in her hometown of Nashua, where she remained for several years at the elementary level.  Alyce, with here curious quest for travelling, went over to France, where she taught at on a military base and travelled throughout Europe while there.  

Upon her return, she came to Woburn where she made her home, and began her family.  She had the great pleasure of bringing two daughters into the world and they were a team!  All throughout the years they were dedicated to each other.  Visiting museums, attending plays, movies, fine dining and travelling all over the countryside and across the ocean, thoroughly enjoying each moment.  

At the same time Alyce moved to Woburn she also secured herself a teaching position at the Clapp School.  It is here that she taught for a little over a decade, eventually becoming the principal, where she remained for almost fifteen years. During her tenure she was well loved and respected by the families and educators throughout the system.

During her retirement Alyce had the very good fortune of again travelling, going to lunches, dinners and plays with friends and family. Throughout her life, Alyce always had a great sense of humor, and always enjoyed meeting people she didn’t know and striking up interesting conversations with them; she was also known for her generosity

Alyce was a very faith filled woman, which she shared with her daughters.  St. Barbara Church was her church, and there she participated in all the activities including being a teacher CCD for a number of years.

Devoted mother of Julia Rose, her husband James of Salem and Rosemary Henchey of Woburn.  Dear sister of Helene Gustafson, her husband Gary and their son Erik, of NY and the late Charles Kazlauskas.  

A Funeral Celebration will be held in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Tuesday, January 11th at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a Calling hour PRIOR to the Mass from 8:30-9:30 a.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home , 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment is private.  In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Alyce’s honor to the Kaplan House c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

 

A Funeral Celebration will be held in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Tuesday, January 11th at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a Calling hour PRIOR to the Mass from 8:30-9:30 a.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home , 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment is private.  In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Alyce’s honor to the Kaplan House c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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  1. So sorry to hear about the passing of Alice. I knew her from the Clapp School
    my two boys attended. She was so good to them, after my oldest son passed at a early age everytime I would see her she would always mention him with a fond remembran.ce She was truly a wonderful women.

  2. Nancy Tedesco steeves

    Rosemary – I am so sorry to hear your mom has passed. My mother recently passed as well and that is how I read about your mom’s passing. No matter the age, it is a sadness that is difficult to go through. I hope you got to spend quality time her. It would be nice to reconnect with you someday.

    Nancy (Tedesc0) Steeves

  3. Clare White-Sullivan

    Julie and Jim we are so sorry for your great loss. May cherished memories carry you through this difficult time. With love and sympathy, Clare, Michael, Conor and Kyle

  4. Rosemary – I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. No matter what our ages, losing a mother is very difficult. My thoughts are with you.

    Deb Rizzo

  5. My sincerest condolences to the family, friends & colleagues of Alyce. She was a wonderful woman and a phenomenal principal. She was the principal throughout my duration at the Clapp School (K-5th). I remember Mrs. Henchey retired the year my class was graduating from 5th grade (1991). The entire school performed a “Through the years” program that featured music from the 50’s thru the 90’s and the program was dedicated to her in honor of her retirement. I will always remember Mrs. Henchey as kind, but firm. She cared deeply for her students (even if you were writing the Golden Rule 100x) due to getting in trouble. I will always remember her as being really tall. Dressed to the nines every day! Skirts, high heels, beautiful blouses and never a hair out of place. May she rest in the sweetest of peace. She has more than earned her wings.

  6. Dear Julie and family
    We all know “Nobody loves you like your mother!” Alyce’s passing will be felt for a very long time, but as you see from the number of those leaving their condolences you have great support from many friends, including, Jerry and I !

  7. It is with deep sorrow to hear of Mrs. Henchey’s passing. She was a wonderful principal, and friend. My four children had her as a principal, and I worked for her in her office and the library. She was a great friend and colleague to my late husband, Eddie, principal of the Goodyear School. Hadn’t seen her in recent years, but always thought about her. Rest In Peace Alyce.

  8. Michele Rose McKean

    Dear Julie and Rosemary,
    We are so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing and we will miss her very much. We enjoyed speaking with her at family gatherings; she was always engaging with great stories and kind to all of us. We send our love from Los Angeles and wish we could join you at the funeral home and church to pay our respects to Alyce. Love, Michele, Doug, Colette and Gavin

  9. Rosemary I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know that I am here for you, even though we know that time is coming it is still hard. Cherish the wonderful memories of your family and the time you had with your mom.
    Mary

  10. Cate and Marty Vanzant

    We will miss conversations with Alyce – she was a quick wit and always made us laugh. She was a kind and generous person. When we lived in the same neck of the woods, we’d sometimes run into her in a nearby bookstore. She’d have a cart full of books, but none for herself – she was buying books for children in need. Rosemary, Julie and Jim, she loved you all so very much! May her memory be a blessing.

  11. Mary (Franson) Salvati

    To the Henchey family, I am sorry to hear of Mrs. Henchey’s passing. My cousins and I had her as our fourth grade teacher at the McGarr school. Throughout the years we often talked about what a wonderful teacher she was. Later on in life, we would occasionally see her and let her know how much we loved having her as our teacher! God Bless

  12. Sherri Ciampo Donohoe

    My thought’s and prayer’s to Alyce’s family. I remember her from Clapp School and she was friends with my mother Margaret “Sis” Ciampo. Sorry for your loss.

  13. Sherri Ciampo Donohoe

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Remembering her at Clapp School. She was a friend of my mother Margaret “Sis” Ciampo. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. 🙏

  14. Marcia Flaherty Smith

    Dear Rosemary and Julia/ it’s with such sadness that I read of your mother’s passing. She was such a dynamic and gracious lady (funny too) Alyce was such a great friend to my mother in law Elinor Smith. They always had fun together. My parents also just loved her. Our whole families condolences. Fondly Marcia Flaherty Smith

  15. Corinne & Chris Green

    Dear Julie, Jim and Rosemary we are sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love Corinne and Chris

  16. Kathy Streacker

    Alyce was a favorite “Mom” to me. We had many happy conversations about teaching at Julie’s house and at her home. Ro and Julie took loving excellent care of her.

  17. We are so sorry for your loss, Julie. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rachel & Rob

  18. Barbara Kennedy White

    Julie, So sorry to hear of your Mother’s Passing. Sending love & hugs during this time. Barbara

  19. Jeff Cohen & Flora Tonthat

    We’re very sorry, Julie and are thinking of you and your family. Jeff & Flora

  20. Tam and Bob Mullins

    Julie and Family, so very sad to learn of your Mothers passing. I’m sending you hugs and prayers from MI as I sit here with my 98 year old Mother and Bob sends same from our home in MA.

  21. Karen Webb Hayward

    Rosemary and Julie your mom was an amazing woman who was deeply loved by our whole family. She loved you girls so much, and I know you loved her with all your heart. God Bless her and hold her.

  22. Dr.Robert J. Ferullo, Ed.D

    Julie and Rosemary: it is with genuine sympathy and sorrow that I have read about your mother’s passing. My contacts with her were in her position as Principal at Clapp school and I was a Consultant in the Woburn schools- she genuinely cared for her students. She epitomized the words of Lady Bird Johnson who wrote: “Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” Alice : Requiescat in pace”.

  23. Dear Julie, Such sadness with the death of your Mother. She was such a loving person. Love, Joycelyn

  24. margarette masotta

    may the gates of heaven welcome you snd give you peace. With Prayer Margarette Masotta

  25. Alyce was just such a wonderful friend to my mother Margaret(Ruth) Harding in her later years and my family was so blessed to know Alyce. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.

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