Mary Ann Forster Bertolino Dugan

Mary Ann Forster Bertolino Dugan was born above the drugstore in Roberts, on Sept. 20, 1931, and died at home in Billings on Sept. 20, 2017. Although she was a nurse by profession and spent many hours inside of hospitals, these two major events didn’t take place in a hospital. This speaks to her “I’ll- do- it- my-way” nature. She was a strong, hardworking and determined woman, characteristics needed for raising five children while keeping the books for her husband’s trucking company.
Her working life started at the age of nine when her dad sent her to pump gas in Fox, Montana, and tend to the family’s milk cows. She graduated from Roberts High in 1948, at the age of 16 and was the valedictorian of her class. She graduated from Carroll College in Helena in 1951, with a degree in Nursing. Soon after, she married Rudy Bertolino and moved to Bainbridge, Maryland, where Rudy was enlisted in the Navy. There Mary Ann worked in the psychiatric ward of the local hospital and had their first son, Bryce. They returned to Roberts where three more children were born: Stuart, Mark and Shelley.
The Bertolino family moved to Billings in 1960, where their daughter Melissa was born. When the trucking business was sold in 1977, Mary Ann returned to her nursing career. When one of the local hospitals wouldn’t hire her, she took a refresher course, bought a new suit and got a job at the other hospital. Working with chemically-dependent adolescences was the highlight of her second phase of her nursing career.
Her marriage to Rudy ended in divorce in 1984. She later married Jack Dugan and spent 20 happy years of traveling, square dancing, and entertaining their families. Mary Ann made it a point to stay connected with her kids and grandkids scattered all over the country. Hosting them at the Red Lodge Rodeo was the highlight of her year. When she could no longer square dance, she took up hiking, when she could no longer hike, she turned to ballroom dancing. Not much slowed her down: cancer, broken bones, arthritis, and Alzheimer. But after 86 years even on this planet, she decided to call it a day.
Survivors include Bryce Bertolino (Christie) with grandchildren Erin, Joe, Devon and Emily; Stuart Bertolino (Janet) with grandchildren Andrew, Dominic and Elizabeth; Mark Bertolino (Cammi) with grandchildren Ben and Blake; Shelly Bertolino Loretti (Tony) with grandchildren Matt and Luke and Melissa Bertolino.
Funeral Mass was at 11 a.m., Monday the 25, at St. Pius.

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  • Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00am
    *American Legion Carbon County Post 17 Memorial Day schedule, May 27 7 a.m. Breakfast at Bull 'n'Bear 8:30 a.m. Memorial Service  at Belfry Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Memorial Service  at Bearcreek Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Parade through Red Lodge.  Meet at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of 14th and Broadway. Following parade there will be a lunch at the  Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge 11 a.m. Memorial Service at  Red Lodge Cemetery 1:30 p.m. Parade in Roberts  followed by Memorial  Service at Roberts Cemetery. For further information contact Kenneth Beggs, Commander Carbon County Post 17 at kenbeggs42@yahoo.com   *The Jim Bridger Post 1543 will hold Memorial Day services at 11 a.m. at the Bridger Cemetery.   *The Clarks Fork American Legion Post 71 and the Joliet VFW Post 5748 will be doing Memorial Day services Monday, May 27. Rev. Robert Reed of the Joliet Baptist  Church will be the Speaker of the day. The schedule for the day will be: 9 a.m.   Services at the Gebo  Cemetery. 9:30 a.m.   March through  Fromberg Main St. 10 a.m.  Services at Rockvale  Cemetery 11 a.m.   Services at Joliet Cemetery 11:30 a.m. March through  Joliet Main St. A potluck lunch will be held at the  Joliet Community Center following the services.  Everyone is welcome to come.   Any veterans who would like to help who haven’t been contacted can show up at the Gebo Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Memorial Day or call Rich Pierce at 962-3320 or Jody Stene 962-3779.
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    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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