Lena C. (Tarpo) Oldenburg 85 of Lewistown, Mont. died peacefully June 11, 2013 of natural causes at the Central Montana Medical Center.
Published June 20, 2013
A private family service for Lena C. Oldenburg will be held at a later date. At her request, cremation has taken place. Mom and Dad’s ashes will be taken to their home in North Dakota. The Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family.
She was born May 11, 1928 in Harlowton, Mont. the daughter of Christ and Dena (Mizoff) Tarpo, proud immigrants from Macedonia. Christ was a section boss for the railroad and taught his children the benefits of hard work, dedication to duty and to others, and that defined Mom’s life as a nurse, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
The family moved to New England, N.D. when she was a young child and she received her education in New England. She graduated from the Presentation School of nursing in 1949.
Lena was united in marriage Nov. 25, 1950 to Robert Oldenburg in New England. She worked as a registered nurse (RN) in Colorado, North Dakota and Lewistown, serving as Director of Nursing at St. Joseph Hospital. She retired from that position when the Central Montana Medical Center was built. She worked 16 more years for the Montana/Wyoming Foundation for Medical Care. She was a wonderfully skilled and dedicated nurse and nurse educator, a no-nonsense Director of Nursing and there are still many of her nurses in the community today. After retirement, Mom continued to serve as a member of the Zion Lutheran Church Women, Pink Ladies Auxiliary and as a Hospice volunteer.
She was the care provider for Dad until his hospice stay and death March 7, 2013. Mom and Dad were married 63 years and are together again.
Lena is survived by three sons Bob (Glenda) of Helena, Mont., Jon (Diane) of Lewistown, Mont. and Tom (Ruth) of Redmond, Wash.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and one infant sister.
Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, Central Montana Medical Center Emergency Room Fund, Zion Lutheran Church Women or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.