Obituary: Alice O’Hala, 85

Alice O’Hala, 85, died on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016.

Alice O’Hala, 85, died on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016.

Alice (Barbier) O’Hala, 85, of Southington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Chet O’Hala. Born in Southington on September 26, 1930 to the late Joseph and Thecla (Reeve) Barbier, she had been a lifelong Southington resident.

Alice attended Lincoln Lewis High School and was very involved in the planning of their class reunions. She worked at Southington Savings Bank for many years, assisting customers and making lifelong friends. She was a member of the Polish Falcons and played in the Lady Falcons Golf League for many years. Alice enjoyed quilting and her family members all have the treasured items she made with love. She enjoyed watching UConn basketball and spending time with her family and friends. She adored her grandchildren and spent time on the sidelines watching their sporting events and supported all of their activities. Alice was also involved in the St. Thomas Ladies Guild and Mother’s Circle.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Glen and Deb O’Hala, Marcia and Bob Riccio, Tom and Carol O’Hala, Sue and Larry Butler and Patty and John Crowley. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren: Chris O’Hala and his wife Kaitlyn; Ryan O’Hala and his fiancée Emily Meskill; Aaron O’Hala; Tim and Matt Riccio; Phoebe, Cam and Ian O’Hala; Keegan and Maddie Butler and Jamie and Jordan Crowley. Alice was also blessed with 2 great-grandsons, Ryan Jr. and Grant O’Hala.  She is also survived by her sister Ruth Johnson, sister-in-law Margaret Crombie and her husband Dr. David Crombie; brothers-in-law, Joseph O’Hala and Richard O’Hala and sister-in-law, Lois O’Hala, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister Doris Nagle and her husband Paul, her brother Bob Barbier and sister-in-law, Doris Decker, her brother-in-law Ted Johnson and her sister-in-law Millie O’Hala.

Donations in Alice’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St., Southington. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, Southington. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. For online condolences and directions, please visit

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