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Alice Doyle

June 04, 2015

Memorial Service

June 09, 2015 11 AM with a visitation one hour prior

Nativity Catholic Church


June 08, 2015
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Alice Doyle

June 04, 2015


Alice Doyle, Fargo, ND passed away on June 4, 2015 in the Palliative Care Unit of Sanford Health, Fargo.

Alice Dion Doyle was born December 17, 1930 at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake to Oliver and Rose (Schamberger) Dion. The Dion family farmed near Grand Harbor, ND. Alice attended a 1 room school at Grand Harbor through the 8th grade. She graduated high school from St. Mary’s Academy at Devils Lake in 1948. Alice received her RN in 1951 from the Mercy School of Nursing in Valley City.

Alice married Locklyn Doyle on April 19, 1956 at St. Joseph’s church in Devils Lake. They moved to Fargo where Alice began working as a clinical nurse. She transitioned to a family practice nurse and worked in that profession until her final retirement in 2000. Alice was nurse for the late Dr. Dale Kana for 31 years. Alice and Lock had been members of Nativity church in Fargo since 1960.

Those who knew Alice well were not fooled by her gruff exterior. A soft and generous heart lay beneath. When Alice barked orders dogs, children & even doctors obeyed. But she had encouraging words and capable hands when dressing cuts & scrapes, and was a comforting consult to neighbors worried about their feverish children.

Family is important to us all but to none more than Alice. She provided a steady and loving foundation to her extended family and opened her home to all who came. Alice was the family communication center and keeper of family history with every birthday and anniversary filed in her sharp mind. She was witty and funny, love to play Scrabble and cards, and always kept a pet in her home.

Alice is survived by her children: Michele (Tom Marple) Doyle, Todd (Lynelle) Doyle, Kevin Doyle; and grandchildren Stephanie & Olivia Doyle; most special nieces and nephews Carmen Hendrickx, Louis (Cathy) Hendrickx, Jeff (Jolene) Hendrickx, Jackie (Del) Steckler and their children Drew, Chet & Leif Hendrickx; Beth & Tyler Hendrickx; Kasey & Shane Steckler.. She was preceded in death by her husband, nephew, William Hendrickx, her brothers, sisters, and parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Friends of Chimbote, (Fr. Jack Davis Peru mission). www.friendsofchimbote.org.  


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14 responses to “Alice Doyle”

  1. Debbi Kana Morin says:

    I loved Alice. For as long as I can remember, she was my dad’s nurse. She was the only one that I know of who could look at my dad at times when he was being cranky, and tell him to stop acting like a (you can fill in the blank here). And even more astoundingly, he would listen to her. She would give us shots when needed, and while we were shutting our eyes waiting for the poke, she was walking away with the shot already given. Best nurse ever! Through the years, she was always happy to see me and the rest of my family. In fact, I will always remember her as part of my family. I will miss her, but I know she is in a better place now. RIP Alice.

  2. Dianne Millar says:

    Our sympathy to Alice’s family and friends. May you find comfort and peace in your memories of Alice……….

  3. Dorothy ((Ratzlaff) Olson, Valley City says:

    Many great memories from the Mercy School of Nursing to our present get togethers to celebrate our
    friendships of many years.
    My thought and prayers are with you.

  4. Fr. Tim Bushy says:

    May Alice have eternal peace and joy with our loving God. She was a good friend and we had a few good laughs too during my early days of priesthood at Nativity. May her legacy of love and commitment to justice live on in all of us.

  5. Ann Farrell says:

    Shelly, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending you strength.

  6. Jayne (Haugen) and Brian Hanson says:

    Shelly, Todd and Kevin,
    I am so sorry to hear the news about your mom. Alice was a great friend to our family. She was a wonderful friend to my mom for many, many years. Alice always knew what to say and when to say it through many good times and some very sad times for our family. She was there for my mom when I couldn’t be and I will be forever grateful to her for that.

    It makes me smile when I think of Alice and how good she was with all three babies that she and Dr. Kana help me bring into this world. She was the best!

    I remember baby sitting for you three one summer and how she trusted me knowing that I had no experience at all. And she paid me well! Thankfully, in spite of me, you all survived that summer!

    My prayer for you all is that the many wonderful memories of your mom throughout the years will sustain you through this difficult time.

