Alice (Kessler) Mahar

Died: Wed., Jun. 6, 2018

Private Services

Location: Brookside Cemetery

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Alice Louise Mahar, age 69, of Northampton, MA, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 after a courageous three and a half year battle with Multiple Myeloma.


Alice will be forever missed by her husband, constant companion & devoted caretaker of 49 years, Michael Mahar.  Alice was also a loving mother to her three cherished sons, Ryan and wife Abbie, Sean and wife Missy, and Jamie and wife Lauren.  Alice was a proud grandmother to seven grandchildren, Abbey, Ava, Emma, Brendan, Connor, Kelsey, and Kayla.


Alice was the daughter of Frank and Elsie Kessler, and grew up in Easthampton, MA as one of seven Kessler children.  Alice retired in 2009 from a 30 year teaching career, spending the majority of her career teaching 1st and 2nd grades at Jackson Street School where she made many lasting relationships with students and faculty.  Alice spent her time in retirement taking drives in her convertible with her husband, dining out for breakfast, enjoying tea with her former coworkers and friends, cooking new recipes, spoiling her grandchildren, and making 31 trips to Ireland to visit her son, Jamie, and grandchildren.


A private burial will occur at the Brookside Cemetery in Easthampton, MA.  Alice's family appreciates the skillful care she received at the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson, and the tender care she received from the staff at CareOne Northampton.  Donations may be made in Alice's name to the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson (

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Robert Mohr
   Posted Sat June 09, 2018
I'm very sorry to hear about Alice's passing. My condolences and sympathy goes out to all her family.

Marilyn Tracy
   Posted Sat June 09, 2018
So sorry about Alice. I'm fortunate to have known her.

Patti Provoncha
   Posted Sat June 09, 2018
Condolences to family & friends of Alice. Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers. Rest in eternal peace Alice.

Beth Kessler Gates
   Posted Sun June 10, 2018
My deepest condolences to Alice's family and friends!

Jon and Deb Dietrich
   Posted Mon June 11, 2018
Dear Mike, We are so sorry to learn of Alice's passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your entire family. Alice was a wonderful person and we were all lucky to have known her. Our deepest sympathy, Deb and Jon

Donald Mathison
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
When I was a teacher at Jackson Street Alice was in the next classroom and she was one of my dearest friends. I learned a lot from her. She will be missed by all who knew her. My deepest sympathy to all the family.

Joan E. McAuley Dill
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
My deepest sympathy to your whole family. Growing up with Alice from Kindergarten through High School, we had lots of fun with all our friends and Alice was the best friend anyone could have. I know she will be dearly missed. Words are not enough to express the grief, but Alice and her whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Joanie McAuley Dill

Patricia LeClair Lownds
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
I'm so sorry to learn of Alice's passing. My deepest sympathy to Mike, their sons and beautiful grandchildren.

Dorian Owens
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
On behalf of the East Granby Tax office we send our condolences to the entire Maher family. May each one of your find comfort in your memories of the beloved Alice.

Keith Loveland
   Posted Thu June 14, 2018

DIGNITY IN WHITE PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Kevin, Scott, Steve and Keith .

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with your family, hoping that it helps provide comfort.

Cheryle Lavelle Campbell
   Posted Fri June 15, 2018
Dear Mike,
Alice "with the dynamite smile" was always so much fun! Hopefully your lifetime of memories of Alice will bring you and Ryan,Sean and Jamie some comfort during this difficult time. So deeply sorry for your loss, Cheryle Lavelle Campbell

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