The Billings Outpost

Vera Stenehjem

Vera Amy Stenehjem, 92, of Billings, who had been coordinator of outpatient services for the Montana Center for Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children, died April 17, 2014, at Canyon Creek Memory Care.

She was born to Clara and August Rogers on Sept. 4, 1921, in Alexander, N.D., the youngest of nine siblings. She graduated from high school there in 1939. She obtained a registered nurse degree at Trinity School of Nursing in Minot, N.D., and completed a public health nursing degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, with advanced studies in nursing care.

She worked in Public Health Nursing Services in Schenectady, N.Y., before marrying Ralph C. Stenehjem in 1943. While he was in the Pacific Theater in the Navy during World War II, she worked in the ammunition facilities in Grand Island, Neb.

The Stenehjems spent time in Williston, N.D., after the war. She worked as a public health nurse in Gallatin County. The family moved to Absarokee in 1950 where she worked as a visiting public health nurse.

When the family moved to Billings in 1959, Ms. Stenehjem became the coordinator of outpatient services for the Montana Center for Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children. She worked there for 22 years, retiring in 1981.

She was active in her church and could be the “Lefse Queen” for church bazaars. For more than 30 years she met with friends for prayer and Bible study. She and her husband served at the Tacate mission on the California border during the winter months.

She had spent the last 2 1/2 years of her life at Canyon Creek Memory Care.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Pence of Billings and Kathryn Grosshuesch of Casper, Wyo.; a son, Don Stenehjem of Seattle; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services were April 22 at King of Glory Church in Billings. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials are suggested to Special K Ranch.

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