Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wonderful wife to Ted Stoecker, for 67 years until his death in 2006, died peacefully on January 26, 2021, in her sleep, at age 100, at Regency West Nursing Home, Lansing, MI. She was born on May 13, 1920, in the small town of Wilton, Burleigh County, North Dakota, to Carl and Hazel (Bly) Gilbertson. She was raised and educated in Wilton graduating with the class of 1939.
In September 1939 she was married to Theodore “Ted” Stoecker in Wilton by the Reverend E.E Matteson. In June of 1941 Alice and Ted, following some relatives, temporally moved to Michigan in search of steady employment. This temporary move turned out to be an 80-year stay. Alice was born before women could vote. WWI had just recently ended and the dust bowl days would come soon. There were many small-town hardships, the Great Depression of the ‘30s, the WWII scare and rations, and the loss of an infant daughter. Through it all, she was an amazing woman.
Alice was a lifelong homemaker (domestic engineer). She was a longtime member of the Lansing Moose Lodge #288, ladies auxiliary. She was a recreational aide for the Maple Grove School for several years. She sure enjoyed a good card game and one could stop by her house for a cup of coffee anytime. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Donald (Patricia) Stoecker, Gerald (Denice) Stoecker, and Cindy (Leonard) Maybee; grandchildren, Vicki (David) Wickens, Jeffry (Norma) Stoecker, and Scott (Andrea) Stoecker; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mary (Norman) Fetch; and several nieces and nephews in various states. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; her infant daughter, Carolyn; brother, Lloyd Gilbertson; sisters Evelyn Hallquest, Adeline Kurle, Ella Nora Schatz, LaVerne Haring, and Marjore Tilden; and great-grandson, Curtis Harris.
A private service will be held, interment will take place in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.