Alice DeBoer, 1926-2017

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Funeral services for Alice DeBoer, 91, of Albert Lea, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hollandale Reformed Church. The Rev. Neal Ooms will officiate. Interment will be at Hollandale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Online condolences are welcome at

Alice passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Oak Park Place in Albert Lea.

Alice DeBoer

Alice was born to Arent and Sietsche (Molenaar) Ravenhorst in Pease on Feb. 1, 1926. She grew up in Hollandale, where she was a lifelong member of the Hollandale Reformed Church. She married Harko DeBoer on Sept. 10, 1945, in Hollandale. In her early years, she enjoyed singing in the choir, playing the guitar and traveling the area to perform with her friends. She continued to enjoy singing with Alice Godeke. She attended Ruth Circle, volunteered in the church kitchen and was part of a post-church coffee circle with family and friends. She enjoyed reading, listening to hymns, feeding and watching her birds and tending to her yard and garden at her rural Hollandale farm. In her later years, she enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great- grandchildren, whom she frequently watched. She could sit for hours with a baby grandchild or great-grandchild, often singing to him or her. She enjoyed baking and cooking for her family, and she almost always had fudge, pudding or waffles ready for their visits. She spent her final years at Oak Park Assisted Living and Memory Care in Albert Lea. Her family would like to thank the staff for their care and kindness.

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She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harko; her siblings and their spouses, Gerrit (Evelyn) Ravenhorst, John (LouElla) Ravenhorst and Gertrude (Douglass) Peak; and several in-laws.

She is survived by her children, Harko (Marie) DeBoer of Anaheim, California, Kevin (Alice) DeBoer of Racine and Lori (Todd) Schoonover of Hollandale; her grandchildren, Jeni (David) Ahern, Lori Tryon, Eric DeBoer, Heather Werthmann, Justin DeBoer, Brady DeBoer, Erin (John) Lundberg, Jason (Megan) Schoonover and Ashley Schoonover; 15 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Paul (Kathy) DeBoer; and sisters-in-law Tena DeBoer, Evelyn Christians and Viola Eekoff.