Monday, February 8, 2016

‪#‎52questions‬, Week #2

1. What memories do you have of your father (his name, birth date, birthplace, parents, and so on)?
well, I'll keep his name and birthdate private since he's still living. He was born in Great Falls, MT to Edward and Marie M. Dad is hardworking, rather quiet and serious but he tells you he loves you by fixing or building things for you. He loves to tease little kids by saying "Are you wearing clean underwear?" or "I'm going to put my stinky feet in your bed." He loved to sit in his chair and catch the little kids in the "trap" between his knees.
2.What memories do you have of your mother (her name, birth date, birthplace, parents, and so on)? Mom is also living. She was born in Great Falls MT to Carl and Ellen B. Mom is little and fierce. She stands a scant 4'8" but is a pretty tough cookie. I used to have to give her three kisses before I left for school or went out to play. She broke many a paddle on us kids and resorted to a 2x4 that she kept beside her place at the dinner table. We hid it on top of the standing freezer in the basement years ago. Not sure if she ever found it. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

52 questions in 52 weeks Week #1

I'm embarking on a new challenge.52 questions in 52 weeks to write my life story. I'm hosting this project on the FB page I run for a group of fellow genealogists, too. Should be fun. We're starting with 2 questions a week until we catch up on the calendar.


  1. What is your full name? My name is Jennie Lyn   Explain why your parents gave you that name. My mom wanted to name me Heidi but Grandma Nell didn't like that name. I was named Jennie for my gt. grandma, Johanna "Jennie" Felt Borgreen. There was also mention of the Swedish Nightengale, Jennie Lind being an inspiration for my name.      
  2. When and where were you born? I was born in Kalispell MT on 28 Mar 1964. Describe your home, your neighborhood, and the town you grew up in.  I lived in several different places through my childhood. I have no memories of any homes until we moved into the blue house at 3005 7th Ave. South in Great Falls, MT after Mom and Dad (Gary Marxer) married. I was 4 when they married in the living room of that little house. My bedroom was upstairs when we first moved in but I moved to a basement bedroom after Carl was born. Lincoln Elementary School was about 3 blocks away, Lions Park was just a couple blocks too. It was a nice neighborhood with similar homes and families like ours. We had a big back yard and Mom's childhood playhouse (built by my grandpa, Carl Borgreen) sat in the back next to the dog kennel for my little dog, Sammy. Great Falls is a nice town with a small college and an air base. After Great Falls we moved to Belgrade MT when I was going into 3rd grade and lived on Custer Ave, which was a little dirt road. The doctor's office was across the road and the dentist had his practice in a mobile home next door. I shared a room with Ellen, upstairs, until Dad finished the basement and then my room was downstairs again. I had red shag carpet in my room. We moved to Lewistown when I was starting 8th grade. We lived at 121 Hawthorne Ave. My parents still live there today (Feb 2016). My room was on the main floor and had yellow shag carpet and one wall was papered with huge white, yellow and orange flowers. It had a built in desk and windows on three sides as this was an extension off the back of the house. I lived in this house until going to Great Falls to attend the Vo Tech after High School graduation. Lewistown is a charming little town of about 6000 people. Its located in the geographic center of Montana about an hour and a half from Great Falls. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Barbara (Stevens) Marxer obituary




















































July 29, 2015 12:00 am

MISSOULA – Barbara Lynn (Stevens) Marxer, 67, of Missoula, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at home surrounded by her family after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.
She was born on March 18, 1948, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Frederick J. and Dorothy A. Stevens. As a young girl, Barbara accompanied her Air Force family to seven different stations over 21 years, ending in Great Falls. She graduated in 1966 from Custer County High School in Miles City. She then went on to graduate with a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Montana State University in 1970. She was blessed to meet the love of her life, Neal Marxer, while attending MSU.
On June 13, 1970, she married Neal Marxer, of Missoula in Great Falls. The couple immediately moved to Missoula, where Neal was employed at the Frenchtown paper mill. Barbara worked in Missoula as a nurse until starting her family in 1973 with the birth of her first daughter, Noel. A second daughter, Joanna, soon followed in 1977. She remained devoted to her family as a stay at home mother, and was very active in Holy Family Catholic Church, Christian Women’s Club of Missoula, and the Cursillo Movement. Barbara earned her second bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana in 1992, with a double major in social work and psychology.
After graduation, she joined the Missoula City-County Health Department and began her public health nursing career. At the health department, she advocated for underserved populations and retired in 2011. During this time, she also served as the parish nurse for Holy Family.
Barbara was blessed with her first granddaughter, Ryann Osterman, in 2005. Ryann’s brother Parker followed in 2007, and the family welcomed a second granddaughter, Lily Goodman, in 2010. She adored all her grandchildren with her entire heart, and spent her retirement caring for them and planning fun new activities each time they visited her. She also enjoyed creating a beautiful flower garden at her home, and scrapbooking.
Barbara and Neal joined St. Anthony Parish, and Barbara was instrumental in starting Family Promise of Missoula there, providing service to homeless families in Missoula. She had a generous heart, and a real spirit for helping those in need. During her career and volunteer work, she helped unwed and low-income mothers, HIV positive individuals, the poor and the homeless. She was an influential mentor, and inspired several women in their nursing careers including her sister Kim, her daughter Joanna, and several young mothers she met while working in public health.
Survivors include her husband, Neal of Missoula; daughter Noel (Darin) Osterman of Belt; daughter Joanna (Chuck) Goodman of Missoula; four sisters and their families, Kathy (John) Zeeck of Helena, Colleen Ryan of Phoenix, Lisa (Dean) Blomquist of Ryegate and Kim (Tom) Drynan of Vancouver, Washington, as well as her mother Dorothy A. Stevens of Vancouver; many nieces, nephews, cousins and three grandchildren.
A rosary vigil is scheduled at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. in Missoula. A funeral Mass will follow on Monday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony. Burial will follow Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. in Great Falls at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Garden City Funeral Home is assisting the family.
The family sincerely thanks Hospice of Missoula for the loving care they provided during the months prior to her death.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Barbara’s name to: Hospice of Missoula, 800 Kensington Ave. No. 204, Missoula, MT 59801; Missoula Family Promise, PO Box 5882, Missoula, MT 59806.

