Alice Mae Gallaher, 89

Published 10:30 am Monday, October 14, 2013

Alice Mae Gallaher, 89, of Austin, Minn., died Saturday morning at the Adams Health Care Center in Adams, Minn.

Alice Gallaher

Alice Gallaher

Alice was born May 11, 1924, in Austin, the daughter of Walter and Wilhelmina (Meyer) Lauritzen. She attended school in Austin, graduating in 1942, from Austin High School.

Alice married Dale Gallaher Nov. 9, 1946, in Faribault, Minn. The couple had two children and later divorced. Several years later she was engaged to Glenn Husemoller. He was killed in a car accident on July 19, 1974. Alice worked at the Tempo Discount Store for many years, as well as other retail stores in Austin, including, The Piggly Wiggly Grocery, The National Tea Grocery, Fantles Dept. Store, and Weyerhauser Paper Company.

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She enjoyed taking pictures and made scrapbooks for her children and grandchildren, writing her “letter books” to family and friends who lived out of town, and doing embroidery. But most of all she loved spending time with her family. She was a very loving, giving, and caring Mother, Grandmother, and great grandmother.

She was well known for the “awesome” cookies she made. One year, she baked and sold 700 dozen cookies from the middle of November to Jan. 1 for Christmas and New Year’s parties. Alice loved to go out to eat with her good friends Janet Guttormson, Ann Dixon, Maggie Bergstrom, and up until her illness, good friend Marilyn Starman.

Alice will be forever loved and missed by her family. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her great sense of humor.

Survivors include her daughter Jean (Tom)  Fargusson of Rose Creek, Minn., Tom (Joni) Gallaher of Austin, six grandchildren, Dea (Jeff) Pederson of Lyle, Minn., Gina (Marvin) Clark of Austin, Joshua (Eliza Schell) Fargusson of Chaska, Minn., Laci (Wes) Marsh of Orlando, Fla., Spencer Gallaher of Austin, Abby Gallaher of Hancock, Mich.; seven great-grandchildren with number eight due in November; sister-in-law Jean Lauritzen of Austin, and several nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Laurel Burger, Chester Burger and Robert Lauritzen and sister, Madeline Braaten.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeff Forbes officiating. Interment will follow the service at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Worlein Funeral Home on Wednesday. Memorials are directed to the American Cancer Society, St. Judes Children’s Hospital, or the donor’s choice.

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