Alice Kaikow Polakoff Beckholt

August 07, 1941 ‒ March 09, 2020

Columbus, Ohio

Alice Kaikow Polakoff Beckholt was born in New York City on August 7, 1941 and passed away in the Medical City Las Colinas ICU, on March 9, 2020 surrounded by her children and husband. She lived in New York City until she was 14, at which time she moved with her family to Granite Springs, New York, in northern Westchester County.  She was the daughter of educators.  She was pre-deceased by her mother, Mary Katz Kaikow, who was a middle school teacher and her father Julius Kaikow, who was a Professor of Geography at the City University of New York.  Her older sister, Susan Kaikow Schulman, who pre-deceased her, was a professor at the Rockland County Community College.

Alice chose to go into nursing, a profession for which her temperament and skills were eminently suited.  She graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in psychology, and later earned a BSN degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, as well as an MS degree in women’s health from Texas Women’s University.  The culmination of her career was becoming a CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) while working at the Columbus Health Department in Columbus, Ohio, where she was employed for 23 years in the STD Clinic, a position from which she retired in February, 2017.

She touched many lives throughout her nursing career and in her personal life.  She never met a stranger and was beloved by all who knew her.

She is survived by her three children, Katherine Polakoff of Dallas, Texas, Michael Polakoff of Irving, Texas, Matthew (Cathy) Polakoff of Coppell, Texas, her grandson, Alexander Polakoff, who was the joy of her life, and by her goddaughter, Chika Mora.  She is also survived by her husband, Kenneth Beckholt, who was privileged to share her life, from the moment they met, at a performance of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, in Dallas, in 1989.  They married on February 3, 1990 in Irving, Texas and moved that Spring to Columbus, Ohio, where they resided at the time of her death.

She is also survived by her sister’s children, nephew, Stuart (Susan Waters) Schulman of South Orange, New Jersey and her niece, Wendy Schulman (Kieran) Spelman of New City, New York.

Alice loved to read, attend classical music concerts, and travel with Ken to many places in the US and overseas, including numerous trips to Europe, as well as visiting Israel for the 50th anniversary of its founding and visiting her daughter Katherine in Okinawa.  Their last overseas trip was to Europe, in 2017 and took them to Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m.  until the time of a sharing service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon.  Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown.

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  • I have affectionately known her as “Mama Alice” and will really miss her….. Alice and Ken have been part of my life for so many years. My mom and mama Alice have been friends longer than I can remember and I really do love their friendship and sisterhood. I remember her open arms and big heart that made me feel so happy to be around her. She was my little sister’s Godmother but I felt like she was mine too as she has attended many family celebrations including weddings. She has always been supportive of all of us and not just Chika. I was so saddened to know that she had passed but know that she was so loved by God and by all her family and friends. I was blessed to have her beautiful spirit in my life. My condolences to her husband Ken and her whole family. May she rest in perfect peace.

  • Alice was such a dear friend to Dave and I. We first met Ken and Alice on a trip to Salzburg, Germany in August, 2001. Since then we have attended many classical concerts in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Blossom. They were so wonderful and enjoyed by all of us. We ate many dinners out before each of these concerts. Alice loved to eat out but most of all she loved to cook. She was such a wonderful cook and made many delicious meals for us. Especially made great meals for Ken on special occasions and his birthday. The dinners were outstanding. Alice loved her jewelry. She had some beautiful pieces and I would always admire them. Alice was a dear special person and loved everyone. Dave and I will miss Alice terribly. May you rest in peace Alice. Love, Debbie and Dave

  • To the family and friends of Alice, I am so very sorry to learn of her passing. I hope that you can all find comfort in your dear memories of our beloved. I know for certain that I will hold dear to my heart our last dinner together this past November.