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Alice M. Mack, age 81, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Alice spent her last moments at her residence, lovingly surrounded by her children. She was the widow of Philip Mack. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg, SD. Father Ken Koster will be the celebrant. Music will be provided by Eileen Lindner as organist and Anita Mack as soloist. The family is requested to meet at the church on Monday by 9:30 a.m. for a prayer service.
Visitation will be at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg on Sunday, September 9,2018, from 3-5 p.m., with a Scripture Wake Service at 5 p.m., followed by the Rosary. Loved ones can also attend visitation prior to services at the church on Monday.
Alice will be laid to rest alongside her late husband at the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Kranzburg. Honorary pallbearers will be Alice’s nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers will be her grandsons: Matthew Mack, Murphy Mack, Mitchell Mack, Justin Mack, Jonathan Mack, Cullen Mack, Sully Mack and Cooper Mack.
Alice was born on July 18, 1937, on the family farm in rural Waverly, SD, to William F. and Elizabeth (Schoenberger) Lenards. She graduated from Waverly High School in 1955. In 1959, she graduated from General Beadle State Teacher College in Madison, SD, as a physical education and biology teacher. She was a great basketball player in college and was even named Best Woman Athlete her senior year.
On July 13, 1959, Alice married Philip Mack at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waverly, SD. Early on, she taught P.E. in Watertown, and later she was a substitute teacher and basketball coach in Kranzburg. Alice served as the Youth Director for the Catholic Order of Foresters for four years. In her forties, she started pitching softball––and, despite being twice as old as many of the other ladies in her league, was known as a formidable opponent. Alice was also a homemaker, helping run the family farm while raising four sons and a daughter. She provided excellent care at home for her husband Phil during the last years of his life. When he passed in 2012, she continued living on the farm she loved, minding a sprawling garden and a happy herd of farm kitties.
Alice was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, the Altar Society, and the Catholic Order of Foresters. She enjoyed reading, gardening, birdwatching, aquasize, playing cards, throwing horseshoes, visiting with friends, and traveling in her van “Betty White.” She competed and won many gold medals in the Senior Olympics and completed the 6.2 mile Crazy Horse Volksmarch three times in her late seventies. Alice took great pride in following her grandchildren’s activities, from football championships, track meets, and volleyball games to dance recitals and choir concerts. She even made the big trip to Atlantic City to watch her granddaughter compete for Miss America in 2017.
Alice is survived by her children: Robert Mack of Watertown, SD, Hugh (Cari) Mack of Redfield, SD, Eric (Sandy) Mack of Velva, ND, Neal (Terri) Mack of Watertown, SD, and Anita Mack of St. Paul, MN; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Steve (Barbara) Lenards of Phoenix, AZ.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Philip, and her parents.