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Bonnie Jean Haley

Bonnie Haley, 87, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Billings.

She was born Dec. 6, 1927, in Forsyth to Marion and Loretta Leary.

She crocheted, cooked and loved to paint.

Survivors include children, Daniel E. Brown, Suzanne Mullen, Allan Thorbjornson, Arne Thorbjornson and Michael Paparella III; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 6 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Inurnment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:42

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Kenneth Katana

Kenneth M. Katana, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, of lung cancer.

He was born Feb. 19, 1939, to John M. and Alta M. (Beever) Katana in Roundup. He served in the Navy from 1957 until 1961, then worked for the Montana Department of Transportation, retiring as a section foreman with 30 years of service.

He hunted, fished and camped.

Survivors include a son, Terry Katana; and a sister, Betty Stoner.

A graveside service will be held later at Roundup City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:42

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Elizabeth Chapman

Elizabeth Christine (McEneaney) Chapman, 96, who sang with big bands in Chicago and St. Paul, Minn., died Feb. 2, 2015, at a care facility in Billings.

She was the daughter of Thomas and Secelia (Simonson) McEneaney, born in Spokane, Wash., on Feb. 10, 1918. At the time, her parents were homesteading near Valentine, Mont., but soon returned to Menomonie, Wis.  She graduated from the Menomonie High School and moved to St. Paul, where she received training in music. She also attended a beauty college in St. Paul and earned her license.

She sang with the Doc Evans Jazz Band in St. Paul and Chicago and knew both Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey from that era.

She married James Chapman on Aug. 19, 1939, in Menomonie. After the first children arrived, she continued to sing in St. Paul and Chicago and worked for a printing company, Brown and Bigelow in St. Paul. She later returned to Menomonie and stayed active in music as a member of the Sweet Adelines.

In 1956 she moved her family of seven children to Billings. She established the first Sweet Adeline chapter in Montana and was active as a performer, costumer, makeup artist and stagecraft manager, mostly with a local theater group.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Chapman of Lehi, Utah; daughters, Patricia Longland of Marysville, Wash., Francele Hopkins of Summerville, Ore., Carol Brown of Fresno, Calif., Michelle Bailey of Billings and Lynn Jackson of Casper, Wyo.; 14 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be planned later. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:15

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Sharon Canfield

Sharon Elizabeth Whiteman Canfield Raab, 69, who loved Billings and the music it offered, died of cancer at her home on Jan. 27, 2015.

She was born to Dewey and Betty Whiteman on Sept. 16, 1945, in Fairview. She was raised on the homestead north of Richey with her siblings, Dean, Peggy and Janice. She then married and had two children and moved to Seattle.

In 1983 she moved to Great Falls and then settled in Billings. She enjoyed spending Sunday mornings with the Lonnie Bell show and live country at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include two children, Ronda Smith and Cyrena Canfield; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Visitation was Feb. 1 and services Feb. 2, both at Dahl Funeral Chapel.  Burial was Feb. 3 in Richey Cemetery in Richey.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:14

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Alejandra Gonzalez

Alejandro Lupe Gonzalez was born on Jan. 30, 2015, and died hours later after struggling with inoperable hypoplastic heart syndrome.

Survivors include parents, Jaime DeVries and Daniel Gonzalez; siblings, Daniel Jr., Marcella, Makayla, Antonio, Isaiah and Valencia; and grandparents, Dick and Sue DeVries, Rita Romero and Daniel Gonzalez.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. Interment will be in Mountview Cemetery. A reception will follow at noon in the Stillwater Room at MetraPark.

Donations may be made to the Ramsey Keller Foundation, or Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:14

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Ervin Heim

Ervin Heim, 82, who played the harmonica and rode motorcycles, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Billings.

He was born Sept. 11, 1932, in Turtle Lake, N.D., to Christof and Otillia (Makeeff) Heim. He was raised on a farm in Mercer, N.D.

He attended Mercer High School in North Dakota. He married Eleanor Pauline Heim on May 28, 1955, in Billings.

