Gearhart Anoka Funeral Home

552 East River Road, Anoka, MN


Alyce Noren

August 23, 1923July 8, 2020

Alyce Noren Age 96, of Anoka Passed away July 8, 2020

Preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Thilda Erickson; husband, Lennart; siblings, Herbert, Lawrence, Doris, John, Marianne, Eleanor, Norman and Lorraine.

Survived by her children, Gregory (Diane) Noren, Gene (Wendy) Noren, Shari (Bill) Nemec; grandchildren, Brandon, Phillip, Ambria, Shanda, Jenna, Chrysten, Ryan, Jade, Kayla; 13 great-grandchildren.

Our Mom Alyce had a zest for life and positive outlook of never looking back. She truly was ahead of her time with her liberal views of the world, choices, and overall humanity. She always had a forward thinking approach to everything she did.

Her working career years were as diverse as she was. After graduating in 1942 from Milaca High School, she moved to Portland, Oregon during WWII and was a welder in the shipyards. Upon her return to Minnesota, she was a professional seamstress, beautician, and housecleaner for others. She was employed for many years at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills. Her last working years were spent as a cook in the Anoka-Hennepin School District #11. She designed and created a school lunch program logo that the cooks in the district wore on their uniforms.

She was passionate about volunteering in the churches she attended during her life and all of the fundraising activities she did with her group of sorority sisters for many years. She had the gift of being an excellent listener and could talk with, and relate to, anyone young or old. And boy, did she love to laugh! If anyone needed help, she was right there to support whoever was in need in any way possible with no questions asked and never expecting anything in return. Having many passions, she loved creating artwork, paintings, ceramics, quilting, cooking, and baking. We will all savor the memories of some of her fabulous meals like Swedish meatballs, homemade lefse, breads, cookies, bars and so many more delicious recipes.

She embraced and loved her grandchildren unconditionally, and in her magical ways, taught them many life lessons and skills. She was always willing to babysit them, and in later years, they would get to spend weeks in the summers on Lake Osakis with grandma and grandpa making memories to last a lifetime.

Talk about a person who was proud of her Swedish and Norwegian heritage and could tell the best Ole and Lena jokes with the accents. She actually could speak Swedish and would say things in Swedish to us kids just to mess with our heads, haha! The fact that she grew up on a farm with 8 siblings during the Great Depression made her a strong and determined woman who could work as hard as any man. Her claim to fame as to why she lived so long was because she grew up on a farm, worked hard, and ate organic food...probably true.

Anyone that knew Alyce, would say she was the life of the party, the social butterfly, always up for having fun, and was the best story and joke teller bar none. For some of our old neighbors in Andover, you could tell a few stories of her dressing up every Halloween knocking on your door and holding out a shot glass saying “Trick or Treat, gimme a drink”!

She navigated the hurdles in her life like a champion and never asked for a thing. There wasn’t anything she was afraid to try...fail or succeed, she was always game.

We never saw her depressed. She never sat still and lived each day to the fullest. She was always grateful for every person in her life. She was one in a million, a rare gem.

We love you mom and you will be forever in our hearts and in the hearts of others that had the pleasure of knowing you. ~ Greg, Gene, Shari, and all of your grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date and will be announced.

Private interment Morningside Memorial Gardens



No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Candace Benedict

July 17, 2020

Greg, Gene and Sheri,
I was sorry to hear about your mom’s passing and wanted to say how much I enjoyed visiting with her and Lennart on our summer vacations to Minnesota. Whether at their house or at Smith Lake, I remember her kindness and great sense of humor.
~Candace Benedict (Wes and Mary Jayne Noren’s oldest grandchild)

Sharon Will

July 15, 2020

Alyce volunteered in the print room at Zion Lutheran Church on Thursday afternoons. She was a real 'hoot'. She fit in so well with the group and had a quick wit about her. I really enjoyed having her here helping out. One time I had the 'Ladies' out to my house for lunch. She offered to pick up the others and drive them over (I live in Champlin). When they were about to leave she put her her purse on the car seat, forgetting to unlock the doors, she shut her door locking her keys in the car. She had a few choice words about that! We ended up calling the Champlin Police and an officer came out to the house to unlock her car. It did allow us laugh about what happened and to have more time to visit, which was great. I really missed her presence when she decided she wouldn't drive anymore and wouldn't be able to get here on Thursdays. She was a wonderful lady!

Gail Olson

July 9, 2020

Dear Greg, Gene, Shari and families,
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear mom. It has been so enjoyable over the last several years to see Alyce when we went to visit Mom. She often joined us for lunch or coffee and always had a good story to tell and always found a way to make us laugh. Early on, Alyce and Mom would reminisce about high school days. Your mom spoke of each of you often and was so proud of all of you. We have fond memories of the times our families spent together when we were kids and we will miss your mom. Hoping you find comfort in all your good memories.