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Marialice Soleim

Oct. 19, 1919-Dec. 7, 2012

Marialice Soleim, 93, of Moorhead, died Friday, December 7, 2012 in Moorhead.

Mary Alice Molamphy was born the daughter of Dennis and Genevieve (Wildes) Molamphy on October 19, 1919 in Hastings, Minn. The eldest of four children, she moved off the farm into town at the age of 15 and worked for Mr. Eddy at his pharmacy while attending high school. She graduated from Hastings High School. She changed jobs (and she changed her name to Marialice, known since then as MA, except for her grandchildren, who called her Nonnie).

While working for Mead Manufacturing, MA -- an Irish Catholic liberal -- met the love of her life, Ray Soleim -- a Norwegian Lutheran Republican, forever canceling each other out at the ballot box. They married on November 30, 1946, and moved to Detroit Lakes, where they owned and operated Zephyr Cleaners until 1963, when they moved to Moorhead. They owned and operated Bon Valet Cleaners until their retirement in 1977. They wintered in Englewood, Fla., until Ray's death in 2002.

Marialice was an active volunteer. She was a longtime member of Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters and St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She was an advocate for social justice all of her life.

Faith, family, and friends characterized the essence of who she was, complementing her spirit of generosity and humble nature. Despite suffering from dementia at the end of her life, those qualities never disappeared. The one blue-eyed, one brown-eyed lady was fun and quirky; and she never failed to surprise all who knew her.

Preceding Marialice in death were her parents; sister Dorothy (Tom Mollick); brother Bernard; and husband, Ray. She is survived by her three children: Jane Ball (Don Davis) of Rochert, Jerrold (Jackie Sluss) of St. Paul, and Kathy (Robert) Littlefield of Moorhead; two grandchildren, Lindsay (Thomas Allen) of Austin, Texas, and Brady of New York, N.Y.; two great grandchildren, Emmett and Owen Allen; her sister, Betty (Herman) Gelhar of Prescott, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be given to Hospice of the Red River Valley and St. Joseph's School, Moorhead.

The funeral mass is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Moorhead, with visitation for one hour prior to services.

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