Alice Viola Rand, age 87, passed away Feb. 9, 1998 at the Good Samaritan Center of Howard Lake.
Alice Viola DeBoer was born Jan. 5, 1911 in Nashua, Minn. to Nick and Emma DeBoer. Alice's family were railroad workers. Her dad was a depot agent at Nashua, Minn. Later he worked at Claire City, S.D. Her brother, Ron, was a brakeman in Minneapolis. Her older brother, Alfred, was a dispatcher at Mason City, Ia.
Alice lived most of her life in South Dakota as a farm housewife. She loved to cook and also garden, and loved flowers. When she lived by Lake Ann, she enjoyed fishing. She played the organ for the church in Hankinson, N.D. Her pastor there was the Rev. G.C. Michael, who is a very good friend.
She was married to Edwin Henke Aug. 20, 1928. Edwin passed away in 1955.
Alice married Axel Johnson at Sisseton, S.D. on Sept. 7, 1959. Axel passed away in 1976.
She married George Rand June 18, 1977 in Howard Lake. Alice retired in Howard Lake, where she was a resident of Towering Pines for a time, and later resided at the Good Samaritan Center of Howard Lake until her death.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Alfred and Rolland DeBoer. She was also preceded by two sons, Arlo E. Henke and Dale D. Henke, and by one daughter, Marlys Heinke Hanson.
She is survived by three daughters, Darlaine Piechowski of Lake City, S.D.; Valdean Frost, St. Cloud, Minn.; and Lois Siedschlog, Howard Lake; and one son, Donald Henke, Howard Lake.
She is further survived by 21 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 13 at First Presbyterian Church, Howard Lake, with the Rev. James Ellison officiating. Music was by Diane Johnson.
Casketbearers were Ron Naylor, Dan Giesinger, Sunny Otto, Jamie Clark, Bill Otto, and Jeff Siedschlag. Honorary casketbearers were Eugene Frost and Sandra Birchen.
Interment was in the Sisseton Cemetery, Sisseton, S.D. with Rev. Susan Bennett officiating.