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Alice Tolles, 97, was lifetime member of KAA

Published 10:07 am, Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Alice Lamphier Tolles, 97, died Jan. 14, 2013, at her home in Middlebury. She was the widow of Russell F. Tolles Sr. to whom she was married for 58 years.

She was born Sept. 26, 1915, in Watertown, the daughter of former State Senator Eugene Lamphier and Ada Skilton Lamphier.

In 1946, Mrs. Tolles and her husband moved to Middlebury, where they raised their family and were active members of the Middlebury Congregational Church.

Her love of flowers and design were evident in her floral arrangements she did weekly for the church services. She was also active in the Middlebury Garden Club, where she was a founding member.

Mrs. Tolles graduated from St. Margaret's School in Waterbury and the New York School of Applied Design for Women in New York City. Upon graduating, she was head designer at the Princeton Knitting Mills in Watertown.

She studied landscapes, watercolors, portraiture and Russian religious icons with many local and national artists. Her artwork was featured in many one-woman art shows and was selected to participate in several juried shows. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the country.

Mrs. Tolles was a lifetime member of the Kent Art Association, where she participated in juried shows since 1972 and received numerous awards.

Mrs. Tolles is survived by her children, Russell Jr., and his wife, Sandra, of Southbury, Deborah Femiak, of Watertown, Elizabeth Mannella, and her husband, Ralph, of Middlebury, and Richard Tolles, and his wife, Josee, of Plymouth, Mass.; eight grandchildren, Kristin, and her husband, Michael Battistoni, Russell E. Tolles, and his wife, Erin, Alex Femiak, and his partner, Beth Denison, Katie Femiak, and her partner, Shane York, Heather, and her husband, David Nuzzo, Dak Mannella, and his wife, Sarah, Allyson Tolles, and Shannon Tolles; five stepgrandchildren, Meghan McIntyre and Kailyn, Ryan, Jaimee and Dylan Bulter; two great-grandchildren, twins Alexander and Brigitte Battistoni; a brother, Avery Lamphier, the former Watertown fire chief, and his wife, Jane, and their children, Craig Lamphier, and his wife, Susan, Leslie McKeon, and her husband, Barry, and Lisa Carew, and her husband, Don, and their seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at the Middlebury Congregational Church. A reception will follow.

The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere is in charge of arrangements.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VNA Healthcare Fund, 103 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105.