Obits – Alice M. Lenzen

Alice M. Lenzen

Alice M. Lenzen, age 92, of Waconia, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Funeral Service was held Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (601 East 2nd Street) in Waconia with Rev. Phil Wagner officiating; visitation was held Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and one hour prior to the service at the church; interment in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Waconia.
Alice was born on Feb. 5, 1921 in Rosemount the daughter of Henry and Amanda (Sasse) Haase. On Nov. 1, 1941 Alice was united in marriage to Arthur E. Lenzen in Crystal.
Alice was an energetic and creative woman with many great God-given gifts. She shared those gifts with everyone she met, but focused on her family first. She was a loving and faithful wife to Art for over 72 years. Together they loved and raised five children and influenced the lives of 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. They were a great example and set high standards and a good work ethic for them all.
The partnership she created with her husband throughout the years never went unnoticed. She was always at his side making a good day better. She had the ability to make “something out of nothing” and was never afraid to try a new or different idea. She taught others what she knew and learned from them as well through Homemakers and 4-H Leadership as she walked each of her children through their membership years with cooking, sewing and baking.
Sunday afternoons you could find her doing a waltz in the kitchen with Art or perfecting her fern leaf peonies in the yard so she could share them with friends. She enjoyed being a part of medical studies when asked and her interest in health care continued as she volunteered for over 30 years at the hospital, taking the responsibilities very seriously. Hospice volunteering was a special love of hers as it gave her great personal satisfaction.
Volunteer driving and Meals on Wheels were some of the times she could share with others and give back to the community of Waconia which she loved. Alice had a welcoming smile that attracted people to her heart and to her home; she never seemed too busy to visit or to help someone out. Her coffee pot was always on, and you were sure to find something baked on a plate next to it.
We rejoice in the knowledge that she is HOME now, her work on earth is done and she has received the blessing of God’s love as He has said to her, “Come unto me, and I will give you rest!” She will be missed, but the love lives on in the hearts of us all.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Amanda Haase; granddaughter Angela Tesch; son-in-law Gary Wurdell; sisters, brothers; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Alice is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 72 years Art Lenzen; loving family: children and their spouses Sue and Curt Hart of New Germany, Shirley Wurdell of Hutchinson, Lonnie and Lanny Lenzen of Red Oak, Texas, Sandra Lenzen of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lori and Guyle Corley of Canyon, Texas; grandchildren Jeff (Terri) Hart, Joel (Lona) Hart, Julie (Aloun) Phoulavan, Jessica (Steve) Nelson, Joy (Brian) Neff, Greg (Jill) Wurdell, Grant (Jenn) Wurdell, Gus (Beth) Wurdell, Jon (Sylvie) Lenzen, Niki (Chad) George, Danielle (Merideth) Cullen, Andrew Tesch, Aiden Corley, McKenna Corley; 23 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; sister Anna Marie Gelder of South Carolina; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Bernice Haase of Bloomington, Phyllis Haase of Mora, Henry Lenzen of Watertown, Elaine Grapentine of Carver, Dick and Jeanette Lenzen of Carver; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers (Grandsons) Jeff Hart, Joel Hart, Greg Wurdell, Grant Wurdell, Gus Wurdell, Jon Lenzen, Andrew Tesch, Aiden Corley.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia;