Alice Slavin Krafft, 93: Mother, Science Teacher, Volunteer

ALice Krafft with her two of her 13 beloved grandchildren. (Photo by Louise Krafft)

Alice Slavin Krafft died February 23, 2018 at her home in Alexandria, three days shy of her 94th birthday.  Alice was a native of Hyannis, Mass., on Cape Cod. She came from a long line of Cape Codders, the first child of Richard Franklin Slavin of Chatham and Amy Childs Slavin of Centerville.

Alice and Joe Krafft were a true husband-wife team for 69 years. (Photo by Lousie Krafft)

Alice married Joseph M. Krafft of Alexandria in 1948 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Hyannis, and they were married for 69 years, until his death in April 2017. Alice is preceded in death by brothers Daniel, Richard, Gerald and Paul Slavin and sister Claire Suddy Gagnon, and she is survived by sister Anne Kelly of Pembroke, Mass., and sister-in-law Margy Slavin of Glendale, Calif.

Also surviving are her eight children, Kathy K. (John) Long of Houston; Fred (Martha); Louise and Amy Krafft of Alexandria; Henry of Sterling, Va.; Matthew (Jean) of Bethesda, Md.; Charles (Cairn) of Owings, Md.; and Rebecca (Jamie Bartalon) Krafft of Arlington, Va.; and 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Alice’s paternal grandparents came to the United States during Ireland’s Great Potato Famine, but on her mother’s side she was a direct descendant of Thomas and Joseph Rogers, who sailed on the Mayflower and signed the Mayflower Compact.

As a girl, Alice played field hockey, basketball, golf and tennis, and she attended USO dances in Hyannis with her sister Claire. Her competitive spirit lasted her whole life, and she was seen most recently at a closely contested croquet match during a family Thanksgiving.

She graduated first in the Barnstable High School class of 1941 and was a member of the Massachusetts State Championship debating team.  She was awarded scholarships by the Cape Cod Association and the Diocese of Fall River, Mass. She graduated from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pa., did research at the famed Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and received a master of science in bacteriology from Brown University.

After completing her education, Alice moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  After leaving the FDA and getting her eight children started in school, Alice re-entered the work force as a middle school science teacher. She taught for over 25 years, first at Blessed Sacrament and St. Rita’s schools in Alexandria, and later at Williamsburg, Swanson and Thomas Jefferson middle schools in Arlington.  She was a leader in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and girls’ basketball.

Alice sailing on the river. (Family photo)

She raced sailboats with her husband and accompanied him when they showed their Model A Fords at antique car events around the country.  Alice and Joe were founding members of ALexandrians InvolVed Ecumenically (ALIVE!) and she was their Saturday furniture donation coordinator for more than 30 years.  Alice was the first to know when the economy was failing because the requests for food from needy families would increase.

A viewing will be held on Friday, March 9 from 6 – 8pm at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 West Braddock Road in Alexandria. A funeral mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church on Saturday, March 10 at 10 am.

Donations in Alice’s memory may be made to ALIVE,, or to Capital Caring,

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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