Alice Ellingsberg

alice  ellingsberg

March 20, 1953 ~ May 31, 2023

Resided in: West Fargo, ND

Alice Marie (Strouse) Ellingsberg, Age 70, died May 31st, 2023 at Sanford’s Fargo Hospice House after a brief battle with Acute Kidney Disease.

Alice was born on March 20, 1953, in Lisbon, ND to Lawrence H. (Bud) and Ruth E. (Johnson) Strouse of Cogswell, ND where she grew up on a dairy farm adjacent to the town. Alice graduated from Sargent Central High School in 1971 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Dakota State University in 1975. While attending NDSU, Alice met her future husband Glenn. Upon completing college, she was employed by the Moorhead School District until her retirement in 2015.

Alice married Glenn D. Ellingsberg on June 19, 1976, at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cogswell, ND and made their home in West Fargo, ND.
Alice had a passion for genealogy which led her to be accepted into many hereditary societies. Alice served at the Chapter, State and National level in most of the Societies she joined. Highlights of her Hereditary Society involvement were: Honorary National President of the National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars as well as State President; Past National Vice President of the Western Section, National Registrar and State Regent for the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists; Past Vice President General, National Chairman Lineage Research as well as State Regent for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She also belonged to the National Society Dames of the Court of Honor, National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century, National Society United States Daughters of 1812, The National Gavel Society and was a Life Promoter of the National Society Children of the American Colonists. One of Alice’s greatest accomplishments was to become a Certified Genealogist. Each of the Societies Alice joined benefited from her genealogical knowledge by her ability to help prospective members with their application papers. Alice was a member of the Red River Valley Genealogical Society and a past member of the Heritage Education Commission which sponsors a genealogical workshop each year. Alice was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Fargo.

During their early years of marriage, Alice and Glenn enjoyed traveling and showing Samoyeds at various Kennel Club Dog Shows across the United States and Canada. Later in life, they took in many rescue Samoyeds and one Blue Healer Cross.

Alice is survived by her husband, brother-in-law Donald (Beverly) Ellingsberg, sister-in-law Lois (Lee) DeMar, several cousins and her two dogs Luca and Matti. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents: Ernest and Alice (Carlblom) Johnson, and Harry L. and Lelia M. (Wood) Strouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to any animal rescue organization or to your favorite charity.


Visitation - Saturday: July 15, 2023 1:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Memorial Service - Saturday: July 15, 2023 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. To the family of the late Alice Ellingsberg, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I met and worked with Alice through NSDAR, when she was Chair of the National Lineage Research Committee, she appointed me National Vice-Chair for Lineage Research, African American. It was a pure joy to work with her, and I have fond memories of our time together. She will be missed.

    Unfortunately, my late father had chronic kidney disease and spent many a day in dialysis. Also, while I studied for my Ph.D., I received a regional fellowship from the Maryland State Society Colonial Dames and had the honor to speak virtually before them about African American Revolutionary War Patriots.

  2. Our deepest condolences to Glenn and the whole family. Her big heart and smile will brighten the heavens until we all meet again.

  3. Alice was my friend and mentor and will be very missed. Rest in peace my dear friend.
    My condolences to Glenn.

  4. Sincere condolences Glenn. Alice was a gem. She got me into and interested in heritage societies. Her quiet friendliness will be missed.

  5. Glenn,
    We’ve been thinking of you and Alice since she got back from DC. Prayers for you and all your family- I will miss her!

  6. I’m absolutely heartbroken to hear this sad news. Alice was such a wonderful person and was loved by so many. Sending hugs and prayers to you, Glenn and the rest of your family. ❤️🙏❤️🙏🙏

  7. Glenn, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your whole family. Alice was truly a gift to so many people. I feel blessed to have known her. I pray for strength and peace for you at this sad time. I’ll forever see Alice’s warm smile and gentle voice. God’s Blessings, The Lundberg Family

  8. Alice and I shared our love of Genealogy. She was great to work with and I will miss her. Alice left her mark of friendship on those she met. Prayers are for her family.

