In memory of

Alice Pudenz

August 23, 1933 - November 13, 2023
From: Odebolt, IA
Alice Pudenz

Alice Pudenz

Born: August 23, 1933
Died: November 13, 2023
Age: 90
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Alice Pudenz, age 90 of Odebolt, IA, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2023 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 20, 2023, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt. Rosary will be at 1:30 p.m. followed by Visitation from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at the church.

   Alice Marie Pudenz, 90, was born August 23, 1933, at Howells, NE, to parents Frank and Tillie (Dostal) Pickhinke. Alice, a longtime Odebolt, IA, resident and recently a resident at Rolling Meadows Senior Living, Carroll, IA, died November 13, 2023, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll. Alice was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. At age six she moved from Howells to Early, IA, and grew up on the family farm. Alice attended Sacred Heart School through the eighth grade and graduated from Early Consolidated School in 1951. After graduation, she worked at the Storm Lake Bakery, Early Bedel Drugstore, and Early Savings Bank before her marriage to Donald Pudenz in 1954. They farmed by Rockwell City, IA, for five years, then they moved to Fonda, IA, for seven years before settling and working together on the farm near Odebolt. Alice had a large vegetable garden and canned much of the produce. She loved to attend dances with Don at Lakewood Ballroom—and especially enjoyed polkas and waltzes.
   Alice had a strong faith and was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Ladies Society, and the Odebolt American Legion Auxiliary. In 2005, she moved to the town of Odebolt. Her last employment was at Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center as a dietary cook—a position she and the residents loved for 13 years. Alice’s baking specialties were homemade cinnamon rolls, apple strudel, and blarney stones. Alice grew many beautiful flowers—zinnias were her favorites. She loved to embroider and sew (especially quilts) which she gifted to many family members. She was an avid reader, having read hundreds of books in recent years.
  Alice truly enjoyed her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her loved ones.   
  Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Janet (Ken) Steinkamp, Dale (Diane) Pudenz, Loren (Sharon) Pudenz, Alan (Monica) Pudenz, Karen Klein (partner Shane Kepford), Joan (Rob) Taylor, Diane (Dave) Dick, Glenn (Jolene) Pudenz, Mary (Chris) Ross, Susan (Oscar) Medina, Sharon (Chris) Bieret, and Jayne (John) Klein; 43 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren, with 5 more expected; brothers and sisters-in-law: Ervin (Shirley) Pickhinke, Donald (Marilyn) Pickhinke, David Pickhinke, Eugene (Eileen) Pickhinke; sisters-in-law: Bernadine Pickhinke, Myrna Pudenz, and Leota Adamson; many nephews, nieces, other extended family members and friends.
   Alice was preceded in death by her husband Donald in 2001; parents Frank and Tillie Pickhinke; parents-in-law Ed and Frances Pudenz; grandson Alex Pudenz; brothers Edward Pickhinke and Leonard Pickhinke; sisters-in-law Vivalee Pickhinke, Jean Pickhinke, and Lois Pudenz; brothers-in-law Cletus Pudenz, Bob Adamson, and Linus Pudenz; nephew Warren Pudenz; and niece Jolene Daiker.

Immediately after burial services, lunch will be provided at the Odebolt Community Center. Memorials may be directed to the Odebolt Community Center or the Odebolt American Legion Auxiliary.

Thank you to the staff at Rolling Meadows Senior Living for the loving care you gave Alice. –The Pudenz Family

