We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home
Alice Jane (Bilhorn) Starr, 92, of Cambridge passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at GracePointe Crossing.
She was born June 2,1930 in Chicago, Illinois to John Chester & Meriel Belle (Payne) Bilhorn. Alice grew up in Chicago with three brothers and was baptized at Mayfair Bible Church. She went on to graduate from Carl Schurz High School in 1948. Alice attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois where she majored in Physical Education. While at Wheaton she met Stanley Starr.
Alice and Stanley were married on August 18, 1950 and soon after moved to St. Paul, Minnesota so Stanley could attend Bethel College & Seminary. She and Stanley moved to Chicago and served at Salem Baptist Church on Chicago’s south side. While in Chicago, their first three children were born. In 1956 the family moved to Spring Lake Park, MN to pastor at Spring Lake Park Baptist Church. While there, two more daughters were born. In 1967 they moved to Eden Prairie to serve at Eden Prairie Baptist Church, where their youngest daughter was born. They moved to Cambridge in 1969 for a short sabbatical from the ministry until the family relocated to Lake Forest, IL in 1970 to serve at Church of the Redeemer.
Alice loved being a pastor’s wife and serving alongside Stanley for many years. Later she worked as office manager for Robertz, Webb and Company in downtown Chicago for more than a decade. In 1987 when Alice and Stan moved to Edgerton, Wisconsin to care for Alice’s elderly parents, she also worked part-time as a church secretary. In 1991 Alice and Stanley retired and moved back to Cambridge, becoming active members of First Baptist Church. Alice also kept busy running her own catering business, fearlessly seeking out and experimenting with gourmet recipes and creative cooking ideas.
Alice was very musical. She played the flute, piano, the home organ, and sang in the church choir. She had a great sense of humor and loved planning fun games for the family. She was a good athlete and grew up playing Chicago-style 16” softball. In the years after Stanley passed away, Alice lived at Riverwood Village and Grace Pointe Crossing, and always enjoyed socializing with other residents. Throughout the years, while relocating numerous times, Alice always enjoyed decorating and creating homey, inviting environments for entertaining her family and friends. Having her family gathered together was always most important to her, whether for a simple dinner, or a special holiday reunion.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rev. Stanley Starr, brothers John Merlyn, Clement and James Bilhorn, sister-in-law Lois Bilhorn.
She is survived by her children Nancy Starr (Steve Nielsen), Becky Starr (Sergio Miramontes), Stephen Starr, Carol Starr (Stafford Carpenter), Priscilla Starr (Ken Waller), Janet Starr ,12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Marie Bilhorn, Ruth Bilhorn, many nieces, nephews other relatives, friends and companion for the last four years, Rev. Roger Davies.
Memorial Service 11AM, Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Cambridge. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment in Cambridge Union Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Presbyterian Homes – GracePointe Crossing or First Baptist Church of Cambridge.
Presbyterian Homes - GracePointe Crossing
1545 River Hills Pkwy NW, Cambridge MN 55008
First Baptist Church of Cambridge
304 Main Street South, Cambridge MN 55008