We are saddened to announce the passing of Alice M. (Kruis) Light, predeceased by her husband Thomas, only two short months ago. Alice was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1953. She moved to Highlands, NJ as a teenager where she fell in love and married Tom in 1970. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Alice and Tom moved to Southington, CT where they raised their children to value family and friends. She was most proud of being a “Nannie” and shared her love of art, cooking, the beach and Star Wars with her cherished grandchildren, Allie and Cam.
Alice was most at home in the kitchen, cooking and perfecting her recipes for her children, grandchildren and friends. Nothing satisfied her more than hosting large gatherings, whether Thanksgiving or Sunday dinners. If Thomas was “Santa,” Alice was “Mrs. Claus” making sure Santa’s suit was perfect, from his beard to his boots. Her love of baking ensured that their home always smelled of cookies during this special time of year.
Alice was a member and former President of the Southington Arts and Craft Association where she and Tom co-chaired the Apple Harvest Arts and Craft weekend, Festival of Trees & Juried Art Show. Alice spent much time sharing her love of crafts and various art mediums with others in town including time spent with students at ALTA.
Her 8-year battle with cancer was an inspiration and her loss will be felt by many people. We find peace knowing that she is with her husband Tom this holiday season. Alice is survived by her loving children, Thomas E. Light, Jr. of Cheshire and daughter, Tracie Stanton and her husband Sean of Southington and 2 grandchildren, Allison Mae and Cameron Stanton. She is also survived by her brother, James Kruis and his wife, Michelle of CA, her sister Christine Uli of CA, her special sisters-in-law, Nina Flannery of Highlands, NJ and Barbara Wirth and her husband Albert of Big Pine Key, FL and several special nieces/friends, whom she loved like daughters, nephews, friends and a large extended family.
Alice was predeceased by her parents, Esther and Hendrick Kruis and her in-laws, Anna and Jim Bovie. Additionally, she was predeceased by her brother, Horace Kruis and sisters, Grace Schultz and Katrina Sandusky.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Alice’s memory may be made to Bread for Life, 31 Vermont Ave, Southington, CT 06489.