Alice Burckhard

alice burckhard

 Alice Elizabeth (Thompson) Burckhard, 99, of Fargo, died on December 8th at Bethany on 42nd.

Alice was born in Warwick, ND, on February 5, 1915, to John and Amelia Thompson.  She graduated from Warwick High School in 1933, where she was an outstanding girls’ basketball player and developed her life long passion for the sport.  On June 4, l938, she married the love of her life, Anton (Tony) Burckhard, in Devils Lake, North Dakota, and they were married for 65 years until his death in 2004.  While in Devils Lake, Alice worked for many years at Mann’s Department Store, and upon moving to Fargo in 1962, she worked at Monson’s Luggage until her retirement in 1976.  She loved baking, especially fruit pies; traveling to Arizona each winter, as well as trips on a tankful with her niece, Candis; penny ante poker; and always having a pot of coffee or a stiff drink ready day or night for friends or relatives whenever they dropped by her home.  In 2007 she moved to Bethany Towers, Fargo, and then to Bethany on 42nd last February.

She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her son, Alan (Patricia) Burckhard, Glendale, AZ; two grandchildren, Jerrod (Beth) Shermoen, International Falls, MN and Kristopher (Tammy)Burckhard, Mesa, AZ; three great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Shermoen, Maria Shermoen, and Kameron Burckhard; son-in-law, Jerry Shermoen, International Falls, MN, and numerous nieces and nephews, especially Candis (Harley) Sommerfeld, Fargo, and Diane Young, Jamestown.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Toni Marie Shermoen; her parents; all 12 brothers and sisters; and one grandchild, Jeffrey Alan Shermoen.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Bethany on 42nd.

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  1. Buckeye AZ
    I am so sad for your loss. Alice was a loving, funny, smart and compassionate woman. Some of my fondest memories are with her and Tony playing cards, watching us kids play and loving us as her own. She always made me feel so special. I am glad she got to meet Liam and hold him, that is one of the best pictures. Thank you for sharing your family with us ‘Huettl’s”. They were amazing and we are blessed to have known and loved them. I love you Uncs, Auntie and Cousin.

  2. Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family. I saw Alice a few times after mom died and she really missed her.

  3. Chandler AzSo many memories. We were so blessed to have had Alice in our lives for so many years. We always looked forward to spending time with her and Tony. We laugh remembering the schemes Alan, Tony and Alice would pull off flawlessly.

    She loved all of us Arizona Huettl kids. She knew our accomplishments and always took interest in our lives and families.

    Alice, several of us were coming to Fargo for your 100th birthday, so instead we might have to get together and share loving memories.

    Lord Thank You for all years we had Alice.

  4. Fargo North Dakota
    Alan and famiLy,
    Les and I are very saddened to hear of Alices’ death. She was such a dear friend to Helen and us.
    They spent many hours and wore out decks of cards playing Gin. When we would go to see Helen, I would knock on her door and ask her if she would be my partner in Whist. She was always ready to “deal the cards”. Since Helens death and she did not want to take part in too many things, she was alway ready to play Gin when I went to see her. Many times, I would go home and tell Les that I got beat by a 99 year old.
    She was a sharp player
    And she loved those root beer floats.
    She was such a beautiful lady, in every way. I will miss going to see her.
    May God be with all of you and give you comfort.

  5. Broken Arrow OklahomaAlan and family,

    We were saddened to hear that Auntie Alice passed away. She was my favorite Aunt. I remember the many times I was invited over for dinner when my job took me to Devils Lake. She was an awesome cook. I always enjoyed visiting with her and Uncle Tony. We will treasure the time we spent visiting with her this fall. She was still very sharp mentally, at her age that was remarkable. We shared many stories. We are planning to attend the memorial for Auntie Alice in June. Looking forward to seeing you again Alan, it has been a long time. Prayers are with you and your family.

    Roger and Jackie Dailey

  6. Her memories will remain in your hearts forever, never to be forgotten.

    Alan, you have been a loving, caring son. Be proud of yourself and knowshe is in a better place.

    Take care…Love & hugs to both of you.


  7. Sorry for you loss. Thought and prayers to your family. Mom (Dolly Braaten) and Alice were such good friends. Alice was about the only one that could get mom to play cards. They enjoyed many afternoons playing cards and visiting. When I was young we would visit Alice and Tony and Veronica and Bill. I was up to see Alice after mom died and she was so sharp and witty, so fun to visit with, and she dearly missed mom and her visits.

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