Alice J Kushner, 92, of Cairo, NE, formerly of Port Vue, PA and Canton Ohio, passed away June 11, 2022 at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island, NE.
Alice was born March 7, 1930 in McKeesport, PA to Steve and Mary (Tomko) Banick. She grew up in McKeesport and graduated from McKeesport High School in 1948.
She was united in marriage to Robert J. Kushner on September 10, 1949. Afterwhich the couple lived in McKeesport then moved to Port Vue from 1953 to 2000. The marriage was blessed with 3 children Victoria (Vicky), Kenneth (Ken) and Robert (Rob).
Alice worked for US Steel in McKeesport from 1948 to 1953 until she had her first child, Vicky. She was then a stay at home wife and mother. She was always there for her children and provided a great home for her family. Ken and Rob remember Alice being a Cub Scout den mother and remember the crafts and projects they did. She helped Vicky with her Girl Scout badges too. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Vue, PA, where her children attended school.
Her family was everything to her and they were very close. Her parents, 2 sisters, nieces and nephews and her mother and father- in law all lived close by. There were many family gatherings, get togethers, holidays and great memories. Her parents, a brother and 2 sisters were born in Czechoslovakia. Alice and 1 sister were born in McKeesport. Her brother died in Czechoslovakia during the time of the Spanish Flu in 1918. Slovak was spoken at her home until she went to school.
Robert and Alice also had many friends who loved to dance. They would go dancing, first at local friend’s houses where they had dance parties in the 1960’s, then at the Palisades in McKeesport until Robert’s passing in 2000. Robert retired from US Steel in McKeesport at the age of 58 and they enjoyed retirement. Their children lived in Ohio, Massachusetts and Nebraska and they loved to travel to spend time with their children and grandchildren. Alice and Robert spent 4 months in Dallas, TX in 1987 to help their daughter and grandson Eric while Vicky went to Nurse Practitioner school.
After her husband passed in 2000, Alice moved to Cairo, NE to be with her daughter. She lived there for 5 years, and was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church. She traveled and spent a lot of time with her sons and their families in Ohio and Massachusetts or Maine. Alice and Vicky loved to go shopping, to bingo and to the movies as well as travel.
Then she moved to Canton Ohio to be closer to her son Ken and his family. She lived there for 12 years at Carriage Hills Apartments and made many friends. They enjoyed playing cards and bingo at the club house and at their apartments.
She was a member of St Michael’s Catholic Church and Sociable Seniors. She continued to travel to visit family and friends.
Then in 2018, due to health issues, she moved back to Cairo, NE to be near to her daughter at this time in her life. Alice and her family went to Maine in Oct 2018 to visit her son Rob and wife Marie and had a beautiful trip. In March of 2020, the family had a 90th birthday party celebration in Cairo NE. Her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren traveled from many parts of the country to help her celebrate.
Alice is survived by daughter Vicky (Robert) Stutzman of Cairo, NE; Ken (Charlene) Kushner of Massillon, Ohio; Rob (Marie) Kushner of Naples, Maine/Kitty Hawk, NC.
Grandsons Clint (Lori) Kushner of North Canton, Ohio; Eric Stutzman of Lincoln, NE and Patrick Stutzman of Grand Island NE; Granddaughter Julie Stutzman (Lee) Faulkner of Marion AR.
Great-granddaughters Samantha Kushner of North Canton, Ohio and Tori Faulkner of Marion, Arkansas; and a niece in Pittsburgh, PA - Leann (Len) Petty.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband Robert Kushner, her parents and siblings (3 sisters and a brother), several nieces and nephews.
Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in Grand Island, NE is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences can be left at www.livson.com
Alice was cremated and a graveside service will be held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in North Versailles, PA at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Resurrection Catholic Church, 4100 Cannon Rd, Grand Island, NE 68803; St Michaels Catholic Church 3430 St Michaels Blvd NW, Canton, Ohio, 44718; or to the family.
Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home
601 N. Webb Rd
Grand Island, Nebraska 68803
Originally published June 22, 2022.