Tribute Video
Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Monday
November 20, 2023
St. Martin's Catholic Church
Odebolt, Iowa
1:30 p.m. Rosary
2:00-4:00 p.m. Visitation
4:00 p.m. Vigil Service
Sunday, November 19, 2023
St. Martin's Catholic Church
Odebolt, Iowa
St. Martin's Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Monday, November 20, 2023 at 8:59 AM
“Sympathies to the Pudenz family. Alice was a great lady. I remember many fun times staying overnight at your farm with Joan when we were younger.”
- Terri (Gronau) Ullrich
Monday, November 20, 2023 at 8:59 AM
“We are sorry for your loss of Alice. The tribute video is a confirmation of her exemplary life. May she rest in the peace of Christ. May God bless your family.”
- Diane, Jared & Jess, Jacobson
Friday, November 17, 2023 at 9:14 AM
“Oh dear Alice! What a gentle neighbor in my high school years where I got to babysit occasionally. And then to see her come out of the nursing home kitchen to greet me whenever I visited Dad. She once told me that it was full circle. I helped her with her kid now she got to help Dad. A bit of my heart hurts for all of you in your loss and a bit rejoices knowing how you were blessed to be in her family. Blessings”
- Dr. Esther Streed-Johnson
Friday, November 17, 2023 at 8:56 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I have many good memories spent with your family. ”
- Donna (Mildenstein) Kennebeck
Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 6:40 PM
“To the Pudenz family I pray for you in this time of loss. Alice was a unique and special person I have never seen a woman so dedicated to her husband and family. I miss the wonderful hunting trips and amazing meals she always prepared for us. She will always be "Iron Alice" to me. I will miss her and look forward to seeing her and Don again one day when my brief time on earth is over. I hope all of you will cherish the memories. She was one of a kind. Dan Samani”
- Dan samani
Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 9:34 AM
“Prayers for the family, enjoyed visiting with Alice she will be missed.”
- Bud and Sandy Lichter
Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 7:49 AM
“Condolences on the loss of your mother. May you find comfort in your many memories of her. ”
- Shirley & Gordon Allen
Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 7:48 AM
“So sorry for your loss. When your mom and dad we on farm in Rockwell City my Grandparents Hugh and Nola Huston lived across the road and I remember Nancy Dale and Loren from your years there. ”
- Dennis Yeazel
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 8:02 PM
“Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Alice, a loss that will be felt by many.”
- Randy & Pippa Fineran
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 8:02 PM
“My Heartaches for YOU All 💔 Alice Made me Feel Welcome & Part of The Family, From the 1st day I net her. Sending Prayers, BIG HUGS, & LOVE🙏🥰❤️”
- Renee Zimmerman
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 3:40 PM
“So sorry for your loss. ”
- Michael Gooch
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 8:58 AM
“My deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort and healing on the passing of dear Alice! Such a beautiful legacy she and Don have left! Prayers and hugs to the entire family! Heaven gained a beautiful angel!”
- DeeDee (Bengford) Jackson
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 8:58 AM
“We would like to give you our condolences. We are very sorry to hear the news and we hope you and your family are doing well. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to call us. Take care, Hector and Angie Mendoza”
- Hector and Angie Mendoza
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 8:58 AM
“My sympathy to your family on the loss of this wonderful woman. I always enjoyed visiting her when she would come to some of the Dick family events on the farm. What a celebration of life.🙏💙”
- Connie Dick Heissel
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 8:58 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pudenz family Karen Tunink Riccioti Curtis Tunink Jean Tunink Watters Barbara Tunink Woodhead”
- Curtis Tunink
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 2:33 PM
“Pudenz family, I'm deeply sorry to hear of the loss of Alice. Please know my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I am grateful to have known her in My life. She was a wonderful human being. I know she will be missed. Eternal rest Grant unto Alice and May her soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. God bless ”
- David McGovern sr
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 1:29 PM
“Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.🙏🙏🙏”
- Marv & Kristi Pudenz
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 9:02 AM
“Glen, Jolene and family. We send our sympathy and prayers for all of you.”
- Larry and Judy Whittle
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 9:02 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed working with Alice at Care initiatives in Odebolt. She talked alot about all her kids. She was a great mother and a very nice lady. ”
- Christina Frank
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 9:02 AM
“Thinking of you and wishing you strength and comfort. Alice lived a good life and will be welcomed home with loving arms. ”
- Janice Cox
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