The Billings Outpost

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken, 90, who ran Rosemary’s Beauty Salon in Billings, died at her home on Jan. 2, 2013.

She was born in Pompeys Pillar on Sept. 27, 1922, to Stephan and Magdalena (Heilman) Nickel. When she was 6, the family moved to Billings. She worked at Billings and Rex Laundry, and at the St. Vincent Hospital kitchen.

She was a hairdresser for 30 years, working at Anderson’s beauty shop and Hollywood College. She had her own shop, Rosemary’s Beauty Salon, for 19 years and also taught at beauty schools in the 1980s and ’90s.

She married George Edward McCracken on Sept. 27, 1941, at the courthouse in Billings.

She was a volunteer at Southside Senior Citizens Center and Little Flower Church, a member of Catholic Daughters and in retirement also did hair at local mortuaries.

She had received care from RiverStone Hospice.

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Stang of Billings; and a brother, Frank Nickel of Oregon.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Dahl Funeral Chapel with a reception to follow. Burial of ashes will follow at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be given to Southside Senior Center, 901 S. 30th St., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:15

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Mary Ellen Dillon

Mary Ellen Collamer Dillon, 75, who raised six children and was an active volunteer, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born Jan. 11, 1937, to Siama and Ben Collamer in the coal mining community of Hanna, Wyo. Her mother died when she was a young teen, and she learned to cook, clean and do laundry, including the coal dust from her father’s mining clothes. She also became skilled at shooting deer and antelope and cooking fresh trout. She graduated from Hanna High School in 1955.

In 1956, she married Donald Kiesel in Laramie, Wyo. They moved to Portland, Ore., and then to Casper, Wyo. They had three children, Charles, Cathy and John. They later divorced, and she married Russell Dillon. They had three more children, Michael and Michelle (twins) and Jerry. They lived in Billings.

Mrs. Dillon was a “stay at home” mom who also spent much of her time doing daycare and volunteering for local organizations. She worked with Planned Parenthood and was active in PTA and Little League Baseball. She made many quilts and afghans and a few wedding dresses for friends and family.

She had received care from Eagle Cliff Manor.

Survivors include her husband; a brother, Jack Collamer; sons, Charlie Kiesel, John Kiesel, Mike Dillon and Jerry Dillon; daughters, Cathy Ray and Michelle Dillon; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, with a reception to follow.

Memorials are suggested to McLaughlin Research Institute (for Biomedical Sciences) at or 1520 23rd St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405; or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:19

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Gladys Cahill

Gladys Cahill, 93, a resident at Autumn Care II, died Dec. 25, 2012.

She was born Oct. 5, 1919, a daughter of Edwin and Mimmie Dieseth of Westby, N.D. On April 18, 1941, she married Bernard Cahill. They were married 50 years and had three daughters, Audrey and Arlene, who were twins, and Karen.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:16

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Kenneth Dean Frank

Dean Frank, 76, who taught math and sold insurance, died on the late afternoon of Dec. 25, 2012.

He was born on a farm near Laurel to Alex and Lydia Frank on July 29, 1936. He was the middle of three boys.

He graduated from Senior High School in 1955. He completed an undergraduate degree at Eastern Montana College and earned a master’s degree in mathematics at Southeastern State in Durante, Okla. He taught math for 22 years in the Billings School District and was an insurance agent with Farmers Insurance for more than 30 years.

He was a member of Kiwanis.

Survivors include his wife, LaVerne, of 53 years; four sons, Scott of Fort Collins, Colo., Troy of Indianapolis, Ind., Daron of Billings and Joshua of Long Beach, Calif.; and two brothers.

Services were held Dec. 29 at the Masonic Center. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. The family will gather this summer for a hike in the Beartooths to spread his ashes.

Memorials may be made to the Special K Ranch, P.O. Box 479, Columbus, MT 59019; or to Angela’s Piazza, 420 Grand Ave., Billings, MT 59101; or to the MS Society.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:16

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James R. Stearns

James Russell Stearns, 62, owner of Stearns Tile and Design, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.

He was born May 24, 1950, in Billings, the son of Russell M. and Laury Ann (King) Stearns. He attended West High School and Eastern Montana College.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1969 and served during the Vietnam era. He received a Rifle Expert Badge and because of his high score, he won his dress blues uniform. He was a Platoon Honorman, received the Blues Award, and earned the Junior Small Bore and Pro Marksman First Class 50-Feet Award, National Defense, Vietnam Service and Good Conduct medals.

He returned to Billings and worked as a cabinet maker, was a master tile setter and owned his own business, Stearns Tile and Design.

Survivors include children, Erika Strecker and Brooke Jones, all of Billings; six grandchildren; and sisters, Shonna Stearns and Lorna Freeman.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Burial of ashes will be in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:15

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Lloyd E. Odermann

Lloyd Edmund Odermann, 82, who was involved in church activities, died Dec. 27, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings.

He was born April 2, 1930, in Elbow Woods, N.D., the son of Henry “Hank” and Regina (Landwehr) Odermann.

