Alice Ida Root, age 87, of Kingston, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.
She was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Kimball, to August Carl and Anna Louise (Mielke) Hoeft.
Alice was baptized by Rev. Parrish at the Kimball United Methodist Church, and attended Kimball Schools, graduating in 1944. She then attended secretarial school in Minneapolis, after which she worked at Amluxen’s, and later Washburn-Crosby Company.
Alice married Ted Root Nov. 27, 1947, at the Kimball United Methodist Church, and the couple lived on their farm in Kingston Township, Meeker County, which was purchased from Ted’s parents.
She was very active in her community, having been a 4-H Leader, Cub Scout den mother, charter member of Johnson-Kelly Legion Post 483 Auxiliary, and for many years gave piano lessons in her home.
Alice was also active in her adopted church, Redeemer Lutheran of Kingston, where she was the organist for many years, pianist for special services, and a choir member. She and Ted were often delegates to various church conventions, whether the church was in the Suomi, LCA, or ELCA synods.
Alice is survived by two children and their spouses, Anne and Ron Darsow of Otsego, and Ned and Barb Root of Kimball; five grandsons, Travis (Lisa) Ingebrigtson of Flower Mound, TX, Jacob (Sara) Ingebrigtson of St. Paul, Christopher Root (Maggie Hake) of Philadelphia, PA, Stephen Root (Sydney Tolchinsky) of Flagstaff, AZ, and Daniel (Rachel) Root of St. Paul; four great-grandchildren, Ashley, Zachary, Tyler and Lucas Ingebrigtson; a sister, Luella Nelson of Cosmos; four step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ted in 2008; a stillborn son in 1952; a grandson, Nathan, in 1981; brothers Andrew, Erwin, Martin and Carlos; and sisters Helen Olson-Laitinen, Evelyn Abbott, and Beatrice Lee.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Kimball United Methodist Church with the Revs. Ken Felska and Mike Nelson officiating. Avery and Kaitlyn Root were the urn bearers, and music for the service was provided by Barb and Lee Olson, and Gayle Gunnerson. Interment followed at Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery.
There was visitation Friday, Nov. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and Saturday, at the church, one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the Kimball United Methodist Church.
The arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care of Kimball. Obituary, guestbook, video tribute and funeral Webcast online at www.dingmannfuneral.com.