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Keller, Frances  
Frances May Petr Keller Frances May Petr Keller, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on September 14, 2016, at Big Sandy Medical Center. The sixth of eight children, she was born at Hopp, Montana, southeast of Big Sandy, on November 9, 1930, to Frank Jouseph and Anna Helen Koutensky Petr. Frances attended Iliad School and Big Sandy Elementary School. After graduating from Big Sandy High School, she loved working as a secretary for Chouteau County Superintendent of Schools Margaretha Klinesmith Thomas in Fort Benton. After which Frances moved to Great Falls and worked as a secretary at the United Services Organization and Montana Oliver Distributing Company. Frances had fallen in love with a Bear Paw rancher by the name of Harvey Harrison Keller during high school and married him on April 23, 1950. They moved to Harvey's home ranch in the Bear Paw Mountains in January of 1963 where Frances lived until November 2011 when she was injured from falling. She recovered at Big Sandy Medical Center until January of 2012, and then she lived with Roger and Gaye until May of 2013. Since then, Frances had lived at Cambridge Court and BeeHive Homes in Great Falls and Big Sandy Medical Center, having many excellent care-givers over the years. All her care-givers remarked about her good attitude, sweet disposition, whole-hearted appreciation for their assisting her, and her beautiful smile. Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey H. Keller, in 1995; her parents, Frank and Anna Petr; her sisters Ann Jones, Evelyn Bitz, and Mary Nance; and her brother Frank. Her surviving sisters are Helen Moes and Lillian Blazek of Washington and Elizabeth Timmerman of Naples, Florida, and brother-in-law Leo Bitz of Big Sandy. Those left behind are daughter Gaye Lynn Genereux (Roger) of Big Sandy and their daughter Leah Quintana (Feliberto) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and great-grandsons Kelby Hoge of Bozeman, Kalin Hoge (Jessica) and great-great-grandson KoBurn of Lewistown, and Avaristo Quintana of Hawaii; and great-granddaughters Alicia Trembley (Tim) of Albuquerque and Angelica Rose of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Roger and Gaye's sons Roger Austin (Raelynn) and great-grandsons Riley and Bayley Genereux, and Rustin (Stephanie) Genereux all of Big Sandy; Frances' son Harvey Lee Keller (Demrece) of Big Sandy and their daughters Laci (fiancée Jason Christenson) of Havre and Tenley of Billings; and Frances' daughter Colleen Sue Forbes (William) of Tucson, Arizona, and their children Mollie, Max, and Morgan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Big Sandy Medical Center, Big Sandy New Library Fund, or another of your choice. A memorial service will be held at the Big Sandy United Methodist Church at a later date. Notices of the service will be sent to The Mountaineer and the Havre radio stations.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 25, 2016
LaCoss, Ronald  
Ronald Everett LaCoss Great Falls —Ronald Everett LaCoss, age 70, passed away suddenly on September 14, 2016 at his residence in Great Falls. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 1500-1800 hours (3pm-6pm) at the VFW located on 10th Ave. South in Great Falls, where he was a lifetime member. Ronald was born to Henry and Joe LaCoss, May 31, 1946 in Hobbs, NM. Ron, as he was known to most, was a retired decorated Vietnam era Vet with 22 years of service in the US Air Force. After retirement, Ron spent 17 years in Anchorage, AK, where he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau, FAA and TSA. He was transferred to Bozeman, MT, by TSA. He decided to take retirement seriously, moved to Great Falls, MT where he lovingly cared for his wife. Ron loved to spend time fishing, reading and collecting miniature cars and train sets. He was an avid car buff and his pride and joy was his 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible. Family and friends knew him for his charming and friendly personality. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed being around his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to joke around, was an excellent cook, and participated in chili cook-offs. Ron is survived by his wife, Arlene, of Great Falls; children, Sue Newson (Scott), Scott McGuire (Julia); grandchildren, Cera, Jaylene, Jayce, Jay, and Deandra; great-grandchildren, Koda, Lexi, Zara and Luther, all of Alaska. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret Sanders of Hobbs, NM; his identical twin brother and best friend, Donald LaCoss (Kathryn) of Albuquerque, NM; niece, Kathy Popely (Ted); and great-niece Paige, of Alaska. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Betty Devlin, Polly Schneider; brothers, Charles and Robert Black; and granddaughter, Jayda. In his memory we ask you to go out and shake a vets hand and thank them for their service. Condolences may be sent to Arlene LaCoss c/o Croxford Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 1307 Central Ave., Great Falls, MT 59401 or shared online at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 24, 2016
Malyevac, Mary  
