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Friday, March 23, 2018

Karlene Marie Burbach

Karlene Marie Burbach, age 77, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Glendive Medical Center in Glendive.  

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive with Reverend Greg Lucido officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive.  Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Karlene Marie Burbach was born February 18, 1940, the first of four children, to Carl and Marie Deines Hass on the family farm north of Bayard, Neb. She excelled academically and graduated from Minatare High School. On June 23, 1957, Karlene married Roger Lee Burbach. To their union, two sons were born, Terry and Gregory. Karlene and Roger began their farming life together in Minatare and moved their family to Montana in 1970 to continue to farm. Roger passed away in 1998 and Karlene retired from farming in 2001. In 2008 Karlene married Don Blankenship, continuing to live on her farm site until her passing. 

Karlene was very talented musically and taught piano lessons. Karlene performed as the vocalist for a popular local country western band, the Lost Beets, that she and Roger had formed in Nebraska. Karlene had worked at Brown Bean in Nebraska, Vivian’s Hobby Shop in Glendive and the Feedlot in Fallon and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fallon. She had a quick wit, enjoyed collecting her family’s Russian heritage information, taking care of her animals and visiting over a cup of coffee.  

Karlene’s family, especially her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren were the delight of her life. 

Karlene was preceded in death by her first husband, Roger; her parents; and brothers-in-law, Russell Burbach and Clark Irion.  

She is survived by her husband, Don Blankenship of Glendive; her sons, Terry (Bonnie) Burbach of Fallon and Greg (Naomi) Burbach of Glendive; her grandchildren, Daniel (Stephanie) Burbach, Taylor (Ashley) Burbach, Amanda (Bobby) Hopper and Jordan (Jenna) Burbach; great-grandchildren, Sigmund, Korra, Mason, Charley and Hudson; and extended family, stepson Mark (Aimee) Blankenship and grandchildren Carson and Russel of Billings; her surviving siblings are Wayne (Patricia) Haas of Glendive, Steven (Marsha) Haas of Bend, Ore., Lorraine Irion of Billings; in-laws of Nebraska, Ralph & Jeanetta Burbach, Joan Burbach; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Karlene’s name may be given to the church or charity of one’s choice.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

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