Obituary for Alice Kline

Alice Kline, age 91 of Northfield, passed away with her family by her side on Wednesday morning, November 22, 2017, at Reflections Care Suites on the Three Links Campus. Alice was born August 16, 1926, in Junction City, Wisconsin, to William and Charlotte (Berg-Knudson) Arians. She was raised and educated in Junction City and Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and graduated from St. Olaf College in 1948. Following graduation, Alice married Elmer Sjulstad at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point. They made their home in Northfield where Elmer was employed, and it is where they raised their two children, Roger and Carol. […]

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Alice Kline, age 91 of Northfield, passed away with her family by her side on Wednesday morning, November 22, 2017, at Reflections Care Suites on the Three Links Campus.

Alice was born August 16, 1926, in Junction City, Wisconsin, to William and Charlotte (Berg-Knudson) Arians. She was raised and educated in Junction City and Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and graduated from St. Olaf College in 1948.

Following graduation, Alice married Elmer Sjulstad at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point. They made their home in Northfield where Elmer was employed, and it is where they raised their two children, Roger and Carol. Following the untimely death of Elmer in 1962, Alice worked at the Northfield Junior-Senior High School in the office of the Guidance Counselors. In 1968, following the death of his wife, she married Bruce Kline at St. John’s Lutheran Church and they moved to Yakima, Washington, where he owned a custom home building business. Bruce was a native of Randolph and had been a long time family friend who served as best man at the wedding of Elmer and Alice.

During her years in Yakima, Alice took courses in nutrition, worked in a real estate office, but mainly managed the office and accounts of her husband’s business. She was active in various community groups, senior activities and especially in various organizations of her church. She did a great deal of family genealogy, oil and acrylic painting, quilting, knitting, weaving, counted cross stitch and hardanger needlework. Because of these interests she taught various crafts in small group sessions, especially in the senior community in which they retired.

Family was always of utmost importance to Alice and following the death of her husband in 1999, she moved back to Northfield to be near her children. She was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, her brother George Knudson, and her step-daughter Laurie Kline.

Survivors include her daughter Carol Zapfel of St. Paul; her son Roger (Dianne) Sjulstad of Northfield; 4 grandchildren Chris Sjulstad, Mike (Christina) Sjulstad, Kim (Tom) Zapfel Witzke, John Zapfel; her great-granddaughters Kyler Sjulstad and Leila Witzke; her stepdaughter Sandy Mahre of Yakima; numerous step-grand and step-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Alice’s life will be held at 2:00PM, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community. Visitation will be at the chapel one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Northfield Cemetery. Pallbearers are Chris Sjulstad, Mike Sjulstad, Kim Zapfel, and John Zapfel.

Memorials are preferred to the Northfield Retirement Community or Bethel Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

November 28, 2017 - 2:00 PM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Northfield Retirement Community Chapel
900 Cannon Valley Dr W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial: November 28, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Northfield Cemetary
1315 Division Street South Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

4 Comments

  1. Shari Nelson Lapof

    So sorry to see Alice has passed. Definitely a hole in NRC’s heart. She was a wonderful friend in my mother’s last years. She was fun and funny, young at heart and winner of the first and only parking lot scooter race! Bless her heart.

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  2. Nancy (Wanta) Steuck

    Carol, Roger and families, I was so sorry to hear about your mom. Such wonderful memories of her! Mom always loved hearing from her and getting caught up on your families. Now they can talk to each other in our Father’s heavenly kingdom. With sympathy and prayers, Nancy

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  3. Mary Kline

    So many good memories Ed and Bruce golfing, You and I just hanging out. Ten good fun years in Yakima. May God Bless your family. You are truly missed.

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  4. Craig Forsgren

    I called Alice many things, during the 8 years I knew her.
    She lived kitty corner from me, in the Manor, for almost 5 years, so she was my neighbor.
    She introduced me to Chocolate Cheese. You haven’t lived till you try this. I’d place my order with her every year, before Christmas, for these delectable treats, to give as gifts.
    I don’t know that she ever missed one of my concerts. She’d always give me the “OK”, sign, at the end to let me know if the concert was alright.
    So, I think the most important thing I can say about Alice is, she was my friend…and she will be missed…

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