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Thursday, April 29th 2021

DeLores Mae (Larson) Gilchrist

DeLores Mae (Larson)Gilchrist, age 95, passed away quietly April 28, 2021 surrounded by her family.

DeLores was born on January 11, 1926 on the family farm in Hawkeye Township, North Dakota. She was the youngest of children born to Thorsten “Tom” and Inga “Molly” (Reiersgard) Larson. DeLores was baptized and confirmed in the First Lutheran Church of Keene, North Dakota. One of the most memorable events in her early life occurred on July 1, 1935 when a tornado completely destroyed the family farm. She attended 1st through 8th grade in a one room country school, and in 1943 graduated from high school in Sanish, North Dakota. DeLores furthered her education by attending Minot State Teachers College and graduated in 1945.

Armed with her teaching certificate, she taught school in several North Dakota schools until the fall of 1951, when she accepted a second grade teaching position with the Glasgow Public Schools. By chance on that same train was fellow teacher from Minnesota, Delores “Dee” (Lee) Wesen. After being introduced on the Glasgow depot platform they soon became friends. In January 1952, they joined by another new teacher Carolyn “Rosin” Wesen/Muggli. The three of them have remained close friends ever since. They enjoyed getting together and reminiscing.

At a chance meeting in the Johnnie Café, she met the love of her life, Elmer ‘Gil’ Gilchrist. They we married in Wolf Point on august 16, 1954. To this union were born three children: Craig, Nancy and Kevin.

DeLores was proud of her Norwegian heritage. When she had her DNA compiled, it was discovered that she was 100% Norwegian, and DeLores told everyone she knew. True to her Norwegian ancestry, she loved music and singing. Throughout her life she participated in several choral groups including singing for many years in the First Lutheran Church Choir. She also was a talented seamstress, particular housekeeper, great baker and a wonderful cook. At age 91, she moved into Prairie Ridge Village, where she finally enjoyed full retirement by no longer having to cook, clean or do laundry.

She is survived by her children: Craig (Jane) Gilchrist, Nancy (Ken) Marshall and Kevin (Sandy) Gilchrist; grandchildren: Patrick (Christine) Gilchrist, Erin (Todd) Kuhlmann, Thomas (Katie) Marshall, Amy Marshall and Kaleb Gilchrist; great-grandchildren Molly and Gracie Marshall, Amelia, Ella and Isla Gilchrist and Kathryn Kuhlmann; sister-in-law, Fae Ann Gilchrist and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Gil; parents, Tom and Molly Larson; brother, Lynn Larson and sisters, Amy Gudbranson and Jeanette Rolfson.

A celebration of her life will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Her family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Prairie Ridge Village for the excellent care DeLores received while she was a resident. We also want to thank the staff of Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for their compassion shown toward DeLores and our family during this difficult time.

Monday, April 26th 2021

Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson, 75, of Glasgow, Montana passed away November 12, 2020 at Valley View Home.

Larry was born February 5, 1945 in Hallock, Minnesota to Olaf and Virginia (Docken) Anderson. He received his early education at Opheim Schools and graduated from Opheim High School in 1963. He went on to attend Northern Montana College and graduated in 1981. He joined the Army in February of 1964, in Presidio of San Francisco, California as a Medical Corpsman and was released honorably in 1964.

Larry married Kathleen Berg on March 31, 1978 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Glasgow and the couple made their home in Great Falls from 1979 until 2015, when his daughter Denise moved him back to Glasgow to be closer. He lived at Nemont Manor tor three years and Prairie Ridge Village for two years. He moved to Valley View Home recently, where the staff and family took really good care of him.

He loved being a grandpa. Larry enjoyed lawn work, reading western books and watching western shows. He could often be found remodeling and building projects for all of his daughters. Often you would find him walking five miles a day. One of Larry’s favorite things was hamburgers: he even had one name for him at the Whitehorse Saloon in Idaho…The Oly Burger.

Larry is preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen; brother, Jerry Anderson; his parents, Olaf and Virginia Anderson; mother-in-law, Elaine Hanzlik; brothers-in-law, Leroy Guidery, Lloyd Traxler and Larry Hanzlik.

