Alice M. Lenzen, 92, of Waconia passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Ridgeview Medical Center 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., and 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, and Dick and Jeanette Lenzen of Carver; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church (601 East Second St.) in Waconia with Rev. Phil Wagner officiating. Visitation wash 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 followed in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Waconia. Casket bearers (Grandsons) were Jeff Hart, Joel Hart, Greg Wurdell, Grant Wurdell, Gus Wurdell, Jon Lenzen, Andrew Tesch and Aiden Corley
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, www.johnsonfh.com.