Born: Thu., Apr. 8, 1920
Died: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Vigil Service

7:00 PM Fri., Oct. 19, 2018
Location: Saint Anthony Catholic Church

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Oct. 20, 2018
Location: Saint Anthony Catholic Church

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Alice Eusebia (Holland) Dapra died peacefully on Saturday, October 13, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colorado, at the age of 98.

Alice was born to Aloysius D. and Margaret (Ronayne) Holland at their farm near Putney, South Dakota on Thursday, April 8, 1920.  She graduated from Columbia High School in 1937 and moved to Minnesota in 1939, where she attended the College of Saint Benedict.

Alice married John Fred Dapra, of Sunrise, Wyoming, October 15, 1949. They made their home near Hartville, Wyoming, where Alice remained until she moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2013.

Alice was a member of the Saint Anthony Altar & Rosary Society and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. An avid crocheter, she also was a member of the Homemakers Club and a local needlework group.

Preceding Alice in death were her husband of 58 years; her parents; an infant brother; two sisters Dorothy (Lawrence) Heister and Adelaide (Ens) Essila; and a son-in-law, Alfred Roberts.

She is survived by her eight children: Steven Dapra, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Susan (David) Jackson, of Moreno Valley, California; Margaret (Marc) Provencher, of Fort Collins, Colorado; Daniel Dapra, of Columbus, Ohio; Anne (Mike) Garrison, of Glendale, Arizona; Miriam Dapra, of Hartville, Wyoming; Joseph (Miriam) Dapra, of Belton, Missouri; and Paul Dapra, of Gillette, Wyoming; also eighteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one nephew, Neil (Mary) Essila, of Paradise, California.

A Vigil for the Deceased will be held on Friday, October 19, at 7:00 pm at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church, Guernsey, Wyoming. The funeral for Alice will be on Saturday, October 20, at 10:00 am, also at Saint Anthony’s. Burial will follow at the Hartville Cemetery, Hartville, Wyoming.

All are welcome to partake in a luncheon immediately following the burial, at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Memorial donations may be made to: Little Sisters of the Poor, 3629 West 29th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80211-3698; or to The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, 450 Venard Road, South Abington Township, Pennsylvania 18411.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland is in charge of the arrangements.
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Ruth Herdt
   Posted Tue October 16, 2018
My thoughts and prayers to all of you. We lived in a great neighborhood. She is with your dad now, and they are both watching over you. God be with you all.

Roberta L Smith
   Posted Thu October 18, 2018
I would like to express my condolences to the family of Alice Dapra. I met Alice in Columbia several times when she came back to visit and see her classmates. I believe Miriam was with her the last time I saw her. We had a great time visiting. She lived with my Grandparents when she went to High School, they owned Herther's Store and she was friends with my parents Marx & Freda Herther. I looked online to refresh my memory of who her classmates were and found the following that I thought you might enjoy. I found out she was Valedictorian of her class in 1937! She may be the last one of her class to pass away. Millicent passed away a few years ago leaving $37 million to the Congregational Church in Columbia that has a membership of 17 or so I think, the U of MN, and Northern State Univ in Aberdeen. Irene has also been gone a number of years now and Rose has passed also. I know that they are 3 of her classmates that she enjoyed seeing.

With Sympathy,
Roberta Herther Smith


The 1937 graduation class started with 12 students:

Robert Johnson
Ruby Klepfer
Rose Schliebe
Alice Holland
Irene Karlen
Millicent Atkins
Howard Rossman
Ernest Wandry
Leola Goodman
Dorothy Howell
Ruth Yeske
Monica Felix

The second semester we were joined by Camilla Jerde who left
in her junior year. Before the year was completed, Robert
Johnson and Ernest Wandry left school, leaving Howard Rossman
the only boy in our class to complete his four years in
Columbia High.

Our sophomore year we were joined by Marian Everson, who
attended only one year. This same year Leola Goodman and
Dorothy Howell transferred to other schools.

Our junior year, Joyce Albrecht, who had attended Daly Corner
school, enrolled for her last two years. This was the year
Ruth Yeske left Columbia to attend school in Barnard. Pauline
Daker was with us as a junior and part of her senior year.

Our junior play was "Dumb Dolliver", and our senior play was
"Comin' Through the Rye", which was given April 30, 1937, at
the Legion Hall.

Our Senior Skip Day, chaperoned by Mr. Loessin, was spent at
the State School in Redfield; a tour of the greenhouse in
Aberdeen was followed by a movie in the evening. The
Baccalaureate sermon was given by the Rev. Lindgren.
Commencement was held on May 21, 1937. Alice Holland was
Valedictorian and Ruby Klepfer was Salutatorian. Our class
donated a hall clock to the school. On checking with the
class of 1937 we find:

Alice Holland is married to John Dopra, who works in the iron
mines in Sunrise, Wyoming. They have a family of eight.

Joyce Albrecht married Clarence Kimball of Houghton and now
lives in Great Falls, Montana. Clarence met with an
unfortunate accident and is unable to work. Joyce is employed
at the hospital and has a family of ten.

Howard Rossman married Pauline Daker, a former student of
Columbia. They were living in Dayton, Ohio, when Howard
passed away in 1942 after a long illness.

Rose Schliebe is Mrs. Ernest Jasmer of Leola and resides on a
farm. They have three children.

Millicent Atkins lives in Aberdeen and is frequently seen in
Columbia as she tends to her farm interests. Millicent taught
school for a few years before going to work in an office.

Ruby Klepfer is now Mrs. Leland Hall and lives in Culver
City, Calif. Ruby worked for many years as a secretary, but
at present is enjoying life at home.

Irene Karlen married Emil Krage, also a Columbia graduate.
Irene taught school for 12 years and was the second graduate
to return to Columbia to teach. They have two sons.

We are sorry that our history is brief, but we have been
unable to locate any yearbooks or Comets published during our
school years.

   Posted Thu October 18, 2018
I'm sorry for your loss.

Bill Gorman
   Posted Fri October 19, 2018
Lots of plesant memories of your Mom. Lots of prayers to all of her Alice's family.

Bill and Katherine Gorman

Mona Pelkey
   Posted Fri November 02, 2018
Margaret, Marc, Paul, Brian, Words are not adequate when a loved one leaves us behind. I pray that God's Loving Presence will be a comfort to you in the difficult days ahead. Praise Him for the hope that one day you will be reunited in joy! Much love to you all. Mona

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