- 80 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 8, 1933
- Date of passing: Mar 1, 2014
|Let the memory of Alice be with us forever|
Alice Ann Brune was born August 8, 1933 in rural Dodge County to Emil and Theresa (Kreikemeier) Brune. She grew up on the family farm, attended Pleasant Valley Country School District #52, and graduated from Dodge High School in 1951. On April 17, 1952, Alice married Francis Dirkschneider at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dodge. For the 20 years the couple farmed south of Dodge, Alice drove a tractor as she worked the farm. In 1975, they moved into Dodge, where Alice was a homemaker and tended to her family. Alice was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, and a former member of Snyder VFW Auxiliary. Some of her favorite pastimes were gardening, mowing, and being outdoors. Survivors include her husband Francis of Dodge; daughter Patty (Dennis) Nebola of Clarkson; brother Leonard (Norma) Brune of Dodge; sister-in-law Dorothy Brune Kreikemeier of West Point; grandson Eric (Sheila) Nebola of Thornton, CO; and great-grandchildren Haylee and Hunter Nebola. Alice was preceded in death by her parents and brother James Brune.
"It's one year ago since you left us and their isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss you! You were such an inspiration to me and I will never forget that. I love you so much, it's hard for me to let go!! I know you are watching over me and helping me through these rough times. I love you so much and some day we will meet again! Love Patty"
"I only knew Alice for a little over a year but I considered her a grandmother for whom I'd do anything. She was a sweet, sweet lady who is missed very much. The fact that her beautiful echo continues on today is a testament to the gentle and incredible life that she lived and the hearts that she positively impacted. If her loved ones didn't miss her so much, it would mean she didn't live a life that impacted them much. So the very fact that her loved ones miss her, think of her daily, and ache for her is an honor and tribute to how great she was. Let us all keep her beautiful echo going forever. Let us repeat it so it never fades. Let us continue to strive for ourselves and to teach the next generation her lesson of patience, love, and never complaining.
It was an honor to get to know you, Alice. Much much love to you, your loved ones, and your forever echo.
-Sarah (friend of the family)"
"This is a letter that Eric wrote to Mom before leaving Colorado to come home for the funeral.
As I gather my family into the car, the family that started with you, the family that you helped me raise, I wonder how long of a drive this will be. How will I ever be able to say goodbye to such an amazing woman that influenced my life so much.
As a very young child I remember my early morning visits and overnight stays so that I could play with my cousins in Dodge, the firm responsibilities that you instilled in me at such a young age, to the days of us building our relationship so that I would report back to you all the things grandpa and mom would buy on garage sales, to the days where I dreamed of having a boat with a tower and learning at such a young age to water ski, coming back to the shore and you always being proud of me, to the days of you teaching me how to drive a car at the cabin of all the people in our family that was you, to the countless games of “ shit on your neighbor” with my friends from college and Colorado who refused to sit by your because you were that good, to the many visits to our home in Colorado that we all looked forward too, to taking you and grandpa with us to the Avalanche hockey game wondering if you guys would like it, to this Christmas as you showed me that it is ok to let the little ones get off easy every now and then when they don’t clean their plates at dinner.
This drive back to Nebraska for me is not at all what I wanted to be doing but I won’t miss it for world, grandma please look down on us and know that we will miss you each and every day. Thank you for all of the things you have done for me and my family, some of which I didn’t even know you were doing until these past few months.
Love you always!
"Thinking of you and your family. You are GREATLY missed by all of the ones lives that you have touched."
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