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.   Alice Drella Bieda .

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. January 27, 2012  .
. Green Bay Press-Gazette .

Alice Bieda, 87, Oconto Falls, and formerly of Sampson, died peacefully
early Wednesday morning, January 25, 2012, at Meadowlands Assisted Living,
with her family at her side. The daughter of Thomas and Marie (Lynch) Drella
was born February 20, 1924, in Flintville.

On November 30, 1940, she married Edward Bieda at SS. Edward and Isidore
Church in Flintville. The couple lived most of their life in Sampson, where
Alice and Ed owned and operated the Hilltop Bar. She also helped Ed run the
family livestock business.

The biggest love of her life was her family - Ed, their children, and all of
the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always so much fun; the
kids couldn't wait to go to grandma's house. She enjoyed gardening, playing
cards, and spending time at the casino. Alice was very probably the area's
first serious recycler. She found creative ways to re-use everything.

Alice is survived by one son, Mike Bieda, Sampson; three daughters and three
sons-in-law; Patricia (Bernard) Matczak, Oconto Falls; Kathy (Gary) Freeman,
Oconto Falls; Sandy Lex, Long Beach, CA, Gary Hanson, Green Bay; 14
grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Tom
(Viola) Drella, Pulaski; and one sister, Agnes Reimer, Green Bay. She is
further survived by nieces and nephews, Ed's family, Lottie Gawrylewski,
Helen (Al) Lawniczak, Rose (Jim) Ryczkowski, and Jim Bieda; other relatives
and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, on August 13, 2007; one daughter,
Mary Hanson; one son-in-law, Harry Lex; one infant great-granddaughter,
Angel Matczak; two brothers, twins Leonard and Lawrence Drella; two sisters
and four brothers-in-law, Harriet (Ray) Vandenplas, Rose (Don DeBauche)
(Dick Teisling) and Raymond Reimer; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law from
Ed's family, Della (Wally) Kollath, Roman Gawrylewski, Jack (Stella) Bieda,
Ray (Margaret) Bieda, and Leo Bieda.

Friends may call at Assumption B.V.M. Church, 124 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski,
from 9:30-11a.m. Saturday. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00
Saturday at the church, her nephew, Fr. Patrick Gawrylewski, O.F.M.
presiding and Fr. James Esser, O.F.M. concelebrating. Burial will take place
in the parish cemetery

The family would like to thank Alice's girls at Meadowlands for taking such
great care of her.

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