Mary Kay Tack

Mary Kay (Gaffke) Tack, 80, of Conrad and Valier, Mont., went to the Lord on Friday April 10, 2020, after an extended stay at the Pondera Medical Extended Center.

Funeral services will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Conrad at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. A luncheon at the church will follow the service and then burial will take place at Belgian Church Cemetery.

Mary Kay was born to William and Florence Gaffke on Dec. 4, 1939 in Bozeman, Mont., where she was raised and attended Holy Rosary Catholic School.

She married Marcel A. Tack on Nov. 7, 1964 at the Holy Rosary Church in Bozeman. After marrying, they moved to the family farm in the Valier area where they raised two children, she tending to many chickens and always milking the family cow. 

Mary Kay, like clock- work would have bake day, Monday; laundry, Tuesday; and town, Wednesday, in which she would deliver eggs to the bakery and make her rounds delivering eggs to her friends and customers. She became known as the egg lady. She always attended church on Saturday night or Sunday morning with a Sunday dinner that seemed more like a holiday meal.

Mary Kay loved to write letters and send cards to her family and friends not missing a birthday, Mother’s Day or Christmas. Among these people were three pen pals– Martha from Wisconsin (they had never met in person), Mary from Oregon and Ruth from Minnesota had been writing for a little over 50 years sharing each other’s lives with pictures and words.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Vince) Tack-Grandon from Polson, Mont., and son, Maurice Tack of Valier. She is also survived by her brother, Bill (William) Gaffke of Bozeman and numerous nieces and nephews in Bozeman and Valier.

Mary Kay is preceded in death by parents, William (Bill) Gaffke and Florence Gaffke of Bozeman; her husband, Marcel A. Tack of Valier; sister, Patricia (Gaffke) Arthun; and brothers, Tony, Mike and Harold Gaffke all from Bozeman.

Donations can be made to Prairie Oasis Animal Shelter, Shelby, Mont.

Condolences can be made to Mary Kay’s memorial page at