Alice Peck, 103, of Peck’s Lake, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. She was born March 11, 1916, in Gloversville, the daughter of Carl and Alice Treher Wendell. She was married to Albert T. Peck on June 22, 1935. He passed away on December 26, 1990.
She was a graduate of Gloversville High School and the Gloversville Business School. She worked at the Chamber of Commerce for a short time before her marriage, then devoted her time to her family and assisting her husband in the operation of the Peck’s Lake resort.
A self-taught artist, painting in oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic, she exhibited in the Congregational Church Art Show from the late 1950s until the 2010s. She collected antiques and exhibited at shows for many years. She belonged to the Upstate New York Postcard Club and was a member and officer of the Tryon Doll Club. Over the decades she organized numerous antique, postcard and doll shows. She also used her artistic talents as an accomplished doll restorer and collector.
In 1995, she was instrumental in the organization of the Peck’s Park Historical Society and Museum and worked tirelessly for several years to restore the Red Schoolhouse Museum, both at fundraising and manual labor.
She was a member of the former First United Methodist Church of Gloversville, its Board of Trustees, Administrative Board, United Methodist Women, and was Superintendent of the children’s department of the Sunday School. As a renowned self-taught cook, she organized and put on many church dinners and events.
In 1932, she earned a Senior Lifesaving Certificate and as a teenager was a volunteer swimming instructor at the YMCA and Jewish Community Center, and also the city Littauer swimming pool. She continued swimming and water exercises until the age of 100.
Survivors are her sons, John W. Peck (Carolyn) and Albert T. Peck III (Patricia), both of Peck’s Lake; grandchildren, James A. Peck of Los Angeles, California, Jane E. Peck of Paris, France, John D. Peck of Seattle, Washington, Jonnie Lynn Perry and Tammy Lee Warner (Richard) of Peck’s Lake; great-grandsons, Clarence Chamberlain III (Ashley), and Jason Warner of Mayfield. She was predeceased by great-grandson, Clarence Albert Chamberlain.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to Alice’s home caregivers, Indie Williams, Melissa Ten Eyck, and Tammy Hill, who treated Mom with great compassion and respect, and are considered members of the family. Special thanks also go out to all the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Nathan Littauer Hospital Emergency Department and Third Floor Unit for their loving and tender care during the last week of Alice’s life.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville. The funeral will be conducted at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Monday, December 2, with burial to follow at the Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Peck’s Park Historical Society and Schoolhouse Museum at 124 Peck’s Lake Road, Gloversville, NY.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.