Thelma Patricia Dostert


Thelma Patricia (Hopstad) Dostert of Nashua passed away at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow on Monday, June 16, 2014, at the age of 92.

Born on Dec. 2, 1921, to Norwegian immigrants Peter and Petra (Brendhaugen) Hopstad, she lived at their homestead farm in the Badger Community north of Glasgow with her seven brothers and sisters. She attended the Badger School and was a member of the Highline Lutheran Church. The family later moved to Glasgow, and she graduated from Glasgow High School in 1939.

After graduation, she worked at the Glasgow Flower Shop. She met the "love of her life," Vernon Dostert, at the Cherry Creek Dance Hall, and they were married on Nov. 10, 1941, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow. They moved to Oakland, Calif., where Vernon was employed at a shipyard.

A few years later they settled in Nashua, and Vernon bought Vick's Bar & Café. In 1958, they opened Vick's Lanes. She and Vernon worked many years in the businesses together, and retired in 1988 after selling Vick's Lanes to their son, Van.

She was a member of the Queen of Angels Catholic Church Altar Society and served several years as its president. She enjoyed many years of attending her children and grandchildren's educational, sporting and cultural events.

Her hobbies included antique restoration and estate sales, gardening, reading, bridge club, board games and bowling. She loved boating and spending time at her cabin at Fort Peck Lake, as well as frequent traveling to see her family.

Her quiet time was spent reading and viewing public television programming. She was a keen decorator, wallpaper hanger, savvy shopper and stylish dresser. Her baking, cooking and entertaining skills were admired. She followed politics and world events, and encouraged lively dialog and discussions.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Dostert, in 1994; all her siblings and their spouses, Harold and Agnes Hopstad, Herman and Beatrice Hopstad, Helen and Francis Ellingson, Ruby and Guy Marks, Margaret and Alan Rorvik, Ruth and James VanKoten, and Norman and Doris Hopstad.

Survivors include four children, Bonnie Kimball and her husband, Herb, of Polson; Van Dostert and his wife, Linda, of Fort Peck; Paul Dostert of Southworth, Wash., and Jill Hill and her husband, Doug, of Sidney; grandchildren, Lance Miller and his wife, Maede, of Conrow, Texas, Erin Hoagland and her husband, Jordan, of Billings, Vance Dostert and his fiancé, CoreyAnne Russell, of Vancouver, Wash., and Victoria and Tessa Hill of Sidney; and two great-grandchildren, Cohen and Ally Lee Hoagland of Billings.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Nashua, followed by interment in the Nashua Cemetery.

Bell Mortuary of Glasgow was in charge of arrangements.


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