Alice Gentzkow

alice gentzkow

Alice Jean Gentzkow, 77, Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 8, 2011.

Alice was born on April 25, 1933, the daughter of Mike and Catherine Steffes.  She grew up in LaMoure, ND, where she graduated from LaMoure High School and met the love of her life, Franklin John Gentzkow.  Alice married Frank on October 21, 1954.  They lived in Fargo where they raised five children.

Even though Frank passed away in 1982, Alice lived a full and happy life spending her retirement years at Riverview Place in south Fargo.

Alice is survived by her children, Paul (Barb) Gentzkow, Saratoga, CA, John (Teresa) Gentzkow, Greenwood, IN, Connie (Rick) Foyt, Eden Prairie, MN, Tom (Vickie) Gentzkow, West Fargo, ND, Mark (Jennifer) Gentzkow, Glendale, IL; 11 grandchildren; sister, Lorraine (Elmer) Quinlan, Fairbault, MN; brothers, Clarence (Mar-Jo) Steffes, Bismarck, ND,  Leo Steffes, North Royalton, OH; and brother-in-law, Ed Prochniak, Fargo, ND.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin John Gentzkow; sisters, Irene Prochniak, Florence Schmidt, and Bernice Watkins.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to Riverview Place - 5300 12th St. S., Fargo ND 58104.

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  1. Eden Prairie MN
    Dear Connie and family,

    It has been years since we have seen or spoken to each other, but I recall the fun times we shared and how close you were to your family. Although I only knew your parents briefly, I remember your mother as a very special lady who meant very much to you. I was there when you lost your father so tragically and now I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family as you mourn the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold onto the great memories.

    Take care,

  2. Fargo ND

    Dear Gentzkow Family,
    Please accept my condolences on the death of your mother. No matter how old your are, I think the loss of a parent brings you back to many of the feelings you had as a child, as well as a new appreciation of what that parent meant to you. It is a blessing that you can console each other and see your mom’s legacy in her children and grandchildren. You are in my prayers.

  3. Lakeville MN
    Tom and family,

    My sympathies to all of your family. You should feel proud to have such good parents who cared and loved you so! May God hold you tightly in His loving care and provide you with the comfort that one day, you all will be reunited as members of his heavenly family. God bless and take care….


  4. St Paul MN
    My sympathies to all of you kids. Enjoyed all of you–good memories. Your parents did well and I am sure you have given them many reasons to feel proud. Live on in peace and hold the good memories. Bro. Michael Lee

  5. Bismarck ND
    Paul and family,

    Please accept my condolances on the passing of your mother. She was an incredible woman! I enjoyed the time I spent with you and your family at Cass lake. Like my mom, they were all saints to have raised us and kept us on the straight and narrow! I can see the Shanley Quaterback club in the sky welcoming her with open arms!

    Kevin Mickelson MD

  6. Harwood ND
    Tom & family – I only met your mother a few times a long time ago but I sure remember how nice of a lady she was. She always spoke very highly of her children and family. I’m glad I got to meet her and I am thinking of you and my prayers are with you.

  7. Minot ND
    Connie and the Gentzkow family,
    Our sympathies to all of you on the passing of your mother. It is a difficult time for all, but may the memories carry you through these times and for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Valley City ND
    Dear Tom, Vickie and Family of Alice

    You have our sincere sympathy on the passing of Alice. It is always a difficult time but she is in a better place and the good memories will be a comfort.

    GiGi Goven
    Tom Goven

  9. St. Louis Park MN
    Mark and Tom and Family,

    I hadn’t seen your beautiful mother in so many years but I remember her very fondly as she was always sweet and friendly. My heart hurts for you today. My God bless you and memories always comfort you.

  10. Hastings MN
    Marc and family, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I pray that you find comfort in the memories of her. There is nothing that can make you feel better than sharing stories and laughing about the joy of all those times. It has been 12 yrs. since my dad died and we stil remember and laugh. May God bless you all during this time.

