Florella (Waller) Halverson, better known as Skip, a homemaker who also had held secretarial jobs, died May 21, 2014, at Butterfly Homes.
She was born to Julia and Wesley Waller on Aug. 16, 1922, at Dora Lake, Minn. At age 14 she left home to attend the nearest high school 50 miles away where she worked for her board and room.
After graduating from high school, she took a summer job in a cafe on Mille Lacs Lake. There she met Paul Halverson, whom she married after his service in Europe during World War II.
They lived in Pasadena, Calif., then returned to Minnesota to care for her family. In Thomson, near Jay Cooke State Park, they built a log home from hand-hewn logs.
In 1957 Mr. Halverson was transferred by the Monarch Range company to Billings. Mrs. Halverson was involved in a sewing club, book club and neighborhood coffees and worked several part-time secretarial jobs.
She was a lifelong active member of First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Mariners Club. They cooked for their International Gourmet Club for more than 25 years.
Survivors include a brother, Brad Waller; three daughters, Paula Halverson of Helena, Julie Kellebrew of Gillette, Wyo., and Margot LaFontaine of Billings; six grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life was held Monday, May 26, at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:10
Anavie Jo Schaeffer, 64, a retired deli manager at Albertsons, died May 22, 2014, at St. Vincent Healthcare after battling infections from an amputated leg for seven years.
She was born on March 22, 1950, in Craig, Colo. She worked for Buttrey Foods, and when it was bought out by Albertsons she continued to work there as deli manager until her retirement.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, John Schaeffer; two sons, Jason Schaeffer and Ryun Schaeffer; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:09
Marriett Tarbet Daines, 96, who loved clothes and jewelry and was Mrs. Montana 1954, died May 18, 2014, at Tendernest.
She was born April 24, 1918, in Smithfield, Utah, the 10th of 13 children of Nephi and Julia Tarbet. She graduated from North Cache High School and married Weston Ray Daines on Jan. 3, 1937.
She had worked for Sukins Clothing, Dr. Frye and LuEv’s dress shop. Her basement was once a haven to her granddaughters, who spent hours playing dress-up with her vintage dresses and jewelry.
She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and an accomplished horsewoman.
She had received care from physician Neal Sorensen, and the staffs of Tendernest and Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include a son, Clair Daines; a daughter, Marilyn Daines; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A family service is planned for June 14 in Smithfield, Utah. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:08
Anita Pauline (Kesler) Koschel, 85, died May 21, 2014, at St. Vincent Healthcare.
She was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Vanstel, a daughter of Wilhelm and Emilie (Mittelsteadt) Saur. She married Emil John Kesler on Sept. 10, 1947. She was paralyzed in an accident that took the life of her husband, but continued to raise their five children with the support of family.
On Aug. 30, 1958, she married Marvin H. Koschel, and they had two more sons. He died May 14, 2003.
Survivors include seven children, Ronald Kesler, Roselyn May, Rene Kesler, Roger Kesler, Rhonda Bruski, Raymond Koschel and Reinhold Koschel; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Services were May 24 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Private family interment was planned in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be given to Grace Baptist Church or Trinity Lutheran School.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:08
J. Keith Reynolds, 83, a rancher and farmer for many years, died Sunday, May 18, 2014, from a massive stroke on Saturday.
He was born in Billings on April 2, 1931, to Clarence and Margaret Reynolds.
He was raised in Fromberg, graduating in 1949 from Fromberg High School. He attended college in Bozeman for two years and then joined the Marine Corps in 1951. He was in Tactical Air Control and served a year in Korea.
He married Mae Tronson on April 10, 1953, in Billings.
They lived in California until he was discharged from the Marine Corps, then returned to Montana. They farmed at Molt for 24 years, raising grain, cattle and four children.
Mr. Reynolds had served on the Molt Elevator board, Stillwater Grain Growers, Rapelje school board and Stillwater Soil Conservation Service board.
He was a member of Molt Congregational Church, the National Simmental Association and the Limousin Association.
Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds bought a ranch in Winnett in 1976 and raised alfalfa seed and leaf cutter bees for 18 years.
Both were active in the Montana Alfalfa Seed Association. He was on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service board, and also sold liquid cattle feed.
