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Sabo, Michael  
Michael Harry Sabo Great Falls —Michael Harry Sabo, 62, of Great Falls passed away at his home of natural causes on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. A service will be held at a later day. Cremation has taken place under the direction of O'Connor Funeral Home. Mike was born February 3, 1953 in Great Falls, Montana. Mike was a loving brother, father, uncle and most awesome husband and friend. He attended Great Falls High School and in his early teens he taught himself how to play the bass guitar. Mike and his brother Larry and best friend/brother Maurice Ross started a band called Brand X. Later, they started their second band called Strongheart, where Mike won the best bass guitar player award in 1972 at the Giant Jam Session at CMR. Their band won awards at various Battle of the Bands throughout the Northwest. He then joined the Thorsen Brothers Band for the next few years. Mike also was an avid sports fan and his favorite team was the New York Yankees and you would find him always wearing something with the Yankees logo on it. He never missed watching the World Series. He loved the 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The one thing Mike loved the most was Millie and his music. Mike moved to San Francisco and worked as a computer operator with General Electric Credit Corp, where he met and married the love of his life his, wife Millie. They then moved back to his true home in Great Falls, where he worked for Green Acres and then Murph's Party Bowl. Those he touched will miss his ability to listen and offer whatever he could of himself, but most of all his love of music and family. He is survived by his loving wife, Millie; brother Jack (Debbie) Sabo of Great Falls; sister Anna (Dean) Droppelman of Tacoma, WA; brother/friend Maurice Ross (Dianne) of Pocatello, ID; daughter Angela Sabo; 2 nieces and 4 nephews; 12 great nieces and nephews; and brothers in music: Tom, Dave and Larry Thorsen. Mike was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Harry Sabo; brother Larry Sabo; and sister Ruthie Sabo. Until we see you again our sweet Mike, we love and miss you. Condolences for the family may be left at OconnorFuneralHome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 26, 2015
Schuhmacher, Louis  
Louis A. "Pete" Schuhmacher 84, of Chester passed away from natural causes June 17, 2015 at the Liberty County Nursing Home with family and friends at his side. Many thanks to the nursing home staff for their care during his final days. A memorial service will be held at the Chester Alliance Church on August 1st at 11:00 with a reception following at the Liberty Community and Senior Center. Pete was born August 16, 1930 to Louis "Louie" and Helen Schuhmacher at the family farm south of Chester. He grew up on the farm and attended a local country school. Louis Sr. Died in 1943 and Pete moved to Fort Benton with his mother. He attended High School in Fort Benton and returned in 1948 to farm the home place with his brother Mick. In 1950 he married Kathleen Eva Ward and they settled into the family farmstead with no electricity or running water. Improvements were soon made and they welcomed the first of 5 children in 1951. Pete worked the family farm his whole adult life, adding a small herd of cattle in the 60s and trying his hand at pigs for a few years. He was very proud of the improvements he made to his cattle herd and spent many happy hours at cow sales with his friends looking for the right stock. He was also an avid hunter of deer, antelope, and game birds and made trips into the Bob Marshall wilderness and Sweetgrass Hills with his hunting buddies to pursue big game such as Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Moose, and Black Bear. He enjoyed fishing for trout and pike locally and made trips to the coast to fish saltwater. Pete enjoyed camping with his family and friends in tents, then a camper, and finally an RV. Pete bought his first boat shortly after Tiber Dam was completed and during the 80s was a regular at the lake with his houseboat. He and Kathy went on several cruises to Mexico and Alaska. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, hosting family events, harvesting when the crops were good, and branding. Pete enjoyed many social activities and was an active member of his community, participating in a Dale Carnegie course, pinochle club, archery, Lion's club, bowling, softball, trap shooting and more. He was an active member of the Alliance Church in Chester. He supported the Chester High sports programs and travelled to many tournaments to cheer on the team. Pete and Kathleen was a regular fixture at local events and were always willing to lend a helping hand. Pete was preceded in death by his father Louis, his mother Helen, and siblings Leo "Mick" Schuhmacher and Rosemary Tomaski. He is Survived by his Wife Kathleen, his sister Geraldine Sorenson, his children Myrna, Louis, Curtis, Kaye, and Gerald, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Rockman Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 26, 2015
Sherry, Patrick  
