Veronica Anne Rogers Rabel was born in Gold Creek, Montana, on July 26, 1921, to John and Marguerite Rogers. She was third in a family of eight children. She attended grade school at the Pioneer Wallace school and attended and graduated from high school in Helena. She passed away from natural causes on May 7, 2016.
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She married Howard Rabel on March 26, 1940. They divorced in 1974 and then re-married in 1993. She was mother to seven children. Veronica drove school bus some in the '50s and '60s and then drove bus and was an aide at the school in Gold Creek from 1977 until her retirement in 1990. She lived in Gold Creek her entire life until 1992 when she moved to Gallatin Gateway, Montana, and in 2007 she moved to Belgrade, Montana. She has been living at Open Arms Elder Care since 2013.
Mom worked hard on the ranch raising seven children and a very large garden. In the '60s and '70s they had guests "dudes" come to the ranch to spend their vacation on a working ranch. People from all over the U.S. would come and help with chores and visit over desserts after supper.
Mom started to paint pictures after her family was raised, and all of her children and many family and friends have her paintings and will treasure them forever. She loved to read and play pinochle and raise flowers. She worked in her flower gardens until she was 86 years old.
Veronica is survived by her seven children, Margaret Hoagland (Tony Frey), Edna (Gary) Adams, Suzanne (Dale) Osborne, Joyce Millerbernd, John (Linda) Rabel, George (Debbie) Rabel and Robert Rabel. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as one sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Wayland Smith; and two sisters-in-law, Helen and Mel Rogers.
Veronica was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Howard, in 2000, and her sisters and brothers and their spouses, Josephine and Paul Mehr, Albert and Vi Rogers, George Rogers, Vincent and Marion Rogers, Frances and Duane Lange and Anthony Rogers, her son-in-law Michael Millerbernd and infant grandson, Will Rabel.
Thanks to Faith and Rod Vanover, Faith's mother, Honey, and all the staff of Open Arms Elder Care in Belgrade, Rhonda, Tammy, Barb, Kathy, Tiffany, Kelly, Sara, Jen and Holly for their care and companionship of our mother for nearly three years. Thanks also to the staff of Hospice of Bozeman Deaconess. A very special thanks to Hospice nurse, Chelsa.
Donations, if desired, may be made in mom's name to the Gallatin Gateway Community Center, Willing Worker Ladies Aid, Box 329, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 or Hospice of Bozeman Health Foundation (memo line: Hospice), 931 Highland Blvd, Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
There will be a Mass at Holy Rosary Parish in Bozeman at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, followed by a luncheon in Gallatin Gateway at the Community Center. Inurnment will be Saturday, May 14, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, MT. Following inurnment, coffee and cookies will be served at the First Baptist Church, 140 Sam Beck Road, Deer Lodge, MT.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 10, 2016