He is survived by his daughters: Denise (Duke) Forbes-Kegel; Theresa Farrar (Keith Carlson), Christine (Aaron) Jones and Linda Arioso; sisters, Linda (Kenny) Reimche, Bonnie (Chuck) Walters, Barbara (Steve) Werner, Betty Traxler, and Andreen Guidery; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorial services for Larry will be Friday, April 30, 2021 3:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary with military honors following service, with burial to follow at the Harlowton Catholic Cemetery.

Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, April 26th 2021

G.C. "Jerry" Feda

G.C. “Jerry” Feda, passed away Saturday April 24, 2021 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana at the age of 94.

Jerry, a 73 year resident of Glasgow, was born June 7, 1926 to John and Julia Jane “Jenny” (Brazzell) Feda and grew up on his family’s farm near Alexandria, Minnesota. After graduating from high school, he joined the merchant marines and served for three years. Following his USMM service, he rode along with his sister on her honeymoon until she and her husband tired of his company and dropped him off in Glasgow. From there, he found work shoveling coal on the Great Northern railroad. He retired 41 years later as an Amtrak engineer.

A man of varied interests, Jerry also owned Glasgow Insurance & Realty and served on the Montana State Legislature. He sat on many state and local boards, including the Montana State Board of Natural Resources, Montana coal Board, Glasgow Hospital, Hospital Foundation, Valley View and Chamber of Commerce. He was a devout Catholic and proud 81-year member of Knights of Columbus as well as many other civic organizations including the Elks, Lions and JCs.

In his personal time, Jerry cherished his time as a husband, dad, and grandfather enjoying traveling, reunions and special occasions. He took great pride in his 69-year marriage to Audrey. He was true to God, his country, family and friends throughout his life.

Jerry is preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; infant daughter, Katherine; son, Daniel; siblings Ruth, Jeanette, and John.

He is survived by daughters: Valerie (Duane) Bauch, Janice (John) Swanson and Donna Weise: grandchildren: Marie, Anne, Lisa, Julie, Joseph, Elizabeth, and Lana; 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., with the Rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Bell Mortuary. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com. Memorials can be made in Jerry’s name to The Feda Scholarship for the Trades, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Valley View Home, or St. Raphael’s Parish.

Monday, April 26th 2021

Jerry Feda

Monday, April 26th 2021

Daniel Howard Thoeny

Memorial services for Dan Thoeny, age 63, of Glasgow, Montana who died on April 21, 2021, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, will be held via videoconferencing at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021. For information on how to attend please call (406)-230-1719.

Daniel Howard Thoeny was born on July 9th, 1957 in Inglewood California to Art and Lois Thoeny. The family lived for a short time in California before moving back to Glasgow in 1958. In the years that followed, he was blessed with three brothers and two sisters. They moved to Libby in the spring of 1971. Dan was dedicated and baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 22, 1972. He graduated from Libby High School in 1975 and returned to Glasgow after graduation. He lived with his uncle and aunt, Kenny and Deloris Farquhar, until he married Gloria Hoyer on November 22, 1975 in Glasgow where they resided together ever since. They welcomed their first daughter Andrea, in 1977 and Dawn Marie in 1981.

Dan was well known in the community as a fair, hard-working man who took pride in quality craftsmanship. To many of his loyal clients, it was worth the wait to have him do construction projects on their homes. His quiet manner was also a defining characteristic. Sometimes he struggled with this, viewing it as a personality flaw when he couldn’t express himself like he wanted to. However, as was demonstrated by his life, actions can speak louder than words. His family and friends knew his love, as he was the guy to go to, whether it be for a listening ear, help with a project, or the occasional search and rescue from the wilderness.

Dan also had a strong faith. He shared his faith with others and spent himself on behalf of those in his local congregation, as well as volunteering in construction of places of worship for many years. He enjoyed that work the most- doing what he loved for the purpose that he cherished. He made many dear friends from places near and far by giving of himself in this way.

Dan’s hope is expressed in Revelation 21:4, where it speaks of God, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” His family shares this hope and draws comfort in the future fulfillment of this promise.

