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Alice Newell
  • September 07, 1937
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  • January 01, 2022

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Alice Aldrin Newell

Orlando, Florida

September 7, 1937 – January 1, 2022

 

Alice grew up in Hammond, a steel mill town in Indiana, and a suburb of Chicago.  She grew up playing the organ and singing in the choir of a mission church, Christ Lutheran Church, of which her parents were founding members.  She graduated from Morton High School and attended the Indiana University in Bloomington, where she majored in Spanish.  She returned to her hometown and taught Spanish at Hammond High, where she met her husband, Lawrence Milton Newell.   They moved to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin from the late 1960s to the late 1970s.  In Wisconsin she taught Spanish, attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she earned her master’s degree in Education, and raised her two children in an idyllic rural setting in Sherwood Forest. 

She moved with her family to Tampa, Florida in 1979 where she taught Spanish at the Academy of the Holy Names High School for over 30 years.  She earned a second master’s degree in Humanities from the University of South Florida in the late 1980s and developed a love for architecture.   She even taught Humanities at the Academy for a few years.

She loved language, cultures, and cultural arts.  She enjoyed studying, understanding, and teaching the Spanish language, Hispanic cultures and artifacts, French language, classical music, opera, art (especially the Pre-Raphaelite’s), and architecture.  She always loved to travel, particularly to Mexico and European countries, and traveled often in her later years, to immerse and continue to educate herself in all of her favorite interests.

She was raised in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and was a long-standing member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tampa, FL.  However, she always loved traditional Episcopal choir music and never missed a televised royal wedding so she could dissect the musical choices.  She was received into the Episcopal Church and was a member of Holy Innocents’ in Valrico, FL for many years where she sung in the choir and made many friends.  She moved to the Orlando in 2018 to live close to her daughter.  She attended St. Michael’s church and actively ministered in The Gathering and St. Michael’s adult choir.

She also loved her two tri-color phalene Papillon dogs.  Her first pup, Solo, passed away two years ago when he was 8 years old, which broke her heart.  Rather than live broken-hearted, she adopted her second pup, Xochi (So-chee).  These pups were her best friends for the last 10 years, and she was often seen with them walking or eating at local restaurants.  Xochi is well loved by the rest of the family and will be well cared for.  


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  1. Laura Hurley says:
    10 Jan 2022
    My Aunt Alice was amazing! She was adventurous, funny, engaging and had such a zest for life. She new so much about art, music, the world, and family history/stories. I really wish I would have spent more time with her over the years. I will miss her ❤️.

  2. Kelly Schroter - Niece says:
    08 Jan 2022
    Aunt Alice was an inspiration to our entire family. She loved her family, friends, and canine companions, was constantly learning and sharing, and always kept a sense of humor about life. Even from a geographical distance, her presence will be missed and we are grateful for the time we could visit over the years. She left us with wonderful cousins and their families and we look forward to the time we will spend with them in the future.

  3. Janet Kessler says:
    07 Jan 2022
    What a pleasure it was to know Alice.
    Her quick wit and her recall of names of characters in books she had read long ago was amazing.
    Her love for her dogs was enduring.
    Rest now my friend,
    Janet

  4. Mark Gierok says:
    05 Jan 2022
    Alice was such a sweet woman. She was always inquisitive and kind. She loved hearing about my travels, and telling me of hers. She was a genuine, caring soul. I’m comforted by the recent memory of her, when I drove my mom and my partner, Mark Reilly up to Orlando, so as to have a late thanksgiving lunch. Alice was super engaging and warm. Mark and I will miss her. Rest In Peace Alice.

  5. Anita Gierok says:
    05 Jan 2022
    Anita Gierok may she rest in peace

  6. Erin Lee says:
    04 Jan 2022
    Alice, I admired you. You were my push to go to college and made me believe in myself. Education was your lifelong passion, constantly educating others and chasing your curiosities until almost literally the day you left us. I wonder what your French streak was on DuoLingo. Helen Mirren and Judy Dench will miss you in London at their plays. And I will forever remember your Paris and London travel advice . Most of all, I will miss our girls’ nights in at your place, with fabulous food, wine and great company with Katie and Joni. I will dearly, dearly miss you. You were loved. And you were a great mom and aunt.

  7. Brenda DeForrest says:
    04 Jan 2022
    An amazingly educated woman who raised such bright, well rounded children. Rest In Peace, your mission is complete

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