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Abdul, Donald  
Donald E. Abdul Great Falls —Donald Edward Abdul, 81 years of age, passed away of natural causes at his Great Falls residence on December 17, 2014. Cremation has been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held in Hawaii at a later date. Donald is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Anne Abdul; daughters, Donna (Randy) Stromski and Kathy (Joe) Carvalho; son, Brian (Becky) Abdul; sister, Leilani Zimmsman; as well as three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Donald came into the world on Christmas day in 1932 in Oahu, Hawaii. He worked as the circulation manager for the Hawaii Tribune Herald and retired as the maintenance supervisor for the State of Hawaii. Donald had a very active involvement in his community, spending several years as the Police Commissioner as well as the Liquor Commissioner. He was also the PAC Chairman for HGEA and a member of his local Democratic party. While in Hawaii he was a member of Hilo SDA Church and upon moving to Montana on July 3, 2012, became a member of the Great Falls SDA Church. He enjoyed spending his free time fishing the local waters. Condolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 21, 2014
Armstrong, Marian  
Marian A. Armstrong GREAT FALLS —Marian Anita (Hansen) Armstrong, 92, of Bainbridge Island, Washington passed away Monday morning, December 22, 2014 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, from complications of Alzheimer's and cancer. Known to all who loved her as "Anita," she was born January 14, 1922 in Redding, California, and graduated from Bainbridge Island High School in Washington in 1939. She began a career with the Federal Government in 1940 at the Bremerton Ship Yards, also working for the US Army Transportation Corp in Seattle and San Francisco. In 1945, Anita married Vernon Armstrong, a US Marine, shortly after he came home from World War II. The couple went on to finish 23 years with the Marine Corps, living in southern California, where four of their five children were born. Starting new careers in 1963, the family moved to Okinawa, Japan, where both Anita and Vernon worked for the American military, until Vernon became terminally ill in 1968. Mrs. Armstrong then returned to Bainbridge Island, where she raised the children in a home that was originally built by her grandfather. Anita enjoyed her commute to Seattle on the Washington State Ferries working for the Food and Drug Administration, and received countless awards and letters of recognition for her dedicated work until her retirement in 1994. In retirement, Anita remained on Hansen Road, where she delighted in being the perfect Mom and grandmother to her eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Any spare time was spent visiting her extended family on the island, gardening, and reading. Her final three years were spent living near her daughter Brenda in Great Falls. Anita is survived by her five children: Laurel (Lyle) Parker of Spokane, WA, Deborah Sweitzer, Dan Armstrong, Vincent (Susan) Armstrong all of Bainbridge Island, WA and Brenda (Mark) Meyer of Great Falls; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Shirley Hansen; her husband Vernon; and her five siblings: Irwin "Sonny" Hansen, Evelyn (Hansen) Pedersen , William "Bill" Hansen, Karen (Hansen) Andrews and Marie (Hansen) Kelsey. Anita and her family were truly blessed that we were able to call Renaissance Senior Living our "home away from home". The staff, friends and care will never be forgotten. We would like to thank Benefis ER, floors 5 & 8 and especially Peace Hospice staff/volunteers for the compassion and support shown to our Mom and her family. Anita's family will hold a celebration of life and burial at a later date on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Memorials may be made in Anita's name to Alzheimer's Research at Mclaughlin Research Institute, 1520 23rd St S, Great Falls, MT 59405 and Peace Hospice, 1101 26th St S, Great Falls, MT 59405. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 27, 2014
Bronec, Ellen  
Ellen A. Bronec Geraldine — Ellen Ames Bronec passed away December 20 2014 at the age of 91 at the Missouri River Medical Center of natural causes. She was born March 3, 1923. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Francis E. Bronec. They were married June 29 1946 in Fort Benton. Ellen was preceded in death by 3 sons, Joseph, Paul and Vince. She is survived by her children: Marie (Dave), Chuck (Jeanne), Larry (Fran), Bob (Becky), Bernice, Dorothy (Bernie), Ed (Susan), Pat (Margie), Claude (Nita), and Alan (Nicki). Ellen also has 26 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Ellen's faith sustained her throughout her life. It was not always an easy life but she had the will and faith in God that things would work out. Both of her parents came to this area to homestead. Then they met and got married. She told stories of looking for cow chips for fuel to heat their farm house. The depression years were not fun when you did not have money to even buy new shoelaces. She is from a line of "can do" people. They figure out with hard work how to make the impossible, possible. The homestead farm just recently celebrated 100 years of being owned by the same family. She loved to work outside. She had a huge garden and best of all, she loved her John Deere tractor. She took it with good humor, when in the spring she got it stuck and her sons teased her. Cooking on the other hand, she was not crazy about. Ellen spent many years researching the family tree before it was so easy with ancestry.com . She taught herself to use a computer to record all of her material. She and her cousin Margaret, traveled many states to find the clues for the family history. Funeral mass was held Tuesday December 23rd at St Margaret's parish in Geraldine. