Alice Johannsen, 86, formerly of Southold, N.Y., passed away suddenly at her home in Hendersonville, N.C. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Alice was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 31 years, Carsten Johanssen, as well as her only son, John Albertson.
Alice was born in Floral Park, N.Y. Sept. 22, 1931, to the late Lucy and James Wheeler and spent most of her life in Southold. After raising two children, she earned her bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in nursing from Stony Brook University. Alice was passionate about the hospice movement and she was instrumental in the founding of the East End Hospice. Her efforts in that area continued after she moved to North Carolina, where she also worked with victims of domestic violence.
In addition to her nursing career, Alice was a gifted and prolific artist, her talent having been discovered when she was a child. Her beautiful watercolors have won numerous awards and many are currently on display in North Carolina.
Although her talents and accomplishments are noteworthy, Alice Johannsen was perhaps best known by those who knew and loved her as an extraordinary human being. Throughout her life, she had been a model of integrity, compassion and unselfishness. Her acts of kindness are innumerable. She has truly left this world a much better place.
She is survived by her daughter, Jane Albertson-Kelly and her husband, Robert Kelly, as well as three stepchildren: Michael Johannsen, Mark Johannsen and his wife, Suzanne, and Kristin Grantz and her husband, Sherman. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Andrew Larsen and his wife, Julie, Jennifer Cunningham and her husband, Ben, Katherine Johnson and her husband, Matthew, Jill Cohen and her husband, Josh, John Albertson Jr., Marc Johannsen, Chris Johannsen and his wife, Kelly, Carsten Johannsen and his wife, Sue, Kirstin Jeffries and her husband, Alec, Jeff Grantz, Dori Schmidt and her husband, Blaine; as well as 11 great-grandchildren: Joseph, Alice, Lily, Emery, Davis, Callan, Zeppelin, Preston, Aidan, Carsten and Jolene. In addition, she is also survived by Jack Larsen and Carol Albertson, her niece, Barbara Mackinaw, as well as her former husband, Albert Albertson, who were all very special people in her life.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hendersonville, N.C., The Rev. Michael Cleland officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in Alice’s memory to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978-7048 or to your local animal shelter.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting thosshepherd.com.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.
This is a paid notice.