Jan. 29, 1922-Aug. 5, 2006
Alice Jeanette Hendrickson, 84, a lifelong resident of the Wolf Lake area, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2006 at the Perham Memorial Hospital in Perham, surrounded by her loved ones.
Alice was born to Axel and Lena (Marjamaa) Johnson on Jan. 29, 1922 in Spruce Grove Township, near Wolf Lake. As a girl she attended the District 75 Country School near her home, which she remodeled many years later and turned into her retirement home. As a young woman, Alice worked on the family farm, helping with the daily rigors of farm life such as milking the cows and working in the fields. On May 31, 1940, she married Leonard Alexander Hendrickson. This union was blessed with seven children: Lenora, Leonard Jr. ("Buddy") Ronald, Kay, Lynette, Veronica ("Bee Bop"), and Warren ("Henry").
The young family engaged themselves in farming in the Wolf Lake area, where they raised a fine herd of dairy cattle, sheep and hogs. Alice enjoyed pitching in with the milking, feeding chores, and helping with the fieldwork. Alice devoted herself to making a warm and loving home for her husband and children. She was a wonderful cook and baker who will be long remembered for her delicious homemade pies, Finnish flatbread and incredible holiday meals. In 1968, Alice began working for Swift and Company in Frazee, in a career that spanned over 22 years. In January 1987, her life was forever saddened by the death of her husband, Leonard. She has continued to make her home in the Wolf Lake area, where she has been very active in her community.
Alice was a lifelong member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, where she was a faithful member of the Esther Circle. She had served as the president of Wolf Lake VFW Post 8165 Auxiliary for many years, and each year had helped organize the concessions at the Wolf Lake Ice Fishing Tournament. Alice had served for many years as a member of the board of directors of the Menahga Co-op Sampo. She enjoyed quilting numerous gifts for family and friends. Alice was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed following the Wolf Pack baseball team in Wolf Lake, where she enjoyed coaching her son, grandsons and many friends with advice and encouragement. She also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings each year. Above all, Alice dedicated her life to the happiness of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who she loved with all her heart.
Alice will be lovingly remembered by her seven children, Lenora St. Martin of Northfield, Minn., Leonard (Doris) Hendrickson of Billings, Mont., Ronald (Karen) Hendrickson of Hitterdal, Kay (Alan) Wothe and Lynette (Glenn) Yliniemi, both of Frazee, as well as Veronica "Bee" (Edward) VanWatermulen and Warren "Henry" (Donna) Hendrickson, both of Perham; 24 grandchildren; l6 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; her sister, Gloria Nordby of Litchfield, Minn., and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Preceding Alice in death were her husband; her grandson, Jeffrey Hendrickson, who died in an automobile accident in 1978; and her granddaughter, Stacy, who died in 1977; her three brothers, Floyd, Wesley and Howard in infancy; and her sister, Effie Laurila.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Bethany Lutheran Church west of Menahga, with the Rev. Steven A. Bruer officiating. The active casket bearers were her grandsons, Dan O'Hotto, Kyle Hendrickson, Mark Wothe, Nick VanWatermulen, Shane Hendrickson and Clint Yliniemi.
Honorary casket bearers were the rest of her grandchildren, and past and present members of the Wolf Lake Wolf Pack baseball team. Interment took place in the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery. The Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home in Menahga was entrusted with arrangements.