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Obituaries

Alice E. Dechene, 86

Dan McClelland

Alice E. Dechene, 86
Alice E. Dechene, 86,  went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 27, 2017. (1 John 5:13)
She left Parishville, N.Y. where she had resided with her Grandaughter Denise (Dechene) Taylor who was her main caregiver for the last four and a half years.
As the ravages of Parkinson's Disease had taken over Alice's body. Denise and her young family cared for her grandmother with amazing kindness and compassion.
The whole family thanks them for all the love they gave Alice in her final years. (John 15:16)
Born in Queens, N.Y. to William and Edna Dineen on December 18, 1930 she
was the seventh born to them out of nine children and was the youngest girl. In 1942 her father was sent to Sunmount Veterans Hospital when a spot was discovered on his lung.
In 1943 Mr. and Mrs. Dineen and their five youngest children moved to Tupper Lake permanently.
On September 11, 1950 Alice married Walter P. Krehl whose family had also moved to Tupper Lake from Buffalo, N.Y. because of Sunmount Veterans' Hospital.
They had four children: Edward, Michael,T homas and Alice.
Alice later married Dennis Dechene on August 21, 1971. They had two children, William and Kathleen.
Most people remember Alice working in the restaurant business. First working as a waitress in her sister Margaret and Joe Haile's fine dining establishments, The Blue Anchor and The Holiday House. Later Alice worked as a bartender in other popular landmarks, including Mason's, Canales, The Park Restaurant, Tupper Lake Country Club, Saranac Inn Golf Course and even a stint as a short order cook at Roy's Restaurant.
She loved all people! Loved to tell stories, and jokes, even sang Irish ballads for her customers. Alice had a lovely singing voice and sang often to her children but also was in the local Catholic Church Choir and sang solos for the Christmas and Easter Cantatas.
She was a master at multi-tasking, making the libations and keeping her customers, young and old happy.
Alice was always reading medical journals and certainly would have made an excellent nurse possibly even a doctor, but she took to volunteering for the local rescue squad instead, serving our community for many years. She was one of the members of thefirst class of EMT's.
Alice was also a gifted writer and her children joked she was a frustrated English teacher as she was always correcting their writing. The profession Alice chose was being her children's mother first and foremost. Her children all remember her home-cooked meals, always topped off with a home baked dessert. Her hands were always busy, knitting sweaters for her daughters, baking cakes for friends' parties or funerals. She loved writing beautiful letters to cheer people up. Her children also remember their clothes being hung outside and especially the sheets even in the winter to get that extra fresh clean smell in them. She could take a chicken and get four meals for her family out of it.
Her generosity was abundant. On many occasions she gave people things just because they admired them. When people say "That person would give you the coat right off their backs!
Say her children: “That was our mother. She was our first teacher and taught in a very gentle manner. She taught us many life lessons that have been invaluable, like looking people in the eye when they are speaking to you and how to shake someone's hand. Mom was a hard worker and taught us a good work ethic, it didn't matter if you were digging ditches for a living, you better do a good job. We were told often, lilt doesn't cost anything to give someone a smile, sometimes it is the only kindness they have seen lately. Mom taught us resilience in the day of adversity .... keep on smiling and laughing and keep on living! She certainly taught by her example ... Thanks Mom! (Proverbs 22:6)”
“Her most important legacy however is leaving us all with her love of her Lord Jesus Christ. Our mom was always teaching us about God and His son Jesus Christ and how the Holy Spirit is our Helper and guide. She taught us we could know Him too if we sought Him with our whole heart (Jeremiah 29:13).”
Alice is survived by her children Edward Paul Krehl, Thomas Allen Krehl, Alice Dineen Lemieux and her husband Jim Lemieux, William Ernest Dechene and his wife Rachel (Benware) Dechene, Kathleen Mary Locke and her husband Joel. Her five grandchildren- Michael John Krehl and his wife Renee, Erin Elizabeth Parrott, William Ernest Dechene Jr. and his wife Samantha, Sarah Elizabeth Dechene and her fiance Patrick Barrett, and Denise Michaela and her husband James Taylor.
Alice is also survived by ten great-grandchildren- Ayden, Naomi, Alana, Alexis, Aleah, Elijah, Carter, Isaac, Annabelle, and Owen; two brothers Frank Dineen and his wife Erma, Tom and his wife Vickie.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brother William, five sistersMary, Margaret, Marion, Lillian, Eleanor and her infant son Michael John.
Following cremation a "Celebration of Life" service and interment will take place August 12, 2017. A reminder announcement with the details will appear in the paper.
The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and workers from Hospice who helped provide care for our mother this past year and a half. It was such a blessing for our niece Denise and our mother loved the new friends.
Anyone wishing to remember Alice are asked to make a contribution to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad or High Peaks Hospice.