Services were held May 1, 2012, for Magdalen “Maggie” M. Schwartz, 87, who had been a nurse at St. Vincent Hospital.
She was born Oct. 27, 1924, in Ray, N.D., the first child of Gene and Rose Redmond. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to a farm north of Belfield, N.D.
At age 19, she moved to Billings, joined the Army Cadet Corps and began nurses training at St Vincent Hospital. She graduated shortly after World War II was over and became a registered nurse at St Vincent.
On June 11, 1947, she married John E. Schwartz in Belfield, and they settled in Billings.
When not practicing nursing, Mrs. Schwartz worked in a construction office and at construction sites in Montana, California, Oklahoma and North Dakota. She spent the last of her working years as a charge nurse at Eagle Cliff Nursing Home where she was awarded the Service Excellence Award.
She retired at age 74 and became a volunteer at the Cancer Center, Alberta Bair Theater, RiverStone Hospice and St Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include six children, Colleen Bushard, Gene and Jaci Murray, all of Billings, Mike of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Joe of Missoula, and Mary Williams of Upper Marlboro, Md.; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; six brothers, Jerry Redmond, Pat Redmond, Tom Redmond and Connie Redmond, all of Belfield, Bill Redmond of Bismarck, N.D., and Jack Redmond of Tioga, N.D.; and a sister, Wainetta “Babs” Lundeen of Billings.
A vigil celebrating her life was held April 30 at St. Bernard’s Church in the Billings Heights. Funeral Mass was May 1 at St. Bernard’s Church. Burial was in Belfield.
Donations may be made to RiverStone Hospice/Horizon House or St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.