Alice Freidel, 87, of Gettysburg, died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Avera Oahe Manor, Gettysburg.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 31 at the United Methodist Church, Gettysburg with Pastor Jeff Adel officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Cemetery, Ethan, SD. Visitation will be from 2 – 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 30 at Luce Funeral Home, Gettysburg.
Alice Pierson was born March 31, 1927 in Dryad, WA to Alex and Stella (Westwood) Pierson. She grew up in the Ethan, SD area, graduating from Ethan High School. Alice went on to receive her teaching certificate and taught country school outside of Ethan for a couple of years.
On Jan. 25, 1946 Alice was united in marriage to Leo James Freidel at Ethan where they continued to live until 1949. In 1949 they moved to Pierre where they lived until 1958 when they moved to Gettysburg and opened Freidel Music and Recreation. Alice stayed busy raising her family and teaching dance and music to area children and adults.
Alice was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gettysburg where she was active in the United Methodist Women and as a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed knitting, working on ceramics, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
Alice is survived by her children Jerry (Barb) Freidel of Mobridge, Wendy Freidel of Gettysburg, Kerry (Sandy) Freidel of Pierre and Angela (Amy) Carigen of Cle Elum, WA; 14 grandchildren: Amy (Todd) Borah, Joel (Juli) Freidel, Aaron Freidel, Kevin (Kristi) Bliese, Matthew Freidel, Bradley Freidel, Amanda (Ryder) Lemler, Cory Niles, Ashley Niles, Jocelyn (David) Ragan, Adrian (Theresa) Freidel, Cooper Carigen, Carsen Kast and Keegen Kast; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and one due in January; her siblings: Catherine Kurtenbach of Johnstown, CO, Violet Koutz of Hastings, MN and Georgia Lee (Herb) Sibson of Ft. Pierre, SD; two sisters-in-law Alzora “Tutz” Hochhalter of Rapid City and Margaret Pierson of Sioux Falls, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo; and one brother, Bill Pierson.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Alice’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)