Alta A. Price

Alta A. Price was laid to rest in Saint Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, North Branch, Minn., from Saint Gregory’s Catholic Church Friday, February 17, 2012. Concelebrating the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial were Father Shane Wasinger and Father James Schoenberger.

Readers were Dan DeWan and Patrice Zangs. Pianist was Cathie Hendren and vocalist was Jenni Thyng. Pallbearers were Curtis Fogel, Thomas LaValle, Daniel Leyva, Thomas J. Lunzer, Christopher Perry, and Jay Sundberg.

Alta was born to William Charles Violet and Nina Viola (Simmons) Violet on May 10, 1923 in Velva, North Dakota, and passed away in St. Paul, Minn., on February 11, 2012.

After graduating from high school in Velva she studied and graduated from Minot State Teachers College, Minot, North Dakota, with a Bachelors Degree in English. She later attended summer classes at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.

After graduation she taught for seven years in high schools in north central North Dakota. On the 9th of June 1954, Alta was united in Holy Matrimony with Donald Price. The couple made their home on a farm in rural Lent Township. It was on this farm that they raised three daughters, and one son.

Alta enjoyed writing the Stacy news column for the local newspapers in North Branch, Lindstrom and Forest Lake, gardening, church activities, writing letters to her children, and being phone pals with many who only met her over the telephone line, and corresponding with them on special occasions.

She is survived by her beloved husband Donald, daughters Donna (Daniel Leyva, Calif.; Mary Price, Minn.; Margaret (Randell) Perry, Miss.; son, John Price,  Minn., grandchildren Daniel (Michelle) Leyva, Valerie (Bushra Ebneof) Leyva, and Barbara Leyva, all of California. Christopher Perry, Minn.; Janelle Perry, Tenn.; Andrew Perry, Cuba; Dominic Perry, Wash.; Julia Perry, Miss.; two great-granddaughters Sabrina and Audrey Leyva, Calif.; nephew Donald (Rosie) Cedergren, Virginia, and niece Carol (John) Nix, Georgia.

We who are left behind would like to thank those who have been with us at this time and those who were with us in thoughts and prayers, May God Bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand.

Grandstrand Funeral Home, North Branch, was the site of the Thursday evening wake and rosary led by Deacon Thomas Langlois.

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