Mary T. Andrews Malyevac Great Falls —Mary T. (Andrews) Malyevac, 95, of Great Falls, passed away August 19, 2016 at a local care facility. Mary was born on September 3, 1920 in Butte, Montana, daughter of Elizabeth Rokovik and Nicholas Andrews, the 5th child of nine siblings. She was fiercely proud to be Catholic, Croation and a Butte native. Upon graduation from Butte High School in 1938, Mary began working as an office clerk at Silver Bow Motor Company. She took advanced accounting and business law from Butte Business College, and worked as an Automotive Accountant for Wellman Motors (Chrysler), Wakley Pontiac and Kunkel Pontiac in a career that spanned 40 years. She was highly respected for her acumen and knowledge of the complex and complicated automotive reporting required by Chrysler and General Motors. In 1976, she ran unsuccessfully for the office of Treasurer of Butte-Silver Bow County. At the age of 83, she tutored a School of Mines accounting major, who aced his class. She married Peter A. Malyevac on May 4, 1947 in Butte, Montana, where they raised five daughters and were very involved in their children's activities, the community and helping family, friends and neighbors. Mary was an excellent cook and hostess, and the house was always filled with family and the friends who wished they were family. She was renowned for her spaghetti sauce, prime rib, roast leg of lamb, and povitica. Her children and grandchildren would attest that grandma made the best French toast in the world. She was an excellent seamstress, gardener, storyteller and confidant. She loved to dance, loved children and was the best playmate a grandchild could want. Her Catholic faith was the foundation of her life. Growing up in Butte during the depression and war years, Mary developed the work ethic, independence, empathy and indomitable spirit that would characterize her life. She had an irrepressible sense of humor and always demonstrated grace and gratitude in the face of adversity. Mary lived by the axiom that "The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes along their way." In 2005, with the onset of dementia, Mary moved to Great Falls to be near her daughter, Carol. She resided at the Ruby House bringing joy and laughter to residents, visitors and staff alike with her antics, anecdotes and colorful expressions. She is survived by her daughters, Carol Mungas, Andrea (Bob) Mungas, Theresa (Dan) Mungas, Elaine Malyevac and Elise (Pat) Tidrick; a niece, who was like a daughter, Beverly (Jack) Hihnala; brother Robert Andrews; grandchildren, Greg and Renee Mungas, Nick Mungas, Jenny Dunn, Paul, Sarah, and Christopher Mungas, Jessica Malyevac, Katherine and Marissa Tidrick; 10 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved son-in-law, James Mungas; brothers, Vince, Peter, John, Matt and Andy; sisters Ann (Kapetanich) and Pauline (Verlich). The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff at MT. Gems, Inc. for their competent, gentle and loving care of Mary for the past 10 years. Funeral Liturgy will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016, at St. Ann's Cathedral, in Great Falls, MT, with inurnment in Butte, Montana on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Guatemalan Mission, c/o Diocese of Helena, P.O. Box 1729, Helena, MT 59624; Lady of the Rockies, 3100 Harrison Avenue, Butte, MT, 59701; St. Ann's Restoration Fund, 715 3rd Avenue North, Great Falls, MT; 59404; or St. Ann's Church, 2100 Farragut Avenue, Butte, MT 59701. Condolences for the family may be left at www.SchniderFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 18, 2016
Minor, Gary  
Gary L Minor Great Falls, MT —Gary L Minor, Desert Hot Springs, CA, son of the late Arthur and Dorothy Minor of Great Falls, MT., passed away September 14th 2016 from complications due to type 1 diabetes. Gary attended Great Falls High School, Washington State University, City University of Seattle, Seattle University School of Law and University of the Rockies. Gary started his career in law enforcement with the Washington State Patrol-DCAU-Narcotics Investigator and then was a Patrol Officer and Detective with the Redmond Washington Police Department for 18 years, before becoming the Chief of Police in Briar, Washington. He was a professor, teaching Law Enforcement and Criminology at the American Public University/American Military University. In addition to teaching, Gary authored several articles on policing in the " Inpublicsafety.com " newsletter for the American Military University. Gary, with his twin brother, Larry, dominated the Great Falls High School Track and Field during the 1970s in the 100 yrd, High Hurdle, 440 yrd, Low Hurdles and triple jump. They both attended WSU on full track scholarships. Gary leaves behind his twin brother Larry of Lynnwood, WA, brother Michael of Portland, OR, sister Linda, Kirkland, WA, nephew Kristopher of Black Diamond WA and his 14yr old daughter Kiara. No Funeral will be held. Family requests remembrances be made to one of these: American Diabetes, American Stroke, American Cancer, American Lupus.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 24, 2016
Norris, Leroy  
