Alice Behnke, 86, of Crivitz, Wis., died Sunday, April 7, 2019, the morning after a lively group of family and friends entertained her with music, song and conversation. Alice was born to the late Paul Weber and Stella (Jankowski) Weber on June 23, 1932, in Crivitz.

Alice married Arnold Behnke February 23, 1952, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Crivitz. Alice loved Arnold the day he rode up to her on his horse to ask her on a date. Her love and commitment to Arnold included raising eight strapping boys and one beautiful daughter, a feat all by itself. This love extended to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family.

Alice worked for Frigo Cheese for years, as well as driving a school bus. Sports were also central to the family, and Alice was always happy to lend a hand. At countless Beaver Falcons and Kabby’s Nailers softball games you could find Alice “keeping the book.” Alice kept her husband organized, maintained the mountain of research he compiled, and acted as a sounding board for his many editorial letters. Her commitment to her family included being involved with horses, specifically barrel racing and parades. She once said, “I don’t like the horses, but I love the man.”

Through all of this, Alice was a constant uplifting presence and gracious hostess to any and all who visited AA ranch. Friends often stopped by for a cup of coffee, a smile and hug to go. Alice loved life, laughter and sharing stories that would bring joy while giving encouragement and support whenever needed. When Alice wasn’t supporting everyone’s life, she could be crocheting another lap blanket for a grandchild or quite possibly painting.

Nothing made Alice happier than being with people she loved enjoying themselves in her company. The steady stream of visitors at Sun Valley Homes in Marinette, where Alice resided in the days leading up to her passing, helped her noticeably.

Surviving are eight children: Arnold Jr., Bolivar, Mo.; Alan (Ruth), Oconto, Wis.; Gary (Julie), Hartford, Wis.; Glen, Crivitz; Jon (Linda), Crivitz; Joseph (Bonnie), Fredericksburg, Va.; Paul, Crivitz; Robert (Anna), Bolivar, Mo.; 33 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol Reichardt, Crivitz; and three brothers, Jerry, Denver, Colo.; Bruce, Romeoville, Ill.; and Alan, Burbank, Ill. Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; her daughter, Patsy; one brother, Richard; and two grandchildren, Jenice Ruth Eastman and Britta Sorenson.

Family will greet relatives and friends Saturday, May 4, at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home in Crivitz from 9 a.m. until proceeding to St. Mary’s Church at 11 a.m. for Mass of Christian Burial, Rev. Fredrick Sserugga officiating, and burial in the church cemetery.

“Thank you to the caring staff at Sun Valley Homes II where Alice has lived for the past two years and Unity Hospice who do wonderful work with all the residents and families.”