Alice Messinger Lowenthal died peacefully on Monday July 11, 2022 at Maplewood Park Place, surrounded by family, longtime care- giver Noellie Rosario, and the very helpful staff at Maplewood.
Alice was born December 19, 1926, raised in Belle Harbor, Queens, NY, daughter of Peter and Helen Messinger. She graduated from Far Rockaway High and Vassar College, the first woman to graduate from college in her family.
Happily married to William Lowenthal, a US State Department economist, for 60 years. Alice and Bill worked together in Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Paris, France. She learned to speak Spanish and French fluently. As a diplomat’s spouse she excelled at embracing the cultures in which lived. Together they enjoyed many travel adventures.
Alice was active in various organizations: Misiones Rurales in Argentina that sup- ports rural education, The Association of American Foreign Service Wives, where she advocated for recognition of the roles women play in the US Foreign Service, as well as the University Women’s Club. In the US she resided in Lake Barcroft, VA. She and her husband, Bill, were active supporters of The Lake Barcroft Association. She was an avid conversationalist, reader, gardener, and cook. Alice adored being a grandmother.
Alice is survived by her four children, Sidney Maas, (Frank), Peter Lowenthal, (Lucy), Harry Lowenthal, (Karen), Jane Rothschild, (Daniel); seven grandchildren; Edward, (Jenn) and Ar- thur Maas, (Jenna) Max and Rachel Lowen- thal, Samuel, (Amber) and Claire, (Noah) Lowenthal, and Leah Rothschild Corona, (Chris). Two great grandchildren; Aliza Maas and Willa Corona.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
Funeral services will be private.
Arrangements entrusted to Thibadeau Mortuary Service, P.A., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-495-4950, www.interfaithfunerals.com
You can shed tears that I am gone,
Or you can smile because I have lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that I will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all I have left.
Your heart can be empty because you cannot see me,
Or you can be full of the love we shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember me and only that I’m gone,
Or you can cherish my memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
Be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what I want,
Smile open your eyes, love, and go on.