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Alice Honcoop
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Alice Honcoop, 88, of Escalon died Friday, Aug. 3 at Doctor's Hospital.

Mrs. Honcoop was born in Lismore, MN. She moved to California at age four with her parents Henk and Jennie Van Groningen and her brothers. When she was 10, her family settled in Ripon, where she lived until she was 24. At that time she married William Honcoop and moved to his hometown of Lynden, WA where they lived for 22 years, raising their two children and dairy farming. In 1966, they returned to Ripon and then settled in Escalon in 1967.

She was a hard working girl who helped to care for her four younger brothers and had to take over many of her mother's duties when she was just 14.

While raising her own children, she also cared for several foster children. She loved being a mother and also enjoyed being a leader of 4-H. In her later years, Mrs. Honcoop opened her home to several exchange students. She was a member of Escalon Christian Reformed Church for 40 years where she enjoyed working in the Service Guild, participating in Bible studies, and teaching Sunday school.

She was a wonderful homemaker and a fabulous cook. She loved to read, study the Bible, and garden. She was always available to help her grandchildren. She was proud of her Dutch heritage, and proud to live in her own home until she was 87 years old.

Survivors include her son, Gary Honcoop of Sacramento; daughter, Janice Alofs of Escalon; 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Honcoop. A memorial and reception were held Aug. 7 at Escalon Christian Reformed Church.

Remembrances may be made to the Alice Honcoop Scholarship Fund at Rohoboth Christian Schools in Rohoboth, New Mexico.

Deegan Funeral Chapel, Escalon, in charge of arrangements.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Aug. 15, 2007