Alice Wilbur, 99, of Decorah, Iowa

Alice Lorraine (Albertson) Wilbur, 99, of Decorah, Iowa, died on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Barthell O.E.S. Home in Decorah.

She was born on April 12, 1920, at home on their farm in Lincoln Township of Winneshiek County, Iowa, to Henry O. and Ella Theresa (Espeseth) Albertson. She was the 11th of 12 children.

She was baptized at the Lincoln Lutheran Church near Ridgeway, Iowa.

Her grade school education was in Winneshiek and Howard Counties. At age 13 she went to live with her oldest brother, Ole and his wife Gladys, which enabled her to attend high school.

She was active in 4-H and joined Burr Oak United Methodist Church in 1938.

She graduated from Burr Oak High School in 1937. She entered Luther in 1937 and graduated from Luther’s two-year elementary education course in 1939.

She then taught school for three years.

She was united in marriage to Lyle Everette Wilbur on Sept. 6, 1941, at Burr Oak United Methodist Church. They were blessed with five children.

The couple farmed in the Prosper area for many years, until 1978 when they retired and moved to Decorah. She kept busy with her children, farm work, 4-H, church and Sunday school. After their retirement, she did volunteer work stitching quilts at Aase Haugen Homes, Oneota Riverview Care Facility and at the Senior Citizens Center.

She became a resident of Barthel O.E.S. Home in Decorah in July 2017.

She is survived by two sons, Curtis (Janice) Wilbur of Miller, S.D., and Mark (Kathy) Wilbur of Decorah, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle on Jan. 10, 2001; her son, Cleon (Marilyn); her daughters, Karen Arneson and Wanda Haack; three grandsons; one great-granddaughter; 11 siblings, Ole (Gladys) Albertson, Alfred (Emma) Albertson, Mabel (Alfred) Creger, Herbert (Maude) Albertson, Ted Albertson in infancy, Tedmar (Lexcey) Albertson, Gladys (Mahlon) Hovey, Edward Albertson, Walter (Viola) Albertson, Raymond (Barbara) Albertson and Lawrence (Vera) Albertson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. 

Funeral services for her were held on Friday, May 10, at Burr Oak United Methodist Church in Burr Oak, Iowa with Karen Carlton officiating. Burial followed in Burr Oak Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Burr Oak United Methodist Church, 3597 237th Ave., Decorah, IA 52101 or Barthell O.E.S. Home, 911 Ridgewood Drive, Decorah, IA 52101. 

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. 

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