Barbara Margaret Kautzman


Barbara Margaret Kautzman


Barbara Kautzman
Barbara Kautzman

Barbara Margaret Kautzman, age 89, of Ballantine, entered into Heaven’s Gates on Monday, April 11, 2016, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Mott, N.D., on the family homestead. On June 19, 1950 she married the love of her life, Cornelius Kautzman, and they were married for 65 years.

Barbara had an unwavering love for God. She was an active member of St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, where she attended Sunday mass faithfully. She was a part of a birthday club in Ballantine for over 40 years, where she organized the parties and provided many cakes upon the request of the other members.

One of her greatest pleasures was when she was able to prepare her many famous German dishes for friends and family. She enjoyed gardening, attending to her many beautiful flowers, playing cards (pinochle), dancing to polka music and spending time with family and friends.

Mom was the nucleus of our family. She knew when any of us needed her or her prayers. We never had to ask; she just knew. We will miss your beautiful smile, your hugs and all the love you gave us.

She is survived and will be greatly missed by her husband, Cornelius Kautzman; four children, Scott (Cheryl) Kautzman of Livingston, Debbie (James) Dorn of Hardin, Jed (Chavon) Kautzman of Billings, Michele (James) Reiter of Billings; three granddaughters, four grandsons, two great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons.

Rosary will be said 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. The Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at St. Bernard’s Parish, 226 Wicks Lane, with rite of committal at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.


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  1. My heart aches for your family. Your mom was such a beautiful and special lady! I sincerely hope all of your wonderful memories of all the good times you had with her will help you through this extremely difficult time. Love and prayers. Vicki and Archie Little

  2. Scott, Debbie, Jed, Michelle and families. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. What a truly heartbreaking journey. Barbara was a lovely aunt. The times I did see her in North Dakota she was always very warm and did have an infectious smile. I have been praying for her, your dad and your families. Hold tight to the fond memories and may peace fill all your hearts. Linda Carvell (Van Lishout)

  3. To the Kautzman family: I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, wife, grandmother. She was a lovely lady. I so enjoyed visiting with her when, each new spring, she would stop at The Petal Pusher greenhouse in the heights and buy her flowers. She had such fun and loved picking just the right colors. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Diane Ridgway

  4. We were so sorry to hear about Barbara. We’ll always remember the huge lovely & delicious cinnamon rolls she used to bake for church. They were awesome! Our thoughts & prayers go out to your families. Dick & Sue Tombrink

  5. Barbara Prewett (Donnes)

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was such a wonderful and special person. I remember her as always working …. a very hard worker – with a smile on her face! My thoughts and prayer are with you all.

  6. Jeannie Swedberg. Right down the street

    Although I was a neighbor to your parents I did not know them very well. I do remember them both as being very friendly. Your dad always walking the neighborhood carrying his walking stick. Always waving as he passed. Your mother was a kind and friendly woman. I talked with her briefly a few times. Their yard is always so pretty with all the flowers. And I always knew when it was time to put my Christmas tree up because I would see theirs in the front window. May you find peace and love in this trying time. You may not see her but she is always with you. God bless you all

  7. Rob Martinson

    Barbara will be remembered by me as a friend that always had a smile on her face. Always interested in how you were doing. Always willing to help in any way that she could. She’ll be dearly missed by all those fortunate enough to know her.

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