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Gertrude “Trudy” Sten Kurtz

  • Birth 1 Nov 1921 Webster, Day County, South Dakota, USA
  • Death 17 Jan 2009 Havre, Hill County, Montana, USA
  • Burial Gildford, Hill County, Montana, USA
  • Plot Space C, Lot 15, Block 6
  • Memorial ID 33332010

Great Falls Tribune (MT) - January 19, 2009

GILDFORD - Gertrude "Trudy" (Sten) Kurtz, 87, a longtime Gildford resident, died of natural causes Saturday at a Havre care facility.

A celebration of her life is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gildford Baptist Church, with burial in Gildford Cemetery. Holland and Bonine Funeral Home of Havre is handling arrangements.

Gertrude (Trudy) Sten Kurtz, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, after living a long and fruitful life. Trudy was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Webster, S.D., to Ada Marie and Albert Sten, who resided at a farm near Waubay, S.D. After graduating from college, she taught elementary school for a number of years.

During World War II she participated in the war effort by wrapping and sealing parts, working nights in Minneapolis. At her little sister's wedding she met the "best man". After a long-distance courtship, she married Francis Kurtz, a farmer south of Gildford, in June 1950. They raised three children at the family farm.

She was an active member of the Gildford Baptist Church, where she was a choir director and Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the Jolly Janes Homemakers club for about 50 years. One of her greatest loves in life was her music. She played the piano and sang in her "Hi" soprano voice at many church functions. She resided on the family farm after Francis passed away until she moved into Havre to the Eagles Manor in 2001. One of Trudy's most memorable times in life was when she attended the Governor's Ball with her family in 2005, after Brian Schweitzer appointed Nancy Peterson as Director of Agriculture.

Trudy is survived by sons Lynn and wife Pam of Frenchtown and Lee and wife Karen of Gildford; sisters Margery Melby of Conrad and Alice Thielke of Millbank, S.D.; sisters-in-law Marion Fyall of Edmonds, Wash., and Grace Nordrum of Havre; grandsons Kody and Gabrielle Peterson of Kremlin, Kyle and Kodi Peterson of Gildford and Rob and Jodi Kurtz of Billings; granddaughters Megan and Niki Kurtz of Gildford; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy; her husband, Francis; an infant son, Vernon; a sister, Shirley; her parents; and brothers-in-law Ed, Dennis, Percy, Lester and Andy.

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  • Added: 28 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33332010
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gertrude “Trudy” Sten Kurtz (1 Nov 1921–17 Jan 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33332010, citing Gildford Hill County Cemetery, Gildford, Hill County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by cara (contributor 47072115) .