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  • Obituary: Lynda Anne Hillmar

    O'Connor Funeral Home|Jun 13, 2024

    Lynda Anne Hillmar, 74, passed away May 31, 2024, at Peace Hospice in Great Falls. She was born on September 8, 1949, to Clifford and Helen Huntsberger (Bruneau). Lynda graduated from Great Falls High School in 1968 and the University of Montana in 1974. She married Bert William “Bill” Hillmar on September 8, 1973. Lynda and Bill had two children while stationed at Pease AFB, NH. They were stationed in Hawaii and Nebraska before settling at Dumfries, VA where Bill was with the Department of Def...

  • Obituary: James Alan Belisle

    Jun 6, 2024

    On February 10, 2024, at the age of sixty-four, James Alan Belisle passed away peacefully in Spokane, WA, in the home of his brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Kathy, and surrounded by the love and care of his siblings. He had suffered a stroke on December 28th, 2023. The days following were spent at Sacred Heart in Spokane with swarms of family arriving at his bedside and via FaceTime, sharing their love and favorite memories with him. He felt deeply loved upon his death. The last of seven...

  • Obituary: Lucy Wilson Pettapiece

    Ruth Hartman|Apr 18, 2024

    Lucy Wilson Pettapiece was born March 9, 1926 in Sebring, Florida, One of the four children of Ruth (Turner) Wilson and John E. Wilson. Lucy grew up in the south, Georgia and Florida, moving many times to accommodate her father's job as a Civilian Conservation Corp manager. Lucy skipped first grade as she could already read, and her senior year of high school as she already had enough credits and WWII was looming. At the age of 16, she attended college at the University of Texas in Austin,...

  • Obituary: Tex Rieke

    Garden City Funeral Home|Apr 18, 2024

    Tex E. Rieke, 83, passed away peacefully at home. Born in Auburn, Indiana, Tex's heart belonged to the mountains of Montana where he moved at a young age. Raised on the Ox Bow Ranch near Wolf Creek, he cherished the ranching life. After serving in the United States Marine Corps and raising his family in Billings, Tex found solace in the Snowy Mountains. He later settled in the Bitterroot Valley. Tex is survived by his brother Rex Rieke (Judy), his children Jill Bonny (Caleb) and Ken Rieke,...

  • Obituary: Donald Heikkila

    Holland and Bonine Funeral Home|Apr 11, 2024

    Donald "Big Don" Heikkila was born to Henry and Anna Marie Heikkila on February 12, 1954 and passed away from complications from RSV on March 25, 2024 at the age of 70. Donnie and his twin sister are the oldest of 8 children. He grew up in Ulm, Montana until the age of 12. After that, he lived in group homes in Boulder, Polson, and Ronan. He moved to Big Sandy in 2000 and has lived at the Big Sandy Activities Group Home since then. His life at the group home was surrounded by more than just...

  • Obituary: Michael Leroy Been

    Simple Cremation Montana|Mar 7, 2024

    Michael L. Been passed away at his home in Wolf Creek on February 19th, 2024, at home surrounded by his family. Mike grew up in southern California, where he loved to surf. He was a member of the Huntington Beach Surfing Association. He later moved to Utah and then Montana. He worked at the Missouri Trout Shop in Craig Montana for around 10 years. He loved working there. He is survived by his children Mike & Jacqui Brennan, Chris Brennan, Cam & Kasey Clyde, Kenny & Diamond Been. Grandchildren...

  • Obituary: Patrica Ellen (Kinyon) Durocher

    Bonnie Kinyon|Feb 29, 2024

    Patricia Ellen (Kinyon) Durocher of Cascade, MT passed away on February 19, 2024 after a short and courageous battle with cancer. Patty was the 3rd of 5 children born to Lavern and Judy Kinyon on July 3, 1965. She grew up in Shelby and Devon and attended Galata Elementary and Shelby Public Schools. Patty graduated from Havre High School in 1985. Patty married Dwight Larson in 1984 and together they had 3 wonderful boys. They later divorced. While attending college in Havre, she met the love of...

