After Graduation, Gert worked for the Met Café in Miles City for a time before moving to Great Falls, Mont. In Great Falls Gert found employment at Malmstrom AFB where she worked in the NCO club on base. It was there she met her future husband, Dick Steele, and they were married May 14, 1952. During their time in the Air Force, Gert and Dick were stationed at Malmstrom AFB Montana, Westover AFB Massachusetts, Hickam AFB Hawaii, Goose Bay Air Base Labrador, and McGuire AFB New Jersey. Upon Dick’s retirement from the Air Force they moved back to Dick’s home town of Paradise. After arriving in Paradise, Gert worked for a short time at the D & L Café in Plains. Then she was hired by the American Legion Club in Paradise and served for many years as club Manager before retiring in 1989.
Gert was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dick, in July of 2000 as well as brothers, Vic Neiffer of Miles City and Leo Neiffer of Ennis, Mont. She is survived by her sister, Alice Bickle of Bakersfield, Calif.; son, Rick Steele (Leah) of Kennewick, Wash.; daughters, Sandra Bryant (Mark) of Missoula and Carol Urion (Jim) of Plains and stepson, Dick Steele of Condon, Mont. as well as 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Gert’s life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Harvest Community Church of God in Plains with reception to follow.