Patrick T. Sherry Browning —Patrick Timothy Sherry, lately of Browning, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015 of natural causes. A funeral mass will be 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Little Flower Parish in Browning, Montana. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitted Funeral Chapel of Cut Bank, Montana. Pat was born January 26, 1950 in Richland, Washington, the fourth child of Margaret and Fairman Sherry. He attended St. Joseph's School in Grand Junction, Colorado for his elementary education. At 12 years, the family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where Pat graduated from Bishop Gorman High. He went to Mesa College in Grand Junction for one year. He worked in a casino for some years and spent 50 years there in Las Vegas until his health caused him to move into his sister Peg's home in Farmington, New Mexico and his sister Barb's home in Browning, Montana. He loved animals, visiting the mountains, movies, television and reading. He was the king of trivia when watching Jeopardy. He is survived by his sisters Barbara (Paul) Kingston and Peg (David - deceased) Burnham; his brother Bill (Sharleen); 13 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Fairman Sherry.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 22, 2015
Sivertsen, Raymond  
Raymond O. Sivertsen Brackettville, Texas —Raymond O. Sivertsen, 84, retired, from Lloyd, MT, passed away June 24 of natural causes. Ray was a ranch boy at heart, born April 1931 and raised in the Bear Paw Mountains on the Sivertsen Ranch homestead. He attended a country school until High School, then attended and graduated from Chinook High in 1950. He married Caroline Murphy in 1951 and they had 4 children; they divorced in 1968. He had a deep passion for Eagles and loved the rodeos. He went to the Law Enforcement academy in 1958 in Helena. He then took a job in Terry, MT as a patrolman and then transferred to Bozeman as a patrolman. He then moved his family to Great Falls and worked as a police officer. In 1968 he changed careers to a truck driver and through the years worked different jobs as a salesman. He was very active at the Eagles lodge in Havre and held the President position for numerous terms. He was a skilled craftsman and built a few houses through the years. He retired in 1992 and moved to Belt, MT and later to Texas for the warmer weather. Even though he was distanced from his children, grandchildren and family, he truly loved them. He is survived by his children: Carol Diamond of Lakewood, WA; Cheryle French of Great Falls, MT; Clancy (Lori) Sivertsen of Belt, MT; Colleen (Roger) Hill of Black Eagle, MT; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister Marjorie Duchscher and brothers Robert Sivertsen of Havre, MT; Walter (Judy) Sivertsen of Big Sandy, MT; and Howard Sivertsen of Bear Paw Ranch. He was preceded in death by his parents Leonard & Anna (Holst) Sivertsen, brothers Clarence Sivertsen and Leonard Sivertsen. Cremation has already taken place in Del Rio, TX. There will be a graveside memorial August 1, 11 a.m., at the Kuper Memorial Cemetery in Chinook with a reception following at the Eagles Club in Chinook.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 26, 2015
Statham, Mary Ruth  
Mary Ruth (Gentry) Statham Great Falls —Mary Ruth (Gentry) Statham, 86, of Great Falls passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Peace Hospice. Funeral liturgy will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Schnider Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Mary was born on the family farm in Estill County, Kentucky on November 17, 1928 to Earl J. and Edith (Wagers) Gentry. She lived in the farmhouse, along with her brother Wayne, until she graduated from high school. Mary Ruth then moved to Lexington where she took a job as a receptionist in a local office. While there, she met her future husband, Laurel Statham, who was attending the University of Kentucky and they were married on October 19, 1951. After her husband graduated from college he joined the United States Air Force as a lieutenant and so began their whirlwind life in the military. The Statham family lived all over the United States, as well as in Germany, England and Tripoli, Libya and Mary Ruth was proficient in being able to pack a household with very short notice. Where ever the family went, or was going, she would make the transition as smooth as possible so they always knew home is where the heart is. In 1969, Mary Ruth's husband was sent orders to be stationed in Great Falls. From the moment she arrived, she knew this was going to be the place she would live forever. Mary Ruth took many trips throughout the years to beautiful Kentucky to visit her family, but loved coming back "home" to Montana. Mary Ruth lived by the motto "I see no good reason to act my age." She enjoyed weekly volunteering at the Emiline Center, lunch dates with family and friends, taking bus trips around the US and Harley rides on the open road. She even had a helmet with "Ruthless" printed on the back that made her laugh every time she put it on, but her family knew that title was far from the truth. The one thing she loved most of all, was any type of get together with her children, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would always be there smiling, laughing and taking in the love from the family that adored her. Mary Ruth is survived by her sons Steve (Julie) Statham of Everett WA and Mark (Judy) Statham of Idaho Falls ID; daughter Kim (John) Gagnon of Great Falls; grandchildren Paul, Erin, Jill, Kelli, Kristen and Steven; and great-grandchildren PJ, Hailey, Max, Lia, Drew, Avery and Nole. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother and great-grandson Tyson. No Bad Days! In lieu of flowers donations are suggest to the Emilie Center and or Holy Spirit Parish. Condolences may be shared with the family at SchniderFuneralHome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 28, 2015
Verbael, Rick  
