Alice Julia (Kompus) Hutfles was born Dec. 5, 1912, to Joseph and Lena (Toth) Kompus at LaMoure, N.D. She passed away March 23, 2003, at the Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood, at the age of 90 years, three months and 18 days.
As an infant, the family moved to a farm nine miles northwest of Herndon. She attended the one room Walsh country school for eight years, walking more than two miles with her sisters.
She and her sisters lived in Herndon in a home purchased by their father while attending high school, graduating in 1930. Alice was employed for a short period of time at the Finch home in Denver, Colo., until her marriage to Clemens J. Hutfles on Sept. 29, 1931, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Herndon. They made their home in the Herndon community for over 67 years. To this union, four children were born. Clem managed the Beaver Valley Roller Mill, while Alice was cooking at the high school, a member of the Herndon Library board and involved with many community activities. She gave of her time freely with many community projects, always helping with the Herndon Ox-Roasts. Her hobbies included reading, sewing, gardening while enjoying music, dancing and bingo. The past several years she was a resident of the Good Samaritan Home in Atwood.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Clem in 2000; sisters, Agnes Bosler and Helen Kuhns; and son-in-law, George A. Sattler.
Remembering her with love are her four children, Janice Sattler of Atwood, Marlene and husband, Tom Cook of Parker, Colo., Julie and husband, Robert Hafner of Herndon and Clemens, Jr. and wife, Amy of Arvada, Colo.; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sister, Edith Pettera of Herndon; sister-in-law, Rose Marintzer of Victoria, Kan.; nieces and nephews; and numerous relatives and friends. Alice was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her love was shown daily by her concern of everyone's welfare. She was baptized in the Catholic faith, active member of St. Mary's Parish and joined the Christian Mothers in 1932, an organization she loved for over 70 years. Most of all, she loved homemaking and tending her garden, yard and flowers.