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Alice Jeanette (Kjesbu) Torvend


1926 - 2019
Alice Jeanette (Kjesbu) Torvend Obituary
Alice Jeanette Torvend We give thanks to God for the life of Alice Jeanette Kjesbu Torvend. Born on March 2, 1926, to Niel Kjesbu and Ollie Mills Kjesbu, she died on June 25, 2019, in Tacoma. She grew up in her family's home in Mossyrock, Washington, and was a graduate of Mossyrock High School, an alumna of Pacific Lutheran University, a graduate of Augsburg University, and pursued graduate study in art at San Jose State University. She married the Rev. E. Silas Torvend of Silverton, Oregon, in August, 1947. She was a student and patron of Christian art and music and a master gardener who could transform a neglected yard into a bucolic paradise. To her children, she is the mother who loved unconditionally and rejoiced in their accomplishments. To her many friends and countless guests, she was the gracious host who welcomed dignitary and homeless stranger alike with kindness. She is survived by her son, Samuel (Sean Horner), her daughter, Rebecca, her grandson, Rex, many nieces and nephews, and her two sisters-in-law, Esther Kjesbu and Eunice Hansen. Her parents, her husband, her sister, Nora Weltzin, and her brothers, Arnold and Norman Kjesbu, preceded her in death. The Vigil with sharing of memories will take place on Friday, July 12, 7:00 PM, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows, 6730 North 17th Street, Tacoma. The Holy Communion with the Rite of Commendation will be celebrated on Saturday, July 13, 1:00 PM, at St. Mark's Lutheran. After the church reception, Burial will follow at Dunn Cemetery in Mossyrock. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends gifts to the Alice Kjesbu Torvend Lectureship in Christian Art and Music at PLU. A check that includes "In memory of Alice Torvend" can be sent to: Office of Advancement, PLU, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, Washington, 98447. For assistance with online giving, call (253) 535-8326. Gifts can also be made to the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians at https://alcm.org/make-a-donation/: click "Scholarship fund" and "In memory of" Alice Kjesbu Torvend.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on July 3, 2019
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