Alice Heater, 93, of Moline, IL, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Aspen Rehab & Health Care, Silvis, IL.
Visitation is Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 9 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial follows at 10 a. m. at St. Pius X Church, Rock Island. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Moline. Memorials may be made to the Paulist Catholic Organization for the evangelization of Jesus. DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, is assisting the family.
Alice was born July 3, 1926 in Moline, the daughter of Charles and Avilda (Amundsen) Larsen. Her parents came to America from Svenborg, Denmark and Christiania (Oslo) Norway in 1917 by boat third class. They later met in Moline and married.
Alice married Gene K. Bleuer at St. John the Baptist Church, Rapids City, IL, in 1951 by Father Moran. Gene was drafted to the Korean War in March of 1952. They had one daughter, Nancy, born while Gene was at war. Later in life, she married Ted Heater who preceded her in death.
She was employed as a Telephone Operator for John Deere Planter Works until her marriage to Gene.
Alice was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, and former member of the Moline Vikings Club. She was proud of her Scandinavian heritage and family examples of great determination and strength. Alice was a gifted poet and won a Literature Award from the University of Northern Iowa. She was an avid reader of Danielle Steele novels and loved to go out to eat at her favorite restaurant. Alice was a devoted mother and loved to have her grandchildren visit.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Bleuer, Moline; grandchildren, Mackenzie Demarest, Moline, Wyatt Demarest, Moline and Khloe Demarest, Moline; nephew, Don (Joyce) Hoover, R.I., Nancy Bleuer’s step mother, Jackie Christopher, Milan and Novita Gilispie, who was like a daughter to Alice. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Irene Elinor Larsen who died of congenital heart disease at 13 years.
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