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 Tina <I>Deutsch</I> Schowengerdt

Tina Deutsch Schowengerdt

Birth
France
Death 9 Dec 2012 (aged 65–66)
Racetrack, Powell County, Montana, USA
Burial Deer Lodge, Powell County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 101991629 · View Source
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Tina Schowengerdt, 66, of Deer Lodge passed away in her home on Sunday Dec. 9, 2012.

Tina was born in Paris, France in 1946. She immigrated to America with her parents and younger brother, Jacque when she was eight. The family made their home in St. Louis, Mo., where Tina attended school, grew to her adult height of 5'2" and 100 pounds soaking wet, and earned her cosmetology license.

In 1963, Tina married Dennis Schowengerdt and the couple subsequently had two daughters, Angie and Kim. Early years found the family traveling far and wide in an Airstream trailer chasing various job opportunities. Trying to entertain two small children in a camp trailer, lesser women might have felt frazzled and frayed, but Tina transformed the experience into a memorable adventure for her girls, ensuring that side trips to Mount Rushmore, Grand Canyon and carp-catching in Baton Rouge were all part of the ride.

In 1971, Tina and her family decided to put down roots in Montana, first living in Anaconda for six years, and then moving to the Deer Lodge Valley. Tina used her cosmetology training during this period to support her family, entering national styling competitions, running her own salon, and making sure all the ladies at Deer Lodge Manor were properly "beautified."

It was in Deer Lodge Valley that Tina's dream home was built on a small piece of land, and after her daughters grew and left home she launched into a new life chapter as she discovered her love of horses. The exhilaration of flying fast and fluid in a perfect clover-leaf pattern was one of Tina's greatest joys. As she honed her skills and racked up winning records, it became obvious barrel racing was more than a mere hobby. She often joked she was "a jockey in a past life," and her large collection of saddles and belt buckles share a title that epitomizes her: "Champion."

Throughout her life, Tina was an incomparable mother and grandmother, showering love on her kids and grandkids, and volunteering as basketball coach, Girl Scout troop leader, and hollering from the bleachers of junior rodeos and sporting events. All their lives are richer because of her.

Beginning in 1994, Tina found another outlet for her endless energy, launching a new business in Deer Lodge. Things on Main Street would never be the same once the tiny lady with the sparkly hats, huge smile and even bigger heart opened up shop. From her little storefront, Tina shared her joyous spirit with her community, who loved her right back.

Tina will long be remembered as a community builder who organized the annual Deer Lodge Parade of Lights, Kids Fun Day at the Fair, costume contests on Halloween, Easter Egg Hunt, and restoration of the Rialto, to name just a handful of her favorite projects. But some of her less visible kindnesses were just as important. If someone was hungry, she made sure they were fed. If someone couldn't pay, she managed a little loan or a tank of gas. And if someone just moved to town and needed a friend, she was there.

With so many commitments happily undertaken, no one quite knows how Tina still found time to crochet blankets for every new baby, cook and bake just to share with friends, and nurture her flower and vegetable gardens.

Tina shared an incredible bond with her beloved Uncle Alex, and in his memory, she wore his tattooed prisoner's number from his years in Birkenau concentration camp during the Holocaust. From his strength, she learned her own. She also held a special place in her heart for her grandson, Rocky, who in recent years returned to Montana to help her in the business.

As decades passed, Tina's marriage became difficult and painful, but she never allowed sadness and disappointment to overshadow her optimism and zest for life. The same stubbornness and tenacity that prevented her from ever giving up on anything or anyone made her stay.

Tina was preceded in death by her parents, Eric and Margaret Deutsch, and her brother, Jacque.

She is survived by her daughters, Angie McCullough and her husband, Gordon of Missoula, and Kim Browne and her husband, Dan of Salmon, Idaho; her grandchildren, Rocky Wozny McCullough, Cody Browne, Tanner Browne, Emily Browne and Braxton McCullough; and her ever-faithful companion, July.

The family invites all those touched by her amazing life to help celebrate Tina and the incredible person she was from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Elk's Lodge in Deer Lodge. The family is also profoundly grateful for the outpouring of love, offers of assistance, and remarkable displays of compassion so many have shown. During a time of shattering and bewildering loss, this support has provided immeasurable comfort.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to a community cause in Tina's memory. Possibilities especially close to her heart, and the family's, include the First Annual Tina Schowengerdt Memorial Barrel Race, c/o Diana Solle, P.O. Box 847, Deer Lodge, 59722; Powell County Victim-Witness Program, 409 Missouri, Ste. 108, Deer Lodge, 59722; Cottonwood Commons Transition Home, c/o Peoples Bank of Deer Lodge, P.O. Box 599, Deer Lodge, 59722, or Paws Animal Shelter of Deer Lodge.


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  • Created by: Karen Griswold Stroh
  • Added: 10 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101991629
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tina Deutsch Schowengerdt (1946–9 Dec 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101991629, citing Hillcrest Cemetery, Deer Lodge, Powell County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Karen Griswold Stroh (contributor 47133098) .