Joseph Svien (1918 - 2013)

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Joseph G. Svien

Napa, California —Joseph G. Svien, longtime resident of Glasgow, Montana and more recently Missoula, Montana and Napa, California passed away on August 22, 2013 in Napa, California.

The second oldest of six children, Joe was born on September 2, 1918 in Erskine, Minnesota, the son of Oscar and Selma Svien. He was the beloved husband of the late Bess Svien (Domier), whom he married on July 13, 1946 and preceded him in death on October 26, 2008.

He was the father of Deborah (Mike) Relaz of Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Ron (Jackee) Svien of Napa, California; grandfather to Steven Relaz, Eric Relaz, Jessica Svien, Joseph N. Svien and Arielle Svien. He was also great grandfather to Rebecca, Amanda, Sarah, Connor, Olivia, Jason and Alexzander. Brother of Olga (Sidney) Ostenaa and Lillian Enevold.

Joe grew up in McIntosh, Minnesota and was a World War II veteran. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946 as a Warrant Officer in Oakland, California; he was the recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Joe eventually moved to Williston, North Dakota where he was involved in the automotive business and moved to Glasgow, Montana in 1960 to own and operate his own auto repair and commercial glass businesses. He was a resident of Glasgow for many years and was long-time member of the Sunnyside Golf & Country Club and the Glasgow Elks Lodge.

His wife, Bess, parents, Oscar and Selma Svien, brother Ralph Svien and sisters Helen Dyrdahl and Marion Knudson, preceded him in death.

Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held in Glasgow later this year.

Funeral Home
Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel & Crematory
623 Coombs St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 226-1828
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 25, 2013
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