Alice J. Heinke, 98, of Nebraska City, formerly of Dunbar, died Jan. 22, 2013, at her home in Nebraska City. Alice J. Lenker was born on Dec. 29, 1914, on the family farm, north of Dunbar to John K. and Ada E. (Smith) Lenker. She was a baptized member of the Dunbar Presbyterian Church and taught a Sunday School class there. On Feb. 21, 1933, Alice and Ervin C. Heinke were married at Rock Port, Mo.
They made their home on Ervin's family farm northwest of Nebraska City, where he was a farmer and Alice was the homemaker for the family. Alice transferred her church membership to the Bethel United Church of Christ in Nebraska City.
Alice was active in 4-H, both as a member and leader. She was a member of the neighborhood Extension Club for over 50 years. She loved nature (especially trees, birds and flowers) and also her pets (cats and dogs). Alice's great love and enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In April of 1997, Alice moved from the farm to Nebraska City.
Alice was preceded by her parents; a very dear uncle, Bill Lenker (who helped raise her after the passing of her father); brother Reed Lenker; husband Ervin on May 4, 1995; and son Ronald on Jan. 13, 1998.
Survivors include daughter-in-law Vernita Heinke-Daoust and husband Mark of Dunbar; granddaughters Carol McBride and husband Dennis of Omaha and Mary Heitkamp and husband Tom of Dunbar; grandson David Heinke and wife Carol of Nebraska City; seven great grandchildren: Kenton and Derek McBride, Rachel, Rebekah, Bethany, Zachary and Jacob Heitkamp; sister-in-law Bernice Lenker of Syracuse; and very special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Viewing will be Friday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Peterson Mortuary.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at Peterson Mortuary Chapel in Nebraska City. Rev. Roger Good of the Bethel United Church of Christ of Nebraska City will officiate the service. Burial will follow at the Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City.
Memorials are suggested to the Bethel United Church of Christ.
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Peterson Mortuary in Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.