Survivors include: his wife of 45 years Gloria (Hoyer) Thoeny; daughter Andrea (Thoeny) Taylor and her husband Ken and their daughter and his only granddaughter, Mercedes; daughter Dawn Marie (Thoeny) Johnson and her husband Jurgen; his father, Art Thoeny of Libby, Montana; siblings, Mike Thoeny and his wife, Michele, of Libby, Judi (Thoeny) Brown and her husband, Brad, of Seattle, Washington, Sharlene (Thoeny) Barnette and her husband, Tren, of Tucson, Arizona, Brian Thoeny and his wife, Taunya, of Seattle, Washington and Ben Thoeny and his wife, Becky, of Glasgow, Montana as well as many nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, April 22nd 2021

Carol Anne Brown

Carol Anne Brown passed away peacefully on March 16th, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. She was born on December 25th, 1937, a true “Christmas Carol”. She was preceded in death by her mother, Anne Mola Tomlinson. She is survived by her husband Don Brown, daughter Tammie Brown Butler (Jeff), son Tracy Brown (Anna-Lena), sisters Dona Blanchard and Anna Mildren, brother Butch Tomlinson, and grandchildren Duston Butler, Nichlas Brown, and Emma Brown.

Carol was born and raised in Helena, Montana and attended grade and middle school at the Saint Helena School. She graduated from Helena Central High School in 1955. She married Don Brown in Helena on February 22, 1957 where they lived, worked and raised their family until 1991. At that time the couple relocated to Fort Peck, Montana to help manage the Brown Ranch on Shade Creek, the Quarter Circle DB, which was Homesteaded in 1916. Don and Carol were “fast friends” during their 64 years together, thoroughly enjoying each other’s sense of humor while poking fun at each other and engaging in the famous “Brown Banter”. They lived each day with a deep love for one another, and a shared value system of honesty, hard work, integrity, loyalty and commitment to family and friends.

Carol was employed by the State of Montana as a legislative assistant, as a secretary for a local attorney, and with an advertising firm before working as the School Secretary at Rossiter Elementary School in the Helena Valley. She was an original member of the school’s “flag ship” team as the first Secretary and continued for 26 years as a passionate supporter of the students, staff and administration. In 1991, her enthusiasm and dedication were highlighted in a special celebration organized by the teachers called “Carol Brown Day” to publicly acknowledge her contributions. As noted in the Helena Independent Record: “Brown directs traffic and much more. She has been the Secretary at Rossiter School since it opened….typing report cards, taking an occasional temperature, answering a constantly ringing telephone and watching a couple generations of children grow and change”. One of her past students commented “Mrs. Brown was the first face we saw in the morning and she always greeted us with a smile and encouraging words”.

Carol watched for familiar names in the local newspaper, noting the accomplishments and life happenings of “her Rossiter Kids” as she continued to cheer them on through the years.

Carol was a loyal member of Heirloom Quilters Guild and Tuesday’s Child Quilters Group, and she volunteered for numerous community oriented events including Relay for Life. The circle of friends she surrounded herself with were much like the quilts she created with love, color, laughter and warmth.

Carol will be forever remembered for her quick smile, her ability to laugh at herself, her dedication to friends and family, her giggle, and the support and encouragement she offered to all.

Memorial services and celebrations for Carol will be held in Helena and Glasgow during the Fall of 2021, post-Covid. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Carol’s name to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

The family would like to thank the community of Fort Peck, specifically the “Neighborhood Watch” and the Quilters for their prayers and support during the final months of Carol’s illness; as well as the staff at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital and the Valley View Home for the care that they provided in her final days.

Thursday, April 15th 2021

Viola "Vicky" B. Stumvoll

Viola “Vicky” B. Stumvoll, 82, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 with her family by her side.

Vicky was born August 5, 1938, in Underwood, ND to Alfred and Mildred (Ulrich) Ulrich. She was raised in Underwood, North Dakota and graduated from Underwood High School in 1956. Vicky married her best friend and love of her life, Arnold (Arnie) Stumvoll, of Max, on June 27, 1956. They were married 59 years and when Arnie passed that left a void in her life. To their union five children were born: Dean (Sally) Stumvoll, Oakton, VA.; Robert (Barbara) Stumvoll, Libby, MT.; Barbara (Fred) Willis, Billings, MT.; Elizabeth (Breck) Probst, Tuttle, OK.; Jacqueline (Patrick) Murphy, Oklahoma City, OK.

