Published: Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Alice M. (Hammond) Roetzel was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Crook City, S.D., to William and Elizabeth (Lorenzo) Hammond. She spent her early years in the Boulder Canyon, Deadwood, S.D., area, before moving to Lead, S.D., with her family.
Alice graduated from Lead High School in 1941, the first class to graduate from the new Lead High School. She attended Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, S.D.
After graduating she taught in a country school at Dumont, S.D. She had eight students and taught grades first through eighth.
She moved to Custer, S.D., with her family in 1944 and worked at the Mica Plant and Federal Housing Agency during WWII. Alice worked at C&M Jewelry until her retirement in 1987.
On Dec. 15, 1946, she married Carl Roetzel in Custer, S.D., at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. They had one daughter, Mary.
Alice enjoyed her retirement years with her husband, Carl. Her biggest joy was spending time with her family and grandchildren. She made the best cinnamon rolls.
Alice died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Hospice House of the Hills in Rapid City, S.D., with her family at her side. She was 89.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, Carl, in 2006; her parents; and one sister, Edna Ellingson.
Alice is survived by her daughter, Mary (Richard) Bradeen of Black Hawk, S.D; three grandchildren, Tim (Kelly) Bradeen, Rapid City, S.D., Jeff (Kara) Bradeen of Custer, Teresa (Tyler) Wright of Rapid City; and three great-grandchildren, Ella, Owen and one great-granddaughter to be born in August; brother-in-law Arthur (Joanna) Roetzel of Custer; sister-in-laws Lucille (William) Hiller of Merced, Calif., Wyn Roetzel of Las Vegas, Nev.; many nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Alice’s name.
Graveside services for Alice and Carl were held April 23 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with the Rev. Randy Sturzenbecher officiating.
An online guestbook is available to sign at www.kirkfuneralhome.com
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