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Obituary: Vera Hjelm

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Vera Elizabeth Willander Gulbranson Hjelm, 96, of Great Falls, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. 

A Celebration of Life will be this Friday, October 13th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Columbus Center Chapel, 1601 2nd Ave. North.  

Services start at 7:00 PM. Croxford Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.

Born in Alexandria, MN on April 23, 1921, Vera and her sister Ollie were raised by their grandparents by Lake Ida in Minnesota. 

She married her first husband, Milo Gulbranson, in 1940.  This marriage resulted in two wonderful children, Maynard and Betty. 

In 1960, Vera married her second husband, Marvin Hjelm.  They moved to Montana and had their son, Brad.

Vera loved car racing, cooking, camping (starting campfires), sewing, traveling, playing cards, and talking to whomever would spend time with her. 

She assisted Evil Knievel in and out of the Shasta Hotel, Clint Eastwood held a door open for her at the El Ranchito Inn, she talked with Hubert Humphrey on the streets of Alexandria, MN and she held up little Brad so that Brad could shake hands with President John F. Kennedy when he was in Great Falls, MT.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Croxford Funeral Home website.

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