Alice Rose (Dirks) Redmond left us on April 17, 2021.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Anamosa with internment in the Riverside Cemetery. Fr. Nick March will officiate at the services. Masks must be worn and fitted properly over the nose and mouth at all times to enter the funeral home or church. Social distances standards need to be strictly observed.
Friends could call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Alice was born Aug. 29, 1932 the youngest and only daughter of John and Irene Dirks. She grew up on a farm north of Anamosa and attended Freemont School before attending and graduating from Anamosa High School in 1950. Her parents moved into Anamosa during her senior year of high school. Alice loved attending dances with her brother. At one of those dances, she chose Edward Redmond for a lady’s choice dance. It was clear from the start that they had met their partner for life. Alice joined the Catholic church and on Sept. 25, 1952 the two were married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Anamosa. Alice and Ed drove across the United States to visit her brother in California on their honeymoon and when they returned Ed was drafted to serve in the Army during the Korean War. Alice stayed with her parents while Ed was in the Army. She and a couple other wives would drive down to Missouri for the weekend to visit their husbands where they were stationed. On one occasion she drove all night to get home and upon arriving her car tire went flat. She would often comment on how she didn’t know how they never ran out of gas. Alice would send cookies and other sweets which made Ed quite popular with the other soldiers. Alice worked as a nurse’s aide at the Anamosa hospital until shortly after Alice and Ed bought the Coast to Coast store in 1970.
Alice and Ed raised four children in the house that Ed built next door to Alice’s parents’ home. Alice was always taking care of people. She took care of so many when she worked at the hospital and beyond. She cared for her parents and her three brothers; and has been taking care of Ed for 68 ½ years. She would jump in to help whenever something needed done, especially if it was for the church. Alice’s faith was very important to her. She and Ed were in charge of the desserts for the Fall festival and funeral lunches for many years and volunteered for various other things for many more years. Even when getting out got hard, Alice always contributed to the pink tub, and made sure to take several tags for children’s Christmas gifts.
Alice and Ed always enjoyed dancing; playing cards; or just talking about all the people they knew, places they visited or things they have done. Alice crocheted regularly. Her favorite was to find a pattern of a stuffed animal she could make for her grandchildren. Alice loved having family around, whether it be a birthday, wedding, holiday, or just getting together. She always made sure she had snacks for any get together, or in case someone just stopped by.
Alice’s most favorite times were when her children and grandchildren were able to get together. She loved playing Yahtzee Free for All and Scrabble. It was very difficult this past year with Covid because our family was not able to gather as we normally would. She and Ed played a lot of Yahtzee this past year and any chance she got, a game of Scrabble with one of her daughters or her daughter-in-law. We all have so many wonderful memories of Alice/Mom/Grandma Alice/Grandma GG that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Those left to cherish her memories include her husband, Ed; her four children: Rosann (Brian) Hurt, Thomas (Sonia) Redmond, Maureen (Don) Walterhouse and Denise (Gregg) Smith; 11 grandchildren: Jennifer, Kelly, Mikka, Tasha, Alannah, Jacob, Chevy, Kacia, Indy, Nike and Navy; and six great-grandchildren: Noah, Bastian, Lyla, Owen, Aliyah and Reese. She also has three step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. She will also be remembered by her sister-in-law Barbara Martin and brother-in-law Robert Redmond.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Laurence, Earl “Bud”, and Virgil “Lou,” one granddaughter, Jaci Mills and one great-granddaughter, Kia Smith.