Jan. 12, 1941 – Feb. 4, 2018

Nadine Rose Litschauer passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 4, 2018 at the age of 77, in Helena, Montana where she resided with her daughter Staci.

She was born to Donald Cotton and Agnes Molitor Wheat on January 12, 1941 in Bozeman, MT. She lived there most of her life and always considered Bozeman her home. She met the love of her life, C. Jay Litschauer, in 1958 and in August of that year they were married. They had two wonderful children, J. Randy Litschauer and Staci Litschauer. Jay passed away in October of 2000.

Nadine was a happy, fun-loving lady. She was incredibly giving and compassionate, had a wonderful sense of humor and could be wickedly inappropriate at the most surprising times. She loved to hunt, fish and camp with her family. She would spot for her husband Jay on their hunting trips and according to her friend Kae she could spot an ant on an eyeball at 85,000 feet. She and her husband spent many hours in the outdoors until illness robbed her of the ability to move freely. She had a strong will and showed perseverance in the face of adversity.

Nadine had an artistic flair and enjoyed her crafts including sewing, crocheting, and many others. She was a fabulous cook and was always feeding everyone. There was an extra place at her table for anyone who stopped by. She was always there for her children and grandchildren no matter what was said or what they did. She was amazing! We will miss her deeply.

Nadine is survived by her children, John (Betty) Litschauer of Belgrade, MT and Staci Litschauer of Helena, MT; sisters Lona (Steve) Petri, Diana (Mike) Hall, Colleen (Chris) Young, Diane (Roger) Haberlack and brother Mike Cotton; Grandchildren Teri (Jeff Nicholson) Egan of Bozeman, MT, Nicole Litschauer of Albany, OR; Great-Grandchildren Autum Eastman and Ivy Litschauer both of Albany, OR, Sadie and Brandt Dejongh, Evelyn and Addison Bohrman all of Belgrade, MT. Nadine was preceded in death by her husband Jay Litschauer; Parents Don Cotton and Aggie Wheat; Brother Tim Cotton and Stepmother Donna Lerew.

The family thanks Dr. Jessica Bailey for her many years of compassionate care, the staff of Apple Cooney Rehab, the staff of St. Peter's Health, Kris and Theresa of Golden Options Care, and her sister Diana; all of whom provided Nadine with kindness, dignity, and many a good laugh.

Per Nadine's request, there will be no services. Her ashes will be laid to rest with her loving husband Jay and their beloved cat Pete in the mountains of Montana that they both loved so much.