Funeral services will be on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements. Those wishing to send on-line condolences may do so via: www.fratzkejensen.com.
Alva L. Grice was born on April 23, 1917, in Minneapolis, Minn. to Jerry M. and Lucy M. (Rouse) Grice. She attended school in the Palo Alto Country School and Curlew School. In 1946, Alva graduated from the Fort Dodge Beauty Academy School. She owned and operated Alva's Beauty Salon in Newell from 1947-61, Alva's Beauty Salon in Fort Dodge and worked as a beautician at Park Manor Nursing Home, and managed Turner's Beauty Salon in Storm Lake, from 1979-1983.
On Aug. 23, 1947, Alva was united in marriage to Ewalt W. Carlson at Elk Point, S.D. They were blessed with three children: Leonard, James and Layne. The family lived in Newell, from 1947-61, then in Fort Dodge, returning to Storm Lake in 1979. On July 12, 1997, Alva married Orville Ehlers.
Over the years, Alva also worked as a waitress and cook, including four years at the Hotel in Emmetsburg. She was active in the Ladies Aid groups in Newell and Fort Dodge, as well as the Buena Vista County Auxiliary. Alva was a devoted member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Leonard (Janice) Grice of Valencia, Calif.; James Carlson of San Francisco, Calif.; and Layne (Judy) Carlson of Hortonville, Wisc.; five grandchildren: Steven (Janice) Grice, Michael (Elane) Grice, Chad (Lisa) Carlson, Tonia (Den) Josifovich and Steven Carlson; great-grandchildren: Zoe Grice, Skyler Lind, Jason and Jeremy Grice, Sawyer, Carter and Delaney Carlson; one sister, Pauline Sansen of Storm Lake; step-children: Connie (Melvin) Easter of Somers; Ilon (Jon) Negus of Sutherland and Orlan Ehlers of Laurens step-grandchildren: Jennifer (Jeremy) Blake, Jodie and Cellie Easter; Heath, Karleen and Sean Negus; as well as extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ewalt Carlson on June 1, 1993; two brothers: Glen and Wallace; three sisters: Dolly (Izora) Hagert, Ruth Tyge and Lucille Vanderhoff; and her second husband, Orville Ehlers.