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Olsen, William E. (Bill)  
William E. (Bill) Olsen Havre —William E. Olsen died April 16, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ following a 3 month attempt to recover from Benign Brain Tumor Surgery. William was born in Moose Lake, MN on August 23, 1945 to Thorwald & Borghild Holten Olsen. Bill was raised on the family farm near Mahtowa, MN. He attended schools in Minnesota & Havre MT. Bill is survived by his wife Darlene Olson Tonjum. His children, Sheila Olsen Wixo,Michael Olsen & Billy Jack (Rita) Olsen. He is also survived by his step daughters Carra (Tim)Palmer, Julie (Chris)Travis, Janet (Steve)Haas & Rhonda Hendrickson, brothers Richard (Gladys)Olsen & Larry (Deb)Knutson Sister Betty Jones, his grandchildren Amanda (Kevin) Jorgensen, Amber Olsen, Jared & Tyler Palmer, Brandon & Evan Travis, Jordan, Amanda & Hannah Haas, Zach, Shay, Skylar, great granddaughter Claire Jorgensen ,numerous nieces, nephews & many cousins. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, previous wife, Jackie Olsen, his Sister, Jean Gifford, Brothers , Thomas & Harry Olsen, nephews, Roger & Mike McIntosh. A Memorial Celebration of Bill's Life will be held in Havre, MT on Saturday, May, 30, 2015. The Celebration will be at the Great Northern Fair's Activity Building at 3:00 PM. Friends & family are invited to come for a barbeque & share memories.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 3, 2015
Osterman, JoAnn  
JoAnn E. Osterman CHESTER —JoAnn Osterman, 80, of Chester, went to meet the Lord on April 24, 2015 in Great Falls. The world was first graced with JoAnn on November 11, 1934 when she was born in Havre to Georgiana and Orval Brain during the Great Depression. She came home to their two-room homestead shack fifteen miles south of Chester that had wood and coal stoves, kerosene lamps, and no plumbing. JoAnn attended first and second grades at Erickson School south of Chester and third grade in the Town of Chester. She was lucky to have her beloved Aunt Luella Schwab as her teacher. In 1943, the family moved into a new house just a few miles from the shack. JoAnn then attended Meissner School through eighth grade. The next year JoAnn joined her sister Marguerite in Great Falls where they lived with their grandparents Minnie and Sam Brain while attending high school. JoAnn graduated from Central High School in 1952. While living in Great Falls, JoAnn met Tom Osterman from Monarch, MT. We've been told the girls were cruising Central Avenue in Grandpa's '50 Ford when they met Tom and some friends. After Tom came home from serving in the Korean War, he and JoAnn were married on August 5, 1953, in Chester, MT. JoAnn and Tom were happy to welcome four children into their lives while JoAnn stayed home and began her career as the consummate mom while Tom worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. In 1967 Tom and JoAnn moved to Chester where they farmed and lived for 48 years until temporarily moving to Great Falls when JoAnn became ill. JoAnn loved flowers and gardening and turned the dry soil around the farm into beautiful flowering beds of color even when every drop of water had to be hauled from the Marias River. From spring through fall, her artistic designs adorned her home and those of many friends and family. In 1989, JoAnn enjoyed attending the Floral Design Institute of Seattle. She kept binoculars handy for bird-watching from her deck and dining room window. JoAnn passed her love and passion for art and nature to her children, and Doug's Seattle garden in particular provided her immeasurable joy. While she may not have admitted it, JoAnn was the best cook and baker ever. She bought cookie cutters of her grandchildren's favorite animals, mostly dinosaurs, and perfected her soft sugar cookies, happily watching them disappear by the handfuls. Pies, cinnamon rolls, and made-to-order birthday cakes were also her specialty. She was a faithful, devoted wife, mother, and grandma. Her grandchildren were her special treasures. She doted on them: building forts, reading books, playing tirelessly, and attending countless activities. She was their biggest supporter and each and every one of them knew they were loved unconditionally. She grounded them through her selflessness and humility. JoAnn fully lived her Catholic faith; she was generous and giving, always concerned for the well-being of others first. She lovingly cared for her mother and Aunt Luella when their health failed. She lived her life with a smile, never complaining, even in her last months. She is survived by her beloved husband Tom of Chester; close and loving sisters, Marguerite (Merle) Bivens of Irvine, CA and Carol (Dan) Riley of Marion, MT; children Ken (Lynda) Osterman of Chester, Dede (Gary) Ingman of Helena, Doug (Julie) Osterman of Normandy Park, WA, and Shelley Frost of Chester, VA; grandchildren Geoff and Candice Osterman, Andrea Schlimgen, Ross and Kristen Ingman, Mitchell and Anders Osterman, and Brent Frost; and numerous close and loving nieces, nephews, and friends. JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Georgiana and Orval Brain; infant grandson Kevin Osterman; Tom's parents Herman and Mary Osterman; and several of Tom's brothers and sisters. Mom, we will love you and miss you always; you will live in our hearts forever. Fly with the angels, Mom! At JoAnn's request, no services will be held. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Benefis Gift of Life Housing Centers, the Sletten Cancer Institute, or to the charity of your choice. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 29, 2015
