(Margaret) Mary Michelotti Blount, 83, died at home on Aug. 18, 2012, after suffering a massive stroke on Sunday.
She was born in Hancock, Mich., on Aug. 31, 1928, to Iacopo and Mary Michelotti. When she was 5, the family moved to Great Falls so that her father could join a brother in operating the Lido Restaurant and Bar.
After her mother died when she was 8, she spent the afternoon school hours with Aunt Enrichetta Benedetti in Black Eagle. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1947.
She married Harry Blount (who died in 1998) in 1953 at Malmstrom Air Force Base. His Air Force career meant that they were transferred to Molesworth, England, the following year.
Mrs. Blount returned to Great Falls in 1957. She and three children later joined Mr. Blount when he was transferred from England to Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Her youngest son, Chris, was born in 1961 in Stillwater, Okla., after the family did a stint at Mitchell Air Force Base in New York. The family then moved to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia prior to being transferred to Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, where Mrs. Blount served as social chairman and president of the Officers Wives Club.
When Mr. Blount retired from the Air Force in 1966, the family moved to Great Falls. She had worked with the Great Falls College Guild and in clothing and jewelry stores. She was an active member of Catholic Daughters including serving as regent at the local and state level.
She moved to Billings in 2003 to live with her youngest son, Chris. For the last eight years, she had battled an autoimmune platelet disorder known as Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura.
Survivors include four children, Michael and Richard of Great Falls, Tracy of Annandale, Va., and Chris of Billings; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Vigil services were Aug. 21 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary and Crematory. Services were Aug. 22 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, with a graveside service at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Great Falls.
Donations may be made to Platelet Disorder Support Association at www.pdsa.org/.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 21:39
Marvilla Bernadette Stewart-Dawes, “Baalashdeesh” (The Caring One), 63, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
She was born in Billings on Dec. 26, 1948, to Marvin Stewart Sr. and Sylvia Turnsplenty Gone. She was raised by her late grandparents, Ralph and Rose Turnsplenty Sr.
She was married to the late Claude “Sonny” Dawes Jr., and they had a daughter, Courtney Faith. They made their home in Pryor along with her oldest son, Marvin Woodrow “Woody” Stewart.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 21:38
Larry Liptac, 74, a sales manager for a chemical company and former owner of Mountain View Supply, died Aug. 16, 2012.
He was born in Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 4, 1937, to Andreas and Verna Liptac. He graduated from North Central High School in 1955 where he was a member of the student council and the football team. He earned a bachelor of science degree in agronomy from Washington State College in 1960. In 1957, he married Joyce Marie Schaub.
After college, Mr. Liptac started as a field representative for chemical companies in the agricultural field. In 1965 he went to work for Velsicol Chemical Corp., where stops included Singapore (sales manager southeast Asia), Toronto (sales manager Canada) and corporate headquarters in Chicago (sales manager of North America).
The family moved to the Billings area in 1976. In 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Liptac bought Mountain View Supply, selling bar and restaurant supplies with partners Stan and Louella Wilson. They remained there until retirement in 2002.
Mr. Liptac coached baseball and hockey teams and was an accomplished wood worker. He restored and drove antique cars and planned tours. Mr. and Mrs. Liptac were members of Goggles and Dusters, Model A Club and the V8 Club. He drove his Model A in many Christmas parades. He was a member of the Elks Club.
Survivors include his wife, of Billings, sons, Phil of Billings and Bryce of Kansas City; a daughter, Jill Foran of Billings; and six grandchildren.
Services were held Aug. 21 at Hope United Methodist Church. A reception followed at the Elks Lodge. Arrangements were by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 21:37
Kenneth Howard Mueller, 72, who had been associate medical examiner for the state of Montana for 30 years, died early Tuesday morning, Aug. 14, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare of cardiac arrest.
He was born March 27, 1940, in Harvey, Ill., the eldest son of Walde H. Mueller and Joann Rohrschneider, both of Hustisford, Wis. He graduated from Hustisford (Wis.) High School in 1957 and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Carroll College of Waukesha, Wis., in 1961. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1965.
His early post-graduate medical training was in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, but he switched to laboratory medicine, eventually spending much of his time in forensic medicine and pathology.
He served as a medical officer in the Air Force, including a tour as an exchange officer with the Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine in Bucks, United Kingdom.
Upon returning to the United States, he studied forensic pathology at the Office of the Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. After moving to Montana in 1980, he transferred to the Naval Reserve in Billings and eventually Seattle, Wash. He retired from the Navy with the rank of captain.
