Alice Lucy (Solfanelli) Stanchina

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died April 26th, 2019

Alice Lucy (Solfanelli) Stanchina, 95, Escanaba, MI, entered eternal life peacefully Friday, April 26, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at Upper Peninsula Health Systems.

Alice was spiritually born in Loretto, MI April 3rd 1924, she was the last born of six children to Louis and Vincenza (Conti) Solfanelli.  She graduated from Vulcan High School while helping at home with various chores to help her large family get by.

Alice married dear Richard Joseph Stanchina July 29th 1950 in Loretto, MI. They celebrated 68 wonderful years of marriage last July. Initially, they lived in Green Bay, WI and Milwaukee, WI while Richard continued his education.  Alice worked as a seamstress and with defense contractor AC Sparkplug until they began a family in Milwaukee.  Soon after graduation, they moved their family to Escanaba which is where they planted their roots and Alice focused her time on raising her family.  She was blessed with God given talents and was known to share her famous coffee cakes and pizzelles with family and friends.  She enjoyed singing, gardening (known for her victory gardens), cooking Italian cuisine and sewing.  When grandchildren came into her life, she wanted to be called, “Nona”!  Alice had many names, her husband called her, “Precious,” sister called her, “Sunshine,” her neighbor called her an, “Angel.”  Alice loved to serve others, this is how she showed love.  Those who knew her loved her. She will be dearly missed.

Alice is survived by her husband, Richard J. Stanchina of 68 years; two children, Richard A. (Beth) Stanchina of Marquette, MI and Vincent (Elizabeth) Stanchina of White Bear Lake, MN; two grandsons, Dominic and Matthew Stanchina of Marquette, MI; one sister, Irene Opolka of Naples, FL; four nieces and nephews, Rosemary (Tony) Kordowski of Naples, FL, Robert (Judy) Opolka of Midlothian,TX, Edward (Georgia) Chounard of Norway, MI, Rita(Llyod) Harrison of Sault Ontario; nine great nieces and nephews, Irene (David) Gardiner of Highland Village, TX, Kimberly (Blake) Biddick, Kelly (Aaron) Griffin of Midlothian, TX, David Chounard of Norway, MI and Jason Chounard of Eugene, OR , Adam Cerra of Sault Ontario, Nadine Beange of Sudbury Ontario, Shelly Mitchell of Sault Ontario, and Dante DeBernardi of Gauthier, MS

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; Louis and Vincenza (Conti) Solfanelli; brother, Americo (Marcella) Solfanelli; sisters, Elia (Edward) Chounard, Esther(Nick)

Cerra, and Rosie (Peter) DeBernardi; brother-in-law Anton(Irene) Opolka; and nephews, Gerald DeBernardi and Ron Cerra.

In recent months, Alice enjoyed living at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living, in Marquette, MI with her husband Richard.  The family would like to thank the staff for their kind and compassionate care.  Family would also like to thank Home Health and Hospice and Upper Peninsula Health Systems for the excellent care as well, with a special thank you to Dr. Steele, Dr. Bidle and the wonderful care provided by the nurses on ICU and 7th floor.

Visitation will be at Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba, Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 from 1-3 PM.

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10 Tributes to “Alice Lucy (Solfanelli) Stanchina”

  1. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Thinking of all of you. Mary & Ray Mallette

  2. Alice was so kind to both my mother and father as they spent their final years in the nursing home. She made many visits and always left them special treats. She was very special and will always be remembered. Bill and Trudy Peltier

  3. Our family was so sad to hear of Alice’s passing but we are rejoicing knowing she is in heaven with many of our friends who we met at the bible studies she hosted in her home years ago.

  4. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We are thinking of all of you. Mary & Ray Mallette

  5. I really loved seeing Alice when I cashiered at Elmer’s co. Mkt.4 yrs ago, I got my hugs from her regularly. I’m so sorry for your loss. She is truly missed already!

  6. Alice was an amazing woman. She was always smiling and went out of her way to acknowledge you whenever she saw you. She was very kind to our parents, Chuck and Shirley Peltier, bringing them treats at home and while at the nursing home. We will always have fond memories of Alice and Doc. Our sincere condolences to the entire family. Jim and Rose Peltier. 🙏🏻 ❤️

  7. Alice (Mrs. Stanchina to us neighbor ‘kids’) was truly an angel. The Robitaille family across the street was very blessed with and grateful for her kindness. She did so much for our Mom and Dad next door, especially when their health was failing in later years. One touching example is that artificial flowers would magically be changed seasonally in the basket on their front porch. We always knew who had done it. She always kept in touch and checked up on them. I always enjoyed running into her when I’d visit our parents because she was always so happy, and smiling and would reminisce about when we kids were all little and running around the neighborhood. It was so good to see her look so active and vibrant at 90+ years. My sincere condolences to the Stanchina family. She will be remembered as a very loving, giving, special lady and missed by so many.

  8. Alice was an amazing lady! She was always smiling and would go out of her way to acknowledge you when she saw you. We have many good memories of Alice and Doc. Rest In Peace, Alice.

  9. I just saw this today. Did not know that Alice had passed away. When I worked at Jo Ann Fabrics she would make me Pizzelles . I loved those cookies and she knew I did. She was so sweet. I loved her.

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