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Alice Sukup Closter

Alice Closter, 89, of Lincoln, formerly of Cortland, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Lincoln. The daughter of Joseph W. and Lucy (Wagner) Sukup, Alice was born Aug. 31, 1920 at their home southwest of Verdigre where her grandfather Wenzel Sukup homesteaded.

Her family moved to Creighton in 1926 and she received her education at St. Ludger's Academy. On Sept. 3, 1941 she married Marvin Closter and they farmed for 17 years near Creighton and Randolph before entering the motel business. They owned motels for 12 years at Randolph, NE, Yukon, OK and Shamrock, TX, then retired to live near Sedona, AZ for 10 years. In 1980 they moved to Cortland. Alice and Marvin were married for 47 years before Marvin died in 1988 from a stroke.

Alice is survived by her daughter, Carole Closter of Lincoln; daughter, BC (Betty) and her husband John Lavelle, of Hickman; son, Robert Closter and his wife, Patty of Manchaca, TX; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grand children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; her twin sons, Edward and James; her siblings, Leonard, Paul, Gertrude, Bernard and Philip.

Alice was an artist who found expression in oil painting, china painting and quilting, selling many of her creations. She enjoyed gardening, birdwatching and traveling. Alice always had great enthusiasm for life, thus, continued painting and creating pressed-flower art at Milder Manor, even after suffering a stroke.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Monday, April 5th at St. James Catholic Church in Cortland with Father Leo Seiker officiating. Burial will be in Cortland Cemetery. Visitation with the family (no viewing) will be held Sunday April 4 at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 211 E. 1st, Hickman from 5-7pm with a Rosary following.

In lieu of flowers memorials requested to St. James Catholic Church Building Fund in Cortland.

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