Alice Harrison(1919 - 2014)

Harrison, Alice M.

Alice Mabel (Kopecky) Harrison, 94, of Wabeno, left this earth, which she deeply loved on February 8, 2014. Alice was born on March 28, 1919, the sixth child of Frank J. and Helen A. (Klinka) Kopecky, on her family's homestead, the Oak Wood Dairy Farm, north of Wabeno, (Forest County) Wisconsin.

She married her loving husband, life's companion, and best friend of 67 years, James Robert Harrison, at the Oak Wood Dairy Farm, on April 11, 1942.

Alice is survived by her seven sons, Michael (Beverly), Lexington, KY; Robert, Craig, CO; Steven, Santa Fe, NM; Terence (Betty), Dexter MI; Daniel (Drew), New York, NY; Alan "Boo" (Diane), Wabeno; and Patrick (Dale), Wabeno. She is further survived by two granddaughters, Theresa (Craig) Christensen and Cecelia; six grandsons, Michael (Candy), James, Paul, Clayton, Andrew and Colby; four great grandchildren, Ryan and Nolan Harrison and Ava and Cooper Christensen, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Renee (Frank Kopecky) (Hank) Warnecke, Bellevue IA.

She was preceded in death by her grandson Eric Harrison, daughter-in-law Sandra M. Harrison, her parents; two sisters and brother-in-laws, Lillian and Lee Clark, and Helen and Harold Pichotta; two brothers and sister-in-laws Robert and Myrna Kopecky, Harvey and Irene Kopecky, and two brothers Frank (infant) and Frank J.(Renee) Kopecky, Jr. Also Jim's siblings Margaret (Milford "Pooch") Smith, Florence (Vern) Malsch , Mary (Ardin) Frisbie, Susan (Louis) Schuerer and Ella (James "Stanley") Thomas, William (Edna) Harrison and Richard Harrison; nieces, Marjory Himert and Jean Stratford and nephews, James Clark, David Pichotta, Howard Kopecky, Frank Frisbie, David Frisbie and Jack Schuerer.

Alice was a homemaker who with her husband Jim raised her seven boys and was known for her skill of baking bread, rolls, cookies, pies and cakes. She graduated from Wabeno High School in 1937 and from the Green Bay College of Cosmetology. She was an emergency medical technician (EMT) with the Wabeno Rescue Squad for 25 years and a certified water safety instructor who taught countless children in the Wabeno area swimming lessons. During World War II, when the men were off to war she served as the substitute rural mail carrier for Wabeno. She enjoyed her flower gardens and reading. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Forest County Homemakers and the Presbyterian Ladies Aid. Alice also served as the clerk of the Wabeno Agricultural Society. In their retirement years Alice and Jim traveled from the east coast to the west coast and a lot of country in between. She and Jim and their black labs went for rides, woods walking, bird watching, perch fishing and "shenging," She always had time for her boys and grandchildren.

Visitation will be at the Weber-Hill Funeral Home in Wabeno on Thursday, February 13th from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 to10 a.m. preceding the services. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, February 14th at 10 a.m. with Revered R. Lee Jennings, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Wabeno's Forest Hill Cemetery in Wabeno.

Arrangements are being handled by the Weber-Hill Funeral Home. Online condolences at

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the Nu-Roc Community Healthcare facility staff for the excellent care and compassion shown to Alice while she was at the Nu-Roc.


Funeral Home

Weber-Hill Funeral Home
302 South Lake Avenue Crandon, WI 54520
(715) 478-2322

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Feb. 11, 2014