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Alyce M. (Kazlauskas) Henchey passed away peacefully with her daughters by her bedside in the Kaplan home in Danvers on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. The former principal of George I Clapp Elementary School in South Woburn was eighty -Eleven years. years of age.

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

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

In the mid-1950s, Alyce began her teaching career in her hometown of Nashua, where she remained for several years at the elementary level. Alyce, here with a curious quest for travel, went to France, where she taught at a military base and traveled through Europe while there.

On her return she came to Woburn where she took up residence and started her family. She had the great pleasure of giving birth to two daughters and they were a team! Throughout the years, they have been devoted to each other. Visiting museums, attending plays, movies, fine dining, and traveling across the countryside and across the ocean, making the most of every moment.

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

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

Alyce was a woman full of faith, which she shared with her daughters. St. Barbara’s Church was her church, and there she participated in all activities, including being a CCD teacher for several 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 service will be held at St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Tuesday January 11 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a one hour call BEFORE Mass from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. The burial is private. In lieu of flowers, keepsakes may be made in Alyce’s honor at Kaplan House c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.


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