Ludmilla Angelina Lillian Geiger Kneuper Palmersheim, 99, who had worked at Bob Porter’s Elmo Club and for the Credit Bureau of Billings, died March 18, 2013.
She was born March 4, 1914, in Odense, N.D., to John and Anna (Jochim) Geiger, the seventh of 10 children. At age 6 she moved with her family to Montana. She grew up in Bridger and graduated from Bridger High School in 1933.
She played basketball with the Bridger Scouts for four years and was captain of the team for two years. She was a member of the YMCA for 54 years and swam until she was 92.
She worked at Geiger Air Base in Spokane, Wash., during World War II, then married Erhard “Toddy” Kneuper on July 25, 1950, in St. Mary of the Mountains Catholic Church in Virginia City, Nev. They lived in Mr. Kneuper’s hometown of New Braunfels, Texas, until he was killed in a highway accident on Sept. 11, 1951. She then came back to Montana to be with her parents and family.
She was a waitress at Bob Porter’s Elmo Club and helped the Western Heritage Center with an exhibit about the Elmo Club. She worked for the Credit Bureau of Billings for 21 years.
On Oct. 8, 1966, she married Richard “Dick” Palmersheim at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Billings. He died Oct. 5, 1993.
Mrs. Palmersheim was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Mother Teresa Circle, Children of Joy and Gladness Prayer Group, Council of Catholic Women, a Bible study group, the Laurel Golf Club, the Red Hat Society and the Elmo Over the Hill Gang. She and Mr. Palmersheim were founding members of Mended Hearts in Billings.
She had seven godsons and one goddaughter. A nephew, Art Geiger, was like a son when “Aunt Lil” became a widow.
A vigil service was held March 24 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was March 25 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Committal was in Holy Cross Cemetery.