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Alice Ruth (Hanstein) Doppler



Alice Ruth (Hanstein) Doppler was born March 27, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., and joined our Savior July 22, 2014. She was the matriarch of the Hanstein and Doppler families; the last surviving sibling of six and eight children respectively.

She spent her childhood in Chicago Ill., Green Lake Wisc., and Boulder and Denver, Colo. She attended Colorado University in Boulder. She met Edward Doppler while she worked at the DOD arsenal in Denver (our personal "Rosie the Riveter"). They married in 1946 and moved to Loveland, Col., where they raised their six children. In 1967 they moved to Coulee Dam.

Alice was very active in the community and volunteered numerous hours at the Grand Coulee Dam information booth for about five years. She was also a mail carrier/clerk in Coulee Dam for seven years.

Alice always lived life to the fullest and enjoyed traveling. She visited over 40 countries and nearly all 50 states. Friends joked, "Where is Alice now?" when she traveled around the world by herself at 65 years young. Her motto was "not where are we going, but how soon do we leave?"

Alice was an associate of the Sisters of the Holy Nativity in Wisconsin since 1979 and a spiritual inspiration to all who knew her. She also supported a Philippine mission for several decades and knitted over 100 sweaters for World Vision (Knit for Kids).

She is survived by four children: Frances Adams, Arnold Doppler, Cynthia Doppler, and Mary Ontiveros; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and two sons David and Stephen Doppler.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., August 2, 2014 at 11 a.m., at St. Dunstan's Mission, 300 East Grand Coulee Ave., across highway 155 from Strate Funeral Home Grand Coulee, Wash. A potluck will follow immediately after the service, in the parish hall. If attending, please bring a dish to share. (Due to the heat, please do not bring anything that needs heated up or cooked.) In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Alice's memory to either The Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity, St Jude's or American Cancer Society. Alice touched many lives and will be sorely missed.

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