They sold the ranch in 1995 and retired to Molt.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Dave and Mark of Fairview; a daughter, Jolene Shaw of Mosby; and 21 grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Shiloh Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 22:57
MISSOULA – Mary O. Crippen, 75, died early in the evening of Thursday, May 15, 2014, at her residence in Missoula.
Brothers Mortuary and Crematory of Hamilton is assisting the family with services.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 22:57
Harriet L. (Collins) Whearty, 90, who was one of the first Montana women to be ordained as an elder in the Presbyterian Church, died Thursday, May 15, 2014, nine days after suffering a massive stroke at her home in Billings.
She was born Jan. 8, 1924, to Carrie and Francis M. Collins in Topeka, Kan. She learned piano from her mother. As a senior at Topeka High School, she was judged to be among the top student trumpeters in Kansas.
She played in the high school marching band and fell in love with the drum major, Raymond Whearty. They were married on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1946, at Oakland Presbyterian Church.
They worked in Pueblo, Colo., and in 1949 moved to Billings. Mrs. Whearty was a homemaker most of her life and volunteered for the Cub Scouts, Brownie Scouts and Girl Scouts. She gave her free time as activity director for two area nursing homes before finding her niche as her church’s secretary.
She was active in the Presbyterian Church her entire life. On April 21, 1963, as a member of First Presbyterian Church, she was among the first Montana women to be ordained an elder. In 1969 she became a charter member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. She was also a mainstay of the church quilting guild, which donated more than 200 handmade quilts for homeless shelters.
Survivors include her husband; three sons, Steven Whearty of Centralia, Wash., David Whearty of Billings and Bruce Whearty of Louisville, Ky.; and three additional generations of descendants.
Services were pending. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be given to St. Andrew Church, United Way, Red Cross, Food Bank or Habitat for Humanity.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 22:56
Joan Mossett Young, 84, of Billings, who had done product demos at Club Wholesale and shuttled rental cars for Hertz, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Valley Health Care in Billings.
She was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Selfridge, N.D., the daughter of John and Barbara Kraft Mossett. On Dec. 17, 1949, she married Donald A. Young. Mr. Young died Nov. 3, 2008.
Mr. and Mrs. Young bought a retail clothing store in Libby in 1971. They ran the store until 1984 when they sold the business and moved to Billings to be closer to family.
The last five years of her life she was a resident at Valley Health Care.
Survivors include children, Lory Jennings of Billings, Bruce Young of Laurel and Bradley Young of Libby; a sister, Jean Henneberry of Billings; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at Cremation & Funeral Gallery at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 22.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 22:55
Alfreida Delaine McNabb, 77, of Billings, died May 14, 2014.
She was born March 24, 1937, one of four children of Alexander Charette and Edna Richards Charette in St. John, N.D.
She had once worked in a Woolworth store in Milwaukee, Wis. On April 30, 1958, she married Raymond Reed McNabb in Wolf Point. They had eight children, and she gave up a singing career to care for her children.
Survivors include Anthony and Clarice Charette of Wolf Point, Raymond and Lorna Jean McNabb of Buhl, Idaho, Lorna Peltier and Dennis Belgarde of Belcourt, N.D., William and Mary McNabb of Boise, Idaho, Donald and Laurie McNabb of Twin Falls, Idaho, Glenn McNabb of Billings, Genevieve and Chuck Hanson of Billings, Vivian and Darrin Waples of Colstrip, Sylvia Maldanado of Idaho, Alan and Roberta Ashley of Billings; adopted children, Al and Laura Charette of Prineville, Ore.; 29 grandchildren; and 20-plus great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 22:54
Thomas C. Zopfi, 70, who enjoyed team roping, fishing and hunting, died May 11, 2014, at his home in Worden.
He was born Aug. 17, 1943, to Raymond and Ruth Zopfi. He was raised in Osseo, Minn., and graduated in 1961 from Osseo High School.
He had been a member of the Minnesota National Guard and trained in Fort Knox, Ky. He moved to Montana in his late 20s.
He was married to Carol Grammens, who died July 25, 1987.
Survivors include a son, Austin Zopfi; brothers, Ken, Arn and Ron; and a sister, Rikie.
A celebration of life was held May 15 in the Pryor Creek Golf Course basement. Dahl Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 22:53