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Alice Beckman, 93

Alice Beckman, age 93, of Minneapolis, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Cambridge Medical Center.

A memorial service will be take place Monday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at Dassel Evangelical Covenant Church with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastors Keith Carlson and James Brown will officiate. The soloist will be Sheldon Hedin, and Harvey Peterson will serve as organist. Interment will be in Dassel Cemetery.

Cremation arrangements were with Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel.

Alice (Johnson) Beckman was born Aug. 1, 1916, to Erick and Mary Johnson in Cokato.  She grew up on the family farm, the youngest of 13 children. 

Alice went to Birch Lake School as a young girl, and was confirmed at a Mission Church, north of Cokato.

Alice was married to Conrad N. Beckman Jan. 31, 1935.  They spent the first few years of their marriage south of Dassel, where Conrad did farm work and also worked for the WPA. In the early 1940s, they moved to Minneapolis, where Conrad got a job with D.W. Onan.  While living in NE Minneapolis, Alice was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. 

In 1952, they moved to north Minneapolis, where Alice continued to live after Conrad’s death in 1985, until she moved to Cambridge Assisted Living apartments in November of 2009.

In her younger years, Alice enjoyed working outside in the spring and summer with her flowers, and in the winter made many latchhook rugs.  She also loved playing Rumicube, especially when her grandchildren challenged her. 

Even into her 90s, grandma Alice enjoyed baking cookies.  Whenever her children or grandchildren came to visit, she always had some to send home with them.  Another thing she enjoyed doing was putting puzzles together, and there often was one in progress for anyone to work on when they stopped by.

Alice never learned to drive a car, but took advantage of Metro Mobility to get groceries and do other shopping.  It was during these trips that she met many lady friends.

In addition to her husband, Conrad, Alice was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Beda, Ruth, Signe, Myrtle, Christina and Mathilda; and brothers Verner, Art, Edwin, Karl, Nels, and Ole.

She is survived by her children, Adeline (Marvin) Anderson of Dassel, Vernon (Elaine) of Cambridge, and Jerry of Frederic, WI; five grandchildren; Trudy (Scott) Suter, Todd Anderson, Debbie (Jeff) Edblad, Amy (Russ) Vavra, and Jeni (Lee) Knowlton; 19 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; special niece, Velma Jorgensen; and several other nieces and nephews.