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Iva E. Solberg
Ira Solberg

Iva Elizabeth Solberg, 95, passed away on Nov. 17, 2008, at St. John's Lutheran Home in Billings, where she resided since 2002.

Born July 13, 1913, in Joliet, Iva was the third of five children of Norwegian immigrants John Brekke and Hannah Aflam Brekke.

She was baptized on Sept. 21, 1913, in Billings, and was confirmed on May 24, 1931, at the Joliet Lutheran Church.

After graduating from Joliet High School in 1932, Iva moved to Billings to live with and cook for the H. W. Rowley family.

On Jan. 25, 1936, she married Magnus Solberg, son of Norwegian immigrants, in Columbus.

Iva was a stay-at-home mom and took in clothes for ironing to help support the family. Later in life, she worked at the Historic Northern Hotel as an elevator operator and at Big Sky Linen as a seamstress, retiring in 1978.

Iva is survived by three sons and their spouses, Marvin and Benita Solberg of Billings, Jack and Shirley Solberg of Billings, and Ron Solberg and Barb Stephen of Helena; and one daughter and her spouse, Carol and Bud Mitzman of Billings.

She is also survived by one brother and his spouse, John and Kay Brekke of Oakland, Calif., as well as their eight children, and one special nephew and his spouse, Don and JoAnn Hovland of Puyallup, Wash.

Iva leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Lorre Solberg, Teresa Seward, Debra Bostic, Joanna Church, Kristen Salo, Brent Mitzman, Stephanie Gorder, Mike Solberg, Jessica Solberg and Regina Hultin.

She also leaves behind 11 great-grandchildren: Megan Salo, Jordan Salo, McKenzie Bostic, Lauren Gorder, Isaac Seward, Aaron Seward, Caryn Solberg, Marcus Solberg, Kaitlyn Church, Emma Church and Nathan Hultin.

Iva is preceded in death by husband Magnus (1977); brother Leonard Brekke; sister Anna Brekke McVey; sister Ruth Brekke Hovland; and granddaughter Karen Solberg.

Iva was known for her Norwegian cooking, especially her cookies and other treats, her flower garden and the afghans she crocheted for her family. For many years, she crafted Christmas ornaments for her children and grandchildren.

Iva's family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of St. John's Lutheran Home, especially Rimview Square, for their loving care.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at the Ocee Johnson Chapel at St. John's Lutheran Home on Friday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to St. John's Lutheran Home, 3940 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT 59102.

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