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Alice F. Jessen, 1910-2000


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 2/9/2009 at 15:48:52

Services for Alice F. Jessen, 89, of Dolliver were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2000, at the Henry-Olson-Fuhrman Funeral Home in Armstrong with Pastor Jack Peterson officiating. Burial was in Lincoln Township Cemetery in Dolliver.

She died Tuesday, February 22, 2000, at Valley Vue Care in Armstrong.

Alice was born October 17, 1910 to Jim and Emma (Jensen) Skow in Grenora, ND. She was the daughter of a North Dakota homesteader who later returned to Iowa. She received her education in rural schools and graduated from Graettinger High School in 1929. She worked in the retail businesses in Graettinger during her high school years. Following teacher training, Alice taught in rural schools in Palo Alto County for several years and her interest in education continued throughout her life. On June 21, 1933, she was united in marriage to Thorvald Jessen at Graettinger. They spent the remainder of their lives farming in the Dolliver area. Alice was proud of her pioneer heritage. She traveled with and photographed many of her husband's activities with horses. She traveled to Denmark in 1984. In 1966, she located her birthplace at her parents homestead in North Dakota.

Survivors include: one son, James Jessen and wife, Barbara of Lake Preston, SD; one daughter, Marlyes Pelz of LeMars, IA; daughter-in-law, Jean Jessen of Armstrong; seven grandchildren; six great-grand children; one sister, Verda Litka and husband, Arnold of Sutherland, IA; three nephews and one niece.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, two sisters and one brother.

Contributed by: James M. Richmond. Source: Armstrong Journal, Armstrong, Iowa, Volume 107, Number 9, Page 7, March 1, 2000.


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