Alyce Marie VanArsdale, age 89, of Hamden, passed away on March 24, 2014 in St. Raphael Hospital. Alyce was the widow of John VanArsdale, Sr. Born in New Haven on December 13, 1924 she was a daughter of the late James & Ella Beauton O'Neil. She is survived by her daughters, Ellen Peters & her husband Conrad of Hampton, Pamela Whelan & her husband Jack of Hamden and Nancy Kuchar & her husband Edward of West Granby; her son Jack VanArsdale & his wife Susan of Oxford; grandchildren, Tony & Daniel Peters, Colby , Pat & Sean Whelan, EJ, Alicia & Jonathan Kuchar and Jack & Michael VanArsdale and 3 great grandchildren. Alyce was predeceased by her grandson Ryan Whelan; her sisters Helen & Florence O'Neil and her brothers Walter, Thomas, Robert, Raymond Edward & George O'Neil. Alyce retired from the Adminission Department at Albertus Magnus College. She was the longest member at the Paradise Country Club in Hamden. Friends may attend her funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Friday at 9:15 AM followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Rita Church, Whitney Ave., Hamden. Friends may also visit at the funeral home on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Entombment will take place in All Saint's Mausoleum in North Haven. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Ryan Whelan Scholarship Fund, Rumsey Hall School, 201 Romford Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.

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  1. Dear Pam and family, I met your Mom about 12 years ago at the aerobics class at Thornton Wilder. She was a lively presence in the class. Over the years I would see her at mass at St. Rita’s, looking lovelier even as she grew older. What a wonderful woman! Thinking of you in sympathy for your loss and praying that her spirit rejoices as she joins her beloved grandson Ryan. Rita Landino

  2. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. I will try to get down to Hamden to see you and your family but if I can’t please know that I am thinking of you. Such a beautiful woman. Sam

  3. Rest in peace Mrs. VanArsdale! Thanks so much for your 4 years of love and care @ Albertus Magnus College. May the good Lord favor you in heaven-Amen. May He continue to bless and watch over your family on earth-Amen. I’ll remember your beautiful nature, and wonderful broad, infectious smiles the rest of my life. Good bye beautiful Mrs. V.

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