A family memorial service for Bertha Margaret Goedert will be held at a future date. At her request, cremation has taken place, and interment will be in the Lusk cemetery.
Bertha entered heaven Dec. 25, 2011, at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, Neb.
She was born on Oct. 22, 1914, on a farm 15 miles south of Poplar, Mont.
She went to a country school built on land donated from her mother’s homestead, then graduated in 1933 from Poplar High School.
Upon graduation, she held several jobs including switchboard operator for the telephone company.
She enjoyed playing the violin for many years. Bertha was a lifetime member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Poplar, Mont., where she taught Sunday School and was an active member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid.
Bertha married Nicholas Goedert in 1938 in Fort Peck, Mont.
They established a family farm east of Poplar which they operated until retirement in 1975. After retirement Nick and Bertha enjoyed traveling through Russia, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Hawaii. In 1983 they moved to Kalispell, Mont., then Lusk, Wyo., in 1993. They cherished family and spent several weeks every year with them.
Bertha had a deep affection for and was devoted to her daughters, grand-daughters and great-grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and homemaker. She was loved by all and will be remembered for her gentle manner, kind heart, patience, generosity and unconditional love.
Bertha is survived by two daughters, Margaret Monson of Havre, Mont., and Marilyn Solberg and her husband Larry of Lusk, Wyo. ; six granddaughters, Sheryl Solberg, Cheyenne, Wyo., Shelly Christianson, Lusk, Wyo., Brenda Hoyt, Browning, Mont., Debbie Knudson, Medford, Ore., Julie Monson, Missoula, Mont., and Shannon Stanfill Cheyenne, Wyo. ; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister Marion Frye of Portland, Ore.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Goedert; parents, Gina and Paul Neumann; two brothers, Oscar Neumann and Floyd Neumann; a son-in-law Martin Monson; and most recently, a great-grandson, Jeffrey Nicholas Kendall.