Leroy Wayne Norris Simms —Leroy "Roy" Wayne Norris, 82, of Simms, MT, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016, at a local care facility in Great Falls. A Celebration of Life will take place on Monday, September 19, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Norris residence located at 12778 Hwy 200, Simms, MT. Roy was born on May 2, 1934, to parents Garnett and Gertie Norris in Missoula, MT. The family later moved to Kalispel where he attended school. Later in life Roy moved to Simms where he met Marilyn Hutton at the Fireside Inn. It was love at first sight. They married on July 29, 2000, both bringing children from previous marriages, creating one large, loving, blended family. Roy started working early in his teens as a carpenter. He continued this trade throughout his life travelling through several states until his retirement. Roy loved fishing in the creeks throughout Washington and Montana. His very favorite place was at the Tacoma Creek in Washington where his ashes will be later spread so that he may rest there for eternity. When he wasn't fishing, he loved watching old westerns, spending time with his kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A loving father, devoted husband to Marilyn, and dear friend to all who knew him, Roy will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife Marilyn of 16 wonderful years, nine children, 23 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. Roy was preceded in death by his parents and by all of his siblings. Condolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 18, 2016
Osterman, Bruce  
Bruce A. Osterman Great Falls — Bruce A. Osterman, 65, of Great Falls, passed away at Peace Hospice surrounded by family on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 after a hard fought battle with colon cancer. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 12:00-3:00PM at the Hideout Lounge, 2401 12th Ave S. Cremation has taken place and no other services are planned per his request. Bruce was born in Great Falls to Lee (Kercher) and Lewis Herman Osterman. He attended grade school in Denton, Geraldine and White Sulphur Springs and graduated with the class of 1969 from Great Falls High. He immediately began working in the construction trade and later joined the Carpenters Union. He worked construction his entire career until he retired from the union in August of 2006. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting. He meticulously processed his own wild game and made a mean batch of smoked delicacies. Bruce had an incredible sense of humor, which got him through the lowest points of his cancer treatment and kept his friends, family and oncology staff on their toes. Bruce is survived by his wife, Mardi; sister Ardis Webb; brothers, Dick (Marilyn) and DuWayne; daughters, Jessie Plant, Jayme (Justin) Wonsick, Jill, Jody (Michael) Woods; son Jerad; stepchildren Justin and Jaimi Popovich; nieces D'Dea Pond, Simoné Webb, Lindsey (John) Seitz, and Virginia; nephews Richard L. and Ryan(Ashley); as well as 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee (Osterman) Ryan and Lewis Osterman. Memorials may be sent to Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation, 3010 15th Ave. S., Great Falls, MT, 59405. Condolences may be posted online at www.SchniderFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 25, 2016
Ostrem, Joan  
Joan D. Ostrem Great Falls —Joan D. Ostrem, 83, of Great Falls, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016 at Peace Hospice. Funeral liturgy will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Fort Shaw. Rosary will be said before the service at 1:45 p.m. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Joan Ostrem was born March 23, 1933 in Belfield, North Dakota to Jacob and Rosa Sticka. When she was four years old the family moved to Sidney, MT. She had five brothers and six sisters. Joan graduated from Sidney High School in 1951. She married her high school sweetheart Gene E. Ostrem in 1953. They moved from Sidney to Miles City in 1960. In 1962 they moved to Great Falls and then to Fort Shaw in 1964. Joan worked at Sidney Greenhouse after high school. From there she worked with Carpenter Insurance in Sidney, General Adjustment Bureau in Miles City and Great Falls, then to crop hail insurance companies. She retired in 1999. Joan is survived by one sister Monica (Steinbeisser) Zoanni; brother-in-law Jerry (Janice) Ostrem; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gene; three babies; five brothers; and five sisters. Condolences may be shared with the family online at OConnorFuneralHome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 21, 2016
Paul, Sharon  
