Joseph Mehi, 88, of Billings, a longtime St. Vincent Healthcare employee who moved from Romania to the United States following World War II, died Sunday, May 20, 2012.
He was born Nov. 29, 1923 in Baia Mare, Romania, the son of Arpad and Erzsebet (Kondor) Mehi. He was inducted into the Romanian military, which was taken over by Germany. At the end of World War II, following the American liberation of the German prisoners of war, he became a POW of the Americans.
In 1946, he was released for recovery and rehabilitation at a Red Cross hospital in Austria. The Catholic Diocese of Chicago sponsored him to come to America in 1949. In 1950 he moved to Montana and became a U.S. citizenp.
On Feb. 14, 1955, he married Barbara Jean Fenlon at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. He worked at St. Vincent Healthcare for 49 years. He built the St. Pius X Catholic Church altar in 1969.
Survivors include children, Mary Beth Mehi of North Aurora, Ill., Paul Mehi of Rainier, Wash., and Helen Madson of Billings; and two grandchildren.
Visitation was Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23. Vigil service was at 6:30 p.m. May 23 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Rosary Church with committal in Mountview Cemetery.