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Alma (Turney) Lundberg

Born: Tue., Jul. 12, 1927
Died: Sat., Jun. 17, 2017


Memorial Service

1:00 PM Thu., Jun. 29, 2017
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church


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MISSOULA — Alma Lundberg passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Missoula. She was born in Todd County, South Dakota, on July 12, 1927, to Doris and Luella Turney. She grew up with older brother Bob, and younger sisters Anne, Faye, and Darles on the family farm in south central South Dakota, 40 miles from the nearest three towns. Alma attended a one-room schoolhouse in grade school. She graduated from Mission South Dakota high school, while staying with her aunt during the week. Alma then went to The Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, South Dakota. There she met Gerald Lundberg. They really hit it off and were married Sept. 5, 1946. They celebrated their 70th anniversary just before Gerald passed away Oct. 10, 2016. As Gerald taught school, they lived in Lemmon, South Dakota, St. Manes, Idaho, Darby and Corvallis. They raised three children, and enjoyed their three grandchildren. Alma was a great cook, baking homemade bread weekly, and made the best cinnamon rolls you could ever imagine! Every Christmas season she would bake a table full of a wide variety of cookies, and with Gerald’s help would mail her “care packages of cookies” to their grandchildren and friends around the country. She always had a large garden, proudly canning and freezing vegetable for meals throughout the year. She took great pride in her flower gardens and house plants. Alma was an excellent seamstress, sewing most of her kid’s clothing, and making costumes for several school plays. Alma enjoyed playing Pinochle into the wee hours with friends, playing Yatzee, yard games, and was very good at putting jigsaw puzzles together-something she passed on to her children. Alma enjoyed the outdoors for many picnics, camping and hunting ... she seldom let an opportunity pass to let people know her 6-point bull elk was larger than any Gerald had gotten! After Gerald retired from teaching they moved to Bozeman where Gerald helped start a new company. While in Bozeman, they welcomed students from China, Afghanistan and India, as well as students from Montana to live in their basement. Alma was always game to try new things and started snow skiing and bowling in Bozeman. She also started the Welcome Wagon in Bozeman to welcome new people to the area. Alma was allergic to most detergents, and started using Amway soaps in the early 1960s. She became very active in the Amway business and had friends all over the country through “selling soap, NOT People.” She was very proud that she helped people and didn’t “use them” in Amway. Gerald joined her in Amway and they as a team earned several trips and cruises through Amway. There was always a place at Alma’s supper table for anyone wanting to stay and eat ... especially her kid’s many friends. Alma was preceded in death by her parents, brother Bob, and husband Gerald. She is survived by her three children, Wayne (Lori) Missoula, Kathleen Landis (Larry) Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ernest (Renee) Lincoln, Montana. Her three grandsons Adam, Luke, and Jonathan Landis, her three sisters Anne, Faye, and Darles, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held Thursday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks, Missoula. Internment will follow at the Western Montana Veteran’s cemetery where Alma will join Gerald. The family is grateful for the care and compassion of the staff at Edgewood Vista, and Hospice of Missoula, especially Cindy and Ann.

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