Peck, Delbert  
Delbert Peck Black Eagle — Delbert Peck, 79, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in Great Falls. A vigil service will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at O'Connor Memorial Chapel. Funeral liturgy will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Delbert was born February 9, 1936 in Polson, MT to LeRoy and Julia Peck. After graduating from Great Falls High School in 1954, he joined the Navy and served with his brother Vernon on the U.S.S. Cogswell DD 651. Following his service, Delbert began an electrician apprenticeship with Rainbow Electric and worked for Cascade Electric as an electrician and estimator until his retirement in 1997. On May 2, 1959, he married Lorrie Ranieri. They had four children. Delbert was an active member of the IBEW Electrical Union for 55 years and one of the founding members of the Black Eagle Fire Department. He enjoyed camping with his family and spending time with his sons in the local Boy Scout troop. When not cheering on his Denver Broncos or watching the history channel, Delbert could be found at his cabin in Limestone Canyon where he loved to hunt, ride his 4-wheeler, mow the lawn, and tinker around. His love for hunting and fishing was often shared with his brother Vernon and best friend Don Heagy. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a caring friend to all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Lorrie; sons Rory, Rick, Randy, and Rod; daughters-in-law; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Marvin; sister Julie (Montie) Berg; brother-in-law Toots (Debra) Ranieri; sisters-in-law Doris and Velma Peck and Dodie Ranieri. He is preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Julia; brother Vernon; and granddaughter Jayleen. Special thanks to Wendy and her staff at Bee Hive Homes Sage House for all their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Parkinson Education - Benefis Foundation, P.O Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406 or Blessed Sacrament Adoration Chapel in Black Eagle, c/o Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 410 22nd Ave NE, Great Falls, MT 59404. Condolences may be left online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 28, 2015
Putnam, Donald  
Donald A. "Don" Putnam GREAT FALLS —Donald A. "Don" Putnam, 85, of Great Falls, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Don was born June 22, 1929 in Billings to Altha and Roscoe Putnam, the youngest of five children. He spent his early childhood in family orchards in Edgar, Montana, and later lived in Neihart, Townsend, and Forks, Washington. In 8th grade, Don left school for mining work. At 19, he moved to Great Falls to work for Great Falls Meat Co., until being recruited into a new trade - typewriter repair - which launched his lifelong career in office equipment. He met his first wife, Clarice Betts, while repairing her typewriter. Clarice died of cancer in 1968, leaving Don as single father to their son Greg. On New Year's Day 1971, Don met Jane Miller, and after a whirlwind one-month romance, they married on February 2. Don adopted her small children, Will, Sarah and Jim, and a fifth child, Erica, was born in 1975. Don earned his living selling and repairing office equipment at local businesses, but before he retired, launched his own small business (C&J Office Machines) with partner Gary Zimmerman. Don's life was blessed by simple things: a perfect turn through fresh powder, doll cradles lovingly crafted for all his granddaughters, a mountain hike, a clock's movement resuming its ticking at his work bench, coffee with friends at The Prospector, helping his neighbors, and the satisfaction of a hard day's work. Don leaves his family a legacy of memories built over decades at the family cabin he built with his own two hands near Glacier Park. He made those memories sweeter with his famous chocolate chip cookies, huckleberry pancakes and vanilla ice cream. Don is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jane; children Greg (Cindy) Putnam, Will (Shauna) Putnam, Sarah (Dwight) Guilbert, Jim (Jenifer) Putnam, and Erica (Chad) Brady; brother, Bill Putnam; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 2, 2015
Rodgers, Kathleen  
Kathleen Rodgers Great Falls —Kathleen M. Rodgers, 85, passed away of natural causes at Peace Hospice on Sat., April 18, 2015. A Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Sat. May 9 at 1 p.m. Kathleen was born Jan. 23, 1930 at Fairview, MT to Wesley F. and Evelyn (Johnson) Gue. She married Thomas B. Rodgers on June 20, 1948. Thomas passed away in 1970 at age 42 of Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). Kathleen worked as a cosmetologist for several years until back problems led her to make a change and open a flea market shop on Central Ave. named 'Kat's Swap Mart.' She enjoyed singing with the Sweet Adelines in 60s and 70s, crocheting, crafts, art, and playing Bingo. Kathleen is survived by three children, daughter Cynthia K. (A. Jeffrey Woods); sons Kelly B. Rodgers, and Mark W. Rodgers (Dawn); brother William W. Gue (Adrienne); sister Betty L. Nicholson, 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, parents, oldest son Douglas W. Rodgers, and brother Kenneth M. Gue. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Peace Hospice or St. Judes.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune from Apr. 28 to May 3, 2015
Silloway, Mary  
