Caroline Wittmer, 81, who had worked at Midland Packing until her retirement, died April 8, 2013.
She was born July 17, 1931, in Linton, N.D., to George and Katie Wingerter. In 1942 she moved with her family to Billings.
She married Harold Wittmer on July 26, 1947.
Survivors include five children, Rose Hutzenbiler, Gloria Reno, Mary Wittmer, Barb Pedersen and Jim Wittmer; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a brother, Leo Wingerter.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Montana Rescue Mission.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:58
Roger Dvorak, 73, of Billings, who had owned and operated his own semi-truck, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
He was born Sept. 13, 1939, to Frank and Esther (Schleining) Dvorak in Billings. He worked on the family homestead in Worden until he enlisted in the Army on Sept. 13, 1956, his 17th birthday. He married Patricia “Pat” Sikora on July 9, 1960.
Mr. and Mrs. Dvorak had lived in Detroit, Mich., Salt Lake City, Utah, and St. Paul, Minn., before returning to Montana. They lived on the family homestead in Worden for several years and purchased a home in Billings in 1977.
Mr. Dvorak spent years working at Pierce Packing and Beall Trailer & Transport, where he was a welder. He was an owner operator of his own semi-truck and traveled the country with his wife.
Survivors include daughters, Cynthia Church, Laurie Salo and Christie Thielen; sons, Michael Dvorak and Rodney Dvorak; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life was held April 7 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:55
SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Constance “Connie” Long Studer, 77, of Sheridan, who co-owned Studer Construction Co. with her husband, died in Billings on April 3, 2013.
She was born Sept. 3, 1935, in Billings, a daughter of Malcolm and Thelma Long. She attended Billings Senior High School and received degrees in education from the University of Oregon and Eastern Montana College. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
She married Dean Studer on April 22, 1957, and they spent the majority of their 56 years in Montana. As co-owners of Studer Construction Co., they spent several years living in parts of Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming, including two years in Yellowstone National Park, working on highway construction jobs.
Mrs. Studer spent more than 30 years dedicated to the Girl Scouts of America, Junior League and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. She was a longtime member of the Yellowstone Country Club, Spanish Trails Club in Las Vegas and, most recently, the Powder Horn Club in Sheridan, where she played in the Ladies Golf Leagues.
She was a devout Catholic and committed much of her time to supporting the church. She was also committed to local charities, including Mayfair (she was one of the original founders), the Billings Catholic Schools, the Youth Search Program and the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in Clark, Wyo.
Survivors include seven children, Kathy Wiggs, Chrissy Walker, Colleen Houghton, Caroline Thelen, Cece Feltman, Dean Studer Jr. and Cynthia Bradley; 23 grandchildren; one pending great-grandchild; a sister, Cynthia Foster; and a brother, Joel Long.
A Vigil Service was held April 5 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Funeral Mass was April 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary assisted with arrangements.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:54
Wilma Leona Dougherty Conley, 101, who had been a cook at Deaconess Hospital in Havre, died March 27, 2013, at Horizon Hospice Home in Billings.
She was born on a farm near Guernsey, Iowa, on July 28, 1911, the sixth child and fourth daughter of Lee Robert and Esther Jeanette (Sanders) Dougherty.
She attended school in Guernsey, then her family moved in her junior year to Brooklyn, Iowa, where she graduated in 1928 from Brooklyn High School. She worked at various jobs before moving to Malcom, Iowa, where she married Clark Vernon Fogel.
The family moved to Havre in 1941, and the marriage ended in 1943. She and the children returned briefly to Iowa, then she came back to Havre to marry Paul Henry Conley in 1944. He died of cancer in 1959.
When her children were gone and left home, she started work as a cook at Deaconess Hospital. She retired there in 1974, then cooked at the Havre Senior Center until 1982.
She was active in Van Orsdel Methodist Church and ran the kitchen there for a few years. She was Worthy Grand Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star in 1974-75.
In addition to cooking, she also loved sewing and crocheting.
Survivors include children, Don of Havre, Jim of Centerville, Del., Joan Gaspard of Pensacola, Fla., and Colleen Wright of Billings; two stepdaughters, Florence Kline and Pauline Wilson; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six stepgrandsons; and five great-great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.
