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KIRPES, Alice. (Hopkinton, IA, 1938--Dubuque, IA, Mar. 17, 2014). Alice Wilgenbusch, the daughter of Nicholas and Rosena F. (Atkinson), lived on a farm near Coggon, Iowa until 1947 when the family moved to Farley. She married Robert C. Kirpes at St. Joseph's Church in Farley in 1960.

Alice earned at B. A. in K-12 art education and a Master's degree in elementary school administration from CLARKE UNIVERSITY. She earned her K-8 education/classroom certification from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She taught art in the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT for twenty-six years. She also served as a district elementary art department chairperson for ten years. Upon retirement, she was an adjunct instructor at Clarke University for five years.

Alice was a past president, vice president, and chairperson of various committees for Delta Kappa Gamma Society. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association, NAEA, AEI, NEA and DUBUQUE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION. She served one term as the president of the Nativity School Board of Education. Upon learning of her cancer diagnosis, she bravely shared information on the disease with readers of the Telegraph Herald in an article appearing on February 15, 2014.



Obituaries, Telegraph Herald, March 21, 2014, p; 8C