Alice (Sigwarth) Link, 96, of Dubuque and formerly of Balltown, was carried home peacefully Thursday, Oct. 29, at Stonehill Care center with her daughter Carol at her side.
Due to the current COVID-19 concerns, a private family Mass of Christian Burial for Alice was held Monday, Nov. 2, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Rev. Noah J. Diehm as the celebrant.
Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown. The mass will be available to be viewed at www.hskfhcares.com at a later date.
Alice was born July 27, 1924, in Balltown, daughter of John and Anna (Leick) Sigwarth. She was united in marriage to Sylvester A. Link, Jan. 16, 1945, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Balltown. Their wedding day closed with a wedding dance at Melody Mill in Dubuque, which was attended by 513 people. The large attendance was a treasured memory for Sylvester and Alice. Though starting out with little, they worked hard and found immense happiness in becoming successful farmers. They were blessed with five children. In 1983, they moved from the farm to Alice’s parents’ home in Balltown. Together they shared 57 wonderful years before Sylvester’s passing, April 29, 2002. Alice moved to Dubuque in 2008, residing at Dubuque Retirement Center, now Eagle Point Place. She was very content with spending her final years at Stonehill Care Center often commenting, “This is a good place.”
Alice was a proud life-long supportive member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and Leo High Catholic School in Holy Cross. She and Sylvester were thrilled to have all five children attend 12 years of Catholic education in local schools. They were among the founding members of the Leo High Endowment Fund Committee. Alice and Sylvester loved to dance and enjoyed square dancing, with the Circle Two-Step and the Polka among her favorites. Alice was a member of the St. Francis Rosary Society, serving as president in 1975. She was also a member of Catholic Financial Life. She was an excellent cook, known for making the best roast beef. Each spring she baked her delicious rhubarb pie and her grandchildren loved Grandma’s banana bread any time of year. She enjoyed volunteering at the Dubuque Women’s Food Booth at the county fair, baking many pies to be served there. She also enjoyed crocheting, bowling, and card club gatherings with neighbors and friends. Alice was always eager to attend and support her grandchildren’s interests and performances. The game of euchre, learned during recess in her grade school years, was an activity Alice excelled in and looked forward to right into her mid-nineties. Family members and visitors were often greeted with, “Would you want to play a little cards?”
Those left to cherish Alice’s memory are her daughters, Carol (Ron) LeGrand of Dubuque and LuAnn (Steve) Small of Madrid; her sons, Allan (Alice) Link and Loras (Tammy) Link, both of Balltown; her son-in-law, Dave Winn of Red Bluff, Cal.; nine grandchildren: Nicole (Jeremy) Borden of Bettendorf, Scott (Mary Jo) LeGrand of Cedar Rapids, Kim (Kenny) Nedder of Pella, Joe (Jessica) Link of Cedar Rapids, Mike (Jenny) Link of Asbury, Michelle (Travis) Gavin of Ankeny, Renee (Dana) Conley of Bondurant, Sarah (Zach) Little of Peosta and Melissa Link of Dubuque; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marina Klein of Dubuque; a brother, Louis (Jean) Sigwarth of Balltown; three sisters-in-law: Kay Link, of Dyersville, Elaine Link of Dubuque, Mary Link of Franklin, Wis.; and her cherished friend, Joanne Steger of Balltown.
She was welcomed into heaven by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Janet G. Winn; her siblings: Rev. Reynold Sigwarth, Armella (Alvin) Banwarth, Dorothy (Arnold) Klein, Werner (Dolores) Sigwarth, Celestine (Eleanor) Sigwarth, Lucille (Delbert) Link; a brother-in-law, John Klein; and her godparents, Msgr. Anthony Sigwarth and Sister Stella Marie Leick.
A memorial fund has been established.
Alice’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Stonehill Care Center for providing loving care for Mom these past seven and one-half years. Gratitude is also expressed to Hospice of Dubuque.
Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in care of the arrangements.
A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences sent to the family by visiting Alice’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.