Beatrice M. (Bep) Schwend passed away May 29, 2021. Bep was born Nov 17, 1931, the daughter of Benjamin and Hermina (Jacobs) Siemsen in Billings Montana.
In 1948, Jack and Bep were chosen King and Queen of the Jim Bridger Day rodeo. She attended schools in the Bridger area, and graduated from Bridger in 1950. In 1950, Bep represented the Bridger School as “Miss Bridger” at the dedication of the new swimming pool in Laurel, MT. There she was chosen “Sweetheart” for the event.
Bep married Jack Schwend on July 20, 1951 and worked for the New York Life Insurance Company in Billlings, MT, while Jack served in Korea. They moved back to the family ranch in Bridger after Jack’s discharge from the Army.
In 1960 they bought a place near Rosebud and lived and ranched in that area the rest of her life. In the 60’s, Bep worked for Holly Sugar Co every fall as weigh master in Rosebud, MT. Bep painted all her life, and the country is filled with painted sawblades, frying pans, Montana Back Scratchers and anything else she could find to paint on. Later in life, she wanted to be called Bea. So, on the back of her paintings, she put a sticker with Bea Schwend and her address. The only people she could get to call her Bea were her grandchildren (Gramma Bea).
Bep is survived by her husband Jack (of almost 70 years), son Justin (Cassandra) Schwend of Rosebud and grandsons Brock (Amanda) Schwend of Belle Fourche, SD and Skyler (Leanna) Schwend of Forsyth, son Brian (Beverly) Schwend of Forsyth and grandson Jeremy (Meghan) Schwend of Athens, GA and granddaughter Nicole Schwend (and fiance’ Rico Stormer) of Forsyth and Billings, and numerous nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.
She was preceeded in death, by her parents, her sisters Alvina (John) Skorupa of Bridger, and Igerna (Paul) Messer of Billings, brothers Duane Siemsen (who was killed in Italy during WWII), Norwood (Kathleen) Siemsen of Billings and Conrad (Delores) Siemsen also of Billings.
Services to be held at a later date.