Services were April 1 at Hope United Methodist Church, with a luncheon afterward. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 17:00
Ethel Ellen Snider, 86, of Billings, who had worked at Billings Deaconess Clinic, died Saturday, March 30, 2013.
She was born in Miles City on May 7, 1926, to Edmond J. Leischner and Bertha K. (Sieler) Leischner. They moved to Billings in 1934, and she attended school in Billings. She worked at Billings Deaconess Clinic for about 16 years.
She married Donald C. Snider on July 30, 1959, and they lived on a ranch west of Colstrip at Castle Rock for about 16 years and then moved closer to the town of Colstrip.
Survivors include a son, Charles D. Snider, and a grandson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 405 S. 36th St. W. in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:59
James A. Whitney, 87, a longtime Laurel resident who later lived in Hysham, died March 30, 2013.
He was born May 28, 1925, in Billings, the second child of Carl and Helen Whitney. His grandparents homesteaded south of Sumatra, and he spent his early years on the family’s dryland farm. He started school in Sumatra, but the family later moved, and he graduated from Joliet High School before joining the Army and serving in World War II. He was an advance scout for C Company of the 75th Infantry Division in France and Germany.
At war’s end he returned to Laurel, where he married Barbee Anderson on Jan. 12, 1949. He worked at the Cenex Refinery for the next 30 years.
After he retired, and with the kids grown or off to college, Mr. and Mrs. Whitney moved to their farm near Hysham. He and his father raised beef cattle and farmed for many years. In 2005, with fading health, he and his wife moved to Billings, residing in Westpark Village for their final years. Mrs. Whitney died in 2007.
Survivors include a brother, Dennis Whitney; four children, June Luptak, Gary Whitney, Joyce Fiechtner and Rich Whitney; 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, at Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W. Interment will be in Laurel at 1:30 p.m. at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Special K Ranch or the Big Sky Honor Flight.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:58
Clinton F. Kreiman, 83, of Billings, a retired flight service specialist at Logan Field, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
He was born in Adams County, N.D., on Oct. 13, 1929, the middle son of Alvin Kreiman and Vesta McKnight. He spent his childhood in Helena, where he married Joanne Peck on June 24, 1950. He was drafted into the Army on Jan. 25 of the next year.
When he returned to Helena, he worked for 13 years as a stereotyper for the Helena Independent-Record. He and his wife raised three children, Carolyn Gransberg of Billings, Edward Kreiman of Havre and Fred Kreiman of Chapman, Kan.
The family moved to Billings in 1966, where Mr. Kreiman began his second career as a flight service specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired in 1991.
He was an amateur golfer and was a talented builder, welder and spray painter.
At his request, no services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:57
George B. Kennedy, 77, of Billings, died at St. Vincent Healthcare on Friday, March 29, 2013, from a stroke.
He was born to George and Annie Kennedy on Sept. 10, 1935, in San Diego, Calif.
Survivors include his wife, Sybil; a brother, Gerald Kennedy; a son, Michael Kennedy; a daughter, Kristine Hara; stepdaughters, Sharon and Sandra House; stepsons, Steven and John House; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were at Harvest Church Lockwood Campus on April 3. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:56
Shirley Marie Southworth, 71, of Bridger, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Billings Clinic.
She was born Sept. 11, 1941, in Billings, the daughter of Louie and Louise (DeRudder) Peters.
On May 25, 1951, she married William “Bill” Ralph Southworth in Williams, Ariz. She worked as a nurse’s aide and in radiology at Williams Hospital. She also worked in a flower shop and for the Forest Service in the summer.
Mrs. Southworth enjoyed decorating, painting and making floral arrangements.
Survivors include daughters, Rochelle Loyning of Roberts and Maureen Hawthorn of Prescott, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were April 1 at Joliet First Baptist Church. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:55
Liobardo Martinez Sr., 89, of Billings, who worked 43 years for the Burlington Northern Railroad, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
He was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Primitivo Antonio Martinez and Maria Campos Martinez.
In 1950, he married Andrea Ponce in Billings. When he worked for Burlington Northern Railroad, he was awarded the 30-year award for safety.
Survivors include his wife, Andrea; children, Liobardo Martinez Jr., Sophia Martinez and David Martinez; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Juan Martinez.
Visitation was April 1, with funeral services on April 2, both at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery with a reception afterwards at El Corral.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:54