Alice Bidne, 101, Lake Mills

Published 5:32am Sunday, January 13, 2013

Alice Gena Bidne, 101, of Lake Mills, formerly of Emmons, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Lake Mills Care Center in Lake Mills.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Emmons Lutheran Church in Emmons, with the Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch officiating.

Alice Bidne

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 E. Main St. in Lake Mills, and again one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will take place at Lime Creek (Stateline) Cemetery in rural Emmons.

Alice Gena (Thompson) Bidne was born May 22, 1911, to Ole and Sena (Kilvang) Thompson in Becker County. They moved to Twin Lakes in 1919. She attended school district No. 43 through eighth grade. After her schooling, she worked as a hired girl in many area homes.

She was united in marriage to Alfred Bidne on Sept. 10, 1932, at the Lutheran parsonage in Albert Lea. Together, they farmed first by Scarville, Iowa, then buying land west of Emmons in 1936. They farmed together there until retiring in 1972 to a new home in Emmons. After celebrating their 50th anniversary, Alfred died in 1983. In 1999, Alice was one of the first to move into the new Mills Harbour Assisted Living facility in Lake Mills. She loved it at “The Mill” spending time with friends drinking coffee and playing cards.

Alice was a very kind and fair lady who loved spending time with her family. She celebrated her Norwegian heritage by baking lefse and flatbread for family events.

Left to cherish her love and memory are two sons, Larry (Donna) Bidne of Lake Mills and Dean (Debbie) Bidne of Ankeny, Iowa; two daughters, Ruth (Bob) Bullock of Owatonna and Mary (David) Segar of Fairmont; daughter-in-law, Rosetta Stern of Sun City, Ariz.; sister, Maxine Gavle of Albert Lea; sisters-in-law, Cora Honsey of Albert Lea and Edith Thompson of Twin Lakes; 16 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; son Marlin; brothers, Clifford and Duane; sister Norma Vermedahl; and her parents Sena and Ole Thompson.