Alice L. Hauss
Virginia Beach, VA – Alice Lake Hauss, 94, passed August 14, 2012. She is survived by seven children: Edward Hauss, Robert Hauss, Elizabeth Halstead, Ramona Gilder, Mimi Hauss, Anita Connors and John Hauss, and is pre-deceased by daughters Michelle Hauss, Suzanne Sloane, and grandson Patrick Connors. Alice also had 16 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Alice was the daughter of the late noted Veterinarian Dr. Bernard and Mrs. Olive Lake, and the sister to Robert Lake, noted hydraulics engineer.
Born in Teutopolis, IL, Alice then moved to Rockford, IL where she studied and received a Teacher’s Certificate for Piano at Bodford’s School of Music. She also studied voice. As a lyric soprano, she performed on radio and local stage productions. She was class president in Muldoon High School for Girls. Then she attended business college to learn secretarial skills.
In 1943 she joined the Navy as a WAVE, working for the head of Navy Relief in Bainbridge, MD. Alice continued her musical career in the Navy. When singing “Mozart’s Alleluia” to 10, 000 Navy personnel, she was called “the Nightingale of Bainbridge”. That is where Chief Edward Hauss met and married her!
After their stint in the Navy, they moved to Pearl River, NY and raised nine children. Alice continued with her music, directing church choirs as well as solo work. Alice sang “Amahl & the Night Visitors” with son Robert when she was asked to be Mother Abbess in the Broadway version of “Sound of Music”, but was unwilling to leave her family.
In 1961 the family moved to Florida where Alice lived for 42 years. Her husband died in 1989 and she moved to Virginia Beach in 2003 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Liz and Troy.
Due to a couple falls injuring her extremities, Alice was moved to SNC Windermere, was voted “president of the residents” and initiated a weekly bible study after years of being Eucharistic Minister in FL. Alice’s family credits her long and happy final years to the compassionate and competent care provided by her loving daughter Liz Halstead and the staff of Windermere. Special thanks to SVBGH ICU unit for their care!
The family will receive friends at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1801 Baltic Ave., on Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00pm. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday at 11:00am at Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Internment will take place in FL. In lieu of flowers, send donations to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at altmeyer.com.