Alice A. Besler

Alice A. Besler, 79, of Worthington, Iowa, passed away, Thursday, July 4, 2024 at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation for Alice will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 7,2024, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held 1:30 p.m.  Visitation will also continue after 9 a.m. on Monday, July 8, 2024, at the funeral home.

Services for Alice will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 8, 2024, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa, with Rev. Mark Osterhaus Presiding and Rev. Chris Podhajsky concelebrating.  Burial will be held in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa.

Alice Ann Boge was born on the family farm northeast of Farley on August 4th of 1944 to Ralph & Jeanette (Naber) Boge. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1962. After graduation, she worked for Attorney T.J. Gilloon in Dyersville, IA and later for Great Plains Supply Company in Farley, IA.

On New Year’s Eve, 1964, at the Worthington Memorial Hall, she met the love of her life, Robert A. Besler. They were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley on September 17, 1966. They were married for 52 years. Together they had seven children and they farmed on the Besler Century Farm.

Alice was a true country girl. She loved the farm, working alongside her husband, milking cows, raising hogs and she especially loved taking care of her chickens. Alice loved all kinds of music (especially old-time country, polka, waltz and big band) and she loved to sing and dance in her kitchen. She loved to bake and cook for Bob and her family and always enjoyed the holidays having her family join her for the delicious meal she prepared for them. Family meant everything to her. She truly loved Bob with all her heart as well as her children and grandchildren.

Alice was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Altar & Rosary Society in Worthington, IA. She was a devout Catholic and she loved to pray the rosary daily.

Alice is survived by six children: Kathryn (Wayne) Decker of Holy Cross, IA; Robert J. (Jodee) Besler of Hopkinton, IA; Janet Hoeger of Manchester, IA; Ronald (Courtney) Besler of Dyersville, IA; Alan (Jill) Besler of Worthington, IA; and Steven (Elle) Besler of Hopkinton, IA; 12 grandchildren: Brian (Taylor) Decker of Ankeny, IA; Becky (Ezra) Lange of Des Moines, IA; Danielle Besler of Farley, IA; Jacob Besler of Worthington, IA; Madelyn and Ellie Hoeger of Manchester, IA; Hanah Besler of Dyersville, IA; and Kaitlyn, Natalie, Addison, Caleb and Lauren Besler of Worthington, IA; three siblings: LouAnn Kozicki and Marilyn (Harry) Bortel both of Green Bay, WI; and Roger (Mary) Boge of Farley, IA; one brother-in-law, Charles Kluesner of Farley, IA; and one sister-in-law, Janice Besler of Dyersville, IA.

She is preceded in death by: her husband, Robert A. Besler on June 15, 2019 and her daughter, Karen M. Besler on January 10, 1969; her parents, Ralph and Jeanette Boge; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edwin and Armella Besler; her sister, Arlene Kluesner; her brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws: Michael Kozicki, Donald Besler, Jerome and Monica Besler, Louis Besler, John and Norma Jean Rave and Joseph and Lila Mae Sperfslage.

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