Barbara Lynn (Stevens) Marxer obituary

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Goodbye. Jimmy's memorial slide show

A Goodbye. Jim Borgreen memorial slideshow

Jim Borgreen obituary

Jim Borgreen Obituarty

Obituary: James “Jim” Carl Borgreen

James “Jim” Carl Borgreen, 65, of Lewistown, died on June 28, 2015, near his family cabin in Monarch.
Jim was born in Great Falls on December 25, 1949, to Carl and Ellen (Johnstone) Borgreen. He was proud of his education in Great Falls, and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1968.
From childhood, Jim displayed a rare talent for wildlife art, and he continued his education at Montana State University-Bozeman. He graduated in 1972 with his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. He later completed his Masters degree through Montana State University Northern. 
Jim married Pat Mausehund, in 1974. They were married 25 years, and together raised their two children, Molly and Mike. 
Jim taught at Fergus High School in Lewistown, where he had a profound, yet steady and lasting influence on 34 years worth of high school students.
In 2003, he married longtime friend, LaVonne Emerson. They enjoyed 12 years of camping and fishing together. Since his retirement in 2010, Jim has been prolific as an artist and an activist in wildlife conservation issues. 
Jim’s last words, recorded in the log book of his family cabin, relayed his excitement of finally drawing a moose permit in that area. While on a scouting trip for this hunt, he died suddenly of a cardiac event.  Jim died doing what he loved, in a place he cherished. For that his family is grateful.
A memorial service will be held Monday, July 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fergus High School Performing Art Center in Lewistown, Montana.
To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.
Great Falls Tribune, Lewistown Artist Teacher dies in Monarch crash

The victim of a fatal crash that happened Sunday morning near Monarch has been identified. Jim Borgreen, 65, died early Sunday when the pick-up he was driving left the Hughesville Road east of Monarch and crashed into a tree
Borgreen was a well-known teacher in Fergus County, where he taught art to generations of students during his 34-year career in the Lewistown School District. Outside his role as a respected educator, Borgeen established himself as an accomplished wildlife artist.
His achievements include a three-time winner of the Montana State Duck Stamp Contest as well as three first-place awards at the Audubon Wildlife Show. Borgreen was a member of the Western Heritage Artist Group for 20 years and a frequent exhibitor at The Russell art show in Great Falls, as well as illustrating two books on bird identification and hunting.
According to a news release from the Cascade County Sheriff's/Coroner's Office, Borgreen was staying at his cabin in the Hughesville area prior to the fatal crash.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Arnold said alcohol is not suspected as contributing factor to the crash, which remains under investigation.
"Evidence at the scene seems to indicate that the driver might have had a medical episode which led up to the crash," Arnold said.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Big Finds in Sweden

ANDERSSON_Jonus_HHex_Södra-Ljunga-AI-9-1844-1850-Image-99-page-87(2)
Here we have some of the Swedish records that tell the tale of the life and death of Christina Jonasdotter, mother of Johan August "Gust" Johansson Berggren/BORGREEN.



Birth 20 Feb 1826 in Ljunga, Kronoberg, Sweden
Death 21 Sep 1898 in Ljunga, Kronoberg, Sweden
Parents were Jonas Andersson and Lisa Nilsdotter
Married to Johan Peter Nilsson Wilander 1830-1859
He died of drunkenness, autopsied, doomed to be quietly buried.
Christina's son Axel was born of this marriage but "Gust" was born 5 years after the death of Christina's husband, Johan Peter. "Gust" is recorded as illegitimate, in all Swedish church records.

ANDERSSON_Jonus_HHex_Södra-Ljunga-AI-9-1844-1850-Image-99-page-87

JONASDOTTER_Christina_Birth_20Feb1826_Swedish Church Records

JONASDOTTER_Christina_Birth_Södra-Ljunga-C-5-1814-1850-Image-136

JONASDOTTER_Christina_HHex_Death_Södra-Ljunga-AI-16-1892-1899-Image-48-page-33(2)

JONASDOTTER_Christina_HHex_Death_Södra-Ljunga-AI-16-1892-1899-Image-48-page-33(3)

JONASDOTTER_Christina_HHex_DeathSödra-Ljunga-AI-16-1892-1899-Image-48-page-33