  • Obituary: Gary Allen Clevenger

    Schnider Funeral Home|Feb 29, 2024

    Gary Allen Clevenger, lifelong Montana resident, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Benefis Peace Hospice in Great Falls, MT. Gary was born in Billings, MT on October 27, 1950. He was the first of four children born to parents, Clarence and Lucy Clevenger. The family lived in Shepherd briefly before settling in Missoula in 1955 where Gary attended grade school and graduated high school. In 1968, Gary married Wilma Mace. Together they had two children, daughter Pamela Jean, and son, Casey Allen. They later divorced. In 1975, Gary...

  • Obituary: Anthony Stremcha

    Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home|Feb 22, 2024

    Anthony "Tony" Stremcha was born at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Havre, MT to Richard and Carolyn Stremcha July 15, 1963. He was raised in Havre with his sister Tami. Tony attended Havre Public Schools, graduating in 1982 from Havre High School. Tony was baptized and made confirmation in the Lutheran Church. During his formative years always wanting to earn extra spending money he had a variety of jobs, paper delivery, yard maintenance, hired hand to North Havre farmers (especially his uncle,...

  • Obituary: June Linda Sanderson Padilla

    Jack Sanderson|Feb 15, 2024

    June Linda Sanderson Padilla of Santa Maria, Ca, passed away on January 26, 2024 in Seattle, WA surrounded by loving family. June leaves behind her three loving daughters Kathryn (& James) of Troy, OH, Tasha of Martinez, CA, and Jennifer (& Chris) of Seattle, WA. Also surviving are her two siblings Diana of Colorado Springs, CO and her brother Jack (& Linda) of Cascade, MT; her brother-in-law, Steve (& Chandra) Fey of Stevensville, MT; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews....

  • Obituary: Katherine Loague

    Croxford Funeral Home|Feb 8, 2024

    Katherine Ann Loague, beloved mother, grandmother, and wife, passed away on January 3rd, 2024. She was a woman of unwavering faith whose life was a testament to her devotion to love, family, and deep Christian values, which she shared with her husband, Keith Loague. A Memorial Service will be held at 11AM on May 18th, 2024, at the Ulm Bible Church. Born on July 27th, 1956, in El Paso, Texas, Katherine was the first child of Mary and James Baker. In 1960, her family relocated to Sandy Hook, Misso...

  • Obituary: Marilyn Olson

    Schnider Funeral Home|Feb 8, 2024

    Marilyn Gertrude Olson of Great Falls, MT passed away at the age of 88 on January 16, 2024. She was born on July 19, 1935, to William and Lillian (Witte) Turnquist in East Kingsford, MI. At a young age, she and her family moved to Columbia Falls, MT and eventually moved to Brady, MT where she graduated from high school. She also attended Girls State in Bozeman during her junior year. When living in Brady, she always talked fondly of traveling to Great Falls with her sisters and a family friend...

  • Obituary: Calvin Schiermeister

    Feb 1, 2024

    Calvin E. Schiermeister of Cascade, Montana, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus, January 18, 2024. Cal (a.k.a. Sonnie) was born December 3, 1945, to Calvin and Helen Schiermeister, in McMinnville, Oregon. Cal did many things over the course of his life including master saw filer, real estate agent, Christmas tree farm manager (his favorite), locksmith and business owner. He was a man of few words, but the words he spoke were simple and profound carrying encouragement and authority....

  • Obituary: James Carl Walters

    Dec 28, 2023

    JAMES CARL WALTERS - 1941-2023 A visitor who stayed in Montana almost 14 years to enjoy the beauty around Cascade. A successful traditional Bow Hunter, he also enjoyed just observing the wildlife and beauty here. His early years were spent in Rocky Hollow, Kentucky. Then on to Michigan for High School and college. He first was a schoolteacher, then owned a parking lot maintenance and street sweeping company for over 40 years. He left this beautiful earth on December 06th, 2023. James was laid...

