MAKANDA — Alyce Ward, 55, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, surrounded by her family at home
She was born Oct. 10, 1959, in Long Island, New York, to Charles and Rose (Leone) Ward.
She founded TESSI in 2005 where she taught piano and pre-kindergarten music classes. Before TESSI she got her masters at Southern Illinois University where she went on to co-found The Suzuki Music program.
Alyce is survived by her partner of 20 years, David Stoecker; loving son, Anthony Ward Stoecker; brothers, Richard (Peggy) Ward, Charles (Jacqueline) Ward; sisters, Marilyn (Larry) DiPaolo, Rosemary Ward Rowan, Mary (Wayne) Meland; and 17 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Rose Ward; and nephew, Timothy Ward Rowan.
Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.
Celebration of life is at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 19, in First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Anthony Ward Stoecker, in care of First Midwest Bank, 11210 W. Lincoln Highway, Mokena, IL 60448.