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Published November 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Alice Kopang

Alice Kopang, age 96, died peacefully at RiverStone Health Hospice Home on the St. John’s Lutheran Ministries campus in Billings, Mont. on November 13, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born on May 17, 1916 in Minot N.D. to Otto and Alma (Michaelson) Olson. The family moved to Fargo, N.D. when she was a child. Alice graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1934. She then earned a degree from Fargo Business College.

She married Victor Kopang on April 7, 1938. They had two daughters, Karen and Connie. They lived in Fargo, then briefly in Canada. During WWII the family moved to Florida while Vic served in the Army. They moved to Moorhead, Minn., where Alice lived until 2006, when she moved to Billings, just in time to celebrate her 90th birthday, and to be closer to her daughter.

Alice Kopang

Alice Kopang, age 96, died peacefully at RiverStone Health Hospice Home on the St. John’s Lutheran Ministries campus in Billings, Mont. on November 13, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born on May 17, 1916 in Minot N.D. to Otto and Alma (Michaelson) Olson. The family moved to Fargo, N.D. when she was a child. Alice graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1934. She then earned a degree from Fargo Business College.

She married Victor Kopang on April 7, 1938. They had two daughters, Karen and Connie. They lived in Fargo, then briefly in Canada. During WWII the family moved to Florida while Vic served in the Army. They moved to Moorhead, Minn., where Alice lived until 2006, when she moved to Billings, just in time to celebrate her 90th birthday, and to be closer to her daughter.

Alice worked at Cashway Lumber in Fargo and later worked for many years as a bookkeeper and then housemother at Fraser Hall in Fargo.

Alice enjoyed spending time with her family. From childhood, she enjoyed visiting the farm of her grandfather and uncles near Paynesville, Minn. She also looked forward to spending time with family and friends at her parents' lake cabin on Cotton Lake each summer. She enjoyed planning large holiday celebrations for her family.

Alice was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Moorhead and was active in church activities. She was a member of Mothersingers, a choir that grew out of the PTA at her daughters' school, and she enjoyed singing and social activities with this group for many years.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband Vic in 1998, by her brother Kenny Olson and sister Helen Rivkin, and by great-granddaughter, Morgan Mahlum, and grandson Danny Nordin. She is survived by her daughters Karen (Sam) McKechnie of Billings and Connie Nordin of West Fargo, N.D.; cousins Audrey Angstman of Moorhead, Judy Hanson of Bloomington, Minn. and Margaret Michaelson of Alaska; and numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held in the Spring in Moorhead.

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