April 15, 1920 – June 22, 2008
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Olga Indreland, 88, of Livingston, died at her home Sunday evening, June 22, 2008.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 30, at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home, 118 N. Third St., in Livingston. Pastor Ken Nelson of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church will officiate. Graveside committal and burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Montana State Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Harrison.
Our strong and dear mother was born in 1920 in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Matthew and Margaret Chief, immigrants from Czechoslovakia. Because she was a twin, she was a small child. Her twin brother did not live but a few days, but Olga was a survivor. As an adult with very small hands and a foot size of only 3½, she had a big heart. As a young woman she was very athletic and trained as a gymnast. She was part of the well known Sokol Gymnasts in Chicago and qualified for the Olympic trials but couldn't go due to an injury.
Her first job was with the Spiegel Company in Chicago and in her early 20s she moved to Los Angeles. Being an adventuresome person, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1947 where she spent five years working for the Dillingham Company.
She met the love of her life, Arnold Indreland, who was stationed in Hawaii as a Marine. Olga and Arnold were married and moved immediately to Falls Church, Va., where two of their children were born. They later moved to Barstow, Calif., where their youngest daughter was born. Arnold convinced Olga to move to Montana in August 1964 to raise their family. They purchased the ranch on Cokedale Road where she lived out the rest of her life.
Olga worked for the Park County clerk and recorder's office for many years. She was always very precise with details and was dearly loved by her co-workers. She was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Park County Republican Women, Park County Cattlewomen's Association, 4-H and Dance Club.
Olga is survived by her son, Matthew and his wife, Julie of Missoula, and their three sons, Brian (Juhnga), Eric and Ethan; her daughter, Ileana and her husband, Michael Delaney, and daughter, Glenniss (Lois Gronseth) both of Bozeman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arnold; a brother, Joseph; and a sister Bernadine.
The most fun time in her life was in Hawaii. Her happiest times, she said, were raising her three children and later spending time with her grandchildren. Montana ranch life was a real challenge for the city girl, but as always, she rose to the occasion and learned to love it. Olga got her final wish - to pass from this life to the next, peacefully in her own home with her dog, Doogie.
If so desired, memorials may be made to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1116 W. Geyser St., or to Livingston Public Library, 228 W. Callender St., both in Livingston, MT 59047.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory
118 North Third Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 27, 2008