Elizabeth (Liza) Donovan Alberts

May 31, 1951 - September 11, 2020 Kennett Square, PA | Age 69

Elizabeth (Liza) Donovan Alberts, age 69 of Unionville died at her home following a long illness. She is survived by her husband Harry Alberts and sons, Stephen Alberts, fiancée Marisa Smith of Lancaster, PA, and Christopher Alberts of Unionville. She was predeceased by her parents Jeremiah and Mary Rita Donovan and her brother Michael Donovan.

Liza was born in Stamford, Connecticut and spent her early years residing with her parents in Pound Ridge, New York. She was a graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia where she earned a BA, majoring in Photography. She was fortunate to have enjoyed a successful career in the arts, working as a production artist at the marketing and advertising agency of Richard P. Ritter. She also worked for Charles P. Mills, Commercial Photography Studio in Philadelphia. Liza retired from her chosen field to stay home to raise her sons and after ten years began a fulfilling career working as a Library Assistant at Unionville High School. Liza was a person who loved a good book, loved working with the students and her coworkers at Unionville. Art was woven into the fabric of Liza’s life and her creativity was beautifully expressed through her hobbies and interests, which included landscape photography, gardening, basketry, artful pillows, and jewelry that featured shells, seas glass and other treasures she collected in the families’ travels.

Services are private. Arrangements have been made by Kuzo Funeral Home. To commemorate the life of Liza, memorial contributions may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, (LLS.org), 100 N. 20th St., FL4, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The family gratefully acknowledges the loving care and support provided by Penn Hospice Services and University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Liza appreciated the comforting tidal rhythms of quiet living and softly spoken words. Beneath this gentle personality was a sustaining strength. This strength is her gift to her family and friends.

Memorial Donations

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

100 N. 20th St., FL4,
Philadelphia, PA 19103



  1. Harry – I am so very sorry for your loss. May your many happy memories bring you comfort. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Carolyn Diefenderfer | September 19, 2020 at 9:32 AM
  2. Harry, I’m very sorry that Liza lost her hard fought battle. She is in God’s hands now! You and your sons are in my thoughts and prayers! Chuck Boeggeman.

    Chuck Boeggeman | September 18, 2020 at 3:12 PM
  3. Like many others who worked with Liza at Unionville High School, I am saddened by the news of her passing. She was a source of joy for her colleagues and our students during our school days. Her welcoming presence made each and every day better.

    Frank Deady | September 17, 2020 at 9:15 AM
  4. Dear Harry, Stephen, and Chris,
    Liza was such a gentle, kind, and thoughtful person. It was a pleasure working with her at the UHS library. I enjoyed our many conversations about art and photography, she was so creative. May all your happy memories of her bring you joy and comfort at this time.

    Juli Szonntag | September 16, 2020 at 7:39 AM
  5. Harry, you were blessed to have Liza. Your whole family is in our prayers.

    Bill Sturgis | September 15, 2020 at 3:58 PM
  6. Dear Harry, Steve, & Chris,
    So sorry to hear about Liza, she was a gentle creative person and I especially enjoyed sharing a tent and beautiful weekend the last time
    We went to the Grand Canyon Wellsboro, Pa with troop 22. We missed her on our “mom” lunches, but will continue keeping you all in our prayers. Love all of you,
    Jeanne & Jeff Searer

    Jeanne Searer | September 15, 2020 at 3:36 PM
  7. Enjoyed the times our paths crossed at various Boy Scout activities. Remember especially our day spent together in San Diego when she totally kept the secret that our 4 children were arriving for Russ’ Silver Antelope award ceremony the following day.

    Nancy Neubauer | September 15, 2020 at 12:51 PM
  8. I was so lucky to have met Liza. I was a new, nervous English teacher at Unionville High School back in 2012. I often barged into the library just minutes before class started, desperate to check out a computer cart or schedule the small library classroom for a lesson that day. Liza always was friendly, patient, and helpful. She was such a calming presence that I found myself stopping by the library even when I didn’t need anything just so I could chat with her about Richard Thompson’s music, the crazy kids, or anything else that was on my mind. Liza made me feel a part of the school community, and I will always be thankful for how kindly she treated me.

    Andy Dippell | September 14, 2020 at 10:15 PM
  9. I am deeply sorry about Liza’s passing. I worked with her at Unionville High School when I taught special education classes there. With her ready smile and gentle ways, she was always willing to go the extra mile to aid one of my students with research projects. She touched all who knew her.

    Sherri Higgins | September 14, 2020 at 9:15 PM
  10. Harry:
    So very saddened to hear about your loss of Liza.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Andie & Jack De Vries

    Jack De Vries | September 14, 2020 at 8:59 PM
  11. Dear Harry,
    It was my pleasure to know Liza from Unionville High School. She was always friendly, caring and helpful. You and your family have my deepest sympathy.
    Joan Fortugno

    Joan Fortugno | September 14, 2020 at 5:01 PM
  12. I am so sorry to hear about Liza’s passing. I worked with her at UHS and remember her as a soft spoken, lovely person. Your family is in my prayers.

    Eileen Byrne | September 14, 2020 at 4:19 PM
  13. Harry

    I have not seen you in MANY years and just read about the loss of your beautiful wife! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss!

    Kristian Testa-Denny | September 14, 2020 at 12:33 PM
  14. Dear Harry, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your Liza. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Be safe.
    Patti Testa

    Patti Testa | September 14, 2020 at 12:08 PM
  15. Dear Harry, Steve and Chris
    Steve and I were so sorry to hear of Liza’s passing. We admired her strength and optimism throughout her battle. We saw Liza as a gentle, peaceful and thoughtful soul. We will miss her. The obituary above is beautiful. Thinking of you all during this sad time.
    Nancy and Steve Newcomb

    Stephen and Nancy Newcomb | September 14, 2020 at 11:05 AM
  16. Dear Harry, Stephen and Chris…our deepest condolences on the loss of Liza. She was such a wonderful person and will be truly missed by many. We have many neighborhood memories to treasure. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love The Sheehan Family

    Teresa and Tom Sheehan and Family | September 14, 2020 at 9:40 AM
  17. Harry and sons, just recently heard about Liza illness. Loved spending time w/her. At work or neighborhood. So sorry for your loss. The Stathes family

    Kim Stathes | September 13, 2020 at 10:09 PM
  18. Dear Harry, Stephen, and Christopher – What a delight it was to work with Liza; what a kind, thoughtful, and dignified woman she was! It was clear that the three of you were always first in her mind and heart; may her love sustain you now.

    Tricia Einstein | September 13, 2020 at 9:21 PM
  19. Rest in peace Liza. I am grateful to have called you friend. I will miss your sweet and calm spirit.

    Linda Tice | September 13, 2020 at 4:09 PM
  20. Harry, I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying you can find comfort and peace until you see your dear Liza again.

    Nancy Hallinan | September 13, 2020 at 3:58 PM

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