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Bertha Krause

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Bertha Hilda (Bendt) Krause, age 93 of Great Falls, Mont. died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 at a local nursing home from natural causes.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory.

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A memorial service will be held at a later date. A private burial will be held in Chokio Lutheran Cemetery.

Bertha is survived by her sisters; Ella Bendt of Morris and Hazel Dupree of Tillamook, Ore., son-in-law John P. Claassen of Great Falls, Mont., seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bertha was born in Campbell on April 2, 1916 one of nine children raised by Nickolas and Ella Bornhoft Bendt. She was raised and educated in Campbell. She married Fredrick "Fritz" Kruse in Sisseton, S.D. on June 5, 1935. They were delighted to welcome two daughters, Shirley and Delores.

Bertha and Fritz moved the family to California to work in the airplane factories during World War II. After the war, they returned to Chokio. Fritz passed away unexpectedly in 1948. Bertha married Edwin Krause on Nov. 2, 1950. They worked a family farm for several years before settling in Morris. Bertha was a housekeeper for many years for several families before accepting one of her favorite jobs as a cook for the schools. She was very popular for the treats she baked.

In 1972, Bertha and Edwin followed her two daughters and their families to Montana. Great Falls soon became their home, and their house always welcomed grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. Edwin passed away in 1976 after a short battle with cancer. Bertha was an active member of Mountain View Lutheran Church.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands Fritz and Edwin, daughters Shirley and Delores, son-in-law Gerald, sisters Gladys Perske, Louida Manthie, and Matilda Mehrer, and brothers Nicholas Bendt, Edward Bendt, and Ervin Bendt, and granddaughter Lori Paffrath.

Memorials in her name are suggested to the American Lung Association, 825 Helena Ave., Helena, MT 59601 or to Mountain View Lutheran Church, 808 Sacajawea Dr. Great Falls, MT 59404, or a charity of donor's choice.

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