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Alma Dietrich Runge, 86, the daughter of German immigrants and the former cafeteria manager at Will James Junior High School, died July 28, 2012.
She was born Aug. 2, 1925, in Gering, Neb., the third of seven children of Alex and Pauline Dietrich. She married Jack Runge on Sept. 8, 1947.
They transferred to Billings in 1949 where he worked for Great Western Sugar Co. for 24 years and then for Consolidated Freightways.
Mrs. Runge was known as a baker and was a self-taught seamstress who made handcrafts and crocheted afghans. She worked as head baker and later as manager in the cafeteria at Will James Junior High School from 1967-’87.
In 1972, they bought a cabin just south of Red Lodge on Rock Creek, then remodeled and enlarged it.
Mrs. Runge was a three-time cancer survivor, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in her mid-70s. She had received care at Grand Park Vintage Suites and from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Mr. and Mrs. Runge attended Trinity Lutheran Church. They had three children, Linda Millenbach, Nancy Halter and Thomas Runge; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave. Visitation can be made from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at Smith Funeral Chapels West or at the church prior to the service. Interment will be in Terrace Garden Cemetery.