Alicia Ann Iversen,101, died on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Barross Cottages.
Alice was born April 21,1920, to Peter and Alice (McCoy) Gallant, in Duluth, MN, where she grew up and graduated from Central High School in 1938. Moving to Two Harbors, she was employed at the New Life Café and the National Tea Grocery store.
After Alice lost her fiancé at the Battle of Tarawa during WWII, Alice enlisted in the US Marine’s Women’s Reserve, serving at Camp Lejuene, NC. There she learned bookkeeping skills which served her well professionally and in volunteer pursuits.
Upon returning to Two Harbors, Alice worked at the Two Harbors Co-op Store and the Two Harbors Federal Credit Union. She married Harry Iversen on September 13, 1947.
Alice was a member of Bois Forte Ojibwe and was the last remaining WWII veteran of the tribe. She was very proud of her Native American ancestry.
A strong advocate for single payer health care, Alice was very involved in the creation of the Two Harbors Community Health Center, as a Guild member, fundraiser and board member. Alice was a volunteer bookkeeper for the Lake County Day Activity Center, active in the VFW Ladies Auxiliary at the local and 8th District levels and in the Sons of Norway. She was a member of UFCW 1116, and thankful for its’ benefits.
Alice enjoyed traveling, especially to Norway with Harry, gambling, volunteering with community organizations and being with friends and family. She was a huge Twins and Vikings fan.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harry, son John, two sisters and three brothers. She is survived by son, Paul, niece, Marjorie “Tinky” Laiti, and several grand and great grand nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank long time caregiver, Bonnie Timo, Louise’s Coffee Shop, the Meals on Wheels staff, Community Partners, Dr.’s Joseph and Han Han, and many others for helping keep Alice healthy and in her home over the last 15 years. Also, thanks to the Barross Cottages II staff.
We would also like to thank Commander Jim Latvala and the Anderson-Claffy Post 109 of the American Legion, Tribal Chairwoman Cathy Chavers and Bois Forte, as well as Pastor Paula and the United Church for honoring Alice over the past few years. As Alice would say “Thank goodness for small towns!”
In lieu of flowers or memorials, please send a donation to any one of Alice’s favorite organizations; Save Lake Superior Association, Lake County Day Activity Center, Silver Bay Veteran’s Home, VFW National Home for Children or one of your own favorite organizations.
Honorary Pallbearers include Eileen Walker, Ernest Hall, Kenneth Hall, LuAnne (Laiti) Anderson, Connie Laiti, Mark Laiti, Mary Laiti, Joy Gretsch, and Kristine Betcher.
Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM service on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the United Church in Two Harbors. Masks are required. Burial will take place at the Lakeview Cemetery in Two Harbors at 1:30 PM.