She loved to play cards with her friends, reading a good book, needlepoint, camping with her family and friends, working in the yard, visiting with her coffee group friends, traveling places to see her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, and a Sunday drive with her family. She was very involved with her local church, St. Raphael’s Catholic Church and volunteered at various organizations within her community. She lived her life with commitment, giving back, and integrity to her family, friends and community.

Vicky was diagnosed with polycystic kidneys around 1980 which one day would require her to be on dialysis or need a new kidney. In spring 1995 Vicky received that critical call at midnight there was a kidney that matched so Arnie and Vicky headed to Seattle, WA. Eighteen hours later she was in surgery receiving that wonderful gift (a new kidney). She always wanted others to know that the need for organ donations is critical and if you decide to be a donor, look how many wonderful years it gave her to spend time with her family and friends.

While we deeply mourn her untimely passing and search for understanding, we are thanking God for what her life meant to us. She gave us all she had. She was the rock of our family, a deeply loving mother who raised her children to be loving, compassionate, independent, and respectful people. She always welcomed others into her home with open arms. No matter how you came to know her, she left a positive mark on you in some way. Vicky was the foundation of her family and she made sure they always came first. She was fierce in her love and protection of her family and friends. For all those whom her passion and kindness touched, we are grateful.

Vicky was a woman who had been a light in so many lives. She was half of the couple that proved true love didn’t just exist in fairy tales. She was always there for her family and friends whether she lend an ear, cook a casserole for a family, or open her home for a family in need . We all have our favorite memories of mom but the one we all share is the love and importance her family held in her heart.

We were blessed to call her wife, mom, grandma, aunt and friend. We will spend forever remembering her, missing her, and NEVER forgetting how blessed we were having her in our lives. We love you and until we meet again.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Stumvoll; parents, Alfred Ulrich, Howard Haynes, Jerry and Mildred Askvig and brother-in-law Don Kostelecky. She was also preceded in death by her grandson Joshua Stumvoll.

Survivors include her five children, Dean (Sally) Stumvoll of Oakton, Virginia, Robert (Barbara) Stumvoll of Libby, Montana, Barb (Fred) Willis of Billings, Montana, Elizabeth (Breck) Probst of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Jacqueline (Pat) Murphy of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren, Ryan Stumvoll, Ashley Stumvoll, Brittany Stumvoll, Haley Stumvoll, Justin (Abi) Stumvoll, Katie Byrne, Rick (Amy) Stumvoll, Mike (Melanie) Willis, Angie (Doug )Just , Brandy Schaffer, Eli Probst, Wyatt Probst, Katelynn Murphy, Lexi Murphy; two siblings – Lucy Kostelecky, and Alfred (Barb) Ulrich; sister-in-law Alice (Phil) Moon, sister-in-law Rosemary Braaten, sister-in-law Judy (John) Reading, sister-in-law Doris Moore, and brother-in-law Dwight (Shelley) Pflipsen and many great-grandkids, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Viola B. Stumvoll will be held the weekend of June 18, 2021 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, followed by interment at the Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, April 12th 2021

Scott David Jakanoski

Scott David Jakanoski, age 56, passed away peacefully after a courageous fight with cancer. Scott was born May 22, 1964 to John and Nadine Jakanoski, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT, which was named after his great, great Aunt Frances Mahon.

From an early age, he was drawn to sports. They were a constant throughout his life, from Little League baseball; to pitching and catching for the Glasgow Reds; to a sharp outside shooter for the basketball team; to a fierce tackler on the State A Championship football team; and an impressive javelin thrower in track. He graduated from Glasgow High School as valedictorian of his 1982 class. He was featured in Who's Who Among Americans High School Students along with many other academic and athletic achievements. He played the cornet, sang and he was the front man with a group of talented friends, performing 80’s rock at the Fair and other events in town.

Before he started his career in farming, he spent summers playing baseball or softball and helping his dad on the family wheat farm during harvest. This time was spent with his younger sister Lana in the grain truck, listening and singing to AM Canadian radio and hauling wheat with his brother Mark. He also spent many days at Fort Peck Lake with friends and sister Paula and her husband Andy Hicks. Scott went on to graduate from Montana State University in Bozeman with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Minor in Biology. He taught school as a substitute teacher in Billings, the Phoenix area, and Glasgow. Scott’s "chill" and humorous personality made him a beloved teacher, knowledgeable about almost everything. He loved all his students and even tutored nieces Leah and Bridget when needed.