    Brian and Jayne Hanson

  7. Barbara Riemann says:

    i was saddened to hear of Alice’s passing. Alice and Dr. Kana were part of our health team from before I was married until their retirement, when our children were nearly through high school. Alice took many a worried phone call from us, always very willing to handle the situation herself or pass it along as she saw necessary. She even knew how to handle a child who became hysterical about a shot – firmly! We have never found a replacement for Team Alice and Kana and are thankful that they have been part of our lives.

  8. Cynthia Schwinden says:

    Shelly and Tom,
    Words fail us. Just know that we are thinking about you.
    With love and peace,
    Cindy and Mike

  9. Ingo Keller says:

    To the family of Alice Doyle, I’m sorry to learn of Alice’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was a delivery driver for UPS and when I delivered packages to the Doctors offices and I met Alice, Alice was always very good to me, she always made my day when she greeted me.

  10. Jolyn Krabbenhoft says:

    Cant remember a time in my life when Alice didn’t play a big role! Memory flashes of her walking Kelly around the block, teaching me the names of the flowers surrounding her house, easing fears when medical problems arose, always knitting something wonderful, encouraging my love for reading, driving neighborhood kids to the public library, playing “3 to 13”, drinking piping hot Tom & Jerrys, giving sound advice… Alice was a strong & dependable woman, caring mother & good friend! Love to her & her family!

  11. Lois and Larry O'Meara says:

    Nurse Alice and Dr Kana were our family’s care team for many years. It was a sad day when that team retired but they both deserved their retirement. Our family has never truly felt like we were able to replace them with the same kind of health team. Alice was always a pleasure to be around. Yeah, she acted a little grumpy but we knew that was an act. She had the very BEST sense of humor, too. We always got a real charge out of how she “handled” Dr Kana. She was great with my kids as they were growing up. They always were relaxed around her and shots were never a big drama that a lot of kids went through. Dr. Kana delivered our first grandson, which was also the last baby he ever delivered. Alice took a lot of pleasure telling us the day we brought our daughter in for her first check up that Dr Kana was retired from delivering babies, but he made an exception to be part of this baby’s coming into the world. Alice always made us feel special. May you rest in peace, Alice. Say “Hi” to Dr. Kana, too. God has another Angel.

  12. Mike Kapel says:

    I’m hoping to reach Carmen with a message. I’m Rae Kapel’s son. My mother is in a rehab facility now and can’t make the funeral. She was very saddened to hear the news and even more sad she can’t attend the services. My mother asked that I try to get her cell number to Carmen. Carmen, if you get this message (or any other family members that see it if you can please pass it on), please call my mother at 701-306-0268. On a personal note I was a patient of Dr. Kana when I was a child and always remember Alice as a calming force for me when going to the doctor. We also spent some time at Alice’s house over the years when I was growing up. I always enjoyed our trips over to Alice’s house. My thoughts are with you all in this difficult time.

  13. Sherry Dolan (Nordquist) says:

    To Alice’s family. I was sad to hear of her passing. I worked with Alice and Dr Kana back in the 70’s. (Also with Gwen Dockendorff) She was an awesome nurse. My daughter got allergy shots from Alice and many times did not even know the shot was done and over with. I remember during the flood when the office all went to Dr Kana’s home south on the river to sand bag. Strange things floated down the river and we all stood and laughed. I moved to Omaha in 1984 and kept in touch with Alice. The last time I was in Fargo and stopped to see Alice on 18th Street, we again laughed about the river sand bagging. She loved each of her kids as well as her extended family. Proud of each and everyone of you. Thanks for sharing her. God Bless each of you.

  14. Sue (Frost) Schindler says:

    From the time I was 11 years old until Dr. Kana retired, Alice and Dr. Kana took care of my family (parents, siblings and children). Dr. Kana delivered three of my four children….our third child was born on his 50th birthday!! If any of us needed to be seen, my mother would call Alice and she would tell my mother, “Bring her/him in”!! Dr. Kana even made a few house calls in the early years! What a wonderful and caring person Alice was….always made the visits to the doctor less stressful and the shots did not hurt!! It was like a visit to see family when we would go to the doctor….Rae, Alice and Dr. Kana!!

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