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
Josephine I. Sherman, 88, of Billings, died May 4, 2013, at Tendernest in Billings.
She was born Jan. 19, 1925, in Washoe, the daughter of Mike and Mara Pekovich. On May 15, 1948, she married Frank J. Sherman at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral.
Survivors include her husband; children, Susan and Roger Hastings of Raleigh, N.C., Skip Sherman of Centennial, Colo., and Kristi and Ron Hartman of Billings; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a friend, Lois Leone.
Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. May 10 at Holy Rosary Church with private burial later.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:43
Grace Lorraine (Romee) Allen, 84, who raised 10 children on Billings’ South Side, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital from complications due to melanoma.
She was born July 24, 1928, to Carl and Eva (Streitmater) Romee at the Blue Creek homestead. The youngest of four children, she was delivered by an aunt, Lena Schneider. She spent her early years with a sister, Betty.
At age 16 she moved to Billings to attend Lincoln (Senior) High School. She worked at Kresse’s and lived in an apartment while graduating from high school.
She married Patrick M. Allen on Nov. 7, 1947, at The Church of the Little Flower. He died on Easter Sunday 2007. In addition to caring, cooking and baking for their children, she raised a large garden and had apple trees.
She was a die-hard Democrat and a devout Catholic at Little Flower Catholic Church and School. She helped form Sacred Heart Guild, and together with the women of Little Flower, served bazaar turkey dinners and funeral meals for many years.
Survivors include a sister, Betty Allen of Billings; 10 children, Connie Goodman, Kathy McIntyre, Jim Allen, Patsy Kahler, Jeff Allen, Cindy Falk, Jerry Allen, Mark Allen, Chris Allen and Carla Heimbigner; 30 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was May 3 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Vigil and Rosary were May 3 and Memorial Mass was May 4, all at Little Flower Church.
Memorials may be made to Little Flower Church (Mary Queen of Peace), The Smile Train, or a veterans’ charity.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:42
Dorothy McLaughlin, 76, who was instrumental in founding Senior Helping Hands Inc., the Senior Community Service Employment Program, the Montana Association for Female Executives and the Museum of Women’s History, died in the early morning hours of April 29, 2013.
She was born May 6, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., the oldest of five children of Earl Henry Klopfenstine and Hazel Loucille Allen. Due to the early death of her father and her mother’s illnesses, at the age of 7 she assumed responsibility for the housework and care of her younger siblings. She graduated at age 16 from East High School in Kansas City.
When she was 20, her first marriage produced two children, Margi (Margaret) Carol Gant and Michael Lynn Gant. The family moved to California, and she became chief bookkeeper for Ehrhart & Associates Inc. Engineers & Constructors. She then served as office manager for Relief Printing Corp. of California.
Three years after divorcing her first husband, she married Patrick Michael McLaughlin. In 1976, at age 50, she received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from California State University, Los Angeles. In 1987, at age 61, she received a master’s degree in business from Columbia Pacific University in San Rafael, Calif.
Following Mr. McLaughlin’s retirement, the moved in 1976 to Billings. She volunteered as a Pink Lady at St. Vincent Healthcare and served as volunteer director at the Southside Senior Citizens Center. She and Agnes Crow co-founded Senior Helping Hands Inc., an organization that helps senior citizens remain in their homes.
In 1977, she was selected to establish the NRTA/AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program in Montana. Her efforts resulted in national recognition, an Outstanding Director Award and an invitation from first lady Rosalyn Carter for tea at the White House. She was also transferred to the Dallas, Texas, site to assist in establishing that program. She retired in 1987 to return to Billings.
During her tenure as director of the Senior Community Service Employment Program, she initiated monthly breakfast meetings for professional women to provide opportunities to network and exchange ideas. The group soon outgrew the dining room, and in 1980 she co-founded the Montana Association for Female Executives and served as its first president.
In 1995, with her work and support from Chancellor Ronald Sexton, the Museum of Women’s History opened in the basement of Eastern Montana College’s McMullen Hall. It later relocated to 2822 Third Ave. N.
Survivors include a daughter, Margi Gant of Billings; a sister, Maxine Wilson of California; a half-sister, Ginger Guevara; and a longtime friend, George Sherman of Billings.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be sent to the Museum of Women’s History, 2822 Third Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:41
Greg Chirrick, 43, of Billings, an outdoorsman who was active in his church, died April 24, 2013.
He was born on July 26, 1969. He graduated from Senior High School in 1987 and married Darcy Anderson on April 18, 1998.
He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and skiing, and he coached his boys in various sports. He counseled married couples, hung out with high schoolers and was active in his Accountability Group.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Connor and Dylan; daughter, Ryen; mother, Margaret Chirrick; and brother, Rick Chirrick.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Harvest Church, 1235 Wicks Lane W. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel
Donations may be made to: Scottish Rite Sponsorship Program, 1610 Poly Drive, Billings, MT 59102; or to Fred Nelson Ministries – CLDI, 109 S. 32nd St., Billings, MT 59101.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 20:19