Alma Jean Kellenberger

Alma Jean Kellenberger, 92, born Nov. 22, 1921, passed away May 14, 2014, in Fort Collins, Colo., after battling Alzheimer’s for many years. Jean was born to Arthur and Nelle Blom in Glendive. When she was 6, her family moved to Livingston, where her younger brother Arthur was born. Her father worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad as an accountant and her mother was a school teacher as well as a bookkeeper for several shops in Livingston. She enjoyed traveling on the train as she was growing up. 

Jean attended St. Mary’s Catholic College in Leavenworth, Kan. After graduating with a bachelor’s of science, summa cum laude, she worked in Billings, Denver and St. Louis as a lab technician. 

It was in St. Louis where she met her husband, Robert Kellenberger, while he was studying medicine after having served in the Army during World War II. Jean married Robert in June, 1950 in Alton, Ill. 

While they moved frequently due to her husband’s military career, they eventually settled down in Kalispell, after her husband retired from the Army and reaching the rank of colonel. Robert continued his medical career while in Kalispell, and Jean worked as a lab technician for him at his lab near Kalispell Regional Hospital. Jean and Robert were married for 50 years.

Jean was a devout Catholic, a gifted pianist who played for more than 70 years, and a very charitable person, donating to many charities. The nursing staff, which took care of Jean over the last few years, enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor. She was a loving mother, wife and will be missed dearly.

She was preceded in death by her oldest son, James; her husband, Robert; her father, Arthur; her mother, Nelle; and her daughter-in-law, Rita.

She is survived by her children David, John, Joan (Scott) Grieve, Karen (Terry) Sander; her grandchildren Andrew Grieve, Samuel Grieve and Kevyn Sander; her brother Arthur; and one niece and several nephews.

A Rosary was held Monday May 26, at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home in Kalispell, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Risen Christ Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Glacier Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  To send a note of condolence visit Buffalo Hill Funeral Home is caring for the family.