Arthur (Arkadius) Schanz, 82, of Billings, who immigrated to Montana from Russia by way of Germany, died at RiverStone Hospice on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, of cancer.
He was born Nov. 7, 1930, to Christian and Julitta Schanz in Speyer, Ukraine, Russia. In his early childhood, he and his family traveled by wagon from the Ukraine to Germany. He worked there as an apprentice cabinetmaker to help support his mother and younger brother.
In 1951, they sailed from Germany on a U.S. military ship and arrived at Ellis Island before making their way to Ryegate to reunite with relatives. He later moved to Billings.
He married Rachel Ponce, and they raised three daughters. He had built houses throughout the Billings area.
Survivors include his wife, of Billings; three daughters, Angie Roe of Billings, Jacqueline Warden of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Julie Schauber of Billings; seven grandchildren; and a brother, Christian of Montgomery, Ill.
Services will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W., at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice or to the Billings Clinic Cancer Center.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:23
Delores “Dodie” Krueger Farmer, 79, of Billings, who had worked as a transcriptionist for a court reporter, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, of cancer.
She was born Feb. 21, 1934, in Gillespie, Ill., to Albert and Violet (Ruona) Krueger. She was the youngest of three children and attended schools throughout Montana and Wyoming.
She married Jim Farmer in November 1951 in Billings. She attended Billings Business College and worked at First National Bank. She then became a legal secretary, which led to her career as a transcriptionist for a court reporter.
Survivors include daughters, Jody Del Priore, Margo Ivie and Gail Farmer; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
At her wish, no services were held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or RiverStone Hospice.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:23
Frances (Ruzek) Goodpaster, 85, of Laurel, who cared for her family and worked at various jobs, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.
She was born July 11, 1928, in Lewistown to Frank and Stella Ruzek. She attended St. Leo’s Catholic schools. She married Jack Goodpaster in Lewistown, where they resided until 1995, when they moved to Laurel to be near family.
She had worked at the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office in Lewistown, Skyline Grocery, Sears and Eagle Manor.
Survivors include eight children, Steve Goodpaster, Dale Siegle, Gail Ricker, Patti Rosenberg, Pam Gilman, Chris Goodpaster, Sue Tosner, Dave Goodpaster and Sally Waters; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Laurel on Monday, Sept. 16. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:22
Frieda Katherine Rollins, 90, of Billings, who enjoyed camping and fishing, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Valley Health Care.
She was born May 28, 1923, in Worden to David and Katie Miller and had seven siblings. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church. She had been married to Ted Rollins.
Survivors include children, Pat McMorran and Raymond Rollins, both of Billings; sisters, Helen Deines, Clara Kern and Marion Peterson, all of Billings; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:21
Susan Carol Johnson (nee Beam), 56, died at her home in Billings on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, of cancer.
She was born in Bozeman on July 8, 1957, and attended schools in Montana, California, Washington and Utah. She graduated from Murray High School in Murray, Utah, in 1975.
That same year she moved to Hawaii where she lived for four years before moving back to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah and take up a career in finance and banking.
She married Michael Edward Johnson on June 18, 2005, in Mammoth and then moved from Salt Lake City to Missoula to be with her husband. They moved to Billings in 2010 when Mr. Johnson accepted a position with Local 400, Operating Engineers Union.
She loved skiing and shooting and spent the last weeks of her life at Lake Mary Ronan.
Survivors include her husband; parents, Bill and Darlene Beam (nee McLaughlin); a sister, Kathy Beam; and stepchildren, Jessie May Green and Lawrence Bird Johnson.
A celebration of her life will be held in Pony at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Pony Senior Citizens Center followed by graveside services. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:32
Marjorie Ann Bates, 30, died in her home in Lockwood on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.
She was born in Mora, Minn., on March 31, 1983, the daughter of Donovan Bates and Marjorie Davis.
Survivors include her husband, Martin Valenzuela; two sons, Angel and Junior; a stepdaughter, Cinthya; her mother and “Dad,” Rick Tucker; sisters, Jennifer Steiner and Hannah Bates; and brothers, Zachary and Matthew Tucker.
A celebration of her life will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to Marjorie Davis, in care of Unity Church of Christianity, 9 14th St. W., Billings, MT 59102.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:31
Arnold Ferraguti, 74, died at home on Sept. 7, 2013, of cancer.
He was born on May 2, 1939, to Sam and Rose Ferraguti.
Survivors include his wife, Marsha (Phipps) of Billings; brothers, Sam Ferraguti of Omaha, Neb., and Mike Ferraguti of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Mary Densley of Omaha; daughters, Mary Pat Mangiamelli and Michele Terrell, both of Omaha; sons, Chad and Jason Ferraguti, both of Billings; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services are being planned in Omaha and Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:30
Laura Lee Turns Plenty-Nanez, 37, of Billings, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2013.
She attended Senior High School and earned a diploma at the Adult Education Center. She received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Montana State University Billings.
Survivors include her mother, Coralee; brothers, Chester, Darrell, Dan and Josh; sisters, Janet and Lisa Beth; children, Adriana, Josephina and Estevan; grandmother, Agnes Pretty Weasel; and grandfather, Charlie DeCrane.
Services were Sept. 5 at St. Charles Mission in Pryor. Interment was in Turnsplenty Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:29
Shirley (Lambrecht) McJunkin, 77, of Red Lodge, who had published four books, died Sept. 5, 2013.
She was born in Billings on Sept. 14, 1935. She graduated from Huntley High School and married Keith McJunkin on May 3, 1957.
She was active in St. Agnes Catholic Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Lorena; sons, Keith and Dan; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A vigil service was held Sept. 10 and a memorial service on Sept. 11, both at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Laurel. The Rev. Bart Stevens officiated. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:28
Jerry David Stahl, 60, of Billings, who had worked as a chef in Florida, for the Conoco refinery and as a paper delivery man, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.
He was born March 21, 1953, to Leland and Gladys Stahl in Billings, where he lived the majority of his life.
Survivors include his mother; a son, Jeremy; siblings, Margo Cook, Wesley, Lyle, Mary Ahern and Curtis; and three grandchildren.
Services were Sept. 10 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:22