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Dec. 3, 1958 - July 9, 2017

Valerie “Val” Ann (Patzer) Tresner passed away as the result of a tragic car accident on her way home from a weekend of camping with friends on July 9, 2017 at the age of 58. We lost a mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Val was the youngest of three children born to Edwin and Marjorie Patzer on December 3, 1958 in Helena, Montana. She attended school in Helena and graduated from Capital High School in 1977 and went on to attend Helena Vo Tech. She married James “Jim” Tresner on July 29, 1978 in Helena. They were blessed with two children, Tiffany and Jason.

Val worked at TRICO Credit Union and later worked with her brother, Kelley, at Empire Office Machines for the last 36 years. She eventually became a part owner, of which she was very proud.

Growing up Val enjoyed many horseback activities, which included running for Last Chance Stampede Queen. She participated in many years of 4-H activities including sewing projects, baking, sheep and swine. Val and Jim spent many hours and miles following their children in sporting and/or 4-H events. She treasured time spent with her family, especially granddaughter Jayana, quilting and embroidering, camping, 4 wheeling and a game of wahoo or dominoes (a camping favorite!).

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She always looked forward to a good lunch or dinner date, especially with her good friends Ray and Doretta Hofland. She attended the Broadwater Athletic Club starting many years ago with her father and is something she continued to do to this day in memory of him. She was an active member at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church and thoroughly enjoyed her trips to North Dakota and Kalispell, MT to help with church building projects. She loved it all.

Val was preceded in death by her husband Jim Tresner, parents Edwin and Marjorie Patzer, father and mother in-law Charles and Pauline Tresner, brother in-law Thomas Tresner and nephew Shane Powell. She is survived by her children Tiffany (Chris) Lamping and Jason Tresner, granddaughter Jayana Lamping, brothers Brian (Debbie) Patzer and Kelley (Mary) Patzer, sister in-law Janice (Roy) Powell and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating Val’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15. 2017 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., Helena, MT 59602. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. In Lieu of flowers memorials in Val’s name may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice. Please visit to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Val.

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