Alice Josephine McLaughlan, 95, passed away quietly at Decatur Memorial Hospital in the early hours of Oct. 1, 2013.
She was born March 16, 1918 in Omaha, NE, the youngest of three children, to parents Norbert and Marie Mlinek. Both parents died of illnesses before she was 2 years old, and she was raised by her Aunt Ann Apfelbeck and Grandmother Marie Vachalova. She was a graduate of Southeast High School in Omaha, and in the early 1940s moved to Chicago to work for the phone company. That is when she met her future husband, Archibald Kirkwood McLaughlan of Harvey, IL. They met during a blind date with mutual friends, ditched their friends after dinner and went for coffee and pie, and the rest is history. Archie at the time was on leave from the Navy during WWII, having eventually served 4 years in both the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns.
They were married in Kansas City, MO on May 6, 1943. After the war they settled in Harvey, IL, and then South Holland, IL where they raised three children. They eventually retired to their cottage they themselves built in Fennville, MI, just off of Lake Michigan. As a widow Alice moved to Decatur in 2002, where her son John and his family resided.
Alice and Archie enjoyed traveling, the beach, reading, and being with friends and family. They were members of First Federated Church of Harvey, and the First Congregational Church of Saugatuck, MI. Several years after Archie’s death, she moved to Decatur and joined First Christian Church of Decatur. Alice was a wonderful cook, avid reader of mystery novels, and loved to knit. She was a member of Project Linus and knitted over 100 baby blankets, and FCC Knit-A-Squares.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, oldest son Michael Greg McLaughlan, brother Ed Mlinek (Omaha, NE), and sister Mary Ann Jacobitz (Collier, KS). She is survived by her son John (Susan) and their family Ben and Kelly McLaughlan, and daughters Rachael and Charlotte of Fishers IN, and Laura McLaughlan and fiancé Mike Eggert of Plainfield IL. Daughter Marilyn Minder (Walt) and family Wes and Jody Minder and sons Jacob, Joshua, Andrew, Alex and Benjamin of Kansas City, MO, Maureen Minder and son Jadon of Fort Knox, KY, and Ellie Minder of Madison, WI.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday Oct. 4th at First Christian Church of Decatur, followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m., Rev. Wayne Kent officiating. Arrangements are by Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 5th at Plummersville Cemetery in Ganges, MI.