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Condolences can be made to www.misermortuaries.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 24, 2014
Burroughs, Jack  
Jack David Burroughs Great Falls —Jack David Burroughs, 57, of Great Falls, passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 after a courageous battle with lung cancer at Benefis Healthcare. A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Great Falls. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Jack was born April 19, 1957 in Tuscaloosa, AL. He graduated in 1975 from THS. He retired from the Air Force and began his second career with Raytheon, where he was currently employed. Jack is survived by his wife, Eva Wright Burroughs and his brother, Daniel Clyde Burroughs of Cottondale, AL. Jack has left the gift of sight this Christmas through corneal donation. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting OConnorFuneralHome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 26, 2014
Cascaden, Helen  
Helen Cascaden Great Falls —Helen Alene Cascaden passed away December 18, 2014 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls after suffering a stroke November 18th. Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Central Christian Church, 1025 Central Ave, in Great Falls. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Helen was the sixth daughter born to Reu and Mauna Loa Carr, in Creston, MT on September 25, 1927. She attended the Creston School thru 8th grade and graduated from Flathead County High School in Kalispell. Helen graduated from Montana State University (now University of Montana) in Missoula in 1949 with a BA in business administration and secondary teaching certificate. She worked as a secretary and librarian to Dean Leaphart at MSU Law School and then she taught school in Hot Springs. She met her future husband, Milton E. Cascaden, at MSU and they moved to Great Falls where they raised three children, Kathy, Rion and LeAnn. Helen worked as a secretary to the ministerial staff of Central Christian Church for 32 years. She was a 4-H member and Leader, Girl Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and Camp Counselor. She and her husband, Milton served as Worthy Matron and Patron of Helen C Roberts Chapter #71 OES 1975-76, where she also was secretary for 5 years. She was a member of Sapphira Temple #79 Pyramid Choir, and a member of Sons of Norway. She always enjoyed working with youth in 4-H, church, Rainbow Girls, and church camps. She loved to sew, cook, garden and play pinochle, Yahtzee and cribbage. Helen is survived by her daughters, Kathleen McIntyre of Hazelgreen, AL and LeAnn (Bill) Budeski of Great Falls ; son Rion (Susan) Cascaden of Houston, TX; grandchildren: Cyndee (Shawn) Posey, Jonathan McIntyre, Robert (Heather) Cascaden, Jon Christoph, LaRue (Judy) Christoph, Kristi (Charlie) Hill, and Kerri (Storm) Norick; great-grandchildren Jessie (Molly), Alexis, Cassie, Chase, Clay, Garrett, Everett, Kinsley, and Easton. Helen loved her family and was preceded in death by her husband, parents and five sisters. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Peace Hospice, Central Christian Church, 1025 Central Ave, Great Falls, MT 59401 or Cascade County 4-H. Condolences may be left online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 21, 2014
Edwards, Caroline  
Caroline C. Edwards Great Falls —Caroline C. Edwards, 88, of Great Falls, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, December 18th, after a long illness. No services are planned at Caroline's request. Born Carolina Chesera Carbonari to parents Antonio and Angelina Carbonari on May 24th, 1926 in Somers, Montana. Caroline (Nina) was the youngest of 3 daughters. Her mother passed away before her 2nd birthday. As a result, Antonio returned to Italy and married Angelina's younger sister, Luigina. 