Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00
Last Sunday, Jan. 17 marked the passing of a true Roslyn patriot. Alice F. Maloney, who celebrated her centennial last year, died at her home in Roslyn Heights.
As readers of The Roslyn News may recall, Alice’s 100th birthday was marked by a party last Aug. 22 at Garden Cleaners, which was also celebrating its own 50th anniversary.
Alice used the occasion to reminisce about her life in Roslyn, and to reveal some secrets on living such a long and productive life.
But Alice didn’t tell everything about her life. Her passing revealed other aspects of her time in Roslyn. In addition to raising three children here, Alice volunteered for over 35 years at St. Francis Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, William T. Maloney, himself a prominent member of the community. William was a longtime employee with Western Electric. He was also a former trustee and attorney for the Village of Roslyn Estates.
Alice is survived by her three children: William P. Maloney of Jackson Hole, WY; Sister M. Ancilla Maloney, IHM of New York City; and Eugene F. Maloney of Pittsburgh, PA. The fact that one of her children was a nun certainly contributed to Alice’s cheerful nature. At her birthday celebration, Alice claimed that one secret to her long life was her devotion to her Catholic faith and the power of prayer. Her other children also had distinguished careers, especially in service to their country. William served in the Naval Reserves, while Eugene was a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War.
Other survivors include four grandchildren: Michael Maloney of London, England; Brigid of Pittsburgh, PA; Ryan Maloney of Plainview; and Colleen Maloney Grady of Jackson Hole, WY.
At her centennial celebrations, Alice sang the praises of life in Roslyn and the advantages it held for family life.
A native of Flatbush, Brooklyn, Alice moved to Great Neck when her youngest child was two years old. In 1947, she moved down the road to Roslyn and stayed there since.
Alice gave two reasons for the move. “It was a nice countrified area; [plus] I wanted my children to go to school at St. Mary’s,” the Catholic school in Roslyn Harbor.
Asked what she liked most about Roslyn as a community, Alice answered: “The atmosphere; it’s very countrified. When I first moved here, the people were not wealthy, but [they] lived very comfortable lives. I loved it. I had a lovely home in Great Neck, but it doesn’t compare to here. It’s very homey, and I like the people. I loved the pond where I ice-skated. I skated there until I was 75 years old.”
Alice’s birthday was marked not only by friends and neighbors, but also by citations by Nassau County Legislature Wayne Wink, Gov. David Paterson and then-County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi.
Visitation was held last Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Roslyn Heights Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Roslyn Harbor. Interment was at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury.
Donations in Alice’s name may be made to the Sisters of IHM 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.