Alice Bockhaus

             Alice Ida Bockhaus, daughter of Albert and Ida Buls Kuker, was born October 30, 1918, in Tripoli, Bremer County, Iowa. She was baptized January 26, 1919, by Rev. Stech and confirmed in 1932, by Rev. K. Koehler, at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, which is now Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli. Alice attended Tripoli Public School, graduating in 1936. After graduation, Alice started working as a clerk in the dry goods and grocery departments of the Tripoli Mercantile for her uncle E.H. Kuker and remained until 1944.

            On July 19, 1940, she was united in marriage with Wesley H. Bockhaus at St. Peter’s Church parsonage in Tripoli.  In 1964, Alice returned to work at the Tripoli Mercantile for her cousin William (Hap) Kuker. She later worked for Wilford D. George (Bill’s Jack and Jill) and Dan Borton (Dan’s Jack and Jill). She worked in the dry goods department until it closed, but continued in the grocery department until her retirement on June 27, 1984. Following her husband’s death on November 17, 1994, Alice continued to make her home in Tripoli.

            On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, her death occurred at the Buchanan County Health Center, following a brief illness. She was ninety-three years old and had been a lifelong member of Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli where she was a member of the Women’s Fellowship. She also volunteered in making visits to the Tripoli Nursing Home, assisted in helping on Memorial Day services at the cemetery, and participated in a bowling league for many years. Among her favorite pastimes were raising violets, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and shopping.

            Alice is survived by one daughter, Karen (Roger) Bahr of Walker; a granddaughter, Jennifer Bahr of Vinton; and her cousin, Kaye Osborn of Tripoli.

            In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

            Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 18, 2012, at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli, with Rev. Marilyn Sargent officiating. Interment will be at Fremont Cemetery, rural Tripoli. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour before services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be made in her name to Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli.


S. Graves on June 5, 2012 at 5:06 AM said:

May these words recorded at Isaiah 25:8 be of much comfort to you and your family during this time of deep sorrow. "He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. And the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for Jehovah himself has spoken |it|," "New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures"
Deborah Schwemm Pardekooper on May 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM said:

Roger, Karen, and Jennifer

I have so many memories of your mom and grandma. She was a big part of my life growing up in Tripoli. I am sure when I was little I would pester her by showing up at her door to "visit." She would always greet me with a smile. I loved going to the Merc and she would let me take clothes home "on approval"...boy those were the days. This is such a loss for your family but take comfort in all the fond memories and all the lives she toched. God Bless Debbie
Jeff & Peggy on May 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM said:

Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.
Janelle Johnson on May 17, 2012 at 8:48 PM said:

Karen, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. It's always hard to say goodbye, but I know there will be many happy memories.
Margaret Milne on May 17, 2012 at 3:32 PM said:

I am so sorry for your loss of your Mother, Alice
But just knowing that she is in God's hands is in itself is a comforting thought. Remembering her smile will bring tears to your eyes, but they will be loving tears of MEMORIES. My thoughts are with you, Roger & Jennifer.
Forrie and Glenyce Bolte on May 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM said:

Karen and family
Alice was a good friend and we will miss her along with so many others. I know that when God takes a loved one He leaves the best part in our hearts.
Margaret Ownby on May 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM said:

Roger, Karen, & Jennifer,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you have comfort knowing she is with God.
Melody Malek on May 17, 2012 at 5:29 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Karen, Roger and Jennifer! I will miss your mom's warm smile and kind words. May you experience God's peace knowing your mom is in a wonderful place!
Scott and Kristie Leistikow on May 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM said:

Alice always had such a positive attitude and such a joy in my salon, I will miss her tremendously. Karen, Roger, Jennifer and Kaye you are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep your chins up and a smile on your face as that is what Alice would want.
Nancy Foelske on May 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM said:

My dear friend, I am going to miss our conversations. Roger, Karen and Jennifer - your Mother was a very special lady to all who knew her. You have my deepest sympathy during this difficult time.
Douglas & Diane Kuker on May 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM said:

We have very fond memories of Alice. From the time Doug and I were married, we shopped in the Mercantile. Alice always helped with finding our babies something cute to wear. After we moved away, we'd see her in Tripolis eating estblishments. With Hap or my parents. It was always good to see her. You have our deepest sympathy.y4b
Brad & Kim Bunce family on May 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Frank and Sandy Sauer and family on May 16, 2012 at 6:25 AM said:

We are very sorry for your loss. Enjoyed your mom very much. We are thinking of you.
Janet & Dave Harms & fam on May 15, 2012 at 6:53 PM said:

Karen, Roger, Jennifer - - -so sorry for your loss - we will miss that dear sweet lady. Know that your friends care very much!
Larry & Diana Judisch on May 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM said:

To Karen and Alice's family, So sorry about your mother, you have our prayers and sympathy.

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