Jennie A. Wood

Jennie Arlene (Rintala) Wood, 87, peacefully passed away in Gering, Nebraska.  She was born on April 25, 1930, in Red Lodge, Montana, daughter of John and Hilda Rintala.  Jennie was raised in the Fox Bench area and graduated from Carbon County High School in Red Lodge, Montana.  United in marriage to Willis W. Wood on June 5, 1949, they lived in Billings and Butte before settling in Deer Lodge, Montana.

Jennie loved to raise flowers, especially roses.  She loved cooking, working with beads, and sewing beautiful quilts.  Willis and Jennie loved to camp, fish, see rodeos, and ride horses, as well as hang out with family and friends.  She enjoyed being with her children and  grandchildren.  She worked as a cook for the Deer Lodge Catholic nuns and worked in the potato cellars, but spent most of her life working to take care of her family.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Deer Lodge, Deer Lodge Women’s Club, Deer Lodge Quilting Club, the Deer Lodge Saddle Club, Finnish Kaleva, and the Gering United Methodist Church of Gering, Nebraska.

Jennie is preceded in death by her parents (John and Hilda Rintala), her husband (Willis Wilfred Wood), sisters Elma Berg, Fannie Koski, and Elsie Nimmo, and brothers Eli, Arthur, Charlie, and Al.  

Survivors include her children, Judy Johannsen of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Walter Wood of Santa Clara, California.  Her grandchildren include Brian Gregg, William Johannsen, Denise Wood, Kerrie Wood, and Katie Wood.  She has one great-granddaughter, Abigail Gregg.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m.  Friday, March 30, at the Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge.  Interment will follow in the Red Lodge Cemetery.. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be sent to the Deer Lodge Elks #1737, P.O. Box 777, Deer Lodge, MT 59722-0777

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