Rosalie Marie Pester, 79, formerly of Hingham, Mont ., passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Highgate Senior Living in Great Falls, Mont ., of natural causes.
Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Our Lady Of Ransom Catholic Church in Hingham, Mont ., with Father Joseph Diekhans officiating. A fellowship luncheon will follow the service. Her burial will be held in Havre at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions in Rosalie's honor may be made to Highgate Senior Living, 3000 11th St. S ., Great Falls, MT 59405; Peace Hospice or to a charity of one’s choice.
Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. You may post your condolences online at http://www.hollandbonine.com
Rosalie was born Sept. 29, 1933 in Havre to Martin and Mary (Hanses) Sylte. She graduated from Havre High School and attended Washington State University and obtained her bachelor's degree in music theory. She then attended the University of Montana and received her master's degree in 1954. She returned to Hingham and married Robert "Bob" Pester in Hingham in 1957. They made their home in Hingham on the family farm and raised their two children. She worked in Havre as a music teacher where she taught 100 students a week. She was a classical pianist and enjoyed classical music and attending community concerts.
Rosalie was very active in her community. She had a passion for music and loved the farm, animals and gardening. She was known for all of her beautiful flowers that she would grow in her yard. She grew beautiful sunflowers, marigolds and tomatoes and always had a meticulous yard. Rosalie was very patriotic, and a giving and compassionate person. If people used adjectives describe her two words would come to mind, sweet and kind. She enjoyed people and was a mother to many. She provided her children a great example of how to "live life."
She was honored at the Seattle Symphony in 1983 for her symphony that she wrote "Pour Les Enfants." She also arranged many songs for the Oakridge Boys incuding "Elvira."
She and Bob were members of the State Democratic Committee and when Bob was a Hill County Commissioner they enjoyed traveling all over the state. In her later years Rosalie joined the Red Hat Society of the Hi-Line.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Mary Sylte; and her husband, Robert "Bob" Pester in 2004.
Rosalie is survived by her son Bruce (Melinda) Pester of Lewistown, Mont .; and daughter, Robyn Pester of Eugene, Ore .; and two granddaughters, Renae and Marianne Pester, both of Lewistown.