Alice Schumacher, age 76 of Perry passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at her home in Perry. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Perry. Visitation will be on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery at Perry. Memorials will be given to the Perry Fine Arts, the First United Methodist Church or St. Croix Hospice and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be sent at

Alice was born and attended school in Armstrong, Iowa was active in band and choir activities and graduated in 1959. She did babysitting and worked in a variety store during her high school years. After graduation she attended the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in elementary education and graduated in 1963. She taught in the Ballard School District – Huxley Elementary building for two years. In 1964 Alice and Dale Schumacher were married at Collegiate Methodist Church in Ames and moved into the infamous Pammel Court at Iowa State. While Dale was finishing his Industrial Education teaching degree at Iowa State. He graduated in1965 and Alice got her PHT (Putting Hubby Through) Award from the Industrial Education Department. In 1965 Dale accepted a teaching position in Perry High School and Alice Accepted a teaching position in the Central Dallas School District, Washington Township Building. After one year, Alice transferred to the Minburn Building and taught for another year at the junior high level before becoming a full-time mother, housewife, volunteer, substitute teacher, piano teacher, preschool teacher, etc. Their daughter, Tammy was born in 1969 and their son, Scott was born in 1971.

Alice’s volunteer activities revolved around three areas, the Dallas County Hospital Auxiliary, Perry Fine Arts Committee, and the Methodist Church. She served for several years on the Hospital Auxiliary officer committee, chaired it several years, earned her 10,000 hours Volunteer Pin, received the Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and continued to volunteer. One of her favorite activities was serving on the Perry Fine Arts Committee and she did for over forty years and chairing it for a significant part of that time. She enjoyed being able to help provide that type of entertainment for the community of Perry. Alice was very active in numerous activities in the United Methodist Church. She sang in the choir, served on the board, was active in United Methodist Women and Miriam Circle, and had the opportunity to attend national conferences. She served on numerous committees and was always willing to help where help was needed. Alice also taught at Kay’s Preschool for several years and taught private piano lessons for many years. The Perry Business and Professional Women’s Club awarded Alice the Perry Mother of the Year Award in1993.

In 1993, Alice was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and she fought that battle for many years as it gradually limited what she was able to do but never dimmed her spirit or outlook on life. With all she endured over the years, she never once complained or got discouraged with her outlook on life. She was an amazing woman.

In death she rejoins her parents, George and Delpha Burkhead.

Left to cherish Alice’s memory are her husband Dale Schumacher, Perry, IA, children, Scott (Dawn) Schumacher, Urbandale, IA and Tammy (Matt) O'Brien, Cedar Rapids, IA , grandchildren, Peter, Will and Kate Schumacher, Urbandale, IA and Noelle, Madelyn and Luke O'Brien, Cedar Rapids, IA, siblings, Ann Cordes, Cave Creek, AZ and Arlene (William) Johnson, Rochester, MN and Don (Terry) Burkhead, Grinnell, IA.

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