'Gina' then moved to the U.S./Somers & raised Caroline along with her two older sisters, Mary and Rose as her own. Caroline loved the beauty of the Flathead Valley and always enjoyed returning for vacations with family. Caroline is survived by her daughter & loving caregiver, Jacqueline Edwards of Seattle/Great Falls; son James (Judy) Edwards of Mukilteo,WA; granddaughter, Alexandra Gina (Tom) of Innsbruck, Austria as well as great-grandson, Matteo; family also includes niece Barbara (Ray) Carroll of Alabama and nephew Randall (Georgia) of Indiana. Caroline's husband John "Jack" passed away in 2005, as did her sisters in previous years. Our mother was never one for a lengthy obituary, so just let it be said that she instilled strong family values, be respectful of others, be proud of your heritage and where you came from. Her devotion and sacrifice to those she loved was absolute. Growing up in an Italian family was challenging, passionate, loving, forgiving, full of laughter, and never short of an amazing meal. Godspeed mother. Those of us left behind will love you and miss you always. The family would like to gratefully acknowledge the fine services of Dr. Daniel Gordon and his staff, particularly nurse Becca and the compassionate care of the Peace Hospice Group, most notably Cheryl Hackett, RN and volunteer Phyllis Kronebusch. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Peace Hospice of Montana, 1101 26th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405. Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright. Sleep in heavenly peace. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 21, 2014
Eldridge, Marvin  
Marvin Eldridge Fort Benton —Rev. Marvin Eldridge of Fort Benton graduated from this life December 13, 2014. He has joined his wife, Betty Jo, in the presence of Jesus. Marvin was born September 13, 1932 in Arlee, MT to Bert and Nettie Eldridge. He grew up on the family farm and loved playing sports. On May 19, 1950 Marvin Married Betty Jo Lemmon. Their union produced four children. Marvia (Rick) Johnson of Fort Benton, Keith (Loretta) Eldridge of Havre, Ronda (Bud) Childers of Midland, TX and Jeani (Martin) Shea of Somers. The Lord called Marvin and Betty Jo into the ministry and they pastored churches in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The early years of ministry were with the Assemblies of God and the later years were with the United Methodist Church. Marvin was proceeded in death by his parents, many brothers and sisters and his beloved wife. He is survived by his four children, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and brother Norman (Bunk) Eldridge. A celebration of life service will be January 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Bible Church fellowship hall in Fort Benton. The family has requested that all attendees dress in sports attire.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 21, 2014
Gallagher, Kathy Sue (Allen)  
Kathy Sue (Allen) Gallagher 59, of Las Vegas NV, formerly of Fort Benton died December 19, 2014 of cancer. Kathy was born January 10, 1955 in Fort Benton, Montana to Lloyd and Beverlee (Bramlette) Allen. She graduated from FBHS in 1973. She attended Northwest Christian College for a semester. She later graduated from Dental Tech School. Kathy had 2 children, Eric Holleran and Candace Friesen. On November 17, 1990, Kathy married the love of her life, Bob Gallagher. Kathy worked for Northern School Supply and then for Verizon. In 2003 they moved to Las Vegas. Kathy worked there with Verizon for a time and then for Hallmark Cards, until her death. Kathy is survived by her husband Bob of Las Vegas; son Eric and daughter Candace of Las Vegas; son Michael Gallagher of West Virginia; son Jeremy (Kory) Gallagher of Kalispell; daughter Jennifer (Jon) Stratton of Havre, parents Lloyd and Deanna Allen of Dayton, MT, brothers Rick (Brenda) Morris, Kem (Gail) Allen, Terry (Roxie) Allen all of Fort Benton; sisters Caroline (Jim) Taylor of Great Falls, Anita (Rick) Nowaski of Lakeside, MT and Kristin Allen of Havre, 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was proceeded in death by her mother Beverlee, nephew Mark Allen, niece Kelsey Morris and grandparents. Cremation has taken place and burial of ashes will be in May in Fort Benton, Montana.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 23, 2014
Goff, David  
David "Dave" Elmer Goff GREAT FALLS —David "Dave" Elmer Goff, 83, of Great Falls passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from complications of pneumonia at Benefis West Wing, Great Falls. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Montana State Veteran's Cemetery at Fort Harrison in Helena. A celebration of life will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the VFW Post 1087 in Great Falls. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. David was born on October 27, 1931 in Pinehurst, WA to Elmer and Faye Goff. He was raised in the Puget Sound area with two older siblings, Harold and Patricia. He graduated from Puyallup High School in 1950. He enlisted in the Air Force after working a short time with Boeing Aircraft. He married Peggy Heinrich that same year. They divorced in 1973. He married Madelyn Kleckner in 1975. He was assigned to Hickam AFB, Hawaii after Tech School. After several west coast assignments and three sons, tours with the family to Turkey and Taiwan were the highlights of his military career. He was assigned to Malmstrom AFB and the gem of this station kept him here the rest of his life. Dave continued his active military service, retiring in 1973. He always liked working with the young troops and his house was filled with them during the holidays. His love of military did not end there, as he joined