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Conrad —Victoria M. Betterman passed away peacefully with family at her side on July 26, 2014 at Pondera Medical Center from natural causes. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13th at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Conrad.
Victoria was born July 20, 1925 in Eagle Butte, SD to John and Margaretha (Rieger) Ganje. Her parents left their homestead in 1936, moving to Villard, MN where she attended school and graduated. She met and married Marvin Betterman in June, 1946. They moved to Parkers Praire where they worked and started their family. In 1953, they packed up their belongings and moved to Great Falls MT, and then to Conrad in 1955. As a youngster on the farm, Victoria's chores included tending to the chickens, cows and garden. In later years she was a waitress and from 1966 to 1990 she worked in medical housekeeping for Dr. Fletcher and then Pondera Medical Center from where she retired.
Victoria was a faithful parishioner of St. Michael's Catholic Church for over 50 years. She was involved with Brownie Scouts and was also a Cub Scout Den Mother. As a 4-H leader, she shared a multitude of cooking, sewing and home-making skills with many youngsters for 20 years. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and served on numerous committees.
Victoria is survived by her son Jim Betterman of Billings; daughters Judy Marcum-Klette, Karen Rencurel, Patty Paul all of Great Falls, and Pam (Steve) Leigh of San Pedro CA; a sister, Mary Rajdl and a brother, Ben (Dice) Ganje, both of Alexandria MN, and sister-in-law Leona Betterman of Perham MN. Grandchildren: Beth (Greg) Hovland of Great Falls, Peggy (Keith) Markegard, San Marcos CA, Jackie Rencurel, Havre, Angie (Scott) Wilson, Huntsville AL, Justin (Pam) Rencurel, Sugarland TX, Aimee (Dan) Rominger, Floweree, Brandon Betterman, Butte, Christopher (Angela) Leigh, Seattle WA, Angela Leigh, Los Angeles CA, and Heather (Kevin) Richeson of Laurel. Great grandchildren: Emily and Riley Hovland, Audrina and Tori Marcum, Cody Rencurel, Chandra Willnow, Kayla and Sarah McCormick, Dylan, Asia and Mia Imbrescia, Treyton Betterman, Marvin Leigh, Henli and Kenzi Richeson, Sloane and Ryder Rencurel. Great great grandsons: Demitri and Xavyer Rencurel and numerous nieces and nephews.
Victoria is preceded in death by her husband, grandsons Jarett Rencurel and Roger Marcum, a great granddaughter Mya Richeson, son-in-law, Vern Klette, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
Condolences can be made to www.misermortuaries.com.
Pondera Funeral Home
302 S Main St Conrad, MT 59425
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 9, 2014