Alice Maria Sophia Dannhoff Davis, age 86, of Belgrade passed away January 28, 2013 due to Alzheimer's Disease. She passed peacefully at the home of her granddaughter in Willmar, surrounded by family. Her funeral will be 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 at Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Belgrade. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation was, Wednesday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.
Alice was born August 15, 1926 in Watonwan County, the daughter of Gustav K. Dannhoff (a German immigrant) and Elsie Wojahn Dannhoff (a German American born citizen). She was the oldest of four children and was raised with her paternal grandparents (Oma and Opa) in the home. At the age of seven, Alice suffered partial but permanent facial paralysis as the result of complications from a routine surgery. She attended St. John's parochial School at South Branch, Minn., as well as Watonwan County Public School. Alice became acquainted with J. Willard Davis as she was climbing out from cleaning a cistern on her family farm. During their courtship, Alice was nearly killed in a serious car accident. Still on crutches, Alice married, J. Willard Davis, on January 11, 1948 at St. John's Lutheran Church, St. James. It was an extended celebration as everyone was snowed in at her parent's home playing cards for three days. In 1956, they moved to the farm in Colfax Township with the understanding that if Alice didn't like it they would move back after a year. They made the farm their home together until Willard's passing in 2001. During that time, they were dairy and grain farmers, members of Crow River Lutheran Church and held various offices and memberships in both the church and the Farmers Union. Alice and Willard took great joy in caring for their home which stands today 145 years after parts of it were constructed. They were very proud that in the history of the farm they were only the third family to hold deed on the property. To Alice and Willard's union one child, Carol Jean, was born. Alice would often express the couples wish to have more children but that God had seen fit to give them one child and they had been grateful for it. Over the years, they became parental figures to Alice's younger brother, Willard's nephew and took in two other relatives as foster sons. The neighbor boy and later hired man also became an honorary son to whom they remained close until the time of their deaths. The greatest joy of Alice's life was her growing family. She had six grandchildren and was very welcoming as they chose partners, marriages happened and babies were born. She lived to celebrate the births of nine great-grandchildren. Alice remained on the farm until 2008 when she moved to Compassionate Cottage in Willmar where she was loved and cared for as family. This past Christmas Alice moved into her granddaughter's home and was blessed with several caretakers who helped her along on her journey to her true home. Alice was a woman of deep faith, full of good humor and gracefulness.
Page 2 of 2 - Alice is survived by her brother, Bernard Dannhoff of St. James; daughter, Carol Nash of Spicer; foster sons, Calvin Lemke of Riverside, Calif.; Dywane Bido of the Twin Cities; honorary son, Alex Roeder of New London; grandson, Andrew and Jennifer Lindquist of Willmar; granddaughter, Jessica Rohloff of Willmar; grandson, Dominique and Kim Nash of St. Cloud and grandson, Jesse Nash and Tracy Robnik of Willmar. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Drew, Julia, Kylee, Elizabeth, Ellianna, Bentley, Mason and Liam.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister, Agnes Warner; brother, Carl Dannhoff; grandsons, Mason Nash and Paul Nash and great-grandson, Tayib Nash.