Alice Orr

Alice Elvera Clarstrom Orr (nee Erickson), age 99, of Park River Estates in Coon Rapids, MN, died on Friday, Aug. 21, 2009. She was born on June 22, 1910 in Beresford, to Swedish immigrants, Ida S. Messler and Gustav T. Erickson.

Alice attended Newdale Country School and Vermillion High School where she graduated in 1927. She moved to Sioux City, IA in 1929 and attended the Lutheran School of Nursing where she graduated with the class of 1932. She married Carl Gustav Clarstrom on June 22, 1938 at Trinity Lutheran Church. They made their home in Sioux City, IA raising their children, Ronald and Janice, until Carl's death in 1964. Alice worked as a registered nurse at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital until her retirement in 1975 as supervisor OB/GYN.

Alice married Roland "Bud" Orr on Feb. 23, 1980 at Glass and Garden Church in Scottsdale, AZ. They traveled between their homes in Vermillion and Mesa, AZ until Bud's death in 1986. She continued spending winters in Mesa and summers in Vermillion until the mid 1990s when she moved to Clearwater, FL to live with her daughter, Janice, until her death in 2004. Alice then relocated to Walker Plaza in Anoka, MN and later, Park River Estates in Coon Rapids until her death.

Alice is survived by her son, Ronald (Sandy) Clarstrom of Andover, MN; two grandchildren, Ann Damask of Waukesha, WI and Mark (Beth) Clarstrom of Andover, MN; four great-grandchildren, Lilian, Cassandra and Laurie Clarstrom and Aiden Clarstrom; sister, Louise Eklund of Council Bluffs, IA;  as well as several nieces and two nephews. She is also survived by two stepsons, Franklin (Gwen) Orr and Ronald (Beverly) Orr; two stepdaughters, Sally (Ralph) Westergaard and Mary Ellen (Todd) Brevik; with numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren in the Volin, Burbank and Vermillion area.

Alice is preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Clarstrom and Bud Orr; daughter, Janice Clarstrom; and sisters, Ruth Weber and Mabel Erickson.

Alice was a loving, caring, kind and gentle lady with a contagious smile.  She will be deeply missed.

Visitation was held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Funeral services followed at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, at Christy Smith Funeral Home, Morningside Chapel, 1819 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, IA. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery immediately following the service, and a reception was held at Christy Smith.
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