Pearl Vivian Tvedt Frantzick
Pearl Vivian Tvedt Frantzick, 99, passed away on Jan. 5, 2019, at the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette, Wyoming, of natural causes. She was born Dec. 16, 1919, in Alamo, North Dakota to Nels and Alma Tvedt. Pearl was baptized and confirmed at the Hauge Lutheran Church. After graduating from Alamo High School as valedictorian of the class of 1937, she passed a teaching exam and began teaching in the rural Williams County schools at the age of 17.
Pearl met the love of her life, Lester Frantzick, while roller skating. They were married on Nov. 2, 1940, in Plentywood, Montana, and made their home in the Wildrose area, where they raised their three children, Lanny, Faye, and Leon. Pearl and Lester were engaged in farming, also owned and operated Frantzick Construction and Frantzick’s Market.
In 1962, they moved to Parshall, North Dakota, and in 1963 to Poplar, Montana. While in Poplar, Pearl worked as a nurse’s aide and bookkeeper at the Poplar Community Hospital. In 1978, they opened Sunrise Lumber and Hardware, where she continued to work as the bookkeeper until she was 92 years young. Pearl moved to Gillette, Wyoming, in the fall of 2012 to be closer to her daughter and her family. For the past two years she has resided at the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette.
Pearl enjoyed sewing, embroidering, crocheting, gardening, canning, and reading. She loved to bake and always had cookies in the cookie jar, fresh buns and bread, and a home cooked meal for her family. She was well known for her “krumkake,” lefse, caramel rolls, and pumpkin pie.
She is survived by her daughter, Faye (Robert) Coleman of Gillette, Wyoming; her son, Leon (Sue) Frantzick of Box Elder, South Dakota; four grandchildren: Shannon (Dirk) Peterson of Cushing, Oklahoma; Traci (Gary) Sadler of Poplar, Montana; Julie (Jeb) Tachick of Gillette, Wyoming; Michael (Stephanie) Coleman of Edmond, Oklahoma; seven great-grandchildren: Autumn Kincaid, Devin and Damon Sadler, Carl Peterson, Tierra, Cienna and Acacia Tachick; sister-in-law, Mary Tvedt and brother-in-law, Jerome Lervick, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester; her son, Lanny; great-grandson, Ian Peterson and twin great-granddaughters, Quinn and Kiara Coleman; all of her sisters, Alice Magnuson, Joyce Tvedt, Marlene Gravgaard, and an infant sister; all her brothers, Norman, Richard, and Vernon Tvedt; and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that memorials be given in her memory to the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center (Activity Fund) in Gillette, Wyoming or the charity of your choice. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY, 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com Funeral services will be held at a later date in North Dakota.