Alice Linnea Wick, age 86, a resident of Windsor Park, in Carol Stream, IL, died Friday, March 15, 2013. She was born November 30, 1926 in Frederic, WI to Rev. Nathaniel and Augusta Edwall, and was the youngest of four children, sisters Esther (Paulson) and Ruth (Rossell), and brother Bob.
At the age of 8, Alice moved to Atwater, MN where her father was pastor of Lake Elizabeth Baptist Church. She lived in the country and attended a rural one room school through the eighth grade. After graduating from Atwater High School in 1944 her family moved to the Minneapolis area. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Bethel College, St. Paul, MN in 1946 and completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota in 1951.
Alice had a great love and talent for playing the piano, and began her many years of piano accompaniment at Spring Lake Park Baptist Church in Minnesota. It was there that she met Paul, her lifelong love, and their courtship resulted in marriage December 14, 1951.
Alice was an elementary vocal music teacher in Circle Pines, MN and also taught many private piano lessons. Her passion for music impacted her students greatly and her philosophy was that every child could participate in and benefit from music education. She believed that anyone could learn to sing!
Her journey as a pastor’s wife began at Galilee Baptist Church, Circle Pines, MN in 1954 and continued at Atwater Baptist Church, Atwater, MN and Elim Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN through 2003. Alice was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and a dedicated homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and handwork, music, gardening, reading, and the Minnesota Twins. Alice had a steadfast faith in God, and her gentle and kind spirit and love for all people blessed her family and many others.
She moved to Windsor Park, a retirement community in Carol Stream, IL with her husband Paul in 2007 to be near her family.
Alice is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Paul Wick; her three daughters, Juli (Marty) Painter of Wheaton, IL, Nancy Wick of Wheaton, IL, and Anita (Curt) Anderson of Crownsville, MD; and her grandchildren, Becky (Mike) Kenney, Marc (Kendra) Painter, Scott (Jacqui) Painter, Mollie, Maddie, and Cal Anderson, and great-grandchildren Addison and Brylee Painter, and Emma Kenney. Also surviving are her brother-in-law, Erland Ekberg, and many beloved nieces and nephews, and their families.
A memorial service celebrating Alice’s life will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Windsor Park, 124 Windsor Park Dr., Carol Stream, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Youth for Christ USA, (memo line Dean and Laurie Edwall), PO Box 4478, Englewood, CO 80155.