Thelma Mae Nauck

Born: Mon., May 5, 1930
Died: Sun., Jul. 2, 2017

Private Services

Location: Choteau Cemetery

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Thelma Mae Nauck passed away on July 2nd, 2017, at Benefis Teton Medical Center extended care after fighting kidney failure for several years. Thelma was born May 5, 1930, the only child of John and Ila Heldt of Lake City, Minnesota. After graduating from Lake City High School, she attended a vocational school in St. Paul, Minnesota. There, she completed the coursework and became certified as both a medical technologist and X-ray technician. After working in a local physician’s office for three years, Thelma accepted a position at Teton Memorial Hospital and moved to Choteau, Montana in August 1952. She met John R. (Bob) Nauck, then the vocational agriculture instructor at Choteau High School. They were married on December 29, 1952 and had two children, a son, Charles, born in 1957, and a daughter, Barbara husband Rick, born in 1959. Thelma continued to work part time as an X-ray technician until the early 1970s, when she served as the Choteau Public Library librarian from 1972 until 1980. Thelma re-entered the medical field when she was appointed to serve as Teton County Emergency Services Director in 1980. As Director, she increased the number of volunteer EMS personnel, secured updated equipment (acquiring two new ambulances in an eight year period), and reorganized the EMS education and training program. During her years as an EMS instructor, Thelma taught more than 200 students the basic EMT course and many others basic first aid and CPR. She served on the Montana Region 2A EMS board and participated in state policy making decisions for ambulance crews. After 23 years working with Emergency Medical Services, Thelma retired and became involved with local animal welfare. She served on the Bright Eyes Foundation and also as a volunteer once the shelter was built. Thelma is survived by her husband, children, grandson Kyle, his wife Ruby, great granddaughter Kaira, nephew Robert Smith and grand dog, Dakota Rose. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund to benefit EMS volunteer education/training and Bright Eyes shelter has been established in Thelma’s name at the First Security Bank in Choteau. A private family service will be held at the Choteau Cemetery. Condolences may be left on-line at

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   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
Please accept my sincere condolences. Thelma was so sweet to me whenever I spent time in the Teton Memorial Hospital!

Donna Groth Rudolph
   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
Dear Mr. Nauck, Chuck, Barb, and families, My sympathies to all of you at this time of sorrow. I remember you mom's happy laughter and quick smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless, Donna

Linda (Reed) Hindberg
   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
Barb so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a special, caring soul that did so much good through the EMS program. She will be missed. Prayers for you, your Dad and Chuck!

Kathy Duffner
   Posted Sat July 08, 2017
To All Of Thelmas' Family,
It was a privilege to work with Thelma, she was a very professional and caring person. She was always a joy to talk to and a great EMT. You all are in my prayers.

Barb Anderson
   Posted Sun July 09, 2017
Thoughts and prayers to the family..
Thelma, what can I say, loved by so many and so dedicated to what was right. Will always remember all the stories and times spent with her in our EMS years.

Linda Alfson
   Posted Sun July 09, 2017
Mr. Nauck, Barb, Chuck and Rick. Please accept my deepest sympathies. I had many good times with Thelma, as a student, co-worker and friend. Many hours spent over coffee. Thelma was a wonderful person and EMS in Teton County owes Thelma their deepest gratitude.

Lois Eklund Green
   Posted Mon July 10, 2017
Dear Bob and family, I was honored to have known Thelma, she was a special lady, God Bless

Lindie Gibson
   Posted Tue July 11, 2017
dear family, No one needs to tell you what an amazing person Thelma was, having made such an impact on the community of Choteau. I remember her well; she had such a genuine concern for others, and a servant's heart to do so much.... I know she will be missed by many.... My sincere condolences to her family during this time....

Tom Swortzel
   Posted Tue July 11, 2017
Barb and family,

I was so saddened to read about Thelma. She was a wonderful lady and a good friend to not only me but my family over the years as well. I'll keep all of you in my thoughts.

Tom Swortzel

Debbie Rorvik Langel
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
I'm sorry for your loss. Thelma was my first first aid/ CPR instructor. A wonderful lady and I have many precious memories of her.

Betty D
   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

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