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Mary Alice Kamphaus

  • On May 14, 2020

Mary Alice Kamphaus, age 65 of McMurray, PA passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. She was born in Pittsburgh September 19, 1954 and is the daughter of the late John and Clara Laeng.

Beloved wife of David L. Kamphaus; loving mother of Jeanna (David) Kraemer, Alexa Kamphaus and Robin (William) Amend; adoring grandmother of Nathan, Grace, Sofia and Aloysius; sister of John “Tom” (Dianne) Laeng and Richard (Jeanne) Laeng.

Alice was a member of the West Liberty University Chi Omega sorority. Burial will take place at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.PittsburghCremation.com.

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Ginny mudge
  • May 14 2020
Alice was amazing, sweet, and will be missed terribly. I was on several Chi Omega get away weekends with her. I will not forget her sweet smile. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time. May God grant you His peace that surpasses all understanding. XO Sister Love Ginny Mudge
Patti Adams
  • May 14 2020
My thought and prayers are with you all in this very difficult time. Alice could brighten the room just by walking in. I will always remember her smile and laughter. My life was enriched by knowing her. I know that she is at peace and her pain is gone. XO Sister Love, Patti Adams
Cheryl Rakich
  • May 14 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I will cherish the fun memories of good times with Alice at West Liberty. Her smile was contagious.
Arleen Knight
  • May 14 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of dear, sweet Alice. I will always remember her contagious smile and beautiful red hair. May you rest peacefully in the arms of God. In Chi O love, Arleen Van Dyke Knight.
Marty Black
  • May 14 2020
To the family of dear, sweet Alice....she will be forever missed by so many. I’ll be praying for all of you as you go through this very sad and difficult time. She now knows the fullness of God’s love.
  • May 14 2020
She was always pleasant and a genuinely nice person. I enjoyed working with her. Never negative! You have my sincere sympathy. Peggy Daube, South Fayette middle school.
Jenny Barney
  • May 14 2020
I am so sad to read of Alice’s passing. We worked together at PTSD Middle School, and she was so good at her job. She helped countless children over the years and was always supportive, creative and full of energy. We had a friendship outside of school and she was a beautiful person. I extend my sympathy and prayers to Dave. Jeanna, Lexie and Robin and their families.
Gay Heaton
  • May 14 2020
I will miss Alice tremendously! We spent so much time together, cruising, pool days, get always and always laughing. We had many longs conversations about our families and I visited every home she lived in, Florida, Uniontown,Shaler, and Peters Township(2). We were truly sisters and I will miss her smiling face and infectious laughter. My sincere and deepest sympathy to her entire family!
kristine habazin
  • May 15 2020
with deapest sympathies. you are all in my prayers. God gained an angel and she is watching over all of you. she was a beautiful woman inside and out
Tom Laeng
  • May 15 2020
RIP Alice. The love my heart holds for you will remain forever. I know you are at peace, my little sister and I take comfort for that.
Richard Wells
  • May 15 2020
My condolences to the family of Mary Alice. We were classmates at Shaler where she was Head Cheerleader. Her smile was contagious and her personality a magnet. We attended the prom together and I've thought of her with kindness over the years. She leaves far too soon.
Michele Fair Baumgartel
  • May 15 2020
My deepest and sincerest sympathies to the entire family of my cherished childhood friend. I am so sad to hear of her passing. We had many, MANY adventures as little kids and teens....being "neighbors" and close family friends. Everything from vacations to everyday escapades. I dearly loved her! Memories will never fade. Rest in peace and we will meet again Mary Alice!
Kathy Harrington
  • May 15 2020
Rest In Peace sweet Alice, I loved working with you at South Fayette High School , even if for a few short months, you were an amazing lady, the staff and kids loved you ! You had such a good heart and I loved your smile . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family ! You will be missed ! Kathy and Ray Harrington
Vicki Brown
  • May 15 2020
To the family of Mrs. Kampaus please accept our deepest condolences and know that she truly touched my son, Harrison Brown, a senior at South Fayette High School. I first met her when Harrison was in Children’s Hospital receiving treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma his junior year. I had stopped at the school to pay/select his parking spot. If you knew Harrison, and his love for his car, you’d understand why it was important for me to leave him and go to reserve his spot. That’s when I met your Mom. She greeted me with such a warm smile and genuine concern for Harrison’s health that put my frazzled mind at ease. She then reached in her drawer and said she had been saving this corner “primo” spot just for him as he had missed the original sign up. After saying our goodbyes, I drove to take a picture of the spot along with the parking pass she gave me and sent it to my son in the hospital. His response was “that spot is so SWEET! Mrs. Kampaus really took care of me!” For a moment I could see him smiling which he hadn’t done for quite a while.When he finally returned to school months later, he couldn’t wait to stop at her desk and give her a big hug and thank you! I am sure you are all aware of what a genuine, caring and compassionate person she was, but I wanted to let you know how that one simple gesture had such a positive impact on Harrison’s junior and senior year. She will be greatly missed and we were all saddened to hear of her passing.
