Welcome to the memorial page for

Alice Lucile (Bright) Hingst

November 17, 2011


November 20, 2011

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Prugh's Chapel
Burlington, IA
Funeral Mass
November 21, 2011

10:30 AM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Burlington, IA


Alice Lucile (Bright) Hingst, 89, of Burlington died at 10:38pm on November 17, 2011, at home surrounded by her family following a brief illness.

Born February 10, 1922 in Dunnell, Minnesota, Alice was the daughter of Lora and Clarence Bright. She graduated from Burlington High School (class of 1940), and graduated from Burlington Business College (class of 1941). Alice was a member of SS. John and Paul Catholic Church.

On November 25, 1942 she married Paul Lewis Hingst of Burlington at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria, LA.

Alice was especially proud of working for the War Department during World War II. She was the chief clerk of the Medical Intelligence Division receiving a Commendation for Meritorious Civilian Service for outstanding performance of duty. Her citation read, “Through exceptionally faithful and efficient service as chief clerk of the Medical Intelligence Division, responsible for the supervision of a large clerical staff, the orderly operation of a highly diversified program and the development of administrative procedures requisite to a new type of work, Alice B. Hingst has demonstrated the highest degree of integrity and an inspiring devotion to duty, thereby bringing credit to herself and to the Medical Department of the United States Army.”

Alice also received the following personal dedication from Lieutenant Colonel Gaylord W. Anderson, A.B., M.D., Dr. P.H. and Major Harold Horack, B.S., M.D. who were two of the authors of Global Epidemiology, A Geography of Disease and Sanitation – India and the Far East, and the Pacific Area:

“To Alice B. Hingst; an indispensable member of the Medical Intelligence team who contributed immeasurably to the completion of this volume.”

Alice worked 25 years for Dr. Burton Stone at his Klein Hospital office until she retired in 1986.  Alice believed strongly in education. She pursued an AA degree from Southeastern Community College. Alice started pursuing her degree in 1969 and was still attending classes in 1992. She was just a few credits shy of earning her AA degree.

Alice believed strongly in civil responsibility and duty. Once Alice retired she worked as a Census taker in 1990. She also was an AARP income tax preparer volunteer for at least six years. Alice served as a vote canvass volunteer on numerous occasions.   

Alice had numerous interests. She was a savvy long-term investor. Alice was an avid reader of novels of the Jane Austen variety, books about history and biographies of the British royal family. She believed in keeping up-to-date on current affairs, and was deeply interested in American politics. She enjoyed her flower beds particularly her lilac bush - she loved its smell.  Alice enjoyed fresh home grown tomatoes. She took delight in singing around her home and in the car.  Alice enjoyed country and western music, particularly the older male singers like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Alice liked to do the daily crossword puzzle and play scrabble.

Alice was very interested in genealogy. She was a past member of the Des Moines County Historical Society. Alice said her mother told her that some of her ancestors came to America seeking adventure. So, it came as no surprise that Alice loved to travel.  She visited Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Alice visited California and Las Vegas on numerous occasions.  She loved to visit her son, Mark, in Tucson, Arizona. She enjoyed her travels with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who were always ready for a “road trip” with grandma and granddaddy.  Alice also visited Boston, Florida, Colorado, Niagara Falls, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans and FDR’s home in Hyde Park, New York to name a few. But her favorite place to visit was Washington D.C.  Alice’s face would light up with excitement whenever she planned a visit to Washington D.C. Almost all of her children (and some grandchildren) have gone on at least one trip to Washington D.C with Alice. She simply loved to show her city to her family.

Alice’s primary interest was her family of sixteen children, nineteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Her husband, Paul Lewis was the sunshine in her life. Alice loved her children, was proud of her grandchildren and adored her great grandchildren. Alice loved to keep up-to-date on the activities of her family. She loved talking about what her grandchildren and great grandchildren were up to.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Lewis Hingst of Burlington; six daughters, Mary Susan Bright Hingst of Bloomfield, Iowa, Jane Hingst of Bettendorf, Barbara Hingst and Sally Hingst of Iowa City, Rebecca Hingst of Burlington, Michelle (Bob) Turnbull of Bellevue, Nebraska;  six sons, Thomas (Pat) Hingst of Waukee, Mark (Mina) Hingst of Tucson, Arizona, David Hingst, John Hingst, Roger Hingst and Eric Hingst all of Burlington; five granddaughters, Lora Hingst of Henderson, Nevada, Caroline Much of Iowa City, Aimee Hingst of Burlington, Emma Standard of Iowa City, and Molly Standard of Burlington Iowa; thirteen grandsons, Sean Osborne of Des Moines, Ryan Hingst of Brandon, MS., William Appel III of Bettendorf, Fr. Paul Appel of Washington D.C., Pieter Appel of Ames, Eric Appel of Bloomfield, Iowa, Kitiskdi “Go” Hingst of Tucson, Arizona, Stephen Hingst of Tucson, Arizona, Paul Hingst of Phoenix, Arizona, Zachary Hingst of Iowa City, Jeromy Hingst of Seattle, Washington, Gregory Hingst of Burlington,  and Jonathan Turnbull of Bellevue, Nebraska; five great granddaughters, Ellie Osborne of Des Moines, Isabelle, Rowan and Hadley Appel of Bettendorf, Nadiya Jones of Burlington; four great grandsons,  Kason Appel of Ames, Xavior, Xander, and Quintin Williams of Burlington; one sister, Carolyn (Bob) Balzer of West Burlington; one son-in-law, Tim (Melissa) Standard of Burlington; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three daughters, Melissa (Hingst) Standard, Christal  and Christina Hingst; one son, Gregory Hingst; one granddaughter, Teah Standard; four sisters, Velma Brenneke of Rock Island, Mildred Cohoon of Burlington,  Florence Smith of East Moline, Frances Shay of Ringgold, Ga; one brother, Frank Bright of Burlington.

Friends may call at Prugh’s Chapel on Sunday morning after 10:00 a.m. There will be a Rosary at 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening followed by a Christian Wake Service; the family will then receive friends until 7:00 p.m.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Alice Lucile (Bright) Hingst will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 21, 2011 at  St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Burlington, with Rev. Paul Appel (grandson) officiating. Special music will be provided by the Des Moines Co. Resurrection Choir. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Burlington. Food and fellowship will be at St. John’s cafeteria following the burial. A memorial has been established for Burlington Notre Dame Library Fund.

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