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Alice Elnora Ketcham

Alice Elnora Ketcham, age 89, of Howard Lake, died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia following a short illness.

She was born May 17, 1919, in Glenwood, Minn., to William and Vanessa (Clemens) Bowen. Alice grew up near Sedan, Minn., and graduated from Glenwood High School.

She was united in marriage to Richard (Pat) Ketcham Sept. 1, 1941, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sedan. The couple had a farm on Lake Eckert in Pope County, until March of 1957.

They then moved to Middleville Township, near Howard Lake, where they farmed until 1992.

Alice worked at Tonka Toys in Mound from the late 1960s until the plant closed in the early 1980s.

She has resided at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake for the past seven years.

Alice was a member of OES, Fidelity Chapter, Litchfield.

She enjoyed wintering in Texas, which she did from 1984 to 2001; traveling, walking, and gardening. Most of all, she cherished time with her family.

Alice traveled to all the continents of the world.

Her garden included many flowers and vegetables, which she mostly gave away (she liked to “raise them, not eat them”). She was the first volunteer to sign up for Wright County roadside cleanup.

Alice is survived by her children, Jean (Merritt) Sanger of Colorado Springs, Colo., Sara (Tom) Larsen of Denver, Colo., Henry (Pam) Ketcham of Milwaukee, Wis., David (Carol) Ketcham of Maple Plain, and Laura Ketcham of Big Lake; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Lillian (Floyd) Munson, Shirley Westphal, both of Howard Lake, and Verna (Maurice) Kellander of Granada, Minn.; brother-in-law Jack Ketcham of Vancouver, Wash., and many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pat, Feb. 11, 1992; her parents; three brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral service was Thursday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake, with private interment at Grove Lake Cemetery in Glenwood.

Visitation was Wednesday, June 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Thursday for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

The Swanson Peterson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Memorials preferred to the MS Society.