Alice Erma Hegge, age 103, longtime Eldred, MN resident and recently of Parkwood in Grand Forks, ND, passed away early Tuesday morning, June 8, 2021, at her daughter Carol’s, home near Fisher, MN, with family members at her side.
Alice was born on February 21, 1918 on the family farm of her parents, Arthur and Emma (Berg) Thompson of rural Climax, MN. She grew up on the farm with her sister and 2 brothers and was baptized and confirmed in the Sand Hill Lutheran Church. She began her education attending the nearby District 6 country school and later graduated from Climax High School. On September 24, 1939 she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Orris Odin Hegge, at Sand Hill Lutheran Church. Their union would be blessed by the births of 6 children: Kenneth, Dennis, Donald, Carol, Elizabeth, and David.
Alice and Oris’s first home was in Eldred until 1946 when they moved to Oklee, MN. In 1951 they returned to the Hegge Farm, near Eldred. During these years Alice was a cook for the Eldred Consolidated School and was able to buy her first combination washer and dryer from money she earned while working. She later served as a Home Health Aid helping many families in the area. With a twinkle in her eye and her ever-present smile, Alice would say that the toughest job she ever had was raising her 4 boys. She would then add “the girls were easy!”
Alice would want to be remembered for her deep and abiding faith. She never had an unkind word for anyone and loved her Lord and her family with all her being. As a devoted member of First English Lutheran Church in Eldred Alice taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible school, served as Sunday school superintendent for many years, and held many offices with the First English Ladies Aid. She was a longtime 4-H leader, member of the Farm Bureau, and enjoyed wonderful lifelong friendships shared with her Homemakers Club and Neighborhood Card Club members. Alice enjoyed reading, crocheting, canning and freezing the bounty harvested from her vegetable garden, and tending to her flowers, flowers, flowers everywhere. Sewing brought her such joy, and she was very proud to have made baptism gowns and suits for each of her grandchildren. Alice leaves her family with a legacy of humble service to the Lord and unconditional love for one another.
Loving family include her 5 surviving children: Kenneth Hegge of Mentor, MN, Dennis Hegge of East Grand Forks, MN, Carol and Roger Beiswenger of Fisher, MN, Elizabeth Overgaard of Fargo, ND, and David Hegge of Eldred, MN; many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Ardell Orvik of Silver Bay, MN; and several nieces, nephews, other family, and friends. Alice was preceded in death by Orris, her beloved husband of 53 years; son, Donald Hegge; son-in-law, Larry Overgaard; grandsons, Steven and Ethan Hegge; parents, Arthur and Emma Thompson; parents-in-law, Klemmet and Rachael Hegge; brothers and sisters-in-law, Herbert and Arvada Thompson and Morris and Connie Thompson; and brother-in-law, Bennie Orvik. Treasured be the memory of Alice Erma Hegge.
The funeral service celebrating the life of Alice Hegge will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 14, 2021, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. The funeral will be livestreamed by logging on to www.stenshoelhouske.com 5 minutes before service time, going to Alice’s obituary and at the bottom of that page clicking on the prompt to view. Interment will take place in the First English Cemetery in Eldred.
Online registration and messages of condolence may be made at www.stenshoelhouske.com