March 25, 1912 – March 3, 2013
Alice Lundgren was born in Bjursås, Sweden, to Lydia and Johannes Björklund on March 25, 1912. She passed away in her Woodland home at the age of 100 on Sunday, March 3, 2013. A native of Sweden, Alice was the second born and had four brothers. She grew up in a large home that featured the town's grocery store in the front of the house. She married Allan Norberg in 1948 and had a daughter, Kristina. She was widowed in 1952 and then married Bertil Lundgren from Stockholm in 1957 who was a widower with three sons, Bendly, Leif and Kjell.
In 1957 the Lundgrens and their children left Sweden to Canada. After a 10-day boat voyage they settled in Edmonton. There Alice learned English and worked in a hospital. In 1959 they fulfilled their dream of moving to America settling in Pasadena. Alice worked as a housekeeper for several years, but her favorite occupation was the retirement home her and Bertil started for seniors and developmentally disabled adults. She derived much pleasure in working with adults providing good, home-cooked meals and ensuring a clean environment.
Alice retired in 1975 and her and Bertil moved to Clear Lake where they built a home overlooking the lake. In 1995 they returned to Sweden for five years until Bertil's death. In 2000 Alice moved to Woodland and lived with her daughter and son-in-law.
Alice has always loved music and was active in the church choir where she sang, played the piano and guitar. Her other hobbies included playing Chinese checkers, doing puzzles and crocheting. For the past 10 years she has been a member of the Woodland Presbyterian Church.
Alice is survived by daughter Kristina Norberg and husband Paul Gorenzel, step-sons Bendly Lundgren and wife Lynn of San Marino, Leif Lundgren and wife Alvina of Edmonton, Canada and Kjell Lundgren and wife Vicky of Ucluelet, Canada; as well as eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 8, at Woodland Presbyterian Church, 1324 Columbia Drive, Woodland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Woodland Presbyterian Church or Yolo Hospice.
Published in Daily Democrat from Mar. 7 to Mar. 27, 2013