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Anne Louise Nygard

July 23, 1922 — October 16, 2012

After 90 full and rewarding years, Anne Louise Nygard passed away peacefully on October 16, 2012 at Gallatin Rest Home after a recent stroke. Anne was born on July 23, 1922 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Byron and Emma Gleckner. One of three Gleckner girls, Anne’s childhood was filled with a deep and lifelong appreciation for music and the arts. Anne played the violin while her mother, father, and sister Mary played their instruments. Sister Dorothy added her voice talent to create their own family orchestra. After graduating high school, Anne studied home economics at Williamsport Seminary and Junior College. Anne met her one true love, Walter Edwin (Ed) Nygard, on a blind date while he was a cadet at West Point. They were married just a week after his graduation on January 27, 1943 and celebrated 66 years of marriage before Ed’s death in 2009. Ed served as an officer for 23 years, a career that took Ed, Anne and their five beloved sons all over the world. Anne remained very involved in activities on post and hosted many dinner parties for officers and their wives over the years. Ed retired from the Army and the family moved to Duluth, MN in 1964, at which time Anne began a very successful 20 year career in real estate. Anne and Ed spent many wonderful years of retirement together in their homes in Duluth, MN; Lillian, AL; Gallatin Gateway, MT; and finally Bozeman, MT. Anne had a generous heart, was a talented oil painter and cook, loved flowers, and enjoyed being a member of The Gallatin Canyon Women’s Club. She and Ed shared memorable years traveling, gardening, and making maple syrup together. Anne’s family was her joy. Her beautiful smile could light up a room and she was very proud of her husband, five sons and three grandsons. We will all miss her dearly. Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Byron and Emma; her husband, Ed; and sisters, Mary Huskin and Dorothy Arey. She is survived by her sons Richard (Joan) Nygard (Berkeley, CA); David (Jane) Nygard (Duluth, MN); Thomas (Shannon) Nygard (Bozeman, MT); James (Katy) Nygard and Robert Nygard (Gallatin Gateway, MT); grandsons Daniel Nygard (Minneapolis, MN); Elliot (Beck) Nygard and Webster Nygard (Bozeman, MT); as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and Beverly and Veronica Nett. Anne’s family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff at Birchwood Assisted Living and Gallatin Rest Home for their loving, compassionate care during Anne’s last years. There will be a private family service at a later date. Please share your memories with us at www.dahlcares.com.

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