  9. I was both saddened and shocked by this news. Alice and Glenn were huge supporters of Playing Again Sams of Wisconsin – Wisconsin Samoyed rescue. Through the many years they adopted several rescues but they also helped volunteering with getting other rescues to their new homes because while they did not live in WI they helped transport dogs that needed to get to WI from out West and sometimes those samoyeds never left their house . Their are many donations helped keep our rescue afloat. I feel so sad knowing Alice is no longer here. I know that when she got to heaven she had many, many sammies greeting her.

  10. Alice was a lady through and through. I will miss her calm presence and her cool level-headedness. Glenn, I am so sorry for this terrible loss.

  11. My heart is shocked and saddened by the death of Alice. Her calm leadership has inspired me as a Daughter of the American Revolution. Her generosity and caring were great leadership qualities. Wishing you peace and comfort with happy memories, Glenn. Warmly, Suellen Palya

  12. Condolences to Glenn and family on the loss of this wonderful, warm, generous woman who was always so gracious and giving. We in Daughters of Colonial Wars will miss her continuing leadership and always remember her past roles in our Society. May she rest in perpetual love and peace.

  13. Glenn, sending prayers to you.i am so sorry to hear about the loss of Alice. You are in my thoughts.


    Megean Solberg

  14. I am so sorry to hear about Alice. I have so many special memories of you and Alice hosting us girls for national secretaries day for lunch and a glass of wine. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. I am so sorry to hear this news. I had the honor of working with Alice on the America 250 Committee in DAR.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    Cindi Carter
    North Central Division Vice Chairman
    America 250 Committee

  16. Dear Glenn, family & fur babies too, I am just devastated with the news of Alice’s illness and passing. Glenn, Alice had many “sisters.” Please rely on us to help comfort you as I know how difficult it is to lose someone so precious in your life. I pray that God’s angels are surrounding you and holding you ever so tightly. I pray that Jesus carries you especially when you can’t bear to walk forward and alone. He will be with you. Please depend on him.

  17. Dear Glenn:
    Alice was a most gracious hostess when my husband Bob and I visited North Dakota She will be missed.

  18. Alice was amazing in soooo many ways. Her choice of job, being a paraprofessional. She was the voice for those that couldn’t advocate for themselves. My first “loving” memory was when she helped for the hunt for a prom dress for Jayde. Alice could be spicy when it came to her strong beliefs and soft choosing to love and care for my girls. Her heart was huge and I wondered how her petite body contained such a huge heart. I will keep you Glenn, Luca and Matti in my prayers❤

  19. So sorry about Alice. WE WERE good genealogy friends. Related to Bradford Co Pa. COONRAD MENGES/MINGOS .SHE hosted my wife Jeanine And I to a DAR dinner party I n Wash DC

  20. Glenn,
    So sorry to hear of Alice’s passing. I hadn’t seen Alice since we graduated , but had the pleasure of working with her planning our last class reunion. Prayers for you at this time.

  21. Sending thoughts and prayers to Glenn and the rest of the family. I will miss Alice’s friendly welcome every time I saw her. She was also a true lady and a remarkable example of a leader. Alice will be greatly missed. This is indeed a tragic loss as she touched the lives of so many.

  22. Glenn & family~ I met Alice through Daughters of Colonial Wars. She was wonderful. She was so encouraging & friendly. We will all miss her so much. Please know our thoughts are with you during this trying time.

  23. I served Alice in her DCW Administration. I was deeply honored that she asked me to serve. I have enjoyed her friendship and our chats about our dogs. May she walk with Angels and Rest in Peace, she will be deeply missed.

    Carolyn Coulter

  24. Daughters in Indiana are grieved to hear of Mrs. Ellingsburg’s passing. Our condolences to her family.


  25. Alice will be greatly missed. She was so gracious, well organized, and friendly when I served on her DCW Board. Rest in peace, Alice. Condolences to Glenn for your loss of a wonderful person.

  26. Alice verified many of my DCW applications. She was a marvelous registrar, and I enjoyed corresponding with her. May she rest in peace. Grace Smith/Michigan

  27. Glenn, My condolences to you and all of Alice’s family. It a pleasure to know and work with Alice. She was so willing to share her knowledge of genealogy and assisted so many achieve membership in the different societies. Alice will be missed by many.

