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In the evening hours of Dec. 13, 2009, our beloved mother, grandmother and friend, Vivian Violet (Buckholtz) Norskog, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Billing Clinic.

Vivian was born to Gustave and Emma (Kerner) Buckholtz on Feb. 20, 1926, on the homestead in Marsh. She was the youngest of six children. Vivian moved to Glendive and worked for room and board to attend high school there. She graduated from Dawson Co. High School in 1944. Following high school, she worked various jobs, including JC Penney, as well as secretarial work.

Vivian married Vincent Lee Norskog on Sept. 3, 1943. They made their home in Billings and were married for 56 years. To this union, five children were born. After raising the children, Vivian worked at the Rimrock School Cafeteria and later was a “Gray Lady” volunteer at St. Vincent Hospital.

Vivian was a lifelong member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and loved the Lord dearly.

Vivian was a loving grandmother and enjoyed attending the grandchildren’s activities. The grandchildren always looked forward to visiting Grandma, who would have home-baked goodies waiting for them. In their earlier retirement years, Vivian and Vince enjoyed traveling and camping. Vivian also enjoyed the simpler things in life, such as playing cards, planting flowers and spending time with family and friends. She most recently resided at Vintage Suites Assisted Living, where she had been living since September 2007.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, son Kirk and a daughter, LeAnn Frost. Survivors include her daughters, Laurie Reitler, Vicki (Gene) Speidel; and son Mark Norskog; grandchildren Glenn Reitler, Colt, Kindra and A J Speidel, Eric (Heather) Norskog and Tori Norskog; great-grandson Rylan Norskog; sister-in-law Lois Wright; nieces, nephews and friends.

She will be deeply missed by us all. Goodbye, Mom and Grandma! We love you!

Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, corner of 33rd Street West and Broadwater.

Smith West Chapel is in charge of arrangements. If desired, memorials may be made to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church or the charity of one’s choice.

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