Frances Marie "Fran" Charvat, 90, of Bozeman, passed away Dec. 30, 2012. She was born July 16, 1922 in Chicago, Ill., one of 12 children, to Joseph and Mary (Polaszewski) Wisz.
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When she was 19 years old she moved to California and worked for the telephone company. In 1955 she met Joe Charvat from Denton, Mont. Fran and Joe were married in El Monte, Calif. on June 25, 1955. The moved to their farm outside of Denton where they lived and raised their family until their retirement in 1983, when they moved to Bozeman.
Fran was passionate about her Catholic faith and was a devout member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, through the church she was a Eucharistic minister and a supportive member of the National Catholic Society of Foresters. Fran was generous with her time as a volunteer in the Gallatin Valley; she fixed hair with the Pink Ladies at Mountain View Care Center, she also volunteered with Love INC and RSVP.
Fran was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe; and 11 brothers and sisters.
She will be remembered by her children, Carol Charvat-Iranshad (Farrokh) of Clackamas, Ore., Joe (Mary) Charvat of Kirkland, Wash., Trish (Scott) Riis of Bozeman; four grandchildren, Logan, Dylan and Cassie Riis and AnneMarie Charvat; and two step-grandchildren, Layla and Beejan Iranshad.
A rosary conducted by the Foresters will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Dahl Funeral Chapel, followed by a Vigil Service at 2 p.m. also at Dahl's.
The funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, followed by burial of her ashes at Sunset Hills Cemetery. The Foresters will host a reception following the service at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be made in her name to: LOVE INC, P.O. Box 7117, Bozeman, MT 59771 or the
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the medical staff and nurses at Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center and WEL- Home Health for their compassionate and loving care.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 3, 2013