  28. Glenn,
    So sorry to hear of Alice’s passing. I know she was a wonderful lady and wife to you. Wish I could’ve known her better.
    Cousin Donna

  29. The news of Alice’s death was too great a shock and loss for me to write anything for several days after I heard the news. Glenn, you have my deepest condolences. Alice and I were “sisters” through 5 hereditary societies, but she was also like a sister in our long years of friendship and shared love of and work in genealogy. Glenn once said that Alice and I were the only two people he knew who could talk long distance for two hours or moe about people who had been dead for 300 years. (This was in the days of expensive long distance.) I first met Alice in 1986. We worked together, voluntarily researching and preparing applications for new members of DAR, DCW and DAC, jokijgly referring to ourselves as “Apps “R Us”,,from then until 2020, when I was forced to cut back due to cancer. It is safe to say that without Alice’s determination and our joint efforts, DAR in ND might not have survived and there would be neither DCW nor DAin ND in ND. This is to say nothing of all the offices and committee chairmanships she held on the local, state and national level. Alice was a dedicated officer in any post she held and a delightul and caring friend. She cannot be replaced.

    • Janet, I so agree with you. Alice was a great asset to so many members and to the Lineage Societies themselves. She will be sorely missed. I hope you are doing well. Jolene

  30. Glenn- My sincere condolences to you and your family. May your memories of Alice sustain you during this difficult time. Peace be with you.

  31. Thinking of you, Glenn, as you mourn the loss of Alice. My sympathies to you and all of her family.

  32. How very sad to hear of Alice’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to Glenn and her family. Requiescet in pace

  33. So sorry to hear of Alice’s passing.
    Lots of good memories growing up together.
    Searching for the first crocuses every spring on the hills of her Grandfather’s farm & lying on the floor playing & coloring.
    Rollerskating for her Birthday Parties & slumber parties.

  34. So Sorry for Your Loss Glenn. Alice was a great gal. Always enjoyed our time spent with you two. Thinking of you this time of loss. Lonnie and Sharon BjornsonS

  35. It is hard for me to even think that Alice has left us. Glenn and Alice have been supportive friends and mentors to me over the last many years in DAR. Back in the old school days of post cards for meeting reminders and the phone call trees and before computers, Alice and Glenn were right there – nudging us all on to get into the modern era. So many good memories of riding in her van with the white puppy fur all over, their dogs trying to kiss people when the doorbell rang, calm and reassuring demeanor in meetings, interest in everyone’s history and great ideas for research, and of course all the work locally at RRVGs. She enriched my life and I am happy to have known her.

  36. Very sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. My family and I wish you the best in this time of grief.

  37. Glenn.
    Please accept Joanna’s and my own sympathy to you. Though we only met Alice once at the family reunion, we had the distinct impression that she was enormously resourceful and supremely intelligent.
    We are sure she will be missed. but not forgotten.

  38. Glenn,
    So very sorry to hear about Alice. Visiting you in Williston it was clear you two were a great team! My sincere condolences.

  39. Glenn, thinking of you often with a heavy heart with Alice’s passing. Always had good visits with her when we saw each other. Will always remember you two hosting get togethers for the admin assts from work on your beautiful patio. Especially when Alice showed us some of her antique items and dolls. Rest In Peace, Alice. I

  40. Glenn, I was so saddened to hear of Alice’s passing. She and I worked so well together in USD1812 when she was the assistant National Registrar. I have been friends with her for many years through many lineage organizations. Her genealogy knowledge will be forever missed. Her fondness for helping others get into the societies will be a great loss.
    Know she left a great legacy.

  41. Glenn, I am saddened to learn of the death of your life partner Alice. I send my prayers that you may be comforted by the memories of your life together and the knowledge Alice is in God’s hands.

  42. Glenn, We are very sorry for the loss of your life-partner, Alice. She will be missed greatly by by us and all who knew her. We will cherish all the good times we had together.

  43. I am so sorry for the loss of this great lady, wife, friend, genealogist. Prayers and blessings to her family and friends.

  44. No words can ease the pain. Sending our healing prayers and comfort during this time.

  45. Hello Glenn this is MJ Craig so sorry to hear about Alice. I would like to talk you. My daughter was Susan Kinkle

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