the US Air Force Civil Service until his retirement in 1991. As a life member and Quartermaster of VFW 1087, he enjoyed meeting all the veterans. His greatest satisfaction was working with the older veterans to make sure they were getting the medical and other benefits they deserved. He was a member of the NRA, Eagles, Elks, Scottish Rite and the Masons. The love of the outdoors stayed with him throughout his life. He loved spending time with his friends and family trolling Holter Lake, fishing on the West Coast, camping, and hunting trips. Dave is survived by sons Kenneth (Karen) of Sitka, AK, Mark (Denise) of Stockett, and Robert (Tamara) of Great Falls; stepson Grant (Audrey) of OR; grandchildren Joshua, Jesse, Michael, and Zachary; and great-grandchildren Joshua Jr. and Hope. He was preceded in death by his father; mother; brother; wife; grandson Matthew; and stepdaughter Lori. Dave enjoyed his dogs and cats and always had a couple of them. They are Tanner, Mitzi, and Mouse. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 26, 2014
Gordon, John  
John Gordon Cascade —John Gordon, 93 of Cascade, passed away December 19, 2014 at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, MT. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:00am at the Cascade United Methodist Church with Pastor Lee Disney officiating. Burial will follow at Cascade's Hillside Cemetery. John was a life-long cattle rancher in the Adel area southeast of Cascade. He was born September 9, 1921 to Merrill and Edith (Atkinson) Gordon. John was the youngest of four children; sister, Margaret Lestz, brother, M.K. (Kern) Gordon and sister, Helen, who died at age 4. John attended Soldier Creek School through eighth grade, continuing onto Cascade HS, graduating in 1938. He went to college in Bozeman and joined the ROTC. His schooling was interrupted by WWII. He enlisted in the Army on April 13, 1943 and served in the South Pacific. He was a Technical Platoon Sergeant in the 128th Infantry. He acquired a Purple Heart Medal from a shrapnel wound, and was awarded the Bronze Star for carrying a buddy out of harm's way, under fire, in the battle near Luzon, Philippines. He was honorably discharged on December 6, 1945 and returned to college, graduating with a degree in Ag Econ in 1948. After graduation, he returned to working on the Gordon Ranch with his father. In 1950 John met his future wife, Betty Gibbs, through mutual friends. Betty, a Floridian, was working as a Lab Technician at the Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls. They dated for a brief period, and then Betty moved back to Florida. They corresponded for nearly a year before John drove to Florida to propose. They were married in St. Petersburg September 29, 1951. John and Betty returned to Montana to begin their joint adventure in ranching. They had four children: Carol, Steven, David and Lynn. To break up the steady work the family enjoyed playing volleyball with neighbors, fishing, swimming in nearby creeks, horseback riding, and climbing Castle Rock. As the years went by, John and Betty hosted an annual barn dance, an event many in the community looked forward to. Golfing became a favorite past-time with friends and family exploring courses around the state. John was generous with his time through many Lions community projects such as Atkinson Park, the HS outdoor track, and the picnic shelter at City Railroad Park. He served on the Cascade school board for 19 years, was also on the State Fair board, served as Cascade County Farm Bureau President, was a past state director of Farm Bureau, member of Montana Stockgrowers, and was a Mason. He was also very involved in the construction and completion of the Education building and maintenance of the Cascade United Methodist Church. John loved to read. He had a memory for people, places, history and geography that was unparalleled. He held a gift for writing and those who received his colorful Christmas letters would agree. John was a well-respected cattle rancher. His love for the Gordon Ranch was his focus in life. He spent a lifetime developing and making improvements, establishing a family operation he was very proud of. He was a hardworking, honest and humble man, a loving husband and father. A wonderful friend to many. He will be greatly missed. John was predeceased by his wife Betty of over 60 years; sister, Margaret and husband Gerald Lestz, brother, Merrill Kern Gordon II; sister, Helen; son, John "David" Gordon; and grandson, Geoffrey Gardner. Survivors are his daughter, Carol (Ken) Brady of Cascade; son, Steve (Josie) Gordon of Adel; daughter, Lynn (Greg) Gardner of Polson; four granddaughters, Jen (Cory) Olsen, Cindy (Zac) Barnhart, Brittany (Wacey) Cathey, Ahnna Gordon; two grandsons, Chris (Nicole) Rossmiller and Dain Gordon; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bette (Kern) Gordon of Winfield, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Cascade United Methodist Church, Cascade Education Foundation, Cascade Lions Club, or a charity of donor's choice. Condolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 24, 2014
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