Alta Doyscher, 98

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 17, 2007

Alta Soper Doyscher, 98, homemaker, caterer, community/church volunteer and good neighbor in Hollandale, Albert Lea, and Clearwater, Fla., died at 4:15 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2007 of complications following a broken hip. Alta’s expertise and artistic talent in food preparation and service, as well as her cheerful willingness to &8220;do for others&8221; will be fondly remembered. She was born in Jackson on August 31, 1908 and moved to Hollandale in 1927 when she and Matt were married and Matt operated a barber shop there. In 1952 they moved to Albert Lea. When Matt retired in 1973, they spent winters in Clearwater for

13 years, then returned to Albert Lea in 1986 and lived at Thorne Crest Retirement Center.

Alta is survived by her three daughters, Alyce (Earl) Jacobsen of Albert Lea; Donna (Ray) Hawkinson of Clearwater, Fla., Karen (Dick) Stiles of Prior Lake, and son-in-law and daughter-in-law Tom and Ginny Thorson of Sunrise Beach, Mo. She is also survived by grandchildren Carl (Ann) Jacobsen of Baraboo, Wis.,

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Glen (Donna Calander) Jacobsen of Bird Island, Julie (Frank) Hartranft of Plymouth, Jan (Francisco) Almarza of St. Cloud, Mike (Amy) Bothof of Lakeville, Paul (Kristina) Bothof of Prior Lake, Drew Matz of Prior Lake, Kay Thorson (Donna McCroskey) of Richmond, Va., and Kari (Kyle) Kelley of Rockport, Texas, and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Matt in 1992; a daughter, Sally Thorson in 1980, and a grandson, Jim VerHey in 1987.

As wife, mother and grandmother of the Doyscher family, her love, kindness, advice, understanding, support and her presence will be sadly missed, not only by her family, but by her many friends. Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Albert Lea. The Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Interment will be in the Hollandale Cemetery. Visitation with her family will be one hour before the service at the church.