Norma Dorothy Fagan, 89, of Billings, a licensed practical nurse who was active in veterans groups, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at Grand Park Vintage Suites.
One of 13 children, she was born July 19, 1923, in Sydney, Australia. She married an American soldier, Robert Fagan, on Nov. 20, 1944, in Sydney. They had been married 69 years when he died on Feb. 19, 2013.
In 1947 they moved to Cut Bank and in the early 1970s to Billings. She had worked in Cut Bank and at Western Manor and Parkview Convalescent Center in Billings.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the United Veterans Council, and she volunteered with Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include a son, Royal of Billings; daughters, Colleen Wigen and Patricia Fagan, both of Billings; two brothers, “Mush” and “Cab” Woodbury of Australia; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass was May 8 at Holy Rosary Church and Rite of Committal was at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 20:19
William “Bill” W. Kelly, 94, who founded two real estate companies in Great Falls, died of cancer on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Horizon Hospice Home in Billings.
He was born on May 20, 1918, on a houseboat at Lake Union in Seattle, Wash., to Leroy and Miriam (Lewis) Kelly. His boyhood years were in Los Angeles, Calif.
In 1935 he earned Eagle Scout award with the Bronze merit badge. He graduated from Los Angeles Junior College in 1941, earned a pilot’s license in a civilian pilot program and competed in air acrobatics.
During World War II, he was an air traffic controller in Anchorage, Alaska, Boise, Idaho, and Great Falls, where he married Alice Curry.
In 1952 he started Bill Kelly Realty in Great Falls. Years later he established Cascade Land Corp. and annexed 650 home sites in southeast Great Falls. He also developed hillside home sites in the Bel View Palisades Subdivision. He was director and manager of Fidelity Savings and Loan from 1962-1979.
In retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly traveled many winters to Palm Desert, Calif. She died May 4, 2002. He lived in Great Falls until 2007 and then moved to Sidney to be near his daughter Nancy and her family.
Mr. Kelly was a member of the Rotary Club, Elks Lodge and Sons of the Pioneers.
Survivors include daughters, Sherrie Morris of Clovis, Calif., Nancy Simonsen of Sidney and Carol Reiser of Genoa, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held later. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made in his name to St. Vincent De Paul Society, 426 Central Ave. W., Great Falls, MT 59404; or RiverStone Health Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 20:19
Karen Saubak Murdock, 61, of Billings, formerly of Great Falls, died Friday, May 10, 2013, at her home.
Private family services are planned. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 20:18
James “Jim” Glen Bayne, 64, a military veteran and longtime science teacher, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, after a long battle with brain cancer.
He taught science for 25 years in Billings School District 2, including Lewis and Clark Middle School, where he was known for his unique teaching style and variety of animals in the classroom.
Survivors include his mother, Virginia Bayne of Livingston; a sister, Glenda Keeney of Livingston; two daughters, Erin Bayne of Portland, Ore., and Jennifer Cunningham of Billings; and a grandson.
His father, Glen Bayne, preceded him death.
No services were planned. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary assisted with arrangements.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 20:17
Claudine Francis, 82, who had lived in Montana since 1994, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at her home in Billings.
She was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Los Angeles, a daughter of the late Wilfred and Theresa Anderson. She married Cecil D. Francis in October 1993 and they moved to Montana in 1994.
Survivors include her husband, Cecil D. Francis; a brother, Michael Anderson of Port Townsend, Wash.; Geraldine Krause of Monterey Park, Calif.; sons, Stephen Flores, Richard Flores and Patrick Flores; daughters, Christine Crump and Valerie Hewko; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 226 Wicks Lane. Flowers can be delivered to the church.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:48
William “Bill” George Darkenwald, 64, who worked 35 years in the electrical trade, died early Monday morning, May 6, 2013, of cancer.
He was born Nov. 28, 1948, in Billings, a son of Severyn and Ursula Darkenwald. He graduated from Billings Senior High School and married Dorene Ann (Evans) Darkenwald in 1968. They had two children, Greg and Jenny, before she died in a car accident in 1986.
He married Lucy Fernandez in 1990 in Billings, and they lived south of Billings on the family ranch, where they had horses and raised cattle. He went through an electrical apprenticeship and spent 35 years in the electrical trade, mentoring apprentices over the years.