  • Obituary: Ruth Ann Comer Fayler

    Bob and Shelley Rumney|Dec 14, 2023

    Ruth Fayler, 88, died December 7, 2023 surrounded by her daughters following a long battle with cancer. Services are 1 o'clock Friday, December 15, 2023 at Croxford & Sons Funeral Home, with burial in Cascade's Hillside Cemetery and reception at the Cascade Methodist Ed. Building. Survivors include her daughters Shelley (Robert) Rumney of Cascade; Renee deMontigny of Helena; Monica (Craig) Reed of Great Falls; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, her sister Clara Mae Fraser of Cascade an...

  • Obituary: Sandra Mikita

    Oct 19, 2023

    Sandra O. Mikita of Helena, MT, formerly of Cascade, MT, died peacefully the morning of September 20, 2023. She loved painting and sewing and was an incredible cook. She was an incredibly kind and caring woman and, above all, the best mother anyone could ask for.She touched the lives of everyone who knew her and was loved by all who knew her even up until the end. Sandy is survived by her two children, Kathy (Jim) Best of Cutchogue, NY; Jess Canada of Helena, MT; one grandson, Corey Best of...

  • Obituary: Jean Craven

    Oct 19, 2023

    Jean Ann (Keeley) Craven passed away on October 10, 2023 at the age of 91. Jean Ann was born in Grand Forks ND on December 2, 1931 to David D. and Laverne (Boyd) Keeley and joined her older sister Colleen. Her younger sister Pauline soon followed. Jean Ann grew up in ND and on September 3, 1951 married Roy Thomas Craven Jr. She began to travel the world as Roy enlisted in the US Air Force in 1951, where many lifelong friends were made, when called to serve in the Korean Conflict. In their...

  • Obituary: Geraldine Marie Sanchez

    Schnider Funeral Home|Jul 27, 2023

    Geraldine "Geri" Marie (Welch) Sanchez passed away on July 15, 2023, at the age of 86. She was born on November 20, 1936, in Ekalaka, MT to Delbert "Jerry" Welch and Eleonora Frye. She started her career as a one-room schoolteacher outside of Glasgow, MT where she met the love of her life, Zacarias "John" Sanchez. They had been married for 55 years. John preceded her in death in 2018. They lived in Great Falls, MT where their first child, John, was born. They then moved to Sacramento, CA where t...

  • Obituary: Michael Patrick McGuire

    Jul 20, 2023

    Michael Patrick McGuire - 1953-2022 Michael Patrick McGuire beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and amazing educator, musician, and mentor passed away on September 13, 2022 at his home in Ridgecrest, California. Mike was born on July 1, 1953 in Great Falls, Montana to John P. "Sam" and Shirley (Calvert) McGuire. He was raised in Cascade, an ideal Montana childhood that rewarded him with life long friends and memories. Graduating from Cascade High School in...

  • Obituary: Charles Leonard "Charlie" Cornelius

    Schnider Funeral Home|Jun 29, 2023

    Charles "Charlie" Leonard Cornelius of Cascade, MT passed away at the age of 74 on June 12, 2023, after a long struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Denise; sons, Jason (Zara) and Matthew (Amanda); and grandchildren, Mija, Morgan, Isabelle, Ella, David, and Little Charlie. Charlie was born on November 19, 1948, in Bozeman, MT to Shirley and William. Charlie was the brother of Jim, Susan, and Kathy. Son of a cowboy artist, Charlie lea...

  • Obituary: Robert Loague

    Schnider Funeral Home|Jun 15, 2023

    Robert "Bobby" W. Loague passed away on May 27, 2023, at Benefis Peace Hospice in Great Falls, MT. Bob was born on January 26, 1936, in Memphis, TN, the son of Jack and Lillian Loague. His father helped him develop a love of cars, as well as taught him how to be a great truck driver. He felt he had learned from the best. Bob's first car was a 1934 Ford Coupe. In Bob's early years, he drove truck in several states. For one of Bob's earliest trucking jobs, he would transport two loads a day,...

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