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 Betty Maxine <I>Wohlgenant</I> Fandrich

Betty Maxine Wohlgenant Fandrich

Birth
Kinsey, Custer County, Montana, USA
Death 22 Jul 2015 (aged 77)
Miles City, Custer County, Montana, USA
Burial Miles City, Custer County, Montana, USA
Plot Block B Row 09 Lot 25
Memorial ID 149681152 · View Source
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Betty Maxine Fandrich, age 77, of Miles City passed away peacefully on July 22, 2015 with family by her side. Betty was born on December 26, 1937 as the youngest of four siblings and only daughter to Carl Sr. and Sara Wohlgenant. She was raised on the family homestead at Kinsey where she attended grade school.

She loved growing up on the ranch where she could care and play with all the animals, especially the turkeys. Betty was very friendly and popular at Custer County High School where she attended 9th – 12th grades. She was very active as a cheerleader, freshman class secretary, order of Gregg Artists, Future Homemakers of America, Branding Iron business staff, junior class play, chorus, 4H and Go Western Day queen candidate. Betty graduated from high school in the spring of 1956. After high school she worked for the VA as a dental assistant. It was during this time that she met Norman Fandrich and fell in love.

Norm and Betty were married January 24, 1959 and moved to Texas where Norm worked on a seismograph crew. After a few months they both decided they missed their hometown and returned to Miles City. After returning to Miles City, Betty gave birth to their first child Gregg Alan in March of 1960. A couple of years later they began building their family home on the corner of Tompy and Cottage Grove Avenue in Miles City. While building the house the family welcomed their second son Kent Nathan in October of 1963. A few months later the house was completed and they moved in as a family where they resided for over 50 years. Betty was an avid seamstress and enjoyed working with wool. She used these skills to make Barbie doll and G.I. Joe clothes for all the neighborhood kids. She also taught herself to crochet and she spent free time crocheting afghan’s for family and friends. Betty worked a couple of odd jobs while the boys were young. She worked at JC Penney’s for a few years where Kent fondly remembers walking from Washington School to meet her at Woolworth’s for lunch at the counter.

She later took a position as a teacher’s aide at the Washington Middle School. She loved working with the students and adored them all. She loved running into them at the store or the Airport Inn and catching up on her student’s lives. She retired in the fall of 1997 for health reasons. Throughout the years the family enjoyed vacations to Texas, Quake Lake, a visit to see Gregg and his family in Nevada and of course summers at Georgetown Lake.

They enjoyed camping with friends and family. The family spent many summers at Georgetown Lake where they built a cabin with Betty’s brother Carl Jr. and his wife Bunny. They enjoyed boating and fishing at the lake as a family. After Norm retired he and Betty took several small trips to North Dakota and all over Montana including a trip on the train at Lewistown. They enjoyed taking their small getaways and visiting their siblings across the state.

Betty enjoyed having her family near her. She watched her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow throughout the years. She treasured their visits and time spent with them. She loved receiving and sharing pictures of her grandkids and kept them close by always. Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was loved by many near and far. She was famous for saying “I love you, I love you” every time she parted with family. She loved her quiet life with her husband and family and truly cherished her hometown of Miles City and the Kinsey area.

Betty is survived by her husband of 56 years, Norman Fandrich, her two son’s Gregg of Miles City, MT and Kent (Marci) of Clinton, MO; two brothers, Richard (Joan) Wohlgenant of Denver, CO and Carl Jr. (Bunny) Wohlgenant of Phoenix AZ; six grandchildren, Derrick Fandrich of Seattle, WA, Ashley Fandrich (Shane Correll) of Conyers, GA, Nick Fandrich (Kimberly Haines) of Kent, WA, Nathan, Noah, and Nickolas Fandrich of Clinton, MO; and three great grandchildren, Alexa and Caroline of Conyers, GA and Alexander of Kent, WA.

The family would like to thank Friendship Villa, Holy Rosary Hospital, Holy Rosary Hospice and Palliative Care, the Custer County Health Care system, and all the family and friends that helped care for and visited her the last few years. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Miles City Public Library or to Holy Rosary Hospice and Palliative Care. “I know….I know

A visitation will be held at Stevenson and Son’s Funeral Home in Miles City on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson and Son’s Funeral Home in Miles City.

Interment will follow at the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery. Should friends desire condolences can be made to the family by visiting stevensonandsons.com.

Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home Obituary 7/26/2015


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  • Created by: Karen Griswold Stroh
  • Added: 23 Jul 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 149681152
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Betty Maxine Wohlgenant Fandrich (26 Dec 1937–22 Jul 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 149681152, citing Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Miles City, Custer County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Karen Griswold Stroh (contributor 47133098) .