Rick Verbael Great Falls —Our beloved son and brother, Richard "Rick" Verbael, 51, died in his sleep due to natural causes on July 22, 2015. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home. A graveside burial service will be held at the cemetery in Dutton at 1:00 PM, Friday, July 31, with a private celebration of his life to follow at the home of his parents, Russ and Stella Verbael, in Great Falls. Rick was born at Ft Belvoir Army Base, Virginia on Feb 29, 1964 and attended various schools during his early years as his parents followed a career in the US Marine Corps. He graduated high school in Tustin, California in 1983 and later earned an associate degree in Computer Technology from College Of Great Falls in 1996. Rick worked as a computer programmer at Data Northwest in Great Falls for over 15 years and which ended recently due to deteriorating health issues. Rick had been a member of several California rock and roll bands from his high school days until his 30's. His passion for the exhilaration, excitement, adventure and challenge of practicing and then performing live on stage with his music group never left him, even later in life as he pursued a career with computers. He is survived by his parents, Russ and Stella Verbael of Great Falls, brother Mark Verbael of Cut Bank, sister Cindy (Clark) LeDoux of Ft Worth, Texas and preceeded in death by an older brother, Keith Verbael in 1990. He is also survived by a number of aunts and uncles, including favorites: Karen Toeckes and Marci Kremer of Dutton and a long time caring, sharing next door neighbor, Cassie Linghor. Rick never married and lived alsone in Sun P:rarie, Montana, Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 26, 2015
Weese, Carol  
Carol Weese Great Falls —Carol Maxine Thorson Weese, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, departed this life peacefully on July 21, 2015. A memorial Service for Carol will be held Monday, July 27, 2015 at 2:00pm at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1410 13th Street South, Great Falls, Montana 59405. Carol was born on December 25, 1935, in Great Falls, where she grew up before meeting her husband and living her life as a military wife and traveling the world. Carol lived in Phoenix, Oregon with Harry for the past 30+ years were they would spend their days watching their favorite shows, gardening and working on crafts. She worked at Irene's Craft Center when living in Great Falls. She worked in Oregon for the University of Oregon Extension Service until her retirement. She was quoted as saying she had read over 1000 books after retiring. Carol had enormous artistic talent and was known for her many beautiful quilts which she had gifted to family on special occasions. She was a great fan of the Seattle Mariners Baseball team and tried to never miss a game on TV. Carol is survived by her husband, Harry A. Weese; daughter Mari L. Seiter; son Marc C. Weese; 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; as well as her sister, Sharon Snyder and her husband Neil and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her oldest son, Michael K. Weese and grandson Michael C. Klimka. Condolences may be shared with the family at SchniderFuneralHome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 26, 2015
Westley, Connette Brookings  
Connette Lorraine Brookings Westley Mossyrock, WA — Connette was the second of four children born to Dolores and Charles Brookings. She was born August 13, 1949 in Great Falls, Montana. The family moved to Vaughn in 1958. Connette was the only girl in her class until 1963. She was a tomboy and spent most of her time riding horses. She attended Simms High School from 1964 to 1968. Connette had two daughters, Kari and Jami. Her family moved to Billings in 1974, where she worked as a receptionist until she divorced in 1986. Connette moved to Chehalis, Washington in 1997 and married Bill Westley in 2003. They lived in Mossyrock, WA until her death June 25, 2015. Connette enjoyed the many types of jobs she worked over the years. She also taught Sunday school for many years and loved children. Connette enjoyed crocheting, painting, and gardening. Connette is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by daughters, Kari LeBarron, husband Eugene, and their children, Lindsey, Lauren, and Jacob of Elberton, GA, and Jami Nicotera, her husband Kevin, and their children, Joey and Kelsi from Diamondville, WY; Bill's sons Jeff, Scott, and Jim Westley and four grandchildren, of Centralia, WA. She is also survived by her brothers, Ron Brookings, his wife Dixie of Sun River, MT, and Doug Brookings of Great Falls, MT; sisters, Denise Brander, her husband Jim of Chehalis, WA, and Carlee McClintick of Nampa, ID. In honor of Connette's last wishes, a Celebration of Life was held in Mossyrock, WA on June 29, 2015. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 25, 2015
Wurz, Evelyn G.  
Evelyn G. Wurz Sand Coulee —Evelyn G. Wurz, 22 months, of Sand Coulee, passed away on July 23, 2015. Arrangements have been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home. She went to be with the Angels and is shining down on us. She is survived by her father Gary and mother Ruth; siblings, George, Amanda, Linda, Gary and Andrew; Grandpa Andrew and Grandma Magdalena; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Evelyn will be deeply missed by everybody. Evelyn had a smile that will stay with us forever. She is preceded in death by Grandma Susanna in 1994 and Grandpa George in 2009. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 26, 2015
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