Erna Rath Schwindt


Erna Rath Schwindt, 96, of Miles City died Sunday, May 25, 2014.

She was born Dec. 25, 1917, in Tuttle, North Dakota, to Germans from Russia immigrants John H. and Magdalena Vollmer Rath.

Mrs. Schwindt was raised on a farm and attended grade school in Tuttle, North Dakota. 

She moved to Jordan shortly after her marriage to Samuel Schwindt on July 31, 1937. She assisted her husband with farm chores and milked four cows. Mrs. Schwindt sold cream to The Miles City Creamery and baked goods for Jordan residents. She especially enjoyed making German dishes. 

Easter time was a special celebration for Mrs. Schwindt. She would bake sweet breads and kuchen for her family, friends and grandchildren.

After her children were raised, she cleaned and painted houses in the Jordan area with her cousin, and beloved friend, Martha Vollmer Hinther. She enjoyed playing the accordion, piano, singing in the church choir, and dancing. She was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jordan until her move to Miles City in 2007.

She is survived by her children, Twila Swenson Posey of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Samuel Schwindt of Billings, Marlys (Ron) Burkett of Ruidoso of New Mexico; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. A sister-in-law, Magdalena Ritter Schwindt Finck, lives in Elgin, North Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel; seven brothers; two sisters; a daughter; son-in-law; a grandson; three brothers-in-law; eight sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 28, 2014, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Visitation also will be on Thursday, May 29, 2014, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Jordan. Funeral services will be Friday, May 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jordan. Interment will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan.

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Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Jordan, Saint John’s Lutheran Church of Jordan or to the charity of one’s choice.