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Alise (Smits Jegeris) Lange, age 105, Mankato, formerly of Latvia, died on January 30, 2014 at Laurels Peak. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel. Visitation 12:00 noon prior to the service. Private burial at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials preferred to Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of Minneapolis/St. Paul or Summit Center/VINE in Mankato.
Alise was born November 12, 1908 to Janis & Klara (Latsons) Smits in Latvia, married to Karlis Jegeris in 1933, who died in 1941. In 1944 Alise, her mother, and her children moved to Germany, and in 1949 to the United States. In 1951 Alise married Martins Lange in Springfield, MN and moved to Mankato. She worked at Madsen’s Super Valu, Fred Lutz’s 7-Up Company, and taught German at MSU, Mankato until her retirement in 1975. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, and writing letters, especially to former students in Latvia. Alise remained a positive person in spite of all the adversity she had to endure.
Alise was a member of the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Latvian sorority “Varaviksne”, Latvian Assoc. in America, MSU Faculty Emeriti, YWCA – Business and Professional Women’s Club, Summit Center, and the Retired Educators Assoc. in Minnesota.
Preceded in death by her husbands, parents; brothers, Edgars and Hermanis, son-in-law Jerry J. Dittrich. Survived by daughter Anita Dittrich of Mankato; son Maris Jegeris (Betty/died three days after Alise) of Lead, SD; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; cousins and nieces in Latvia.