Lillian (Worel) Gierke

Lillian (Worel) Gierke, 88, of Miles City, Mt, passed away peacefully at her home on October 28th, with her daughter by her side.

Lillian was born October 30th, 1928, in Regina, Saskatchewan.  She worked as a legal secretary in the Parliament building for the Canadian Government until such time where she accepted a transfer to the United States to work for a law firm in Billings, Montana. It was there she met and married Charles Howard Cruise. During those years, she worked for the Garberson Clinic, Butch Krutzfeldt and Keith Haker. 

She and Bill Gierke were married in 1980. She then joined on with Mental Health Center until her retirement in 1987.

She and Bill loved to camp, fish and travel, and are most remembered for making Miles City headlines when their motorhome was stolen while down in Mexico. Bill Gierke was “the best thing that ever happened to her”.

She loved to volunteer for the hospital gift shop, but especially for St. Vincent De Paul, where she repaired the jewelry ... she was fondly known as “the jewelry lady”. Her home was a revolving door for those who loved to stop by, and she knew no stranger. She loved music and dancing, but most of all, she loved to listen to her daughter sing during her career and travels.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Chuck Cruise, in 1976, and William (Billy) Gierke, in 1991, her two brothers Otto and Melow Worel.  

She is survived by her daughter, Lilly Cruise, of Miles City.

She will be lovingly remembered by Lilly, family, friends, and caregivers. Especially her life-long friend Norma Hecker, formerly from Miles City, and Glenn Shores who could always make her smile.

Lilly will receive friends on Friday, November 3rd, 2017, at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Graveside services will be at a later date in the Custer County Cemetery.

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