Alice Norby Behrents


Saturday, February 9, 2008

AMERY, Wis. - Alice Margaret Norby Behrents, 92, formerly of 515 Hackberry Road, Galesburg, died at 9:05 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 7, 2008) in Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn.

Alice was born Dec. 19, 1915, in Fergus Falls, Minn., the daughter of Joseph G. and Minnie Johnson Norby. She married E. Gordon Behrents on July 5, 1941, in Milwaukee.

Surviving her are four children: Mrs. David (Ann) Hendricks of LaCrosse, Wis., Rolf "Buzz" Behrents of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Richard (Connie) Ferris of Amery, Wis., and Mrs. Patrick (Kristine) Hartney of Los Angeles; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Paul Norby of Minnetonka, Minn., and Richard Norby of Venice, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Gordon Behrents on Aug. 31, 1997, two sisters and one brother.

She graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis in 1933 and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in 1938. She taught high school in White Bear Lake, Minn., and was secretary to the sales manager of G.D. Searle Pharmaceutical Co. in Skokie, Ill. Following her marriage and World War II, she and her husband moved to Galesburg, Ill.

Alice was involved in many family and community activities through the years including Girl and Boy Scouts, OSF St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary Board, Galesburg Cottage Hospital Guild Board and Sons of Norway. Uppermost in her mind and heart always was her commitment to her church, Trinity Lutheran, where, in her role most recently as literary volunteer, she helped to keep the library vital.

In 2005, Alice suffered a stroke that required a change in her residence. She moved to Amery, Wis., to be near her daughter and lived comfortably at Riverbend Assisted Living. She never forgot, however, her deep affection and attachment to Galesburg where she lived for almost 60 years.

Family, of course, was paramount in her life. She was much loved for all the roles she played throughout her life - daughter, wife, teacher, volunteer, ultimate gracious hostess, but especially mother, grandmother and Oldemor (great-grandmother). Alice wrote in her own notes for an obituary: "I would be satisfied to say only 'she also served.' " Her children would change that to: "she always served". She is deeply loved and sorely missed.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, followed by a luncheon. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, following lunch.

Memorials may be made to Gordon Behrents Senior Center, 2015 Windish Drive, Galesburg IL 61401 or Trinity Lutheran Church, 304 E. Ferris St., Galesburg.

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