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Barbara Banderob

Barbara Hurst Banderob

Sunday, September 23rd, 1934 - Friday, November 13th, 2020
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Barbara Banderob passed away November 13, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, from complications of Covid, surrounded by her children. While on earth her life was full of faith, family, and friends.
Barbara’s life started on September 23, 1934, in Chicago, IL. She was the youngest of 3 children. Her mother, Anna Hurst, died in a car accident shortly before Barb was a year old, with her father, Thomas Hurst, being paralyzed from a stroke shortly after. Barb then came to Ekalaka to be cared for by various extended family members. In 1952, while living with her sister and helping care for her father, Barb graduated high school from Billings Central.
Barbara met her best friend, Arvin Banderob and on June 13, 1953 they were married. They moved to the family farm in 1960, where they raised their four children. Barb always promoted her children’s activities including 4-H, Girl Scouts, and sports by being a leader or a dedicated spectator. Next came all the activities of her grandchildren.
Barb liked harvest time on the farm. She cooked large noon meals, which many people that helped at the farm enjoyed. She was the “Gopher” that went to town to pick up parts for the farm equipment.
At the farm, Barb had an unofficial refuge for her beloved Canadian geese. Many a goose hunter had asked permission to hunt the flocks that surrounded her home, to find out it was not allowed.
Throughout the years Barb had many projects including sewing clothes, cross-stich, and quilts, until her eyesight would no longer allow. For over 60 years, she cherished the friendships with the members of the Sewing Club.
Barbara is survived by her 4 children: Terri (Randy) Gabel of Huntley, Connie (Dan) VanLuchene of Bozeman, Laurie (Kent) Rathe of Whitehall, and Scott (Dawn) Banderob of Great Falls; 10 grandchildren Trishia (Wendell) Hays, Rhonda (Clint) Torczon, Travis (Heather) Gabel, Kristopher (Sarah) VanLuchene, Kelly VanLuchene, Ryan (Emily) VanLuchene, Derrick Rathe, Lucas Banderob, Joshua Banderob and Noah Banderob; 4 step grandchildren, Anita (Eric) Grutsch, Zach (Jessica) Rathe, Liz (Adam) Clairmont and Andrew Aalers; 3 great-grandchildren; Wyatt Hayden, Bryce Hayden, and Arlee VanLuchene and 5 great step-grandchildren Isabella Grutsch, Maylee Clairmont, Alexander, Oliver and Eli Rathe.
Barbara is proceeded in death by her husband Arvin Banderob, her sister Mary Counts, her brother Thomas Hurst and her parents Thomas and Anna Hurst, and many other close extended family members.
Cremation has taken place and services will be held later when we can safely gather. The family suggests if you want to make memorials, they may be made to either St. Cyril and Methodius Church, Ballantine or Girl Scouts of America.
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Karen Mitchell

Posted at 03:26pm
I am so sorry to hear that Barbara passed away. I know how much you will miss her, she was always such a happy friendly person with a beautiful smile. She is up in heaven with Arvin and all her loved ones who passed before her, hopefully looking down on us with my parents.

Ludell Heaton

Posted at 09:35pm
Bobby and I are so sorry for the families loss. Barb was a wonderful friend and neighbor.

Cherie Freeman

Posted at 02:21pm
Barb was a great friend of my parents, Tom & Polly Martin. I got to know her when I would visit them and we would all shake for coffee at the Dark Horse. After my mom passed, the ladies from coffee kind of adopted my dad and became affectionately known as Tom's Harem. The community there has lost a wonderful person. Hugs go out to the family and the community.

Cy & Gloria Colarchik

Posted at 07:00pm
To Barb's Family.
We are so terribly sorry for your loss.
Barb was a wonderful friend to my mom Pat.
Gloria and I were fortunate enough to meet her at "coffee" while we were visiting my mom.
During my weekly calls with my mom, there was almost never a conversation that she didn't mention Barb & some kind gesture that she had performed.
We know that our words cannot bring you comfort, but please know that your family is in our prayers and that my mother considered Barb a true friend.

Patty Delaney

Posted at 05:10pm
I first met Barb when we were both Girl Scout Leaders way back in 1973-74. We later bowled in the same bowling league in the Heights. Then our friendship changed to Sisters in Christ after Barb made a Cursillo weekend in Bozeman. After that retreat, she approached the office at St Bernards to see if she could find someone to group with. Joe Sullivan gave her my name and the rest is that we started meeting once a week at the Pryor Creek Cafe in Huntley at 7 in the morning every week for years and years. She, Joann Feist and I shared our lives and were accountable to one another for our growth in Christ. Barb is as close to me as my own dear sisters. I loved her wonderful sharing about her children and grand-children. So much LOVE. She was one of the most fascinating women I have ever known, so interesting, such a listener. I moved away to Colorado for a few years and when I came back we got together now and then. In the past few months she asked me if I could do some genealogy for her on the Hurst side of the family and I have developed quite a Hurst-Mumedy tree which I was to be meeting up with her for more materials just before she got sick. I have talked to Terri and I want to finish up that tree for you the family the best I can. Her leaving has left a hole in my heart; but, this I know; she is in Heaven right now. I will meet up with her again as we all will. Her faith walk is an incredible example to us all. May you have peace and remember all those wonderful, unique memories of your mother and grandmother.

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