Alice Senora Soffa, 92, of Elk River, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011.
She was born on a farm between Preston and Lanesboro, Minn. on Feb. 21, 1918, to Selmar B. and Alma Larson.
She was educated at Clear Grit Rural, Lanesboro High School, Preston Normal Training and Winona State, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She taught for 24 years, the last seven as teaching-principal.
She and Joseph Soffa were married at the Lanesboro Lutheran church parsonage on Dec. 21, 1936.
She served as Sunday school superintendent, Ladies Aid president, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher and vacation Bible school teacher. She also used to conduct spelling bees at the school located inside the Fillmore County fair grounds in Preston. She also taught quilting and gave quilting demonstrations.
In 1999, Mrs. Soffa moved to an apartment in Elk River. She continued to be an active quilter for her church in Union Prairie and started to quilt for Central Lutheran Church in Elk River.
A couple of years later, she moved across the street to the assisted living apartments, where she enjoyed many activities there, such as bingo, 500, afternoon coffee and tutoring elementary math kids into her early 90s.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Joe; her brother, Ralph; granddaughter, Mary; and grandson, Shane.