Mary M. Scharrer, Rust, Silloway Palm Desert, CA —Mary (Rusty) Silloway, age 96, died peacefully at home on April 29, 2015, in Palm Desert, CA. Born in Great Falls on March 2, 1919; graduated from Great Falls High in 1936. Married Walter Rust (deceased) in 1942. Lived in Havre and Chester before returning to Great Falls in 1967. Worked at Village Bank before marrying Jack Silloway (deceased) in 1979. Shortly after, they moved to Alpine, AZ and then Palm Desert, CA. Rusty is fondly remembered as an amazing bridge player, and gardener who loved the sun and entertained her children and grandchildren with many Gin Rummy games. Rusty is survived by her sister, Nora Gilligan of Great Falls and brother, Frank Scharrer of Highlands Ranch, CO; her 4 children: Camie (Jack) Eugster of Minneapolis; Robert (Alice) Rust of Huntley, MT; Daniel (Bertie) Rust of Bozeman, MT and Randall (Judy) Rust of Chandler, AZ and 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Rusty's remains will be buried in Great Falls at a later date. Memorials preferred in her name to Children's Cancer Research Fund, 7301 Ohms Lane, Suite 460; Minneapolis, MN. 55439
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 3, 2015
Thielman, Gale  
GALE W. THIELMAN 76, who grew up in Chester, then moved to Great Falls in 1962, completed a 40-year career with MANG, and retired from civil service in 1996, died at Peace Hospice on April 24, 2015. His funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at the New Hope Lutheran Church, 3125 - 5th Ave. So., Great Falls. A reception will follow at the church. Graveside services with military honors will be 3:00 p.m. Sat, May 2 at the Chester Cemetery. A coffee hour will follow at St. Mary's Church in Chester. Viewing for Gale will be Friday at the Rockman Funeral Chapel in Chester and one hour prior to service time at New Hope Church. Memorials may be offered to the Montana Veteran's Memorial in Great Falls, Fort Harrison Nat'l Cemetery in Helena, or donor's choice. Gale is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann (Folden) Thielman of Great Falls; 2 children, Tara (Cathy) Thielman of Conrad and Greg (Kate) Thielman of Fort Shaw; 3 grandchildren, Scott, Blaine, & Makayla; 3 sisters, Eloise Morehead of Vancouver, WA, Joanne Willman of Chinook, and Linda (Jim) Kathman of Great Falls; sister-in-law, Trina Thielman of Chester. He was preceded in death by his parents (Harold & Mina) and 3 siblings (Georgia, Dale, & Terry). The Thielman family would like to thank their friends & staff at Peace Hospice for the wonderful care to Gale during the past several months.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 29, 2015
Tvedt, Conrad R.  
Conrad R. Tvedt Sun City West, Arizona —Conrad R. Tvedt Conrad Rastad Tvedt met his Lord and Savior face to face on Tuesday, April 28th in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a day he had been preparing for his whole life. Conrad was born on December 5, 1923 to Selma and Lars Tvedt in Mitchell, South Dakota. He attended South Dakota State University before enlisting in the Army Air Corps where he graduated as a pilot and served as a flight instructor of West Point Cadets. He later retired as an Air Force Reserve Major. He married his beloved wife, Patricia (Vaughn), on April 20, 1952 after she captured his heart while singing in the church choir in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They raised their family in Glasgow, Montana where Conrad was a banker and a rancher for 27 years. They moved to Great Falls, Montana before relocating to Sun City West, Arizona where Conrad often described his days as "blessed and highly favored". He was continually active in each community with involvement in his church, Love In Action, Full Gospel Businessmen, Kiwanis, Sons of Norway, a member of Trinity Bible College Board and anything Republican. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his children, Steven (Gwen), Catherine Smith, and Nancy Davis, six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren, with one on the way. Conrad is also survived by his sister, Norma Siverson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lars and Selma Tvedt, brothers Lien, Johan, and William, and a sister Mildred. As sad as we are to lose him, we are happy that he is absent from the body but present with the Lord. His passions were Service to God, to family and to his country. To Dad we say, "Mange Tusen Takk". Services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, May 4 at Camino Del Sol Funeral Chapel, 13738 W Camino Del Sol, Sun City West, AZ 85375. Burial follows at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be directed to Trinity Bible College Scholarship Fund 50 S 6th Ave Ellendale, ND 58436.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 2, 2015
Violett, Ellen  
CHESTER - Ellen I. (Warnes) Violett, 101 a school teacher & farm wife proud of her Norwegian heritage, who enjoyed painting, working with clay, and collecting dolls & plates, died April 27 at the LMC in Chester. A celebration of her life will be 11:00 a.m. Monday (May 4) at Our Savior's Luth. Church in Chester. Burial in the Chester Cemetery with a reception to follow at the church. Arrangements by Rockman Funeral Chapel. Ellen was preceded in death by her husband (Archie) and her 8 siblings. Survivors are her 3 sons, Russell & Delores of Tucson, AZ, Gary & Beverly of Chester, and Michael & Susan of Chester; 9 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; & 5 great-great-grand-children.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 1, 2015
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