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Alice Blomstrom

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Alice Blomstrom

Alice Ann Blomstrom, age 82, of Sioux Falls, SD, died on August 14, 2015 with the love and support of her twelve children, she ended a five year battle with Alzheimer's, she departed this earth and united with her late husband of 56 years, Marvin G. Blomstrom.

Alice was blessed to have shared her life with her husband Marv and their 12 children: Cynthia (Gregory) Barden of Waseca, MN; Marva (Jeffrey) Smith of Gillette, WY; Bobbie (Mike) Casey of Hood River, OR; William (Ann) Blomstrom of Cambridge, MN; Michael Blomstrom of Byron, MN; Betsy Marsteller of Alliance, NE; Jackie (Rocky) Mathews of Plattsmouth, NE; Pamela (Greg) Sands of Sioux Falls, SD; Diane (Regan) Leafstedt of Sioux Falls, SD; Steven Blomstrom of Cleveland, TN; Shelly Blomstrom of Kansas City, MO; and Annie Pruitt of Sioux Falls, SD.

Alice was born January 2, 1933, to William Peitz and Elizabeth (Bruce) Peitz. She was raised with two sisters and four brothers on a farm outside Colome, South Dakota.

She entertained her twelve young ones with vivid stories of her youth, the basic amenities of those times, dust storms, cold winters, watching the land come to life in spring, helping her Mom prepare meals for threshers that assisted in the harvest and experiences in the one room school house she attended from kindergarten to sixth grade.

Her love for music began at a young age listening to The Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights. When the radio batteries were weak, determined to hear her favorite performers, she would put her ear to the speaker, to enjoy songs by Ernest Tubb and other popular country singers of that era.

Upon graduation from Colome High School in 1950, Alice moved to the big town of Winner, S.D. She worked as a waitress at West Side cafe where she met "Big Marv the handsome Swede". After a brief courtship the two eloped on April 22,1952 and following the birth of their 2nd child their marriage was blessed in the Catholic Church. Alice contracted polio at that time, which doctors said would immobilize her arms and upper body. She regained the strength in her arms by hanging clothes and lovingly caring for her family.

Marvin operated heavy equipment throughout the state of South Dakota, which kept him away for weeks at a time, leaving Alice to care for her growing family. In 1968 the family was blessed with the eleventh sibling. Shelly was blind at birth and required many operations during her young years. Alice, determined to provide a main stream learning educational environment, relocated the family to Minnesota in 1972. The twelfth child Annie was also born that year.

In the course of her life, her children completed their education, with Shelly graduating from Rockhust University in Kansas City, marriages that blessed her and Marv with 31 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, and two daughters and two sons that served their country in the military.

In 1989 Alice and Marv returned to their beloved state of South Dakota. She had worked at the University in Minnesota from 1976 until the move to Sioux Falls, and then resumed working until 2007 at Sioux Falls College (USF).

They belonged to the St. Joseph Parish, her dedication to the Catholic Church and the celebration of her God were apparent in her daily life. Every Saturday for many years both participated in the 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration.

Alice was a strong supporter of the Democratic Party, and over time had converted Marv.

In celebrating her life, she will be remembered for the love of her family, love of little babies, singing to her children, making and mending her children's clothes, discussing current events, cooking and baking bread, working the "Jumble" puzzle in morning newspapers, and expressing herself through dance. As her children grew she could spend time helping Marv building and repairing houses.

To the twelve that she gave life, to the many she shared life, she will live on in our memories.

Mass of Resurrection will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 20, 2015 at St. Joseph Cathedral. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a prayer service and rosary at 7:00 p.m.

Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 18, 2015
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