Martha Rosina (Treftz) McCloy

Thursday, September 2, 2021
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Martha Rosina (Treftz) McCloy, age 98, peacefully left this world on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 at the Eastern Montana Vets Home in Glendive.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church in Glendive. Internment with military honors will be at Dawson Memorial Cemetery in West Glendive. A reception and lunch will follow at Makoshika State Park in the covered group picnic area. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Martha was born on January 19, 1923 near Hosmer, S.D., the eldest daughter of Christian and Rosina Treftz. When she was five years old the family moved to Circle where she attended grade school for three years. The family then moved to a farmstead west of Richey where Martha completed her education.

In the fall of 1941, Martha met the love of her life, David McCloy at a Saturday night dance in Circle. The two dated until the following year when Dave enlisted in the U.S. Army and left Montana to serve the country in WWII. While Martha worked and cared for her younger siblings, the young couple corresponded by letters. In the spring of 1944 she finally enlisted in the Army herself, hoping to get an assignment near Dave, but instead she was assigned to the Women’s Army Corps in Ft. Des Moines, Iowa as a military truck driving instructor.

During her first furlough in the summer of 1945 she traveled to Dave’s base in Tucson, Ariz. where the two were finally married. By the time the war ended the couple had had their first child Daniel and moved back to eastern Montana where she and Dave grew their family to four and resided until their final days.

To those who knew and loved her, Martha was continually active and could never have idle hands for long. Among her many interests were sewing, quilting, gardening, canning, fishing, painting and innumerable crafts. She rolled and baked countless hundreds of lefse for Zion Church and eager friends and family. She independently operated a wedding cake business and filled photo albums with pictures of her beautifully decorated cakes.

Martha would say some of the best years of her long life were snow-birding with Dave in their retirement years, but everyone knew she made the best of all the years keeping busy and spending time with her many friends and large extended family. Ever close to her nine siblings, Martha taught us the importance of strong family ties. Equally important was her spirituality, having been a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church for at least 70 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David, in 2001; sisters, Emily Schumacher, Clara Baker, Helen Beres and Joan Baker; and brothers, Gust, Sam, Henry, Gordon and Elmer Treftz.

Martha is survived by her children, Dan (Linda) McCloy of Bozeman, Jim (Ruth Lutz) McCloy of Missoula, Carol (John) Dion of Portland, Ore., and Jon (Kathy) McCloy of Vancouver, Wash. She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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