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Boland, Edward  
Edward "Ed" Michael Boland GREAT FALLS —The youngest of Irish immigrants, Bridget and Patrick Boland, Ed was born on December 22, 1932 and raised in Great Falls. He attended school at the Ursuline Academy, St. Mary's Catholic School, Paris Gibson Junior High, and Great Falls High School. He worked many jobs during his youth: cleaning spittoons at the Mint Bar and other downtown businesses, selling programs at the horse races, delivering mail for the USPS, and worked at the Anaconda Company. He attended the University of Montana before joining the US Navy in 1953. He was stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines as a Seabee. Upon his return to Great Falls, he worked for the City of Great Falls and Lewis Construction Company before starting his own utility construction company. He had many contracts throughout the years that encompassed the width and span of Montana. He installed water and sewer lines for many municipalities and provided boring under roadways and railroads. He retired only a year ago. Edward "Ed" Michael Boland, 82, of Great Falls, fought a courageous battle with multiple myeloma and was reunited with his heavenly family on December 26, 2014. Funeral services are pending. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. He had more than a little luck in betting horses. He loved a long shot and had an uncanny ability to find a "sleeper." He co-owned Mr. Leaderman who won races in Great Falls and other Montana tracks. He was a loyal Red Sox and Celtics fan. Notre Dame and the New England Patriots were his favorite football teams. Ed coached many people in sobriety as he worked the AA program daily for many years. One of his favorite prayers was the Serenity Prayer. He was a student and teacher of forgiveness. He accepted and loved everyone unconditionally as Jesus did. A champion for all-the poor, the hungry, the angry, the lonely, the ill, and any that needed his love. He had a special place in his heart of gold for children. He was generous in spirit and forgiveness was his staff. He was a friend to many and loved by even more. He treasured his Irish heritage and enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick's Day with family and friends. He was a full member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and was Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2013. Ed married Dixie Williams in 1954, together they had five children: daughters, Jacquie Boland (Tim) Harpster and Mary (Steve) Gettel of Great Falls; sons Paul (Young) Boland of Great Falls, Chris (Di) Boland of Cascade and Barry (Ann) Boland of Missoula; 15 grandchildren, Justin, Caimin, Camilee, and Edward Boland of Great Falls, Jessica Harpster (Levi) Coughlin of Kalispell, Justin Harpster of Billings, Christopher, Kailee, Kellee, and Cassidee Boland of Cascade, Erin (Stacy) Bucher and Chelsea Gettel of Great Falls, Alyssa Boland of Missoula, Shea Boland of Texas, and Callie Boland of Arizona; two great-grandchildren Liam and Ellisyn of Great Falls; sister-in-law Donna Boland; and 44 nieces and nephews. Ed's role as uncle was a cherished one as he loved each and every one of his family members. He also supports three children who live in the Philippines through the Unbound Program. Dixie and Ed celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together on September 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother Bridget; father Patrick; brother and sisters-in-law, Patrick Jr. (Phyllis), John (Weetie), Dick (Beverly), Emmett, James who was killed in New Guinea during WWII; sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret Swan (Archie Swan and Art Maki), Agnes Boland; baby sister Boland; nephews Jimmy Boland and Dennis Boland. Donations would be appreciated at the St. Ann's Cathedral soup kitchen, 715 3rd Ave N, Great Falls, MT 59401; the Rescue Mission, 326 2nd Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405; or the Unbound Program. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 28, 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
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