Vigen, Alice Elaine (Wold) (1920-2012)

Alice Vigen, 91, died on Monday, November 12, 2012 at her home in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN with Rev. Vicki Saude-Worthington officiating. Burial will follow at Saint Olaf Cemetery near Grygla, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday, November 16, 2012 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Saturday at the church.

Alice Elaine Wold was born November 26, 1920 at home on the family farm near Gatzke, MN the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Erickson) Wold. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Landstad Lutheran Church near Gatzke, MN. Alice attended country school, and continued her schooling at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, MN.

On Saturday, April 12, 1941, Alice Elaine Wold had become Mrs. Ervin Vigen. 1941 would come to be known as not only the year Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the year Penicillin treatment was introduced, and the year gas went to 19 cents a gallon, but also the year that was the beginning of the whole Vigen clan. The original honeymoon cottage was a remodeled chicken coop…those living accommodations lasted only a short time and by the spring a real house had been moved on to replace the original one.

April, 1942 brought the arrival of the first little Vigen—Larry. An upstairs and a bedroom addition were added to the house to accommodate the new Vigen arrivals. By 1951, their 10th anniversary, drive-ins, crew cuts, and convertibles were in, I love Lucy was on TV, Mickey Mantle became a Yankee, and the Vigen clan had expanded to five. After Larry came Marcia, Robby, LeRoy and Susan. By their 20th, in 1961, there were seven altogether. Pat arrived in 1952 and Howard in 1957.

As the years went by, Alice did what most mothers of seven would do, kept everyone clean, dry and fed. By 1968 enough of the kids had left home so Alice and Ervin could afford a new house. Between 1968 and 1988, Alice spent 20 years at the Land-O-Lakes turkey plant. 1991 finds Alice keeping busy with quilting, sewing, reading, making lefse and spoiling her grandchildren. Ervin died on December 2, 2004 and Alice remained on the farm until 2008 when she moved into Thief River Falls.

Alice was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, the Grygla VFW Auxiliary, and the Lull-A-While Homemakers Club.

Survivors include her children, Larry (Mayvonne) Vigen of Goodridge, MN, Marcia (Russ) Johnson of Rosemount, MN, LeRoy (Madelyn) Vigen of Thief River Falls, Susan (Gene) Paulson of Fosston, MN, Patricia (Larry) Grabowska of Stephen, MN, Howard (Mary) Vigen of Lakeville, MN;

Grandchildren, David (Missy) Vigen, Paul (special friend, Kristen) Vigen, Leah (Dallas) Bothum, Ritchy (Kristi) Johnson, Scott (Kelly) Johnson, Stephanie (Adam) Baumgartner, Andrea (Brent) Poole, Andrew (Lindsay) Paulson, Jaime (Bret) Yaeger, Sarah (special friend, Randy) Grabowska, Amber (Jason) Dungan, Dustin (Jenna) Grabowska, Lisa Vigen, Phillip Vigen; great-grandchildren, Brenden, Kailee, Nevada, Ryan (Lisa), Kerri, Logan, Lindsey, Kirsten, Kyle, Collin, Kayci, Austin, Hannah, Lucy, Bo, Tanner, Lauren, Morgan, Jaiden, Ashton, Hudson, Brooks, Bella, Presley, Rylee; great great-granddaughter, Madison; brother, Kermit Wold; sister, Helen (special friend, Ed Cassidy) Swanson; sister-in-law, Violet Wold; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ervin; son, Robert in 1964; sisters, Evelyn (Obert) Grovum, Margaret (Francis) Haack, Shirley Wold; brothers, Juel Wold, Adrian Wold; and sister-in-law, Ellen Wold.

From Johnson Funeral Service

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky