Alice Joan Cicenia, 78, of Summerville, wife of Dr. Erbert Frank Cicenia, died Sunday at her residence.
Memorial service will be held 7 o'clock, Wednesday, July 18, 2001, in James A. Dyal Funeral Home Chapel,Summerville.
Burial will be privatein Beaufort National Cemetery.Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 o'clock until service time on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Democratic Party 1517 Blanding St.,Columbia, S.C.29201. Timrod Library of Summerville, 217 Central Ave., Summerville, S.C. 29483, or Flowertown Players, 133 S. Main St., Summerville, S.C. 29483.
Born on June 6, 1923, in Staten Island, N.Y., a daughter of the late Al Delaneyand Anna O'Mara Delaney.
She was a graduate of Richmond High School in New York. She received a Registered Nursing degree from Wagner College in New York. She was a Cadet Nurse during World War II.
She formed the Volunteer Service Unit of the Coastal Center and remained active on theBoard of Directors until death.
She was Past Board member of Flowertown Players and Past County Chairman of Dorchester County Democratic Party and also active volunteer at Timrod Library.
She was a leader in the state and local Democratic Party over a period of more than three decades, including the difficult years of South Carolina's transition from a
one-party to a two-party state. Her courageous leadership helped pave the way for the integration of the South Carolina Democratic Party in the 1970's.
She was instrumental in organizing the South Carolina Democratic Party's Women's Council in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The work of Alice Cicenia and the Women's Council, at the time when women in politics were often regulated to making coffee and doing clerical work, led to changes in both rules and attitudes within the Democratic Party. Today's Democratic Party, with it's equal treatment of women and minorities, is a tribute to Alice Cicenia's efforts.
She was Vice Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party from 1972 until 1976 and served as chair of the Dorchester County Democratic from 1988-1991 and her involvement in the county party continued until her death. She worked tirelessly in dozens of campaigns over the years and few democratic candidates were elected in Dorchester County or statewide without her advice and assistance.
Surviving are her husband, Dr. Erbert Frank Cicenia of Summerville; one sister, Dorothy Graydon of Nevada City,
Calif., and nephew, David Bryant of Mailua, Hawaii. Arrangements by JAMES A. DYAL FUNERAL HOME, 303 SOUTH MAIN ST., SUMMERVILLE, S.C.
(The Post and Courier July 17, 2001)
The relatives and friends of Mrs. Alice Joan Cicenia, wife of Dr. Erbert Frank Cicenia, are invited to attend her memorial service this evening at 7 o'clock, in James A.Dyal Funeral Home Chapel, Summerville. Burial will be private in Beaufort National Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening from 5 o'clock until service time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Democratic Party 1517 Blanding St., Columbia, S.C. 29201, or Timrod Library of Summerville, 217 Central Ave., Summerville, S.C. 29483, or Flowertown Players, 133 S. Main St., Summerville, S.C. 29483. Arrangements by JAMES A. DYAL FUNERAL HOME, 303 SOUTH MAIN ST., SUMMERVILLE, S.C.
(The Post and Courier July 18, 2001)
Ebert Frank Cicenia
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