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Shirley O’Leary, 90, who had been a secretary and housewife, died at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings on Nov. 6, 2012.
She was born in Milwaukee on Feb. 17, 1922, to Herbert Rau and Irma (Knobel) Rau. She was raised in West Allis, Wis. After graduating from high school, she moved to Montana in 1946. A year later she met her future husband, Barry Joseph O’Leary. He died Aug. 2, 1981.
She made stained glass, baked and cooked, traveled and played golf. She was a volunteer at St. Vincent Hospital for 40 years, working at the Cherrynook and the gift shops. She also did hospital visits for St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon A. Kummerfeldt; twin siblings, John and Judy Soderman; and three grandsons.
Memorial Mass was Nov. 9 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Private family interment took place at Holy Cross Cemetery, before Mass. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Homeward Bound Ministries, P.O. Box 20788, Billings, MT 59104.