Alice Retleff

   Alice M. Retleff, 81, died Oct. 26, 2021 at her home in Rowan. Services were held Nov. 2 at United Church of Rowan. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery near Rowan.

  Alice May, daughter of Dale and May Bell (Jacobson) Knuths, was born March 5, 1940 in Clarion. Alice grew up north of Dows and attended school in Dows. While in high school she lettered in basketball.

  Alice worked at the hospital in Fort Dodge and met her future husband, Larry Retleff. A few days after meeting, they went on a roller skating date at Lake Cornelia. Alice and Larry were married at the Dows Presbyterian Church on Sept. 18, 1960. They made their home near Rowan where Alice helped on the farm and they raised their four children. Alice was a stay-at-home mom for most of her children’s early years. Later she worked at We3 Market, Farm and Home Publishing, and then the care center in Belmond. After 30+ years, Alice retired at age 70.

  Alice was active in the Rowan community and at the United Church of Rowan. She enjoyed tending to her vegetable and flower gardens and watching birds, especially the cardinals. Christmas and the Fourth of July were her favorite holidays.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Larry (2011); and brothers Alan and David Knuths.

  Alice is survived by her children Randall Richard (Denise) Retleff of Ames, Rochelle Renae Retleff of Elmsford, NY, Ronald William (Helen) Retleff of Rowan, and Roddy Alan Retleff of Cherokee; grandchildren Amber (Chris) Bychurch of Luling, LA, Nathan Retleff of Cherokee, Henry Retleff of Cherokee, Bryce (Cas) Pieper of Grimes, Nicole Pieper of Des Moines, Abby (Blaine) Johnson of Manhattan, KS, and Garrett (Jordan) Schubert of Elkins Park, PA; eight great-grandchildren; and sister Carol (Bob) Madden of Michigan.