Alice Larson

Alice Larson, 93, Stan-

ley went to be with her

Lord on October 26, 2016,

surrounded by her family

at Mountrail Bethel Home

in Stanley.

Funeral services will be

held Friday, October 28,

2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Our

Savior’s Free Lutheran

Church, Stanley, with

burial following at Fair-

view Cemetery, Stanley.

Visitation is Thursday

from 1 to 5 pm at

Springan Funeral home in

Stanley and prior to the

service at the church.

Alice was born April 2,

1923 at Palermo, ND to

John and Bergit (Berge)

Trovatten. She was raised

and attended school in

Palermo. Alice inherited

her strong work ethic

from her parents, who im-

migrated from Oyjfell,

Norway to North Dakota.

From an early age, she

herded the family cows

on horseback, left school

to feed threshing crews,

waitressed, and babysat,

all to help her family sur-


Alice married Ervin Lar-

son on October 18, 1942

at Palermo. They lived on

the Larson farm south of

Palermo. She and Ervin

helped his mother, Emma,

raise his younger sisters,

Dolly and Elva. They had

5 children of their own

while living on the farm.

In 1952, they moved to

Palermo and three more

children were added to

their family. Alice and Er-

vin, their children and her

mother Bergit, moved to

Stanley in 1963.

Alice was well known

for sewing for her family

and others in the com-

munity, along with being

the local hairdresser, cut-

ting and perming hair for

many. She was a hard

worker and loved being a

full-time mother and


Alice was always on the

go, whether it was taking

family and friends to doc-

tor appointments, or just

visiting . She traveled to

many places, including

Arizona, Alaska, Wash-

ington and Norway. Ervin

called her his “Go-Go


Her greatest joy and

most important job was

being a wife, mother,

grandmother and


Even though Alice had

many hardships in her

life, losing her husband,

son, Wayne and

daughters, Linda and Car-

lotta, she would be the

first to say what a blessed

life she lived. The legacy

she left us and her

greatest prayer would be

that her family loved each

other and knew Jesus as

their Lord and Savior. She

taught us all how to for-

give others just as Jesus

forgives us.

She was a member of

the Hospital Auxillary,

Senior Citizens, Sons of

Norway, and our Savior’s

Free Lutheran Church.

She wasn’t a member of

the Palermo Pickers, but

she was their biggest fan.

She loved music, sewing,

knitting and serving oth-


Alice is survived by her

children: Maxine (Bob)

Brandolini, Sun City, AZ,

Kathy (John) Vournas,

Williston, ND, Gary (Lau-

rie) Larson, Bismarck, ND,

Cindy (Rob) Zaste, Willis-

ton, ND and Denny

(Cheryl) Larson, Tulsa,

OK; son-in-law, Jerry

Alvstad, Tulsa, OK and

daughter-in-law, Linda

(Ron) Hamers, Stanley;

sister Josephine Nelson,

Gresham, OR; 18 grand-

children and 26 great-

grandchildren. She was

also waiting for the arrival

of 2 more great-grand-

children in November.

Cousins: Evie (Bud) Skaar,

Sundance, WY, Colleen

Evenson, Stanley, ND, Iva

(Scott) Fox, Palermo, ND

and a cousin in Norway;

sister-in-law, Dolly (Dale)

Ellis, Minot ND;

numerous nieces and


She was preceded in

death by her parents; hus-

band, Ervin; son, Wayne;

daughters, Linda and Car-

lotta and sister Bertha


In lieu of flowers,

memorials may be sent to

the charity of the donor’s


Online condolences

may be shared at www.springanfuneralhome.com