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Alice DeBoer

January 1, 1926 — November 4, 2017

Funeral services for Alice DeBoer, age 91, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Hollandale Reformed Church.  Rev. Neal Ooms will officiate. Interment will be at Hollandale Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Online condolences are welcome at

Alice passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Oak Park Place in Albert Lea.

Alice was born to Arent and Sietsche (Molenaar) Ravenhorst in Pease, Minnesota, on Feb. 1, 1926. She grew up in Hollandale, where she was a lifelong member of the Hollandale Reformed Church. She married Harko DeBoer in Hollandale on Sept. 10, 1945. In her early years, she enjoyed singing in the choir, playing the guitar and traveling the area to perform with her friends, and she continued to enjoy singing with Alice Godeke. She attended Ruth Circle, volunteered in the church kitchen and was part of a post-church coffee circle with family and friends. She enjoyed reading, listening to hymns, feeding and watching her birds, and tending to her yard and garden at her rural Hollandale farm. In her later years, she enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she frequently watched. She could sit for hours with a baby grandchild or great-grandchild, often singing to him or her. She enjoyed baking and cooking for her family, and she almost always had fudge, pudding or waffles ready for their visits. She spent her final years at Oak Park Assisted Living and Memory Care in Albert Lea, and her family would like to thank the staff for their care and kindness.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harko; her siblings and their spouses, Gerrit (Evelyn) Ravenhorst, John (LouElla) Ravenhorst, and Gertrude (Douglass) Peak; and several in-laws.

She is survived by her children, Harko (Marie) DeBoer of Anaheim, California, Kevin (Alice) DeBoer of Racine, Minnesota, and Lori (Todd) Schoonover of Hollandale; her grandchildren, Jeni (David) Ahern, Lori Tryon, Eric DeBoer, Heather Werthmann, Justin DeBoer, Brady DeBoer, Erin (John) Lundberg, Jason (Megan) Schoonover and Ashley Schoonover; 15 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Paul (Kathy) DeBoer; and sisters-in-law, Tena DeBoer, Evelyn Christians and Viola Eekoff.   

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