Written by The Herald-News
Angela Marie (Dougherty) Loendorf, 92, died July 31, 2013, in Billings.
She was born June 19, 1921, in Wolf Point to Phillip and Margaret (Latterell) Dougherty and was the fourth of nine children.
She graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1939 and five days after graduation enrolled in The Presentation Sisters School of Nursing in Miles City. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1942.
She worked at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point before she joined her four brothers and enlisted in the armed services. She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and was first stationed at Ft. Lewis, Ore., before being shipped overseas to the European Theater. She was stationed with the 10th Field Hospital for about one month before her assignment with the 132nd Evacuation Hospital. She did state that at one point they had to “pack up” and retreat before continuing to advance during the Battle of the Bulge. It was during her assignment that she was trained to give anesthesia. She was honorably discharged as a 1st Lt. in 1946 in Ft. Des Moines, Iowa.
After the war, she continued her anesthesia studies at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and graduated in 1949 as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She was working in Billings at Deaconess Hospital when she met Albert. They married on Oct. 30, 1950, in Wolf Point. They lived on the family farm north of Vida and had two sons, Alan and Arthur. She worked occasionally as a nurse, but devoted most of her time to being a farmer’s wife and mother. She taught Sunday school at St. Ann’s and was a member of the Catholic Daughters and Vida Homemaking Farmerettes. She returned to work in the late 60s being the anesthetist for Drs. Borge, Knapp and Listerud in Wolf Point. She retired in 1985.
In 1995, she and Albert moved into Wolf Point and, in 2001, moved to Great Falls to be closer to medical services. In November 2003, they moved to Glendive so Albert could live at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home. While in Glendive, she kept active by playing Bridge, was a member of the Newcomers Club, the Gardening Club and Catholic Daughters and had served as a director of RSVP.
They bowled for many years on leagues and she also loved to play Bridge, garden and bake until all hours of the night for her family and friends. She taught her granddaughters to bake, sew, play cards, do crafts and have patience.
She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 54 years, Albert; brothers, Eugene “Lefty,” DeVere, Bernard and Norbert “Doc” Dougherty; and sisters, Cecelia McCoy, Margaret Guadarama, Alice Van Dyke and Kathleen “Katie” Ogoley.
She is survived by her sons, Dr. Alan Loendorf of Miles City and Arthur
Loendorf of Billings; and two granddaughters.
A funeral mass was held Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wolf Point. Inurnment with full military honors was at Greenwood Cemetery.
Funeral services were under the guidance of Clayton Stevenson of Wolf Point and Stevenson and Sons of Miles City.