Alice Skwarok, age 91, passed away on November 27, 2015, at Heritage Monona Memory Care in Monona, Wisconsin from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. Alice, or Anne as her friends called her, was born April 19, 1924 in Doncaster, England. Anne was the first child of Walter and Alice Hart and spent most of her youth in and around Aylesham, in the Kent countryside.
After graduating from primary school, Alice worked as an assistant in a kennel (she always loved dogs) before she was old enough to begin training as a nurse. She did pre-nursing work at the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital in Margate, caring for tuberculosis patients. Alice received her formal nurse training at the Waldershare Park Hospital in Kent. There, she attended to soldiers wounded in WWII.
Alice married Walter Skwarok May 24, 1945, in Kent, England and shortly thereafter settled in Winnipeg, Canada while Walter attended medical school at the University of Manitoba. In 1959, Alice and Walter settled in Hebron, ND and lived there until the early 1990s. Alice was a member of many social organizations in Hebron. She enjoyed playing bridge and having coffee with "the girls." Alice loved reading, often being scolded as a young girl for always having her nose in a book. She shared that love of books and reading with Hebron by spearheading efforts to build a public library, which today occupies the space that was once Dr. Skwarok's clinic.
Alice leaves behind four children; Karin Klose, Jamestown, ND; Larry Skwarok, Dickinson, ND; Stephen (Kelly) Skwarok (Debbie), Bismarck, ND; and Michael Skwarok, Madison, WI; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, Leonard Hart (Ada), Dover, England; niece Beverly (Allan) McNeil and nephews Phillip (Jenny) Hart, Paul Hart, and Christopher (Angela) Hart; and numerous other relatives in England and Canada. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, and son Anthony.
No service is planned. Remembrances may be made to the Hebron Public Library or to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Special thanks to staff and friends at Heritage Monona for taking exceptional care of Alice while she was a resident in the senior apartment, assisted living, and memory care facilities. Also to the nurses, staff, and volunteers with Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care of Madison who treated her with the utmost respect and kindness in her final days.