Alice Vandendriessche


Alice Vandendriessche Alice Vandendriessche age 90 of Tracy passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Sanford Tracy Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a 4:00 p.m. CCW Rosary and 7:00 p.m. parish prayer service. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Tracy. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Alice Marie Vandendriessche was born June 15, 1924 near Ivanhoe, Minnesota to George and Elisa (Maeyaert) VanDeWiele. She was baptized in the Catholic Church at Ghent and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Alice’s family moved to Minneota and later to Walnut Grove where she attended District #22 school through the 8th grade. She then stayed home to help with her younger siblings and worked the land. She spent much time in the tractor. Alice married Paul Vandendriessche on February 7, 1946 in Tracy, and together they farmed north of Tracy. They moved into Tracy in 1974. Alice served as an officer in many church organizations and taught CCD. She belonged to St. Mary’s Mission Group and the Garden Gate Flower Club. Alice enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and quilting, as well as gardening, reading, and crossword puzzles. She also loved fishing, playing golf at the Tracy Country Club, and arts and crafts.

Alice is survived by her children: James (Jeanine) of Tracy, Marianne (Bernie) Boerboom of Walnut Grove, David (Carolyn) of Tracy, Nancy (George) Andert of Slayton, Carol (Steve) Buyck of Garvin, Janet (Greg) Holland of Arizona; 21 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; siblings: Julie (Jim) Claeys of Ghent, Richard (Pearl) VanDeWiele of Walnut Grove, Maurice (Judy) VanDeWiele of Tracy; sisters-in-law Bev VanDeWiele of Tracy, Iona and Dorothy Vandendriessche, both of Marshall; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, 2 great-grandchildren, brothers Oscar (Rita), August (Marlene), and Ray, and sister Mary (Don) Vandeputte.


  1. Leonel Benavente says:

    Our condolences to all Alice`s family. For sure she is in a better place and we will remember the great lady she was.

    Love from Guatemala,

  2. Ron & Patti Fox says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Alice’s passing. She always had a smile and a nice thing to say each time we saw her. Her memory will forever be with us.
    Love to the entire family,
    Ron & Patti

  3. Lieve & Luc Verstraete and family says:

    Dear USA-family members,

    We are deeply touched by hearing Alice passed away last saturday. We always will have very good memories of her hospitality and care for everyone of our family she always gave us and especially in 1998 during the big family reunion. Never we will forget her ever lasting smile and optimism. Our sincere condoleances and love to James, Marianne, David, Nancy, Carol, Janet and all their own family members.

    From your Belgian branch of the family,

    Jaak and Jeanne Verstraete-Baert
    Lieve and Luc Verstraete – Behaeghe and children Ann, Tom, Chris and Steve, and grandchildren Victor, Daan and Max

    Brussels, april 7th 2015

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