Survivors include his wife; children, Greg Darkenwald and Jenny Gordon; two grandchildren; and siblings, Dan Darkenwald and Sue Ann Mullen.
At his request, no services were held. His ashes were to be spread on the family ranch. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:47
George Albert Tarmann, 92, a partner in Magic City Truck Service, died April 29, 2013, at Valley Health Care in Billings.
He was born on Jan. 3, 1921, in Minneapolis to Valentine and Elizabeth Tarmann. After graduating from South High School in 1938, he attended business school for one year. In August 1940, he enlisted in the Navy. On Dec. 6, 1941, he married Lorraine Moulton in Minneapolis.
He was honorably discharged from the Navy as a chief aviation machinist mate in August 1946. He then moved to Nampa, Idaho, where he first worked for Oliver Tractor Co. and later for Fox Intermountain Theaters as a projectionist.
In June 1949, he moved to Billings and worked for Wortham Machinery, Cummins Diesel and Consolidated Freightways. In 1959, he became a partner with Joe Dalley and Harold Garves in Magic City Truck Service.
After Mr. Dalley and Mr. Garves retired, the company’s name was changed to Magic City Mack. He sold the business and retired in November 1981.
For many years, he worked part-time for Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. He was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church. He served on the school board for Little Flower and Central Catholic High School and also was on the financial board for Little Flower, and was a lector and Eucharistic minister.
He was a founding board member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was a member of Lake Hills Golf Club, Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Reed of Veradale, Wash., and Paul of Billings; a daughter, Mary Beth Krings of Bellevue, Neb.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at Little Flower Catholic Church. Visitation at the church will begin at 9 a.m., with visitation at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary prior to the services. Rite of committal with military honors will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice or St. Vincent de Paul.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:46
Doreen Nell Unbehaun, 58, of Billings, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
She was born Feb. 24, 1955, in Albuquerque, N.M., to John and Lulu Unbehaun.
Survivors include children, Dave, Steve and Stacee; three grandchildren; a sister, Sherry; and a cousin, Sam.
No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:45
Betty A. Johnstone, 75, who owned and operated bars in Grass Range and Roy, died the morning of April 27, 2013, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
She was born Nov. 21, 1937, in Crow Wing County just outside of Brainerd, Minn., the fourth of five children of Clarence and Florence Malloy. At the age of 6, she moved with her family to Klein.
On Dec. 31, 1954, she married Jack Stigen in Roundup and moved to the family ranch in the Snowy Mountains north of Ryegate. They had three children.
In 1972 she married Kelly Wrzesinski, and they worked for ranches in the area.
In 1978 she bought the Ranger Bar in Grass Range from her brother, Jim Malloy, which she owned and operated for several years.
In 1985 she married Tom Johnstone. She sold the Ranger Bar and bought the Roy Bar in Roy, which she owned and operated until she retired in 2004. She then moved to Billings to be close to her children and grandchildren.
She had a knack for bookkeeping and supplemented the family income with leather work. Her western shirts, belts, wallets and moccasins were sold all over Montana.
She had received care from Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health Home Care & Hospice and Dr. Kathy Stevens.
Survivors include three children, Sue DeVries, Mike Stigen and Jackie Ray; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Francis Griemsman; a brother, Melvin Malloy; and two ex-husbands, Tom Johnstone and Kelly Wrzesinski.
A celebration of life will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery at 4 p.m. May 11, followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the small bay of the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:44
Millie L. (Bernhard) Giovetti, 82, who sang on the radio in her younger years, died in her home on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
The daughter of Ira and Tory Bernhard, she was born March 20, 1931, in Helena.
She was an accomplished vocalist, gardener, seamstress and cook.
She was preceded in death by Peter Giovetti, her husband of 56 years.
Survivors include children, Betty Ann Morgan, Luellen Nelson, Jim Mattson, Vickie Schweitzer and Barb Giovetti Smith; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, Sonny Bernhard; and sisters, Lori Balcerzarc and Leslie Hildenstab of Helena.
She was to be laid to rest with her husband in the Laurel Cemetery. She wished for no services. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:44