Visitation will begin on Friday with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Alice passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at home in Spencer.
Alice Fern Olson Schar was born on July 24, 1921, to Mamie (Westerberg) and Reuben Olson on the family farm east of Forest City. She attended country school and graduated from Forest City High School. She attended Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls and received her two-year teaching certificate, after which she taught in Lakota, Humbolt, and Clear Lake. On July 2, 1946, she married Herbert Arthur Schar in the First Baptist Church in Forest City. Following their marriage they made their home in Spencer. Alice and Art raised two sons: H and Fred. When the children were small, Alice and Art ran the Dairy Treat on 2nd Avenue. Alice returned to teaching in 1962 and taught in the Greenville-Rossie School and after consolidation with Royal in the Clay Central School system until her retirement in 1981.
Alice was a member of Federated Women's Club, Business & Professional Women's Club, Spencer Community Theater, Spencer Area Concert Association, Arts on Grand, Parker Historical Society, VFW Auxiliary, and Grace United Methodist Church.
In the 1950's she played washtub bass as a member of the famous kitchen band.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Art Schar in 1992; her son, Fred Lynn; and her sister Alpha Olson and husband, Don.
Alice is survived by her sister, Marlene Brown and her husband, Earl of Clarion; her son, H Schar and his wife, Joanne of Spencer; and her two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be given to the Red Cross, Parker Museum, Arts on Grand, Spencer Area Concert Association or Spencer Community Theater.
Warner Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.