Alice C. Gasmann

Alice Cornelia (Fjeld) Gasmann, 95, formerly of South Prairie, died at Town and Country Assisted Living facility in Santa Ana, Calif., on Dec. 18, 2013.

Born in Wildrose on March 6, 1918, to Selmer (Sam) and Tina Fjeld, the third of four children, the family moved to South Prairie when Alice was 4, as her father began his lifelong farming career.

She and her siblings, Kendrick Fjeld, Anna (Fjeld) Widdell and Clayton Fjeld, all remained in the Minot area or maintained close ties with Minot for the rest of their lives.

Alice met Howard Gasmann from nearby Max and in 1940 they were married. Together they had two sons, Harley Jim (1943) and Charles Oliver (1950) and an infant daughter lost shortly after birth (1946). Since Howard was in the Navy, the couple relocated numerous times before his retirement and their permanent settling in the San Diego area in 1955.

Over the years Alice worked at a wide variety of jobs: hair styling, electrolysis, tour guide, bookkeeping and office management, but the job she loved the most, truly excelled at, and continued with until the time of her passing was being a “Mother.”

As a Navy wife, mostly on her own, through a combination of gentle persuasion and tough love, she managed to raise her sons, as well as many of their friends who came to depend on her insistence upon feeding everybody in the house at mealtime!

Alice touched the lives of many people with her spirit, love, and friendship; undoubtedly she’ll be missed by all.

She is survived by: her sons, Harley Jim Gasmann (Jeanie), of Chula Vista, Calif., and Chuck Gasmann (Sue), of Minot.

A springtime interment is planned at South Prairie’s Saron Lutheran Church, the church where Alice was confirmed; friends and family will be notified.