Published 12:00 am Friday, November 6, 2009
Alice Mae (Ankeny) Leif, 87, of Austin, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 at the Austin Medical Center.
Alice Mae was born July 31, 1922 in Winnebago, Minn. to LeRoy and Effie (DuBois) Ankeny. On Oct. 9, 1943 she was united in marriage to Claude P. “Bud” Leif at the Fort Snelling Chapel. He preceded her in death on April 9, 1987.
Alice Mae worked with her husband and son as secretary of Leif Real Estate and Leif Tax Service.
Alice Mae loved her family. She enjoyed sharing a meal. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren kept her on the go. She followed their sports, plays and concerts. Alice Mae was pleased to welcome 11 exchange students and her children’s friends. She was always ready to go bowling, golfing, dancing, for cards or a trip. Alice Mae was always ready to help with projects or child care. She was a loving person with a quick smile or a warm hug.
Survivors include her 11 children, Jerome (Betty) Leif, Hartland, Wis., Georgia (Gene) LaVallie, Eagan, Paul (Deb) Leif, Austin, Keith (Christine) Leif, Austin, Fr. Gregory Leif, Caledonia, Lawrence Leif, Bloomington, Joseph (Christal) Leif, White Bear Lake, Donald (Kelly) Leif, Sacramento, Calif., Daniel (Roxane) Leif, Superior, Wis., Mary (Edward) Huber, Bloomington, Steven (Marnie) Leif, Austin; 26 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Marion Mentz, Austin; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mary Frances Cummings, Austin, Gene (Elaine) Leif, Austin, Alice (Klimek) Leif, Rochester, Mimi Ankeny, Austin, Beulah Ankeny, Stewartville; lifelong friend, Genevieve Reagan, Austin.
In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ethel; brothers, Elwin “Bud”, Fenton, Stan.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Father Gregory Leif and Father Joe Fogal officiating. There will be a 7:30 p.m. wake service on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.