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Alice Mae Heisler

December 7, 1933 — February 6, 2020

Alice Mae Heisler

Alice M. Heisler, 86 of Devils Lake formerly of rural Egeland, ND passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Eventide Heartland Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial for Alice will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake with the Very Reverend C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Wednesday, February 12th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary and Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m.  The Rosary will be led by Alice’s sisters MaryLou Belford, Irene Krebsbach and Ann Hunt and the Scripture Service led by Reverend Mr. Ken Severinson, Deacon.  Visitation on Thursday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass.

Alice Mae Gangl was born on December 7, 1933 on the farm rural Starkweather, ND to John B. and Mary (Uhlenkamp) Gangl. She grew up on the family farm and attended school at St. Joe, ND. 

On September 28th, 1949 Alice was united in marriage to James Heisler and they established their home on a farm southeast of Egeland. They worked side by side on the farm for 45 years.  In 1987, the family moved to Cando and Alice worked at the Towner County Memorial Hospital in the Dietary Department and also at the Cando Cenex.  Alice and Jim retired and moved to Devils Lake in 1999.  Jim passed away on September 7, 2006. 

Alice was a devoted farm wife doing all the chores and duties necessary to help her husband. She was a loving, caring mother to her seven children and loved being a grandmother.  Alice was a talented seamstress and a great cook and baker.  She passed down to her children and grandchildren, generations of cooking and baking tips and recipes.  She enjoyed doing ceramics, the crossword puzzles in the newspaper every day, Sudoku and word puzzles.  The grandchildren always looked forward to putting jigsaw puzzles together.  A family get-together highlight was going gopher hunting and Alice was the leader of the “gopher hunting gang”.  If a bonfire was part of any event, you would find Alice tending the fire, she was the “bonfire Queen”.  

Alice enjoyed membership in the Egeland Homemakers Club for many years and also the Elks Lodge.

Alice’s loving family include her children Barbara (Rick) Gau, Fargo, ND, Donald (Glenda) Heisler, Bottineau, ND, Michael (Carol) Heisler, Kingman, KS, Sandra (Mark) Curry, St. Albans, West Virginia, William (LeAnn) Heisler, Devils Lake, Douglas (DeeLynn) Heisler, East Grand Forks, MN and Lisa (Randall) Heck, Devils Lake; 20 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandsons and one great great granddaughter soon to be born; sisters Irene Krebsbach, Ann Hunt and MaryLou (Joe) Belford all of Devils Lake; brother James Gangl, Berthold, ND; sister-in-law Carol Gangl, Enderlin, ND and many nieces, nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim, granddaughter Jenny Heisler, great granddaughter Dahlia Heisler, siblings Rita LaFontaine, Elvera Johnson, Walter Gangl, Ralph Gangl, Robert Gangl, Donald Gangl and Harry Gangl.

Casket Bearers for Alice are her grandchildren Travis Heisler, Brent Curry, Jesse Heisler, Roxie Gau, Denton Heisler, Rylie Heisler, Randall Heck and Michael Heck. Gift Bearers will be granddaughters Alexandria Heck, Angelica Rhoden and Hadyn Heisler, reading the Scriptures will be granddaughter Ranetta Starr, great granddaughter Stephanie Starr. Honorary Bearers are grandchildren Robbyn LaBarre, Nathan Heisler, Joshua Heisler, Lori Bieker, Amanda Trimell, William Curry, Natae Litzinger and Nevon Heisler and the great grandchildren.

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Past Services

Gathering of family and friends

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Rosary and Scripture Service

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

7:00 - 8:15 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

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