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Saturday, June 17, 2017
12:00 pm
Celebration of Life
Ramada Inn
133 SE Delaware Avenue


Donation and Burial
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Des Moines


Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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Alice Van Hosen

Alice Marie Van Hosen (nee Prickett) was born in Pleasantville, Iowa, on January 20, 1925, and died peacefully on May 11, 2017.

Alice graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1942. Following graduation she moved to Des Moines and worked in the Administration Building at the Des Moines Ordnance Plant in Ankeny.

On June 27, 1945, she married Bob Van Hosen and had two children, Pamela and Randy. Alice was employed for 20 years at Lindsey Bros. Farm Equipment Company and later at Iowa Supply Company. She always loved dancing, reading, and crossword puzzles, as well as her family and many friends.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Van Hosen, and son, Randy Van Hosen.

She was mother of Pam (Dennis) Larson; grandmother of Shelly (Robert) Lapidow, Michael Turner, Amy (Nick) Pagliai, and Brian Larson; and great-grandmother to Jacob, Zoe, Della, and Tilly.

The Celebration of her life will be held June 17th at noon, at the Ramada Inn on Delaware Avenue in Ankeny, IA. Lunch will be served.

Alice chose to donate her body to Des Moines University for research. There will be a burial later at Laurel Hill.

Memorial contributions may be sent to “The Activity Fund” c/o Sunny View Care Center, 410 NW Ash, Ankeny, IA 50021.

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