Flobergs gift 'family home' to Billings Clinic Foundation

2013-05-13T17:06:00Z 2013-05-14T17:06:08Z Flobergs gift 'family home' to Billings Clinic FoundationBy CINDY UKEN cuken@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Don and Marilyn Floberg, longtime supporters of Billings Clinic, always knew they wanted to bequeath their two-story home on North 30th Street to the Clinic but never imagined they would see their dream realized.

“How wonderful to do it while we’re still living,” said Marilyn, 81.

The Flobergs have gifted the 101-year-old home at 1002 N. 30th St. to the Billings Clinic Foundation. The couple moved out of the home in February.

“We couldn’t be more honored and pleased,” said Jim Duncan, president of the Billings Clinic Foundation, adding that the proximity to the Clinic’s campus adds to the home's appeal.

The foundation took possession on Thursday and is still mulling how best to use the home. There are no plans to raze the historic structure that was built in 1912, Duncan said. The house is located one block west of the foundation’s current offices.

Neither Duncan nor the Flobergs would disclose the home’s worth.

“There is no way to put a value on it,” Marilyn said. The couple lived there nearly 50 years and raised their six children there, creating a lifetime of memories, she said. The home also served as the backdrop for numerous Clinic holiday gatherings and other Clinic functions.

“We feel a part of their family,” Marilyn said. “It fits in with our mission and it fits in with their mission.”

Don, 90, said the couple leaves more than bricks and mortar to the foundation. They leave a “legacy of memories,” he said. “It’s a wonderful feeling.”

Marilyn served on the Billings Clinic board of directors from 1995-2004. During that time she served as vice chair and was the first female board chair from 2001-2003.

 

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