1928 - 2002


Alices Obituary, July 2, 2002            

Funeral services for Alice Larsen Kurland, 74, will commence with visitation from 9:00am to 10:00am, Saturday, July 6, at Christ Lutheran Church, 41 South Rohlwing Road, Palatine, followed by the service at 10:00am.  A private, family burial will follow the service.

Alice was born April 29th, 1928 in Racine, Wisconsin.  She passed away July 2nd, after a prolonged and courageous war against cancer.  Although she could not win the war, Alice won a personal battle against cancer when she overcame tremendous hardship to see one more birthday of her husband and each of her six children after learning of the disease in September, 2001.  Her goal fulfilled, she chose to cease her struggle, and with loved ones nearby, peacefully passed away in the early morning hours. 

Alice, the youngest of seven children, was raised on a farm in Union Grove, Wisconsin.  Throughout her life she maintained strong ties to the students with whom she shared the small, one-room Waites Corners schoolhouse a few miles down the road from the family farm.

Alice met her husband, Murray, while both were working at A-P Controls, and they enjoyed a two-year courtship before being married on August 7, 1954.  

Alice remained a devoted wife to Murray for 48 years, raising six successful children who have borne her eight grandchildren.  Throughout her too short life, she provided calm in the face of chaos – as one friend described, a sense of dignity – after electing to trade her administrative career for the more challenging and rewarding careers of wife, mother, and grandmother.  She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by her many loved ones for the sense of comfort she brought to a room, her frequent smiles and hearty laughs, her home-baked cinnamon bread, and her undying devotion to her husband, her children, her friends, and loved ones. 

Alice leaves behind her devoted husband, Murray; children, Carrie (Mike) Fisher, Todd (Amy Swift) Kurland, Amy (Steve) Malambri, Lissa (Keith) Parr, Eric (Lisa) Kurland, and Rob Kurland; grandchildren, Rachel, Sophia, Jackson, Carly, Lucas, Maclane, Connor, and Cameron; and sister, Edna Blaine.

Please join the family in a celebration of Alice’s life from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, July 5th at Ahlgrim’s Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine.

In lieu of flowers, Alice would appreciate tax-deductible donations to “One Step at a Time”, c/o Diane Mesh, Camp Director, 264 Cottonwood Drive, Elk Grove Village, IL. 60007.  Alice recently enjoyed a visit to “One Step at a Time”, a camp devoted to helping young children with cancer, and would like to support its continued efforts.