Alice D. Lane, a longtime resident of Pleasantville and a contributor to its social and political life for over 60 years, died peacefully September 3 at the home of her daughter in Chestnut Ridge, NY. She was 93.
Born Alice Margaret Donohue in Valhalla, NY, she lived there until her marriage in 1947 to Benjamin F. Lane, Jr.
Prior to her 60 year marriage, she worked primarily as an executive secretary at Walsh Construction, an international builder in New York City. Together, she and her husband were integrally involved in village life, especially those areas involving education and childhood activities.
She was actively involved in her husband’s successful candidacy for the Pleasantville School Board, the last year of which he served as president.
An avid student of local and early American history, she conceived of the Pleasantville Bicentennial Bandstand as a way to commemorate the nation’s 200th birthday, and organized the local committee that managed it to completion entirely through the profits of fundraisers.
She is survived by her sons, Ben (III) and William, daughter Joan Sandstrom and son-in-law Robert Sandstrom and two grandchildren, Michael Lane Sandstrom and Alice Cathryn Sandstrom.
Services include viewings at the
Beecher Flooks Funeral Home in Pleasantville Thursday and Friday evenings from
6-8 and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am Saturday at Holy Innocents Church,
with interment at All Souls Cemetery.