He was appointed as associate medical examiner for the state of Montana in the fall of 1980 and remained in that position until he retired in 2010.
He played trombone with the Community Band and Community Orchestra, and especially the Al Bedoo Shriners Dance Band and the Billings Brass Society, of which he was a founding member. He also sang in church choirs and was a loyal baseball fan.
In the past year, Mr. and Mrs. Mueller began splitting their time between Billings and Phoenix.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carol Ann LuConic; children, Margaret Anne and Patrick Mazzuca of Issaquah, Wash., Joan Marie and Donald McInnes of Novato, Calif., Peter Thomas of Billings and S. Elizabeth Mueller Gomez of Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren; and three brothers, Gerald Ronald of Sun Prairie, Wis., Russell Ramon of Baneberry, Tenn., and Thomas David of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Memorial Mass was held Aug. 21 at St Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Donations may be made to American Legion Baseball, Rimrock Opera, Billings Symphony, Venture Theatre or Billings Studio Theatre.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 21:37
Donn Marlin Alexander, 83, of Billings, who was retired from Big West Oil Co., died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.
He was born Dec. 20, 1928, and raised on the Hi-Line around the Kevin-Oilmont area. He retired from Big West Oil Co. after 23 years.
He had served as a SeaBee in the Navy stationed at Guam.
Survivors include two sons, Robbyn and Derek Alexander, and their families.
Services were Aug. 5 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 21:36
James Edward Jensvold, 68, who worked at the Colstrip mine for more than 25 years, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at his home in Billings.
The son of Alvin and Emelie Eliasson Jensvold, he was born Jan. 4, 1944, in Portland, Ore., days before his father shipped out to the Pacific during World War II.
He spent his early years on a small farm in Riverside, south of Roundup. He spent school years in Richland, Wash., where he was a Boy Scout and paperboy. He won a trip to Disneyland for signing up a record number of new subscribers to The Oregonian.
In high school he was active in the Future Farmers of America. He graduated from Columbia High School in Richland in 1962.
He attended Columbia Basin College and served in the Marines at Camp Pendleton during the Vietnam War. He worked on construction projects along the West Coast before returning to Montana, where he worked as a large equipment operator at Colstrip mine.
On Dec. 21, 1985, he married Carol Gaabo in Colstrip. After his retirement, they moved to Billings, and they had an Arabian horse, Shazam. When Mrs. Jensvold became ill, he was her caregiver until her death on April 23, 2011.
Survivors include his mother, of Billings; a sister, Judy Shaw of Ithaca, N.Y.; and a family friend, William Ciarlone.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in Kathy Lillis Chapel in the Lillis Center, 2429 Mission Way. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to the Atonement Lutheran Church building fund, Rocky Mountain Hospice, or ZooMontana, all in Billings.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 20:34
Dennis “Dave” A. Davis, 57, died of cancer on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; sons, David and Troy; a daughter, Jennifer; three sisters; a brother; and five grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at Tiny’s Tavern at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.
Cremation has taken place. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 20:32
Teresa Delores Brown, 50, died in Henderson, Nev., on July 18, 2012.
She was born in Pendleton, Ore., on Feb. 10, 1962.
Survivors include her mother, Therese Krueger; brothers, Gil, Michael, Steven and Cecil Brown; children, Joshua and Jeremy; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 20:26
Daniel McCormack, 58, who worked in the food service industry, wrote songs and played guitar, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, of a debilitating illness.
He was born Sept. 17, 1953, in Chicago, Ill., to Archie and Carol (Ackerman) McCormack. As a young adult, he embarked on a long hike up the California coast with friends. He had spent time in Taiwan and England and also had lived in North and South Carolina.
He worked mostly in the food service industry, ending his career at McCormick Café when his illness forced him to give up working. He spent much of his time writing song lyrics and playing his guitar.
Survivors include sisters, Karen Boggio and Kathi Schweigert.
At his request, no services were held. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 20:26
Kathleen Mildred Simenson, 82, of Billings, a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.
She was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Savage to Otto and Mary Lange. She married Curt Simenson in 1949. She was involved in crafts, especially ceramics, and in later years volunteered through the Foster Grandparents program, where she aided the youth of Bench Elementary School and Even Start.
Survivors include sisters, Norma, Shirley and Eileen; a brother, Marvin; and children, Carol Angel, Chrys Crouse, Kaye Dell Shepard and Kevin Simenson.
Services were Aug. 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1000 Wicks Lane in Billings. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 20:24