Mollie Knaub Glantz, 99, of Billings, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at her home in Westpark Village. Mollie was born in Arlee on July 20, 1919, to Louis and Katherine (Schreiner) Knaub, and shortly thereafter moved with her family to Laurel. She attended Laurel schools, and was baptized and confirmed in German at Laurel’s First Congregational Church.
Mollie married John Glantz in 1940. Mollie and John lived and raised their three daughters in Laurel and then Billings. Like many from her generation, Mollie developed a strong work ethic. She assisted her husband in building four houses, and the subsequent management of the properties, finally stepping away from the last property in her late 80s. She enjoyed simple pleasures, including tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, and a love of cooking, especially German dishes from her childhood. She particularly loved to work in the kitchen with her sister Emma, cooking for family and friends. The family fondly recalls the sisters’ Maul Dausha with local gooseberries, and their staunch belief that a dish was not complete until topped with brown butter.
Mollie took a well-deserved retirement in 2007, and moved to Westpark Village. Mollie loved her time there, and the friendship of her many neighbors and its wonderfully kind staff. She especially enjoyed daily talks with her daughters, and the family visits to Billings. Mollie grew up in a very different world than today. She did not understand the need for many of our newfound modern ‘necessities’, but nonetheless did love tracking our rapidly changing times via time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mollie aced retirement.
Mollie is survived by daughters Judy (Fred) Stripp of Eugene, Oregon, and Debbie (Allen) Kuyatt of Arvada, Colorado; grandchildren Greg (Tris O’Shaughnessy) Stripp and Lisa (Dennis) Ross of Eugene, Oregon, and Eric Kuyatt and Sarah Kuyatt of Arvada; and great-grandchildren Semilla Stripp and Aidan Gillis of Eugene, Oregon; sister-in-law Dorothy Johnson and many nieces and nephews.
Mollie was preceded in death by husband John; daughter Sharon Curtis; grandson Jarrod Curtis; and her sisters: Lydia Neibauer, Emma Frank, Helen King, Elizabeth Fox, Katie Mikel, and Mary Miller.
The family wishes to thank the staffs of Westpark Village and RiverStone Health Hospice for the care and compassion they shared with Mollie. The family will hold a private remembrance.
Memorials can be made to the Billings Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Program, or your favorite local charity.