Alice B. Grimes – Cumberland

Alice B. Grimes – Cumberland

Alice B. (Szpila) Grimes, RN, 94, died peacefully at her home Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. Grimes Sr. They met at the former Szpila’s Grove in Cumberland and were married in St. Patrick’s Church, Cumberland, shortly after Frank’s return from Europe after WWII. They had been married for 47 years. Frank passed away Oct. 9, 1993.

Born in the Valley Falls section of Cumberland, Alice was a daughter of the late Michael J. and Katarzyna (Hus) Szpila. She was a life-long resident of Cumberland. Mrs. Grimes was a graduate of the Old Cumberland High School class of 1940 and a 1943 graduate of the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was very fond of her family, knitting and was a former Girl Scout leader.

Before retiring, she was employed as an operating room nurse at the Miriam Hospital in Providence for many years. She was a member of St. Aidan’s Seniors of Cumberland. She was also a member of the Memorial Nurses Association and the Rhode Island Nurses Association.

Mrs. Grimes is survived by her loving children, Francis J. Grimes Jr. and his wife, Virginia, of Milton, Mass., Barbara A. Grimes, Alice M. Hastings and Donna M. Marszalkowski and her husband, James, all of Cumberland. She also leaves eight grandchildren, Brandon Grimes, Christi Wojcik, Melani Santos, Angi Hastings, Karli Mordue, Randi Hastings, Alyson and Alex Marszalkowski; nine great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Agnes Dube, Josephine Fournier, Mary Shepard and Stanley, Michael, Matthew, Edward, John, Benjamin, and Stephen Szpila.

Her funeral will be held Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, from the Karol A. Romenski & Sons Funeral Home, 342 High St., Central Falls, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Aidan’s Church, 1962 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, at 10 a.m. Calling hours are Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland.