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Alice Ruby Rokke

Alice Ruby Rokke, age 98, of Warren, Minn., died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Center in Warren.

She was born Dec. 15, 1909, on the family farm in McCrea Township, rural Warren, to Alfred and Anetta Horgen. Alice was baptized and confirmed at the McCrea Lutheran Church.

She attended school at the rural Horgen school and at the North Star College in Warren, and worked as a nurse’s aid at the Bethesda Invalid Home in St. Paul until she married.

Alice married Arnold Rokke of Newfolden Dec. 31, 1936, at her parent’s home. Arnold and Alice had five children: Anita Martha, Marilyn Alice, Naomi Karen, Marjory Jean, and John Arnold.

Alice was a long-time organist at church. She began playing at the McCrea Lutheran Church in Warren, and continued at the Bethania Lutheran Church, Newfolden, for over 50 years. She was a Sunday school and vacation Bible school teacher. She was also very active in Ladies’ Aid, Homemakers Club, and as a 4-H leader.

Alice was employed as bookkeeper at the Co-op in Newfolden, as well as working on the farm.

She had many hobbies including music, sewing, baking, canning, working in flower and vegetable gardens, crocheting, and most any craft that her kids brought home.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, in 1986; infant daughter, Marjory in 1947; her parents; and 12 sisters and brothers and sisters- and brothers-in-law.

She is survived by her children: Anita (Adrian) Duske of Waverly, Marilyn (Dennis) Gray of Newfolden, Naomi (Dennis) Winkelmann of Fosston, and John (Denise) Rokke of Waseca; 11 grandchildren: Marjorie Duske, Michelle (Pat) Heuer, Melanie Duske, Ben (Rachel) Duske, Craig (Paula) Gray, Michael (Beth) Gray, Timothy Gray, Katrin Winkelmann, Dulcie Winkelmann, Brendan Rokke, and Kristen Rokke; and 10 great-grandchildren: Meghan Williams, Jessica and Nate Heuer, Hannah Gray, Mariah and Olivia Gray, Lucas and Rachel Gray, and Jakob and Leo Duske.

She is further survived by a sister, Lola Hedlund of Warren; and sisters-in-law Ebba Horgen of Owatonna, and Junice Horgen of Warren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and family friends.

The funeral service took place Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. at Bethania Free Lutheran Church, rural Newfolden, with the Rev. Philip Rokke officiating. The organist was Orpha Schaffhauser. Special music was provided by Eunice Liedberg and Eunice Grothe, who performed “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” and “When I Get To The End of the Way,” and Eunice Waterworth, who performed “O Taenk, Naar Engang Samles Skal.”

Congregational hymns were “Rock of Ages,” “Life’s Railway to Heaven,” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Interment was in Bethania Cemetery, rural Newfolden.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Pallbearers were Marjorie Duske, Craig Gray, Michael Gray, Michelle Heuer, Melanie Duske, Timothy Gray, Katrin Winkelmann, Dulcie Winkelmann, Brendan Rokke, Ben Duske, and Kristen Rokke. Honorary pallbearers were Orpha Schaffhauser, Jeff Bring, Sharon Bring, Rodney Liedberg, Jerry Hanson, Brian Rokke, Bill Wagner, and Irwin Underbakke.

The Johnson Funeral Home of Thief River Falls handled the arrangements. Family condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com