He graduated from Elbow Woods High School and married Katherine Lesmeister on June 16, 1952, in Halliday, N.D.

He was raised farming and ranching, worked the oil fields on the North Slope of Alaska, and he was a Salt Creek Freight dockhand and truck driver.

He was a longtime member of Knights of Columbus, Eucharistic minister to homebound people, and sang in the church choir. He was a scoutmaster when living in North Dakota.

Survivors include daughters, Barbara Winslow, Karyn Wynslow, Claire Medlicott, Deborah Wiesner and Brenda Hatcher; sons, David Odermann, Richard Odermann, Frank Odermann and Alan Odermann; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Teresa Weinand, Phyllis Odermann, Joan Odermann and Cecile Volesky; and a brother, Harold Odermann.

Vigil Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 5 at St. Pius X Catholic Church with interment of ashes in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Billings Area Catholic Educational Trust (BACET), Box 31158, Billings, MT 59107.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:15

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P. DeLoris Sammartino

P. DeLoris Sammartino, 90, who served in the Women’s Air Corps during World War II, died on Christmas Day, 2012.

She was born in Andersonville, Ind., to Lester and Hilda Johnson on Sept. 11, 1922.

She grew up in Sheridan, Wyo., with nine siblings. She married Al Sammartino on May 23, 1942, in Arlington, Va. They spent 63 years together.

She had received care from St. Vincent Healthcare.

Survivors include sons, Allen and Mike, and a daughter, Linda, all of Billings; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several sisters.

A memorial will be held in the spring. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:14

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Esther Hinkle Hintt Chidley

Services were Dec. 28, 2012, for Esther Hinkle Hintt Chidley, 98, who had owned All Service Inc. with her husband.

She was born in Portland, Ore., on June 14, 1914, the daughter of George Hinkle Sr. and Katie Kreger Hinkle. At 9 months of age, she moved west of Billings with her family, working in the beet fields. In 1919 she moved to Sidney to take up farming. She attended Ridgetown School.

In 1926 she moved to Huntley for one year, then moved east of Billings to what is now McGirl Road.

On Dec. 16, 1933, she married Irving C. Hintt, who died March 10, 1949, in an accident while working on a car.

In 1934 they moved to Riverton, Wyo., to homestead with Mr. Hintt’s sister Lydia and husband, Dave Anderson. They moved back to Billings after one month, then moved to the dryland east of Billings in 1935.

After being widowed at age 34, she worked at Home Bakery on South 27th Street, Clarks Market on First Avenue North and at Custer Market on Broadwater Avenue.

She volunteered as a Pink Lady and a foster grandparent for 19½ years at St. Vincent Healthcare and was a senior companion for four years.

On Sept. 25, 1959, she married James W. Chidley in Columbus, and they owned All Service Inc. He died Feb. 26, 1976.

Mrs. Chidley was a member of Pilgrim Congregational Church for more than 50 years. She joined First Congregational Church in 1997.

Survivors include a son, Howard Hintt; a daughter, Marilyn Richardson; four grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church, 310 North 27th St., Billings, MT 59101.

Viewing was Dec. 27 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services were Dec. 28 at First Congregational Church with interment in Mountview Cemetery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:14

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Maxine A. Oltrogge

Maxine “Mickey” (Leigh) Oltrogge, 95, who worked for Coles Department Store for many years, died Dec. 26, 2012, at Eagle Cliff Manor in Billings.

She was born Feb. 25, 1917, in Parshall, N.D., the daughter of Jesse and Mabel (Foss) Leigh. She married Wesley McClure, and they had two daughters, Veleda and Maureen. She married Charles Anderson in 1946, and they had a daughter, Cheryl, and two sons, Leigh “Andy” and Curtis Anderson. In 1974 she married Vernon Oltrogge, who died in 2002.

After working for Coles Department Store, she worked for Gambles and Associated Food Stores.

Survivors include children, Cheryl Cysewski and Curtis Anderson; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Dec. 31 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services were Jan. 2 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Blue Creek Ward Chapel at 3595 Monad Road. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:13

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Glenda Marie (Booth) Moran

LAUREL – Glenda Marie (Booth) Moran, 47, who was employed by Billings Clinic, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at her home in Laurel.

She was born July 29, 1965, to Everett Booth and Dorothy (LeCain) Booth at Poplar. She attended school in Poplar. Later, she attended school at Clearfield Job Corps. In Utah, she received her high school diploma and a degree in auto body works.

She then returned to Wolf Point, where she married Robert Moran on Nov. 20, 1987. They had one son, Thomas. They moved to Laurel when Mr. Moran was transferred for his job with Wood’s Powr-Grip. She earned a degree in business from a tech school in Billings and worked in various jobs in the Billings area in medical offices.

She was a strong Catholic.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Tom; and adopted sisters, Leeda Meyers of New Town, N.D., and Lucy Redekopp of Wolf Point.

Services were Dec. 26 in the Chapel at Billings Clinic. Additional services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Immaculate Conception Parish in Wolf Point. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2012 15:08

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