  11. Minneapolis MN
    I’m sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  12. Lakefield MN
    We enjoyed knowing Alice. We share your sorrow. She will be greatly missed.
    Love to all,
    Bill and Carole

  13. Lakefield MN
    We are sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Wish we could be there with you.
    Our sincere sympathies, Paul and Deb and family.

  14. moorhead mnDear Gentzkow family,
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Alice. We wanted to tell you of our connection to her. I worked with Alice for a year at the JC Penney store downtown when I was about 20 years old…she was so kind and fun to be around and so beautiful.
    Many years later my mother and dad connected with her and Frank and they had some social times, dinners, etc. They talked of them up until the time of Frank’s passing.
    We just wanted to pass on you that they are remembered fondly and we’re sorry for your loss.
    Pamela Hahn
    Arline and Lloyd Loe, Fargo…

  15. West Fargo ND
    I worked with Alice at Rosewood on Broadway. There was never a day that she did not have a smile or bring a smile to everyones face that she worked with. She was such a joy to work with and such a good friend to have. I have thought of her often since I left Rosewood and I have missed her friendship. She truly was a remarkable woman and will be greatly missed by all that knew her. My thoughts are with you as a family during this time. Alce…rest in peace.

  16. Luverne MN
    My wife and I had the pleasure of knowing Alice as a friend and co-worker at the Fargo Nursing Home, now called Rosewood on Broadway. I remember meeting Alice one of my first days at work as a nursing assistant. I was a college student, and Alice and the other great ladies on the 4th floor took me under their wings and taught me how to be a caring, compassionate caregiver. Alice was a special lady who took an interest in me. There was a young lady working at the home that Alice thought was a good match for me, and she worked her magic by helping us notice one another. Nancy was her name, and we got engaged and married later that year. I am sad to say that Nancy and I did not stay in touch with Alice as much as we should have, but I can honestly say that because of Alice, I met my wife and we have been together for 26 years. Alice will always have a special place in our hearts. Our sympathy goes out to Alice’s family.

  17. Minneapolis MN
    Connie & Family–
    Such a beautiful picture of your mother! I am so sorry for your loss and have been praying for your family and thinking about you! Wish we could all be there to give you a big hug this weekend.

    Lots of love,
    Stevie, Travis, and Marley Severson

  18. Cedar Falls IaOur thoughts and prayers go out to all of Alice’s family. My family always enjoyed visiting with Alice when we would see her at John and Teresa’s house. She always had a special, funny story to share about her kids or her grandkids. She – and her lovely sense of humor – will be missed.
    Love to all
    –Kelley, Joe, Ben and Alex

  19. Fargo North Dakota
    Knowing Alice through Tom and going to school with Tom years ago at St. Mary’s and high Schoolknowing that she was a very compassionate, caring, kind and considerate person. She was a wonderful and loving mother. She always had a smile and was very nice to everyone. She will be greatly missed by all. I will always remember her for her smile and kindness she showed me in grade school. My prayers and sympathies to you Tom and your entire family. May your mom have a SAFE JOURNEY and May she REST IN PEACE!!!

  20. Pocatello IDMy condolences to all of Alice’s family as you mourn her recent death. I vividly remember when your mom and my cousin Frank (Frankie John) got married in 1955.

    I had a nice phone chat with Alice about a year ago. She verified that Tom was the West Fargo school board person “in the news”. She also bragged about how well all of her “kids” were doing.

    She was a great lady, and I have fond memories of her and your dad.

    Cousin Chuck Humphrey (age 68)
    (son of Alice & Fowler Humphrey)

  21. Bella Vista ARSo sorry for the loss of your Mother and Grandmother, Gentzkows. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Take care.

  22. Sartell MN
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Auntie Alice Jean was a very special and lovely lady and will be missed. Love to you all. Love Wanda & David Chirhart

  23. Edina MN
    Paul. John, Connie, Tom and Mark,
    Pam and I are so sorry to hear about Alice’s passing. Our thoughts and proayers are with you.

  24. North St. Paul MN
    Paul, John, Tom, Connie and Mark,
    I send lots of love, prayers and sympathy. Your mom was a beautiful, loving person and will be greatly missed.

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