Charlotte Berland

10_berland-charlotteCharlotte Berland passed away on June 20, 2012, in Conrad, Montana, at the age of 94 after a brief illness.
Charlotte was born on Feb. 21, 1918, in Butte, Montana, the daughter of Anastasia and William Roll. She attended Catholic schools in Butte and went on to Montana State College, graduating with a BS degree in Home Economics. While at MSU, she met Herbert Berland of Brady. She taught school for one year, and then married Herb. They lived in Wolf Point, Montana, where they began their family. After a few years, they moved to the family farm near Brady, where they continued to farm for many years. Charlotte adapted to farm life very well after having been a Butte girl for her early life.
While in Wolf Point, they began their family. Cora Lou (Remus) was the first to appear. A year later, after their move to Brady, Barbara (Bruner) was born a. Then three years later they were surprised with twins, Donna (Smith) and Don. Just when they thought that was a good-sized family, they were blessed by the birth of Bob eight years later.
When it was time for Cora Lou to begin school, they built a home in Conrad, where Charlotte lived until her death.
Charlotte and Herb became involved in Lions Club after the children had moved on. They had many, many Lions friends throughout Montana and Canada. As wife of the District Governor, Charlotte attended many district conventions, and several Lions International Conventions.
She also loved bowling in her younger years and then golf later on. She also loved to fish, camp, snowmobile, garden, bake, sew, and getting together with the “gals.”
She was extremely proud of her children. All attended higher education and later married and raised families. She was very proud of her 13 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
One of Charlotte’s great loves was “The Cabin” on Swan Lake. She spent a lot of time there in the summers, although there were some pretty exciting excursions in the winter, too. She and Herb built the cabin, with the help of Gerald Brunner, their son-in-law. The cabin was the focus of a lot of family fun and it also provided a scenic respite for them in their later years. She had a special chair that she loved to sit in and look out at the beautiful lake, which she began visiting when she was a child.  When Herb had passed away, she made friends in the bridge groups and attended exercise classes. One favorite event was the Huckleberry Festival at Swan Lake.
After Herb retired, he and Charlotte began spending time in California. Eventually, they bought a winter home in Hemet. They spent many winters there, and Charlotte continued to go there until this year. They had many friends from the northern states that continued to be friends for many years.
A highlight of recent years was a trip to Bozeman to celebrate her 70th class reunion at MSU. While there weren’t many in her class in attendance, she thoroughly enjoyed being honored by the University.
Charlotte was a devoted Catholic. She served on many committees and taught CCD when her children were involved. She attended Mass at every opportunity and prayed the rosary every day of her life until she died.
She will be missed by her “lunch buddies” and her friends that she met for regular dining get-togethers. The Home Café was a favorite, especially for their turkey sandwiches on Thursdays and biscuits and gravy on Saturday.
Charlotte will be missed by her family: Cora Lou and Ed Remus of St. Charles, Il, Gerald and Marla Bruner of Conrad, Donna and Randy Smith of Cashmere, WA, Don and Cyndi Berland of Littleton, Colorado, Bob and Karen Berland of Missoula Montana, and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.      
She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Anastasia Roll; her sister Dorothy Angove; her husband Herbert Berland; her daughter Barbara Bruner and great grandson, Garrett Bruner.
Funeral Mass was held June 25 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. She is buried with her husband and daughter at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.