Sharon Lynne Paul Great Falls —On 3 February 1943, Luella and Shelby Goodman added Sharon Lynne Goodman to their family, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sharon's life's adventures started on that very day. As a baby her crib legs were set in cans containing gasoline to keep the scorpions out of her crib. The adventures grew her entire life. From dance classes and recitals to fishing, hunting or skipping school, Sharon kept them on their toes. In 1947 her adventures started to include Stonewall Mountain and the lakes and streams in the area of Lincoln, Montana. Sharon knew "The Mountain" better than anybody. Within a few years, she would take off in the early morning hours and go to the Stonewall Mining Camp to spend the day visiting with the miners. She continued to spend off school time at "the Ranch" in the Belt/Armington/Raynesford area "helping" Grandma and Grandpa Goodman. She managed to find some kind of mischief wherever she may be. In 1948 Sharon got her very own baby sister, she practiced her parenting skills in every way imaginable on Vicki. The best (and maybe even a little amazing) part is that Vic lived to tell the tales. In 1959 She met a ruggedly handsome logger, he told her he was rich, she found out later that was his name. Although, together they had a very rich life and money had nothing to do with it. Sharon married Richard Paul in November of 1961 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Over the course of the next fifteen years they welcomed their four daughters into their lives and continued the adventure. Rainbow Garden Club, Life Members, Campfire Girls, The Enlisted Association of the National Guard, Horseshoe pitching, Avon representative, Outstanding Young Women of America, Daughters of the American Revolution, hunting and fishing were all contributors to raising and teaching "The Paul Girls" to be strong, independent and outgoing women like their Mom. She was as proud of them as they are of her. However, in 1987 the best adventure started; the adventure of grandchildren, thirteen of them and one great grandchild. She was "Grandma Nature" and those kids soaked up every bit of knowledge she passed them. Sharon didn't spoil those kids the way Grandparents want to spoil kids, she spent countless hours, days and nights spoiling them with knowledge, love and appreciation of the things that were most important to her. In 1996 Sharon and Rich moved to Lincoln, Montana full-time. The "new comers" to the area got to know her, and the old-timers like the Lambkins, Garlands, Grantiers, Wiederholds, Deans, and Youderians already did! For those who were fortunate to have ever met Sharon, even once, she was someone they would never forget. Her "Family" extended well beyond any blood-lines. She had a love for flying, she would get on a plane going anywhere. Sharon had an eye for artistic design, an ear for music, and a love for her surroundings. She was a marksman who always filled her tags. However, she could dress to the nines and make every head in the room turn when she walked in. She was the most elegant "Tomboy" you could ever meet. Sharon remained strong right up to her last breath in the early morning hours of 15 September 2016. She is survived by Rich, Vicki (Dan), Dawn (Jim), Shelbi, Richann (Wade), Danita, Mike (Kendra), Kelc (Chelsey), Koti, Koltn (Jessica), Kree, Alekzander, Kylee, Zakary, Mady, Kache, Kuirt, Chance, Danika, Neveah and the rest of her "Family" who will all miss her terribly. However, we will all carry the legacy and the lessons that she gave us and we know she will continue to show us the "right" way to get it done! Sharon was part of far too many funeral services over the years and decided that a funeral just wasn't something she wanted or needed for herself. We are honoring her wishes. She has been cremated and will spend eternity at the base of Stonewall Mountain at the "Cabin". Condolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 18, 2016
Peterson, Peggy  
Peggy Peterson Great Falls —Great Falls resident Peggy Peterson died of cancer Monday, September 5, at a local hospital. Peggy worked for H&R Block for 27 years as a Master Tax Advisor and Enrolled Agent. She also played the French horn with the Great Falls Symphony and other local music ensembles for several decades. At her request, no services will be held. Cremation took place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home. Survivors include her daughter, Abigail Frank (Brian) and two grandchildren of Colorado Springs, CO; sisters Pam Hills of Spokane, WA and Suzie Harper (Jon) of Apple Valley, CA; brothers Ken Van Dam (Dena) of Great Falls and Jim Van Dam (Debbie) of Missoula. In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial donation to the Maclean Animal Adoption Center, P.O. Box 3426, Great Falls, MT, 59403 or online at www.macleananimaladoptioncenter.org .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 18, 2016
Romanchuk, Jennifer  
Jennifer M. Romanchuk GERALDINE —Jennifer M. Romanchuk, 77, of Geraldine, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016. Jennifer was born in Shrewsbury, England on October 22, 1938 to Eddie and Stella Pugh. She was a school teacher and spent many happy years teaching children in grade school in England. She enjoyed taking them on trips to Wales and showed them love and kindness. She brought up three loving children on her own after her first husband died in 1977. She retired from teaching in 1994 and spent long, happy summers in Montana, where she met Patrick Romanchuk. They married in August 2000 and had 16 years of happiness, traveling around Europe and visiting family in England. Jennifer is survived by her devoted husband, Pat; her beloved children, Dave, Jacquie, and Caroline; and her adoring grandchildren, Kiera, Alice, Molly and Ben. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.SchniderFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 25, 2016
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