Delores M. Stroble Etchart

October 7, 1927


November 13, 2020

Delores M. Stroble Etchart

October 7, 1927


November 13, 2020

Delores Marie Stroble Etchart died peacefully at home in Billings, Montana, on Nov. 13, 2020. She was 93 years old.

Delores was born and raised in northwest Minnesota’s Red River Valley: the land of “Uff Da!” Her childhood was very happy, filled with family gatherings at her Swedish grandmother’s house, chores, and lessons learned from simple life on a farm. She was the oldest of Frank Stroble and Hazel Cook’s three children: Delores (“Dee”), Frank  (“Bud”), and Dorothy (“Dot”). Her mother was a brilliant seamstress who crafted such lovely clothes that young Delores was scarcely aware of the economic hard times. She was strong and athletic, crediting her early physical prowess to farm work. But academics were her first love — writing in particular — and she excelled in school. Upon high school graduation, she was recruited, with full scholarship, for a new psychiatric nursing program created in anticipation of the needs of returning WWII soldiers. She participated in the program, soaking up knowledge that served her well in life, but ultimately chose not to pursue psych nursing. Instead, she moved with her family from the Minnesota farm to the oil fields near Cody, Wyoming. There, the family found financial prosperity until her mother’s untimely decline and death.

After time back in Minnesota attempting to heal that wound, the family again moved West: this time to Glasgow, Montana, for a business opportunity with relatives at the Star Motel. In Glasgow, Delores met and married local rancher Mark Etchart and together they built a good life, filled with raising five children and consistent service to the community: Mark in local politics and Delores in various Catholic and civic organizations. Delores always engaged her creative talents — both in writing and illustration — as part of her service. She was well known as being “the writer” of any group, and she also used her writing skills to comfort countless friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers with sympathy cards or personal encouragement during times of hardship. She also enjoyed some professional writing success, with published articles in several newspapers and magazines. Additionally, Delores combined her early interest in psychology and her enduring interest in writing by studying handwriting analysis and becoming a Graphoanalyst.

But above all, Delores was everyone’s moral compass.

Delores was preceded in death by her husband in 1992 and their beloved firstborn, Kathy, in 1969. She is survived by their other children and grandchildren: Colette, Brian, Diane (Dennis Zimdars), Denise (Charlie Cooper), Angela Stebleton (Rapheal Gavin), Jeremy Stebleton, Russell Cooper, Eli Cooper, and the children of Zimmy Zimdars (deceased), Zane and Lauren. Delores has only one blood great-grandchild, Xavi Gavin. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy (Grant Cooney); sister-in-law Peggy Stroble; numerous beloved nieces, nephews and extended family, as well as the Costa Rican family of Jose Leon Chang.

Rest in peace, Mom, Gra’ma, Great Gra’ma, Sister, Aunt, Friend. You will be sorely missed.

Memorial Mass 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Billings. Rosary with committal and reception to follow at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 28, at St. Raphael Catholic Church, Glasgow.

Live Stream

Leave a Memory or Condolence

6 thoughts on “Delores M. Stroble Etchart”

  1. Oh Diane and Dennis, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved mother and mother-in-law. I read her obituary and looked through her pictures with great interest in who she was, and found that she was an extraordinary woman with a life that was full of the people and things she loved. It sounds like she was well loved and I know you will greatly miss her in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. May the Holy Spirit wrap you with His tender arms of comfort as you walk through this time of loss, grief, and remembrance. I’m praying for you and thinking of you.

  2. To the family of Delores Etchart
    Wow the pictures the history of her life so Beautiful. She was a lady of such grace and to see the family pictures such memories . God bless you all such a lovely tribute to her. Love to the entire family

    Karen Helland Link

  3. To the Etchart Family:
    Our families were neighborhood friends for many years. Oh, how those years have passed. We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Delores. I know my mother will be greatly saddened about this, as they were good friends. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. We hope your memories, as evidenced in the wonderful video, will give you peace.
    The McIntyre’s: Helen, Steve, Vicky, David and Melody

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Vicki. We have fond memories of our family’s friendship. Sending our love to your Mother and the rest of your family.

  4. A life filled with love is a life well-lived. The slideshow of her life shows she enjoyed both. For all of my life, I will hold dear my memories of Delores and the warmth and support she showed me during my teen-aged years in Glasgow. My thoughts are with her children and grandchildren who I know must miss her dearly.

    1. Denise Etchart Cooper

      Thank you for sharing your memories of Mom, Kathy. She had fond thoughts of you as well. The world was lucky to have had her for 93 years, and it’s always great to remember why!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *