Frances Buell Jochem, 91, passed away Nov. 10, 2008, surrounded by her loving family.
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Frances was born Oct. 8, 1917, to the late Miles William and Helen White Buell at Glen Haven Ranch, at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains north of Buffalo, Wyo.
Growing up she loved the mountains and all the great outdoors. She worked at the HF Bar Ranch and Paradise Ranch, and later for the state of Wyoming in Cheyenne, where she met and married Robert Jochem, April 29, 1943.
After Bob returned from overseas duty, the couple moved to Billings, where they lived for more than 55 years.
Frances was active in volunteering for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H and other children's activities. Later she volunteered to visit shut-ins, especially Valley Nursing Home and retirement homes, and getting others involved in volunteering. Frances was an active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, PCCW St. Rose of Lima Circle, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, R.S.V.P. and the Billings Senior Center.
In December 1999, the couple moved to Belgrade to be near family members. Recently Frances was living at Birchwood assisted living facility in Bozeman.
Her husband, Bob died May 28, 2000. Also preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, John, Harold, Walter, and Miles Junior Buell; and sister, Beverly McInerney.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann (Bill) Jacobson of Missoula; daughter, Teresa (Mike) Riggs of Belgrade; Robert Jochem Lanier of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and Dan (Nancy) Jochem of Bozeman. Grandchildren include Mike, David and Karl Jacobson and their families; Marin Caribia Lanier; Jason, Brian and Kendra Riggs; and Miles and Emily Jochem; five great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Charles of Buffalo, Wyo., Ralph of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Eldon of Sheridan, Wyo.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bozeman. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a Vigil at 7 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman.
Memorials in Frances' name may be given to the charity of one's choice.
Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 12, 2008