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Alice J. Potter

September 27, 1931 — January 13, 2019

Alice J. Potter

Alice J. Potter, 87, of Garner passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Garner with Rev. Paul Evans officiating. Burial will be at Concord Township Cemetery in Garner.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Tuesday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., in Garner and will resume one hour prior to services at the church.

Alice Jean Potter, the daughter of Sander and Nettie (Hanna) Stenersen, was born September 27, 1931 near Woden. She attended country school near Woden and graduated from Lake Mills High School. After high school, she worked at Decker’s in Mason City in the food service department. On January 1, 1955 she was married to Galen E. Potter at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They farmed near Buffalo Center, Forest City and Crystal Lake until their retirement. Alice also worked at Westview Care Center in Britt and Bill’s Family of Foods in Garner. After Galen passed away in 1997, she moved to Garner. The past two years, she was a resident of Prairie View Apartments in Garner. In her retirement, Alice volunteered at Concord Care Center. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, needle point, sewing, bowling, gardening and watching Jeopardy.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Garner and UMW.

Alice is survived by her five children, Elaine (Tom) Deibler of Garner, Galen W. (Janet) Potter of Chesterfield, VA, Ruby (John) Golnick of Garner, Cheryl (Ed) Barkema of Garner and Doug (Deb) Potter of Joice; 13 grandchildren, Matthew Deibler (Jessica), Hilary (Mike) Formanek, Hannah Deibler, Brian C. Andersen, Amanda J. (Robert) Mason, Jonathan (Megan) Dodd, Joseph Dodd, Thomas (Racine) Dodd, Jen (Tom) Potter, Karla (Kevin) Rauk, Kyle (Lisa) Barkema, Betsy Potter (Phil Deierling) and Lindsey (Jordan) Prescott; 35 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Maynard (Patty) Stenersen of Blanchester, OH and Eugene Stenersen of Lake Mills; a sister, Sharon Hauan of Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Galen, May 15, 1997; grandson, Robert W. Potter; and siblings, Eddie Stenersen, Norman Stenersen, Pearl Bybee, Robert Stenersen, Vera Lewis, Palmer Stenersen, Inez Lee and Blanche Durby.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Cataldo Funeral Home - Garner Chapel

160 East 4th Street, Garner, IA 50438

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Garner United Methodist Church

885 Maben Ave., Garner, IA 50438

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