Amy McPherson
  • May 16 2020
Dave, Jeanna, and Lexie, and Robyn, You are all in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. I know she is comfortable now. But you are grieving and missing her. I am sorry we can’t get together at this time to give you hugs and remember her life, but we are doing those things from where we are. With love and many condolences, Amy
Margaret Diamond
  • May 17 2020
My deepest sympathies to the Kamphaus and Laeng family and all those who knew Mary Alice. Praying for peace, strength and comfort for you all.
Patrick M. McAndrew
  • May 17 2020
For three straight weeks when Alice called into my classroom for students... I could tell Alice’s voice was not getting better. So at 2:20PM after school I went down to see her and asked her what was going on. Alice told me. I was in shock. I bought her thee most beautiful card and wrote a beautiful, positive message inside. I told her to open the card at home and read it there. What a sweet, sweet, sweet woman. You could say I kind of coached her up with positive messages. I would ask about the grand baby on the way and her eyes lit up. I have been a HS teacher for 35.5 years, and let me tell you, Alice was extra special. Kind, soft spoken, and yes she had a difficult jog to do... but did that job with kindness and grace. I am so sorry for your loss. I want to share a story with you. My third grade teacher first gave me this at my father’s funeral in July 2006. I have been sharing this to students who lost a parent or a sibling ever since that day. It’s beautiful and it helps. Read. Share. Save it for the future........ ❤ A Parable of Death as a Transition to a Better Afterlife. -The Story of The DragonFly- Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in a while one of their colony seemed to lose interest in- going about with friends. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily, it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more. ”Look!” said one of the water bugs to another. “One of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where do you suppose she is going?” Up, up, up it went slowly. Even as they watched the water bug disappeared from sight. Its friends waited and waited, but it did not return. “That’s funny!” said one water bug to another. “Wasn’t she happy here?” asked a second water bug. “Where do you suppose she went?” wondered a third. No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together. “I have an idea. The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he or she went and why.” “We promise”, they said solemnly. One day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broken through the surface of the water, and had fallen onto the broad, green, lilypad above. When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He could not believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he stuggled, he felt the impluse to move his wings. The warth of the sun soon dried the moisture from his new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself above the water. He had become a dragonfly. Swooping and dipping in great curves, he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere. By and by, the new dragonfly, he flew then landed on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why he was directly above his old friends, the water bugs! There they were scurrying about just as he had been doing some time before. Then the dragonfly remembered the promise. “The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he or she went and why.” Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly, he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water. “I can’t return.” He said in dismay. “At least I tried, but I can’t keep my promise. Even if I could go back, not one of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I’ll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too. Then they will understand what happened to me and where I went.” And the dragonfly winged off happily into a wonderful new world of sun and air…. In Loving Memory of Alice
Lisa miller
  • May 22 2020
Lexi and Family, So Very sad to hear of your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I always remember the fun times hanging with her At basketball games! Comfort and peace to you all. Lisa Miller
Lisa miller
  • May 22 2020
Lexi and Family, So sad to hear of your Moms passing. I will always remember the fun times at basketball with her and talking about school. May the beautiful memories of her life comfort you in this difficult time. Lisa Miller