Agatha F. (Kierzek) Twist (91 years) 2/17/1924-5/18/2015
Aggie was born on a farm south of Wibaux, Montana in the small community of St. Philip’s. She attended grade school in St. Philip’s and then went on to high school in Wilbaux where she graduated in 1942. She was the oldest of three sisters.
Aggie’s parents, Michael and Isabelle Kiezek, were both musically talented, so at an early age, Aggie learned to love music. She played the trumpet in her high school band and the piano at different school events. She was the church organist at St. Philip’s Catholic Church for ten years, starting at the age of nine. She was a teacher’s aide at St. Philip’s school the year after graduating from high school.
In 1943 realizing she was not cut out for farm work, aggie boarded the train to St. Paul, Minnesota where she was employed as a “Rosie the Riveter” for the WWII effort at a defense plant, working on B-24 and B-25 airplanes. In may 1944, Aggie enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. After basic training, she was trained for the Motor Transport division in Camp Lejeuune, North Carolina, where she learned to drive anything with wheels. After graduating from Motor Transport school, she was transferred to Camp Miramar, California near San Diego.
Aggie met a sailor stationed at North Island, Walter Jenkins, and married him. They were both honorably discharged and settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they lived for more than 30 years. They had two daughters, Barbara, a retired American Airlines flight attendant, and Judy, a retired U.S. Postal clerk. She later divorced, married Ray Twist , and moved to Arizona. Her husband died in 1990. She stayed in Arizona for 30 years where she worked as a secretary in many offices.
After retiring from secretarial duties, Aggie stayed busy entertaining on the piano, organ and accordion at retirement homes, nursing homes, private parties, grand openings, and company parties three or four times a week. Her hobbies were reading, crossword puzzles, gambling, dancing and playing music.
In 2006, she decided to leave Arizona and come back to her roots in Montana. She lived in Billings at the Magic City Terrace and then later moved to Aspen Meadows.
A recent highlight for Aggie was the opportunity to take part in an Honor Flight for WW11 Veterans to Washington, D.C. in 2013. It was very memorable. She was proud of her Marine Corps service.
Aggie was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Loretta Shine.
She is survived by her other sister, Anne(Ed) Jonutis of Billings; her two daughters, Barbara Jenkins of Lake in the Hills, Illinois and Judy Jenkins- Goforth of Collinsville, Oklahoma, two grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins.
Auntie, I will miss your determined spirit and ridiculous jokes.
No formal services are planned. At a later date, an informal graveside service will take place at St. Philip’s Catholic Church and Cemetery where her ashes will be interred.