Barbara (Zilz) Smith, 70, of Billings, who taught school in Glendive and Billings, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.
She was born Feb. 23, 1942, in Billings to Arthur and Laura Zilz. She graduated from Senior High School, where she was a cheerleader. She graduated from Eastern Montana College with a degree in education.
She married Calvin Smith in Billings on Dec. 16, 1967. They lived in Bozeman before moving to Billings.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Jeremy and Mike; two grandchildren; and a brother, Ernie.
Services will be at First Alliance Church at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:40
Donald Edward Prescott, 70, of Billings, a mechanic for most of his working years, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Valley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
He was the son of Albert Edward Prescott and Bobby Lee Rogers.
A celebration of life will be held at Montana Chad’s, 3953 Montana Ave., at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:39
Anita Ione Bahm, 94, who had owned Bahm’s Carpet Center with her husband, died Oct. 25, 2012, at Valley Nursing Home in Billings.
She was born Anita I. Halls in Ellsworth, Wis., on Nov. 11, 1917, to Helen and Victor Halls. After graduation from high school in 1935, she attended college in Wisconsin. In 1938, she moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where she married Robert H. Ford in 1942. She moved to Billings in 1961 with her children.
In 1968, she married Ernest E. Bahm, and they owned Bahm’s Carpet Center until retirement in 1997. Mrs. Bahm had been a resident of Valley Nursing Home since 2008. She had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include a brother, Milton Halls of Ellsworth, Wis.; children, Karen Ford of Shoreline, Wash., Ian Ford of Great Falls, David Ford of Billings, Hugh Ford of Billings, Ragnhild Adams, of Kalama, Wash., Fraser Ford of Federal Way, Wash.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private, family-only memorial service was planned. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Al Bedoo Shrine Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 20673, Billings, MT 59104.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:38
Rosario (Challo) Valenzuela, 72, of Billings, who had served in the Marine Corps, died at home on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.
He grew up in Billings and served in the Marines from 1957-1960.
He then met his wife, Shirley, of 52 years.
Survivors include his wife; sisters, Josie Heiser and Lydia Norton; a brother, Robert Hilario; Tony Gomez; sons, Henry Gonzales, David Valenzuela, Robert Valenzuela Sr. and Michael Valenzuela; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, Oct. 26. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:36
Jessie Ellen Bell, 89, of Billings, who served in the Canadian Navy during World War II, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.
She was born in Radville, Saskatchewan, Canada, on Dec. 28, 1922, to Albert and Mary Clark. She had six siblings.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Harold Bell.
Survivors include daughters, Donna Hirt of Billings, Dee Kersey of Laughlin, Nev., Bobbi French of Billings and Jo Lorang of Great Falls; a brother, Ron Clark of Edmonton, Alberta; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
A celebration of life will be held next summer. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:31
Calvin Wahl, 76, a retired teacher and school administrator, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in Billings after a long illness.
He was born Dec. 29, 1935, in Westbrook, Minn., to Edward and Lillian Wahl. He was baptized and later confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Westbrook, Minn. He graduated from Westbrook High School in 1953.
Mr. Wahl enlisted in the Air Force in 1955 and was stationed in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he was a cryptographer. He married Rosella Lutke in 1958 and was married for 20 years.
He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1961 and a master of arts in education degree from the University of Montana in 1966.
He began as an English teacher in Hamilton and later was superintendent of schools at Forsyth and at Bridger. He also worked three years in Minnesota.
He was active in Veterans of Foreign Wars in Billings for many years and led drives to provide support packages for Montana troops overseas.
He had been a resident of the Billings Health and Rehabilitation Community for the last year.
Survivors include a daughter, Joann Wahl of Long Beach, Calif.; a son, Tim Wahl of Bradenton, Fla.; two grandsons; and a longtime friend and companion, Nancy Krell.
Services were Oct. 18 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Inurnment with military honors followed in Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 10:31
Ingeborg Maria Anna (Paschke) Everett, 91, of Billings, a native of Germany who enjoyed cooking and baking, died at home on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.
She came to Montana from Germany and raised her family in Montana towns. Most of her relatives live in Germany and Scotland.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Malee Everett; a daughter, Fabiane Erb; sons, Thomas, Paul and Kevin; an adopted daughter, Stephanie; five grandchildren; a great-grandson; a brother, Uwe Paschke; and sisters, Gerhild Machtlinger, Lilo Forster and Elske Hieber.
Services were Oct. 22 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 10:30
Clara Jeanette Cantwell, 80, of Billings, who loved country music, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
She was born March 12, 1932, in Pryor to Ed and Grace Monsma. She graduated from Billings Senior High School. She married John Charles Cantwell on July 19, 1942.
She had received care from Valley Nursing Home.
Survivors include children, Greg Cantwell of Las Vegas, Nev., Sherri McKenna of Albuquerque, N.M., and Tammy Hinnergardt of Mandan, N.D.; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Edna Zieske and Tressa Daugherty, both of Billings.
No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 10:28
Aylett Griffin Irving 81, one of the first members of Absarokee Fine Arts, died Oct. 4, 2012.
She was born to Martha Lapsley Griffin and Given E. Griffin, in Savannah, Ga., on March 26, 1921. Her parents settled in Asheville, N.C., when she was 5 years old, having lived previously in Little Rock, Ark., and Atlanta, Ga. She went to local schools and Biltmore College (now the University of North Carolina-Asheville). Then she attended Women’s College (now UNC-Greensboro).
In 1943, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps, serving as a classification specialist and personnel noncommissioned officer in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.
After the war, she married Clark O. Irving, a career Army officer, in Gastonia, N.C., at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on March 16, 1946. She followed her husband to Germany, Japan, Alaska and other posts in the United States.
They had a daughter, Kathleen Aylett, in 1947, and adopted four children in Germany. When her husband retired as a colonel, they moved to Wyoming and then to Absarokee.
She began painting in her 20s and continued in Montana. She studied art in college courses and art workshops.
Mr. Irving died in 2005, and she remained in Absarokee until her death.
Survivors include children, Kathleen, Elizabeth, Matthew, John and Richard “Trooper”; five grandchildren; and brothers, William Griffin of Brevard, N.C., and Richard Griffin of Asheville, N.C.
Services will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Absarokee at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the St. Paul’s of the Stillwater Episcopal Church, Absarokee, MT 59001.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 22:46
Richard S. “Dick” McMenemy, 88, of Billings, a veteran of World War II, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at St. John’s Transitional Care Cottage.
He was born Aug. 7, 1924, in St. Paul, Minn., to Sidney and Catherine (LeFebre) McMenemy. He graduated in 1941 from Ramsey High School and attended St. Thomas Military Academy. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served until 1946. He then studied journalism at the University of Minnesota.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Joyce McMenemy; a son, John McMenemy of Fredrick, Colo.; a daughter, Holly Hansen of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; stepchildren, Russ Henson of Frisco, Texas, Ann Henson of Billings and Jane Henson of Elkin, N.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services were Oct. 12 at Smith Funeral Chapel Downtown, with burial in Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. A reception followed at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to the Salvation Army.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 22:43