Noreen Lagerquist

2014-07-24T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T14:21:56Z Noreen Lagerquist The Billings Gazette
July 24, 2014 12:00 am

PLENTYWOOD — Memorial services for Noreen Lagerquist will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24. Pastor Mark Taylor will officiate at the service at Plentywood Lutheran Church. Interment of cremated remains will be at Plentywood Memorial Cemetery. Noreen, 89, died Sunday evening at Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Plentywood.

Noreen, the oldest daughter of Norbert and Edith (Charlson) Lenz, was born in Williston, N.D., on Jan. 10, 1925. She died in Sheridan Memorial Hospital on July 20, 2014, surrounded by her family and their love.

Noreen grew up in northwestern North Dakota with her parents, her sister Kay, and brother Don. She graduated from Ray High School in 1942, attended Minot State and the University of North Dakota before going to work at Boeing in Seattle.

In 1943, she met her soul mate, Eugene Lagerquist, in Minot, shortly before he left for service in World War II. After a two-year separation, Noreen traveled to the Seattle area to meet Gene who was returning from overseas. They were married two weeks later on Sept. 29, 1945.

This union brought them "her girls," Jeanne and Mary. The family lived in Ray, N.D., and Bainville, before moving to Plentywood in 1958. She was a dedicated mother and homemaker, and enjoyed the friendships and activities that came from being a Superintendent's wife.

After Gene's passing, Noreen was fortunate enough to find renewed friendship and companionship with a childhood friend, Jerry Ulmen.

Noreen was a member of the Plentywood Lutheran Church and was involved in several organizations in the community, including Village Hostesses. She had many hobbies including crossword puzzles, playing Bridge, Cribbage and Smear, creating greeting cards, reading, baking, cooking and caring for her great-grandchildren.

Noreen is best known for her love of family, her hospitality, her love of sports, her sense of humor and her class. She was happiest when surrounded by her family during such times as the holidays and trips to Medora. Noreen was accepting of everyone and no one was ever a stranger for long. Over the years, she welcomed many into her kitchen for Jeopardy, snacks, "gramma drinks," friendship and love.

Noreen is survived by her sister, Kay Shea of Seattle, Wash.; her two daughters, Jeanne Nathe of Redstone and Mary Chandler of Plentywood; grandchildren Judd Nathe of Sidney, Tara Nathe of Minot, N.D., Traci (Dwight) Von Schriltz of Billings, Korey Beaudette of Plentywood and Nicole (Josh) Jensen of Dagmar. Noreen is survived by five great-grandchildren, Luke Nathe, Jonah and Jaelee Von Schriltz, and Kaj and Atley Jensen.

Noreen is preceded in death by her parents, Norbert and Edith Lenz; her husband, Eugene; her brother, Don Lenz; her grandson, Bram Jensen; and her sons-in-law, Kent Nathe and Jerry Beaudette.

Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements. Read and print the obituary, post remembrances, and send cards and flowers online at

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