Theresa Julia Schweitzer, our dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, was born Dec. 22, 1920, to Gertrude and Michael Schmidt in Berwick, N.D. She passed away of natural causes on Oct. 4, 2008, in Belgrade.
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At age 18, she moved to Montana to help her older sister, Mary, with her three young children, as they lived on a farm and had a lot of work to do. It was here that she met Mary's brother-in-law, Leo.
Theresa and Leo were joined in marriage Nov. 9, 1940, and farmed north of Rudyard, near Goldstone, near her sister, Mary, and Leo's brother, Mike. In 1955, Leo and Theresa built a house in Rudyard so the older children could go to high school there, but they continued to move to the farm during the summer months.
Theresa was a homemaker. She loved to sew, crochet, knit, quilt, do hardanger and many other crafts. Her hands were always busy and she loved to make beautiful things. In 1988, she moved to Bozeman to help her daughter, Darla, take care of Breanne and to be near her sister, Mary, as they enjoyed doing many of the same things. Included in this friendship was Mary's daughter, Dorothy, who also enjoyed the crafts. When Mary passed, Dorothy and Theresa enjoyed many good times and crafts together until Theresa could no longer do them. Our cousin, Dorothy, continued to help and support her until her passing.
Theresa is survived by her children, Shirley (Dick) Smith, Arlee (Grover) Brown, Gerald (LeAnn) Schweitzer, Kalvin (Karen) Schweitzer, Darla Schweitzer, Verna (Don) Myers, Lenny (Carol) Schweitzer, and Tina (Jeff) Wheeler. She is also survived by a sister, Margaret; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Leo in 1978; her parents; brothers and sisters, Anne, Pius, Nick, Mary, Augustine, and Pauline; and many step-brothers and -sisters, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, with visitation at 10 a.m., at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to Elsie's Assisted Living, 1107 Happy Lane, Belgrade, MT 59714; or to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Drive, Suites 5 and 6, Bozeman 59718.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 9, 2008