Survivors include children, Eunice Widup, Eugene Heim, Ellen Hobbs, Carol Degenhart and Dennis Heim; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a twin brother, Milton Heim, and brothers Chris Heim and Douglas Heim; and sisters, Gloria Newton and Ruby Rau.

Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:13

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Anna M. McNeely

Anna Marie McGrath McNeely, 92, died in the evening of Jan. 27, 2015.

She was born on Nov. 13, 1922, to David Patrick McGrath and Helena Ostdickenberg McGrath in Coffeyville, Kan. She married Willard Raymond McNeely on Jan. 19, 1946, after he returned from Europe and his service in World War II.

She and her husband were longtime members of Holy Rosary Parish.

Survivors include two sisters, Katherine Kistler and Corrine Myers of Coffeyville; children, Dave McNeely of Denver, Don McNeely of Honolulu, Marianne Llewellyn of Billings and Kathleen Middleton of Denver; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Vigil was Jan. 30, and services were Jan. 31, both at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. A luncheon followed at Dahl Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:12

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Arlen Poitra

Arlen Eugene Poitra, 59, who was active in Alcoholics Anonymous, died early Monday morning, Jan. 26, 2015, of liver cancer.

He was born June 7, 1955, to Robert and Gertrude Poitra in Grand Forks, N.D. He attended Catholic schools in Belcourt and Central High School in Grand Forks. He graduated from Montana State University Billings in March 2011.

Mr. Poitra was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 82 and at one time owned his own business. He was a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

He sobered up on Dec. 8, 2001, and was the first graduate of the WATCH program to get his driver’s license back. He was active in Alcoholics Anonymous, helping countless alcoholics in their quest for sobriety.

Survivors include his mother; and sisters, Carol Alloy, Catherine Poitra and Gail Carney.

Services were Jan. 30 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services at St. Ann’s Church in Belcourt, N.D. will include a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, and services at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:12

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Marilyn Kay Miller

Marilyn Kay Fjelstad Miller, 82, a retired nurse, died Jan. 21, 2015, from Alzheimer’s disease.

She was the 10th child born to Martin and Gunda Fjelstad in Rawson, N.D., on July 22, 1932.

She attended elementary school in Rawson, high school in Alexander, N.D., and college at Minot State Teachers College. She earned a degree in nursing after receiving a scholarship.

She moved to Denver, Colo., after earning her degree. She married William Thomas Miller on Jan. 10, 1959. The family then moved to Schererville, Ind., in 1968, and she worked as a nurse for Youngstown Sheet & Tube for three years.

Mr. Miller died in 1969 of lung cancer, leaving her with three young children. She moved to Billings in 1972 to be closer to family.

She worked for the Yellowstone County Nursing Home in Billings for several years, then returned to school in 1973 to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

She attended University of Montana satellite college in Billings and completed one quarter in Bozeman.

She returned to the nursing home but then worked for the Indian Health Service in the Follow-Through program.

 She moved the family to Ashland and worked on the Cheyenne Indian Reservation providing health screens and education.

When the family moved back to Billings, she returned to the nursing home for the remainder of her career.

After retirement she traveled with the Global Grannies to Italy, France, China, Europe and Hawaii. She had received care from Highgate Care Center.

Survivors include sons, Thomas Patrick Miller and Timothy William; a daughter, Theresa Kae Arneson; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and siblings, Jean Brunsvold of Sun City, Ariz., Donna Winden of Williston, N.D., and Dennis Fjelstad of Wausau, Wis.

Services were held Jan. 24 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:46

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Sidney Weyrauch

Sidney Ann Marie Weyrauch, infant daughter of Blaine and Elizabeth Weyrauch, died Jan. 22, 2015, in Billings.

Survivors include her parents; siblings, Brayden and Brooklyn; grandparents, Jesse and Lori Weyrauch, Kathy Johnson, Lisa Nelson and Chad and Steph Wolff; and by great–grandparents.

Services were Jan. 28 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Inurnment followed in Mountview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Ramsey Keller Foundation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:45

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