Alice M. Klassen

alice klassen
Alice M. Klassen, age 83, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab after a courageous battle with cancer. A private mass of Christian burial, per Alice’s wishes, will be held at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating the mass. Burial will be held at St. Boniface Cemetery in Ionia, IA. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Alice Marie was born January 12, 1937, the daughter of Florence and Frances (Laube) Harrington in Plainfield, IA. Her family later moved to rural Nashua where Alice attended country school and graduated from Nashua High School. On April 23, 1956, Alice was united in marriage to Francis L. Klassen at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Nashua. For a brief period, Alice and Francis lived in Peoria, IL before returning to the Ionia area to purchase their farm. The couple welcomed four children: Donna, Deb, Linda and Mike. Alice and Francis worked side by side throughout the years working the land, milking cows, and raising various livestock. She always had a moment to share with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Alice always enjoyed being outdoors, whether it was getting her hands dirty in the garden, doing chores, or wearing out push lawn mowers. She also enjoyed going out with family, coffee with friends, listening to music, bicycling and walking. Alice was a member of Holy Family Parish. Those left to cherish Alice’s memory are her children: Donna (Mickey) Baltes of North Washington, IA, Deb (Mike) Huegel of Winona, MN, Linda (Kevin) Byrnes of Riceville, IA and Mike Klassen of Ionia, IA; her grandchildren Emily (DJ) Schueth of New Hampton, IA, Justin Huegel of Winona, MN, Brian (Cait Bambenek) Huegel of Schenectady, NY, Zachary (Kelsey) Byrnes of Ankeny, IA, Garrett Byrnes, US Navy, stationed at Gulfport, MS, and Cole Byrnes of Riceville, IA; her great-grandchildren McKenna, Donny, McKinley and Isabella; her brothers Paul and Bob Harrington; sister Rosemary Zwanziger; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis; her sisters: Theresa, Eileen, Delores, and Catherine; her brothers: Norb, Jim and Richard.

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  1. So sorry to hear about your Mom! Always a happy and sweet lady! Remember going to the farm and playing with you! Sending hugs and prayers to all of your family!

  2. To Mike and the rest of Alice’s family, my sympathy. Always enjoyed talking to her at the bank when I was working. Judy Hoffman

  3. Alice always had a smile and always ready to talk. She was a nice lady. Prayers for her family.

  4. Donna, Deb, Linda, & Mike ~ We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom. Aunt Alice was always so sweet, loving, & fun to talk to. Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers at this sad time.

  5. Extending my sympathy to your family. Your mom always had a friendly wave and big smile each time she passed our house on her walks. May she Rest In Peace.

  6. Linda – I am so sorry to read of your Mom’s passing. Treasure all the good memories. Please accept my sympathy; my thoughts are with you and your family.

  7. May her memories console you in the days ahead. Our prayers to her family. Jeanne and David Roder

  8. Your mom was so very friendly! She always waved whenever I met her when she was riding bike on Ionia blacktop. I enjoyed visiting with her in McDonalds and catching up with what all you kids and grandkids were doing. She was so very proud of you all! Cherish your wonderful memories. My sincere sympathy to you all. Marj Troyna

  9. Donna, Deb, Linda & Mike I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Aunt Alice was a sweet lady. I always enjoyed staying at your house when I was little. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Mary Harrington Sargent

  10. Alice’s family, my sister Patti and I enjoyed sitting with Alice during our gathering for Mass! Alice is a delight to visit with as she shares her love for her children and grandchildren! Do remember Alice as a kind and caring lady!

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