Alice was born and raised in Oswego, NY. She was their first of three children. She grew up in a house on the east side in an Italian section close to other family members. Alice stayed in Oswego until 1963 when the opportunity of coming to Alaska presented itself. Her grandmother was going there to visit her aunts who lived in Fairbanks. Upon their time for departure, Alice made the bold decision to stay. She liked Alaska and thought it would be a great adventure.
Alice met Glen Hansen while working at Golden Valley Electric. After dating for a few months they decided to get married in January of 1964. The first of their children Hope Ann came along one year later in 1965. Their son Timothy was born in 1966. They traveled for various job opportunities Glen had in Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida and California before returning to Alaska in late 1969.
She worked at the University of Alaska- Fairbanks in the Registrar’s office and then for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in the Classified Ads Department. She would end up spending the next 28 years there before retiring. Here she met Glen Cornwall, her loving companion for 17 years until his death.
In 1995, Alice and longtime friend Whistle Jordan became partners in The Red Sled, a Christmas store. Alice and Whistle loved to go around decorating trees and setting up other Christmas decorations for the hospital, banks and other places in Fairbanks.
Alice traveled as often as she could, mainly Hawaii, New York and Seattle. Alice was able to travel to Italy and Greece one summer when Tim and his wife, Maria, took her. But while she loved to travel, her favorite and most cherished thing to do was spend time with her children and grandchildren. Family was something that she instilled in her children and grandchildren. She would say, “Friends come and go but, family is there forever.”
Alice was a committed mother and grandmother to her family. Besides her family, she loved dancing, singing, playing golf, playing board and card games, hosting big family dinners and going to weekly lunches with the The Salcha River Ladies lunch group.
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