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ALICE MAE O'CONNELL

May 10, 1932 — December 14, 2012

Alice May Faust O’Connell was born May 10, 1932 to Henry A and Selma (Steiner) Faust of Moffit ND. Alice was raised in and around Moffit. She attended grade school and completed the High school program offered through the North Dakota Agricultural College, now known as NDSU, in Moffit. Alice attended Dickinson Teachers College where she received her teaching certificate. She then taught schools near Steele and at “The home school” near the Braddock McCay farm. Later, she also substitute taught in the Bismarck School district. Alice and Ben McCay were married on June 14, 1951, at the Amelia Bailey United Methodist church in Moffit, ND. They farmed around the Braddock and Moffit area before moving to Bismarck in 1956. Alice was blessed with five children. She studied accounting at Bismarck Junior College and was employed at C.H. Carpenter Lumber Company in Bismarck until her retirement in May 1994. In March 1994 Alice married Eugene O’Connell in Cooperstown and after her retirement moved to Cooperstown. Alice enjoyed her life with Gene in Cooperstown. Alice enjoyed visiting friends in both Cooperstown and Bismarck, and was active in the circle at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cooperstown. Her interests were reading, doing crossword puzzles, gardening, feeding and watching birds, listening to music, singing and playing piano. A great moment in her life was publishing a poetry book, “The Legacy”, written by herself and her sisters. Alice is survived by her children, Margaret (Ken) Smidt of Hartford, SD, Robert (Bev) McCay, Maxine (John) Busse, and Selma (Bob) Kerzman all of Bismarck and Medora (Ben) Nelson of Cooperstown, Step-son Monte (Jackie) Mickel and family. Her grandchildren are Sharisse Kroh, Chris Knudson, Kyle Burdine, Elsabeth Burns and Ethan Burns, Benjamin (Laurie) Nelson, Alicen Ding, and Andy (Cassie) Ding. Her great-grandchildren are Hunter and Sierra Kroh; Brock, Ryder and Cole Burdine; Hawken, Corbin and Purdee Nelson; Ashlin and Chance Martin. Sister, Ina Oppegard, Dazey, ND Step-children, MeLinda (Steve) Ziggenfuss, James (Lori) O’Connell, Cindy (Bob) Haats, and Barbara O’Connell and their families; and many dear nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were husband Eugene O’Connell, her parents Selma and H. A. Faust, brothers Lloyd, Glenn and Melvin Faust, sisters Ruth (Harold) Wengel, Fern (Ralph) Nieland, Doris (Herman) Rash, Grandchildren Elizabeth Nelson; Jeff Knudson; and great-grandchild Kalis Alyea. Planting a tree in honor of Alice would be greatly appreciated. Funeral services will be Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Cooperstown, ND. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 19, 2012 from 5:00 till 7:00 in the Quam-Plaisted-Cushman Funeral Home, Cooperstown, ND and one hour before services in the Church. A Prayer Service will be, Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the Funeral Home. Interment will be Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the Moffit Cemetery, Moffit, ND.
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