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H. Joann Neidhardt
« on: June 18, 2017, 04:13:24 PM »
On Tuesday May 30th, a beautiful, warm sunny day, H. Joann Neidhardt left this world for her next adventure.
Joann was born in Helena, MT on Feb. 13th, 1928, the first child of Emil and Helen Petersen, followed by Kenny, Don, Karen, Lois, Duane, and Linda.

Joann had a happy life that led her from Helena to Conrad to Cut Bank where she met and married the love of her life, Hank Neidhardt, on June 30th, 1950. Marriage brought three step-children to her new family, Jerry, Brian and Marilyn. Later, Joann and Hank had three more children, Dana, Sheila, and Paul. They took many family camping vacations, fishing, and hunting trips, and weekends at their cabin; these were some of her happiest times. Her later years were quieter and she missed Hank terribly after his death in 2006 but she lived fiercely independently, in her own home, to the end.

A favorite part of her childhood was living in Conrad where she and brothers Kenny and Don roamed free during the week when her Daddy was working out of town. They swam in irrigation ditches, and had lots of fun climbing sugar beet piles in the late summer (she said that sugar beets taste awful) and running from the authorities when they got caught. She enjoyed spending time with her cousin Shirley at the Kelly ranch east of Augusta during the summers and had many stories about her Uncle John Kelly. Joann was proud of serving in the Civil Air Patrol during WWII. She loved reading, the annual family reunions at the Homestead near Clancy, MT, the Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman every summer, driving around to look at Christmas lights, and taking the road less traveled just to see where it went. Joann loved the history and had extensive knowledge of the Cut Bank area and the people who lived there.

Joann’s last family adventure was to her much-loved cabin for the Memorial Day weekend which was a good one up to Sunday morning when she suffered a stroke which proved too much for her tired body to handle. During the last, fast trip to KRMC, she was still commenting on the mountains and river scenery.
Keeping her sense of humor to the end, when the nurses at KRMC asked her when everything started and what happened, she replied, “I got old!”

Joann died calmly and peacefully with two of her children, Sheila and Paul, by her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and best friend Kenny, siblings Duane and Lois, and by her husband Hank. She is survived by her children, Dana (Patty), Sheila, and Paul (Karen), and her beloved cats, Tiger, L.C., and Gracie.

Darlington Cremation and Burial Service is caring for Joann's family. A memorial service in Cut Bank will be held in the fall. In lieu of flowers, Joann would have loved donations to the Great Falls Rescue Mission, or to your local animal shelter or food bank.