Margit Elssner Kretschman died December 27, 2016 in Choteau Montana. She was born December 10, 1927 in Fremont, Nebraska to Helmuth and Elizabeth Elssner. Margit's family moved multiple times during her childhood to cities in Indiana, New Jersey and New York as well as to her grandparent's village in Germany. The family including a brother, Egon, and a sister, Eleanor, finally settled in Portland, Oregon where Margit worked as a bookkeeper for Fairview Farms.
Margit married Robert Kretschman on October 14, 1950. Robert raised cattle and alfalfa west of Fairfield, Montana. Robert encouraged Margit to invest in her own cows and to get her own brand. Over the years Margit came to believe that she loved the cows more than he did. In 1977 they leased the farm to Orville and Caroline Forseth and began to enjoy retirement. In 1993 Robert and Margit purchased a home in Choteau, Montana. Robert died in 1996. In 2013 Margit moved into the Choteau Beehive Home.
Using both their skills, Robert and Margit restored a buggy and Robert's Model A. They even built a car out of various car parts just for Margit. She loved driving her special yellow car in all the local parades. Robert and Margit belonged to the Skunk Wagon Car club and were very involved members of the Teton Antique Steam and Gas Threshing Association. Whenever time allowed, they hiked and camped in Glacier National Park and canoed at Wood Lake. Margit enjoyed reading, knitting, playing the piano and photography. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Choteau and helped make many, many quilts for World Relief.
Margit is survived by daughters, Cynthia Moulton of Fredericksburg, Virginia and Jeanne Price of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her family also includes sons-in-law Stuart Moulton and Jon Price; grandson Clay Moulton of Alexandria, Virginia; granddaughters Allison Price of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Emily (Jake) Detwiler of Bedford, New Hampshire; great grandchildren Robert and Paige Detwiler and four nieces of Oregon.
The service will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, January 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Choteau. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran.