Elaine Esther Frantzick Kvilhaug, 80, of Billings, passed away peacefully in her home on May 6, 2014, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. The daughter of Alford and Esther Frantzick, she was born in Wildrose, ND on January 21, 1934.
Elaine was raised and educated in Wildrose, ND. On April 2, 1955, Elaine married Reuben Kvilhaug in Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Williston, ND. In 1961, the family moved to Billings. Elaine was the head cook at Will James Junior High School for seven years before joining the Billings Clinic as an EKG Technician. She retired in 1996.
Elaine was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and delighted in her weekly fellowship with other quilters. Following retirement from the Billings Clinic, she continued service as a volunteer, working in the gift shop delivering flowers to patients. Elaine treasured her friendships, many of which began in the Lutheran Church soon after Reuben and Elaine moved to Billings. Above all, Elaine loved God and her family. For as much as she will be missed, we celebrate new beginnings as Elaine is welcomed into her Heavenly Home.
Elaine is preceded in death by her husband, Reuben, and one granddaughter, Jessie Marie Kvilhaug, her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include her children, Deb Dzuck and her husband Ken, of Pullman, WA; Ron Kvilhaug of Billings; Rhonda Brinkman of Federal Way, WA; and Lee Kvilhaug and wife, Jan, of Billings; six grandchildren, Katie, Chad, David, Jacob, Daniel, and Krista; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Elaine’s family will receive friends for visitation on Sunday, May 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Michelotti-Sawyers. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 12, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Burial will follow at Mountview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1108 24th Street West, Billings, MT 59102, the Cancer Center Fund at the Billings Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 31031, Billings, MT 59107, or the charity of one’s choice.