Harriet Margaret Krall Karst, 81, passed on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at Benefis Peace Hospice House in Great Falls.
Harriet was born Dec. 9, 1940, in Lewistown, to Joe Krall and Harriet McArdle Krall.
Her father being a vo-ag teacher, the family moved often during her childhood. Harriet lived in Hingham, Moccasin, Jackson, Fort Benton, Dillon, Circle and Melstone. In 1953 the family moved to Kevin, and in 1958 she graduated from NTCHS in Sunburst. Evelyn Gottfried Wolfer introduced Harriet to Billy Karst at a high school dance, and they married Feb. 7, 1959, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Sunburst.
Bill and Harriet lived on the family farm for 10 years. During that time their daughters, Natalie Ann and Teresa Sue, were born. Bill took a job at the farmer’s co-op, and the family moved to Sunburst. Harriet worked at the Sunburst Post Office and the Port of Sweetgrass.
“Back in the day,” Bill and Harriet enjoyed a good game of pinochle with family and friends. She belonged to the Sunburst Saddle Club and enjoyed group rides, including a pack trip into Stanton Lake with her father and Teresa. The family took a vacation every summer to a different state or area. Their first camper was homemade by Bill, later travelling with their various campers and RVs. She especially enjoyed camping in Glacier National Park
Harriet had a bright green thumb and had a beautiful garden on the farm and in town. Harriet enjoyed sewing, painting and crafting and was active in many local activities: Jayhawker’s Ridge, Homemakers, Tupperware, quilting and birthday groups, and the Marias History Museum.
Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Harriet McArdle Krall; husband Bill Karst; in-laws Joe and Lucile Benjamin Karst; and brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Mary Karst Stevens.
Survivors include children Natalie (Jeff Beasley) Karst and family of West Sacramento, Calif., and Teresa Karst of Kalispell; sister Cora Lee (Ron) Copenhaver of Menifee, Calif.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rich and Margy Karst Johnson of Bynum, Mont., Joe and Betty Karst DeMartin and John Karst of Great Falls, and Herb and Carol Lynch Karst of Billings; nieces and nephews Leza (Rob) Curtis of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Jim (Yvette) Stevens and Lisa Stevens Tecca of Sunburst, Melody (Gordon) Stevens Jacobs of Great Falls, Brian (Julia) DeMartin of Pflugerville, Texas, Barry (Lorrie) DeMartin of N.C., Kurt Johnson of Pendroy, Kevin (Leya) Johnson of Conrad, Kristin (Andy) Karst Piccioni of Billings, Kim (Ben) Karst Atkins of Nokesville, Va., and Jeff (Sara) Karst of Milwaukee, Wis.; and dozens of friends in the Sunburst area.
Family gathered for a graveside service on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Sunburst Cemetery, followed by a Memorial gathering at the Sunburst Community Hall in Sunburst.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local animal shelter or to Marias Museum of History and Art, 1129 1st St. S, Shelby, MT 59474-2206.
Condolences can be made to www.asperfh.com.