Margaret Hill Tjeltveit

Margaret Hill Tjeltveit was born on Sept. 24, 1924, in Burlington, Vt., and died on Jan. 20, 2014, of acute renal failure. Named Margaret Joy, she was the daughter of J. Stevenson and Katharine (Duntze) Hill. She graduated from Passaic Valley High School, Little Falls, N.J., in 1942, and Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia in Fredericksburg, Va., in 1947, with a major in psychology. During World War II, she worked in the Munitions Building in Washington, D.C. (including contributing to follow-up reports about U.S. soldiers wounded on D-Day), and volunteered extensively as a USO hostess. She later worked in the War Department in the Pentagon, was Director of the Chinquapin Day Nursery in Alexandria, Va., and worked at the Day Nursery of the Oranges (in N.J.) prior to her marriage. Margaret met O. Alvin (“Al”) Tjeltveit at the Eagles Club in Red Lodge, on Dec. 31, 1948, and had her first date with him at the Red Lodge Cafe two days later. They were married on April 7, 1951, in Montclair, N.J., and moved to their home in Red Lodge, where she became a neonative deeply devoted to her new community. She was a Hospital Guild volunteer for over 20 years, functioned as the unpaid office secretary/office manager at Messiah Lutheran Church for many years (plus serving as Treasurer and Sunday School teacher), served on the Board of Christikon (Lutheran Church camp), completed a two-year term as American Lutheran Church Women Conference President, volunteered in the schools, and was actively involved with the Festival of Nations. She was dedicated to meeting the needs of others—her husband, her children and their families, friends, fellow parishioners, acquaintances, and strangers; she enriched their lives with her love and care. She preferred to serve quietly, without overt recognition, for the simple joy of making a difference. She took great delight in recounting the accomplishments of others. She is survived by her sons— Norman in Absarokee, Alan (Maria) in Allentown, Pa., Steven (Heidi) in Minneapolis, Minn., and Larry (Joanne) in Casteau, Belgium; grandchildren Greta and Kirra (Minneapolis), William and Anna (Allentown), and Amy and Lily (Belgium) Tjeltveit; sister-in-law Lois Hill; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her husband, parents, and brothers Art and Bob Hill preceded her in death. Margaret’s family is deeply grateful for the loving care she received from Dr. George and the staff at the Beartooth Billings Clinic, the staff at Cedar Wood Healthcare Community, her fellow members of Messiah Lutheran Church, and other members of the community. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Christikon, 1108 24th St. West, Billings, MT 59102; Messiah Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1330, Red Lodge, MT 59068; or the Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation, PO Box 1290, Red Lodge, MT 59068. Visitation will be at Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., with family present from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Red Lodge. Interment will be in the Red Lodge Cemetery, after which family and friends will return to the church for a reception.