The service will be livestreamed below at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 10.
On Sunday, April 11th 2021, Alice Zahnow, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus at the age of 87. Alice Leona Amb was born April 4,1934 at the Mayville Hospital to Joe and Olina (Hovet) Amb of Roseville Township, N.D. She attended Roseville Township school and graduated from Portland High School in 1952. After high school she attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, completing a two year business course in 1954. Upon graduation she went to work at GMAC in Fargo. Feeling adventurous she transferred with GMAC and moved to Denver and later to San Diego. While in San Diego she married Robert Fletcher Sr. and had two children (Robert Jr. and Connie) before divorcing in 1966. Alice returned to Fargo, ND with her children to be near her family and went to work for American Linen Supply Company as payroll clerk. She joined Temple Baptist Church in 1966 and maintained her membership there for the next 50 years. On May 6,1972, she married Melvin Zahnow, a widower with one son, Michael, and later they had a daughter, Jane, born in 1974. Alice accepted Jesus as her personal Savior in 1948. Her love of Jesus was expressed through teaching Sunday school for 50 years , VBS, volunteering as the church clerk, working as a Women's ministry leader, serving as the church treasurer for 25 years, all while mentoring and discipling many young believers. If you visited with her it didn’t take long for her to bring up Jesus and the hope there was in following Him. Alice also enjoyed reading, playing cards, and baking. Working alongside Melvin in his many endeavors that included chickens, goats, geese, pheasants and bees was both challenging and fulfilling. She loved spending time with people and always made time to visit and to share a story from her life. Due to health reasons, Alice moved to California in 2013. She joined Valencia Hills Community Church in 2016. In the last few years of her life she took on the task of battling Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and was thankful for the hundreds of units of blood that kept her alive during that time. Along with her parents, Alice was also preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Zahnow; son, Robert Fletcher Jr; son-in-law, David Hayes; grandson, Eric Fletcher: brother, Carl Amb; and sister-in-law, Carole Amb. She is survived by her 3 children: Connie (Paul) Oestreicher of Belleville, NJ, Michael Zahnow of Fargo, ND, Jane (Jason) Cox of Valencia, CA, daughter-in-law Lynne Fletcher of Antioch, IL; sister Irene (David) Hoff of Ottertail,MN; her sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren along with many who called her Mom and Nanny. A celebration of her life will be held on July 10th, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo,ND at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be with Melvin Zahnow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to MDS Foundation or The American Red Cross.

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  1. My sympathy to the family of Alice, a fine cousin. We had many happy times together on our farms near Portland and Mayville, North Dakota.
    Helen Hanson Olson

  2. I met Alice in 1984 when we moved to Fargo, ND from Oklahoma where we attended Temple Baptist Church. I was beyond blessed to have her in my life. She was like a Mom when I was so far away from mine. I love you Miss Alice. See you in heaven.

  3. My Alice, I thank our great Lord up above he brought us together. . I can’t express the gratitude I have to have had the pleasure of knowing you and the great memories we accomplished during that time. . You really made a great impact in my life, and I am forever grateful of our friendship

  4. So happy I knew Alice. She was a great teacher to my kids for the 10 years in Temple Baptist. We enjoyed buying their fresh milk/cream/meat over the years. I know she will be missed tremendously!!

  5. I enjoyed being able to join the livestream of the service. We wished we could be there, but was so thankful our daughter, Sharon and her family were able to attend. To the family–thank you for sharing your mother with us during the years we were at Temple Baptist Church. She truly was a faithful service

  6. Grateful for the privilege to participate in honoring, Mrs. Zahnow, through the live broadcast! Although circumstances complicated my ability to attend, my heart was with you in spirit. What a beautiful and touching service. Times spent with Mrs. Zahnow were life changing. Like so many others, my memories are numerous! Due to Mrs. Zahnow’s obedience to God, He was able to use her to plant seeds in many lives …including mine. She loved and was loved! She seized every opportunity to pour into people’s lives. She was REAL! Even through her own personal struggles and dark valleys she shined and declared Gods faithfulness. Her best friend was JESUS whom she loved and served! A wonderful example…teacher, mentor, and friend. She will be missed…. So let US ALL run the race with endurance until we meet again! What a reunion that will be!

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