Alice JoAnn (Hackett) Wickman, 78, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013, surrounded by family after a short stay at Trinity Nursing Home. Alice was diagnosed with cancer when she was 77 years old and fought an up-hill battle every day for the past year against that disease.
Alice was the daughter of Bertha and Walter Hackett, born in Centerville, S.D. The Hacketts moved to Glenburn in 1945 where Alice grew up and graduated from Glenburn High School in 1954.
Alice met Gerald Wickman in 1955 while working in the plumbing department at Sears in Minot. After a short, whirlwind courtship, they were married three months later on March 18, 1956. They resided on their farm in Burt Township, rural Burlington all 57 years of marriage where they raised their five children: Eric, Todd, Chris, Theresa and Ben. Alice was a dedicated farm wife and mother who led a very busy life.
Some of Alice's hobbies included knitting, crocheting and embroidery. She was an excellent cook and baker and was well known for her homemade buns and pink frosted sugar cookies. Alice worked at Riddles Jewelry Store for many years. She loved to play cards and in her later years, played pinochle and canasta online with friends and family. Alice had a special relationship with all of her grandchildren, but most recently spent many enjoyable hours with her youngest granddaughter, Emma. She will be greatly missed by all, including the family cat, Sam, who sits diligently in her chair waiting for her return.
Alice is survived by her husband, Gerald; all five children, Eric, Todd (Rhonda), Chris (Paula), Theresa Knutson (Jim) and Ben (Kellie); seven grandchildren, Jacob, Jessica Fitzpatrick (Mark), Jed, Brandie Christians (Nathan), Samantha (Jason), Cole and Emma; one great-grandson, Canton, and a great-granddaughter, Kenlee, due in May; brothers, Marvin (Inez) and Roger (Elaine) Hackett; several nieces, nephews, cousins and her aunts, Vivian Wenzel and Ora Mae Hackett.
Blessedly she is preceded in death only by her parents, Bertha and Walter Hackett.
Celebration of Life service: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 2 p.m., in Our Savior Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rolling Green Cemetery, Rural Des Lacs, later this spring.
Visitation: Monday, April 22, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register of share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).