Alice L. Noreen, age 102, of Maple Plain, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Haven Homes in Maple Plain.
A private funeral service will take place at Lyndale Lutheran Church in Maple Plain, with Rev. Sheryl Bousu officiating.
Alice Laverna Ida Elizabeth Kuntz Noreen was born Aug. 14, 1918, in rural Maple Plain, MN. She was the only child born to Andrew and Hulda (Danielson) Kuntz. In her early years, she attended Lyndale School and was a member of Lyndale Lutheran Church.
She adored both, and was known for “teaching her dolls,” as well as having thoughts ofpossibly becoming a missionary someday. And, she helped her parents with their operation of the local general store.
She especially liked spending time with relatives and her young friends. She enjoyed being a member of the Lyndale Church Luther League as a teen, and attended Mound High School, graduating in 1936. Her very musically-talented father had her take lessons on several instruments, eventually settling on the violin.
Alice attended American Business College from 1936 to 1937. She also worked as a secretary in Minneapolis and at Maple Plain State Bank.
Alice’s real desire was to be a teacher. She attended St. Cloud State from 1938 to 1940. She taught in a one-room country school at Fish Lake, near Osseo for two years, and in a two-room school in Stubbs Bay for six years.
After a more serious six year courtship, she married her childhood sweetheart, Harland Randolph Noreen at Lyndale Church, June 28, 1947. They were blessed with three children during the 1950’s (Loren, Sandra, and Jim).
The family grew Sandra and Don have a son, Andrew; Loren and Darlene have a daughter, Erin; and Jim and JoAnn have two sons, Adam and Michael.
She was so proud of her grandchildren, and cherished attending their weddings. While unable to make the trip to Michael and Jamina’s wedding in Denver, she thoroughly enjoyed seeing their beautiful pictures.
She lived to see eight great-grandsons, Andrew and Tracy have two sons, Benjamin and Christian; Erin and Aaron have two sons, Samuel and Silas; Adam and Melissa have two sons, Jackson and Jace; and Michael and Jamina have two sons, Landon and Liam.
After her marriage, Alice taught for three years in Maple Plain. Before her retirement in 1980, she also taught elementary, remedial reading, and special education in Watertown for over 22 years. During these years, she obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Alice loved to take part in church activities, and was a lifelong member of Lyndale Church. For many years, she was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, an LCW member and officer, and was part of the church choir. She was a member of Christian Women’s Club for 20 years, and of the Maple Plain American Legion Auxiliary (Post 514) for 50-plus years. She also attended the Delano Senior Center for several years, in addition to the Watertown Retired Teachers’ Breakfasts.
Alice enjoyed traveling, gardening (especially flowers), embroidery, cooking, fishing trips, time “up north,” and watching baseball as an avid Minnesota Twins fan.
Her family was very important to her, and she treasured people, and conversation. She was a very generous, kind, and loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and had many close friends and relatives throughout her life.
Alice was very much admired by those who knew her. The lives of many have been blessed by her 102 years.
Casket bearers will be Andrew Behrendt, Erin Kodesh, Adam Noreen, Michael Noreen, Loren Noreen, and Jim Noreen.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, 952-442-2121, www.johnsonfh.com.