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Alyce Lorraine Koehler


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Alyce Lorraine Koehler

Alyce Lorraine Koehler passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria, IL. She was born on April 27, 1926 near Reliance, South Dakota to George A. Schmitt and Noma Wallace Schmitt. Alyce was raised on a ranch near Pierre, SD where she attended Pierre High School. She then attended Yankton College where she met her future husband. She married the Rev. Rueben P Koehler on December 22, 1946 in Brush, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rueben and infant daughter. Alyce is survived by two sons, David of Peoria, Illinois and Thom of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, along with David's wife Nora Sullivan, and their children, Kate (Jay Pastucha), Maggie (Aimee Pine) and Lilly (Billy Gehring); and Thom's wife Becky, and their children, Sara (John Buttemiller), Amalia (Adam Flynn) and Christie (Josh Aberson). She is survived by eight great-grandchildren, Georgia and Amelia Pastucha, Natalie and Henry Buttemiller, Liam and Max Flynn and Collin and Kate Aberson. She is also survived by her sister, Mildred Andersen of Spokane, WA, and her nephews and niece, Gary, Fred, Steve, Beverly and their families; and her sister-in-law, Ruth Mayfield of Loveland, CO, and her niece, Susan.

Alyce supported her husband in his ministry with the United Church of Christ. They made their home in many places, including Parkston, Beresford, Chamberlain, Huron and Yankton, South Dakota, Phoenix, Arizona, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Denver, Colorado, St. Louis, Missouri, and in retirement, Sebring, Florida. But South Dakota was always considered home. Since 2000, Alyce lived in Peoria, IL near her son David and his family, first living at St. Augustine Manor and since 2005 at Apostolic Christian Skylines.

Alyce was a member of PEO, worked for the CROP organization in South Dakota, and volunteered at a social service agency helping the poor in Missouri. She loved to sing, swim, sew, garden, do ceramics and to bake healthy cookies. Alyce was cherished by her family and all who knew her. She was kind and generous in all things. She had a lovely smile and a quiet way that endeared her to all.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Apostolic Christian Skylines for their tender and loving care throughout the years, and for the support of the OSF Hospice staff. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Cremation will be accorded by Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services of Peoria, IL.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the , Central Illinois Chapter, 612 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.
Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 7, 2016
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