Alice Zell


Alice S. Zell, 102, of Huron, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Huron Regional Medical Center in Huron. 

Her funeral service was held on Saturday, May 25, at American Lutheran Church with burial at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Alice Sadie Goudy was born on the family farm in Sanborn County on May 9, 1917, to parents George N. and Freeda (Trenham) Goudy. She attended country school in Sanborn County and graduated from Forestburg High School. She attended Norte Dame College in Mitchell and Huron College. She taught rural schools in Sanborn and Beadle counties. Alice was baptized into the Christian faith at the Forestburg Lutheran Church on April 22, 1937.  She loved playing the piano and taught private lessons in Sanborn and Beadle counties for many years. She and her brothers had a small family orchestra. She was also active in 4-H as a child and mother.

Alice married George Zell on Nov. 3, 1938. They operated the Rayville Country Store for four years before becoming farmers. They farmed in Sanborn County a few years before moving to their farm home in Beadle County. Because of her husband’s health, they retired from farming and moved to Huron in 1972. She worked in the Huron Nursing Home nutrition department for several years.

While a member of Immanuel Lutheran, rural Iroquois, she taught children’s classes, was Sunday school superintendent, church organist, taught choir and participated in the women’s organization. After transferring to American Lutheran Church in Huron, she continued her services in the women’s organization doing church visitation and Bible study classes. She was a member of the Huron Senior Center and participated in crafts.

Alice is survived by one daughter, Jean (Gary) Rieniets of Dubuque, Iowa; one son, Lyle (Annette) of Huron; daughter-in-law, Cheryl of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers-in-law, Verald (Phyllis) and Harland (Mary) Zell; and two sisters-in-law, Ester (Arthur, deceased) Moschkan and Lenora (Armand, deceased) Peskey; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Larry; parents; four brothers and spouses, Frank (Lucille), Clarence (Gertrude), Albert (Loretta) and Robert (Iola); seven brothers-in-law and spouses, Irwin (Lydia), Walter (Emma), Frank, Marvin (Maxine), William “Bill” (Shirley), Clifford, Bernard (Evelyn), Ferdinand (Phyllis); and two sisters-in-law, Minnie (Les) Northstrom and Mary Zell.

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