Obituary of Alice Turner
Alice Marianne Turner, 90, of St Catharines Ontario, passed away on Thursday 12th January 2023 after having had a heart attack on 22nd December 2022.
Alice was born on May 7th, 1932 to Maria and Joe Prohaszka in Niagara Falls Ontario. She considered her home Tortola in the British Virgin Islands where she lived with her husband Jim for nearly 50 years. Alice had a wonderful life in the sun, supporting numerous charities on the island, attending Ladies Club functions, Masonic events, art clubs, yoga classes and arranged afternoon tea with ballroom dances with her friends and other residents of Tortola.
Her only son John lived in England where he served in the British Army for 9 years in the Household Cavalry. Every summer, Alice and Jim would travel to the UK to visit John, his wife Jan and their daughter Alicia and stay in Surrey for about 6 weeks. John and his family loved the meals Alice cooked which were often Hungarian, as Alice’s parents emigrated from Hungary during the Second World War. Alice spoke a smattering of Hungarian and visited Hungary a couple of times to meet up with distant relations.
Alice grew up in Strathroy, Ontario on a tobacco farm and was the youngest of 5 children. Her older brothers all helped on the farm as well as Alice, who was very practical. Sadly, all 4 brothers died before Alice who thankfully had the love and support of a large extended family. On moving to Niagara Falls with her parents and son, Alice worked at Niagara General Hospital for a number of years. She made some wonderful friends who she kept in contact with over the decades and only recently she was eating Chinese food with her GNGH co-workers around the corner from her retirement home, Royal Henley in St Catharines. Alice had many close friends young and old. Wherever she went she would engage in conversation with complete strangers who after an hour would often become good friends. They would often discover they had shared interests such as painting, card making, bridge or horticulture.
Alice met her second husband Jim Turner on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii in 1971. They fell in love but Alice had to be approved of by Jim’s parents so she travelled to Dorking Surrey in the UK to receive their blessing before Jim and Alice married a year later. The couple enjoyed travelling and together they explored the world.
After Jim died in Tortola, Alice was supported by a good friend Roger Harris who lived in Nanny Cay, near to Alice and Jim’s house in Palestina Palms. Fortunately, Roger also liked to travel the world so Alice found herself a travelling companion in her later years. Alicia, Alice’s granddaughter who is now 26, also has inherited a passion for travel having been to several countries around the world. Alice’s nieces Diane, Lorie and Mary are other relatives who jump at any opportunity to board a plane or cruise ship to leave the cold climate of Canada in the winter. The 3 ladies have given up hours of their time to support and care for Alice over the years, for which John is very grateful.
Alice gave a considerable amount of money to charity and to her local church. She was a strong believer in the benefits of a good education and she hopes all her great nieces and nephews will achieve success through hard work and commitment to their studies in the future.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. A celebration of her life will be held at the Chippawa Fire Hall 8696 Banting Ave, Niagara Falls, ON on Sunday, January 15, 2023 from 11:30 a.m until 4:30 p.m with a luncheon to begin at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario (research) and would be greatly appreciated by her family.
In the near future, her family will fly her ashes to the British Virgin Islands, where there will be a religious service at her local church followed by her ashes being buried in Jim’s grave, where at last they can be together.
There are no upcoming public services scheduled or the service has occurred in the past.
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