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Alice Seglem

April 27, 1938 — January 13, 2022

Alice Marie Seglem journeyed on to her new adventure passing early on the morning of January 13, 2022 at Logan Health-Cut Bank.

Alice Marie was born to William A. and Clara Anne Bastin on her grandmother Minnie Werner's farm in Palmer Township, Sherburne County, Minnesota on April 27, 1938. Her father operated the farm for her grandmother. She grew up with her parents, grandmother, and two older brothers, Walter and Ronald. A brother, Harlen Edward, joined the family in 1941 but died a short time later in April 1942. Alice grew up on the farm with her parents, grandmother, and two older brothers, and attended elementary school in nearby Clear Lake. Around 1945, her grandmother was convinced by her sons Alvin and John Werner to sell the farm and move to Poplar, Montana where they operated a wheat farm. In mid-April 1946 the family sold most of their possessions at auction, loaded the essentials in a small trailer, and Alice and her family journeyed by car to a new home in Poplar, an agricultural and oil community on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Across the river from Poplar, her family of six squeezed into their new home - a small frame structure that was once a homestead house. Alice helped out at her aunt's Gateway Hotel. She attended Poplar Public Schools graduating from high school in May 1956. Three other siblings were added to the family: Coralee Mae in 1948, Charlene Rae in 1956, and Eldon Lynn in 1957.

Alice met her future husband Norman Darrell Seglem while she was working as a waitress at Bill's Cafe in Poplar. The couple was married in Poplar at St. John's Lutheran Church July 25, 1956. Norman was a telegrapher for the Great Northern Railroad. His career led the couple to live first in Poplar; then Wolf Point; briefly in Shelby in 1961 when he worked in Devon; and then in Great Falls from 1961 to 1971. While in Great Falls, sons Larry Allen (8-7-1962) and Dennis Jon (9-19-1964) and daughter Myrisa Ann (6-2-1966) were born. In Great Falls, Norman worked in the Great Northern Railway Station until it closed in 1971. That August, Norman, Alice and Dennis moved to Cut Bank. Kelli Marie was born September 12, 1980.

Alice and Norman made Cut Bank their home. Alice was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She enjoyed conversing with friends and family on the telephone. She shared her husband's passion in growing flowers. In Cut Bank, she briefly worked in a dress shop and a child care center. She enjoyed making quilts, dish scrubbers, and braided rugs, as well as cinnamon rolls and other baked goods, sharing her creations with the community. She also enjoyed collecting clocks.

Alice is survived by her husband Norman Seglem of Cut Bank; son Dennis Seglem (Betsy) of Cut Bank; daughter Kelli Wendlandt (Chad) of Magna, Utah; granddaughter Sara Seglem (Kyle Schuster) of Wilson, North Carolina; grandson Kristopher Seglem (Callie) of Tempe, Arizona; and grandson Elias Wendlandt of Magna, Utah. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters - Walter and Eldon Bastin of Poplar; Ronald Bastin (Bev) of Havre; Coralee Orton of Olivehurst, California; and Charlene Dumais (Phil) of Lexington, Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her father William Bastin III (1908-1996); her mother, Clara Bastin (1914-1965); her brother Harlin Bastin (1941-1942); her son Larry Seglem (1962-1963); and her daughter Myrisa Seglem (1966-1967).

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cut Bank, Montana with interment at 3:00 p.m. in Highland Cemetery in Great Falls. Funeral arrangements were made by Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home of Choteau, Montana. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Alice's memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church or to Glacier Historical Museum, both in Cut Bank. Condolences may be left on-line at

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