Alicerae Hanley, active volunteer, dies at 97

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Alicerae Hanley, a former resident who pursued an active retirement that included golf, bridge and volunteerism, died in Sacramento on Feb. 4, a day before her 98th birthday. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, the church on Cantova Way that she helped found.

Ms. Hanley retired to Rancho Murieta in 1987 with her longtime companion, the late Gaby Martel. Both were active in the community and developed a wide circle of friends.

For Ms. Hanley’s 90th birthday, more than 160 people filled the social hall at St. Vincent’s --  friends from golf, bridge, her book club, the Women's Club, Wellspring Women's Center, the Red Cross, and the church, neighbors and family members. There were songs and a lot of laughter.

A family tribute honors Ms. Hanley for her life of service, love and passion for living, calling her an inspiration to all who loved and knew her. “She was such a fun-loving person,” said Bobbi Belton, a bridge-playing friend.

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Alicerae Hanley's 90th birthday drew 160 of her closest friends.

Alicerae Hanley was born Feb. 5, 1919 in South San Francisco to Ray and Irene Hanley.  She was one of three sisters, between the oldest, Helen, and the youngest, Cassie.  She was raised in Modesto and Sacramento, where she attended Sacramento High School and Sacramento City Junior College.  She attended San Francisco College for Women at Lone Mountain for her bachelor’s degree, and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she earned a master’s degree in social work.

During World War II, she volunteered for the Red Cross in England, where she counseled servicemen on leave for respite from the fighting.  She was a member of the Women’s Overseas Service League, a national organization of women who have served overseas in or with the armed forces.

In the 30 years she worked with the Sacramento County Welfare Department, Ms. Hanley was a social worker, supervisor and bureau chief. She focused on improving the lives of children in the Sacramento community through the departments of adoptions, protective services and foster home licensing.  She retired from Sacramento County Children’s Services in 1979.

In retirement,  Ms. Hanley was captain of the Rancho Murieta Niners golf club. She was also a member of a book club, the Rancho Murieta Women’s Club and a bridge-playing group.

Along with Gaby Martel, she was involved with Wellspring Women’s Center in Sacramento, and served on the board of directors with her friend Pat Shields, working with Sister Claire Graham.

Age didn’t keep Ms. Hanley and Ms. Martel from pursuing life as an adventure. They enjoyed traveling and embarked on a cross-country trip when they were in their 80s.

Ms. Hanley is survived by her sister Katherine (Cassie) Hanley Bacher; nephews Angus Morrison, Rory Morrison, Daniel Bacher and Timothy Bacher; nieces Mirra Morrison, Terry Durning and Kathleen Bacher Bergman; grand-nephew Scott Morrison; and grand-nieces Alex Morrison and Bridgette Bergman.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ms. Hanley’s  honor to Wellspring at wellspringwomen.org/donations.