To his many friends and athletes that he coached, he was known as "Jako". He coached football briefly in Billings, and then in Glasgow alongside Pat Petrino and a lot of good coaches, too many to remember. He had a true passion for the game and loved all his players and was well respected by them. Game day you could hear him say "It's a great day to play some football.” He and other diehard baseball fans worked hard to reenergize the Glasgow Reds baseball team. They worked to get uniforms and all the team needed to start up again. He loved coaching the team and the great players it produced. They are still going strong today thanks to their efforts.

It wasn’t always farming, football and working, he did like to have a little fun. He immensely enjoyed spending time and hunting with his brother Mark. He has some pretty impressive game mounts to be very proud of as well. He tried to get with his college buddies and have a mini reunion during a Bobcat game in Bozeman and talk about fun times they had and laugh a lot as often as he could. Anyone who knew Scott, knows he was a lifelong LA Rams and LA Dodgers fan and was beyond excited at the incredible Dodgers World Series win last fall.

Scott on his off time would meet up with his friends at Sam's Supper Club. This is where he met Kim. His caring and love for his friends was one aspect Kim loved about him. You never could come between him and his friends or even want to try. But then Scott kindled a friendship with Kim that led to marriage. They had a beautiful backyard wedding September 2001. With the marriage he also took on the role of step-dad and grandfather. He was very proud to say “hey I have grandkids!” Scott was very proud of ALL of his stepdaughters, grandkids, and a new great-grandchild. He was proud of their accomplishments, no matter what it might be whether in sports or academics, he was one to brag. On Scott and Kim’s 10th wedding anniversary they took an Alaskan Cruise that he will never forget and had hoped to do it again. He also like going to Deadwood, South Dakota with Kim and her sister Pam and Chuck Erickson. They went every year until COVID hit.

Scott took completely over farming duties in 2011 and life came full circle. He continued to be heavily involved in baseball and umpiring, being there to ump countless games and tournaments while farming.

Scott’s love for his family and friends will carry us forward for a very long time. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his loving wife Kim, his loving mother Nadine Jakanoski, sister Paula Hicks (Andy), sister Lana Koch (Jamie), nieces Leah Miller (Nate), Bridget Sholley (Justin), Brynn Feldman, Savannah Feldman, Jana Nelson (Jordan), great-nephews Vaughn Miller, Tucker Sholley, Bo Sholley, great-nieces Tatumn Sholley and Tessa Miller. Stepdaughters Jennifer McGorman (Sheldon), Heather Hukill-Murch. Grandchildren Cole (Kristina), Tia, Javyn, Kymber-Lee, Xavier, Nora McGorman. Brecken Hukill-Murch, Carson Hukill-Murch, Chase Guttenberg, and great-grandson Asher David Guttenberg. And his beloved cat Reuben.

He is preceded in death by his father, John Jakanoski; sister, Cheryl (Jakanoski) Erickson; brother, Mark Jakanoski and stepdaughter, Stephanie Murch.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary with Sheldon McGorman officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, April 12th 2021

David William Bailey

David William Bailey, 76, of Glasgow, Montana passed away peacefully at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

David was born at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow on January 20, 1945 To Perle “Bill” William Bailey and Olga Marie (Egstad) Bailey. He was raised in Glasgow with his sister Margaret. He had many stories and fond memories for growing up on 4th Avenue North. He attended Glasgow schools, graduating in 1963. He always enjoyed his class reunions, seeing old friends, being able to share stories and memories with them. He attended Concordia College in Moorehead, Minnesota for one year and MSU Bozeman for one year.

In 1965, David joined the Navy, he was honorably discharged for his service in Viet Nam in 1969.

In high school, David started working during the summers for the Burlington Northern Railroad. After his military service he became a conductor and worked many different runs seeing lots of country. His final years of his 36 year career with Burlington Northern were spent on the Minot to Glasgow run. Dave also owned and operated his own business, Dave’s Insulation, while working part-time for the railroad.

He married Janice Grandboise in 1970, from this union he had one son, Cory William Bailey. The couple divorced in 1975.

On June 3, 1986, David married Marian J. Boston Hopstad, adding two step-daughters to his family: Barbara Ann Hopstad and Cynitha Lynn Hopstad.

David collected barn wood and made many furniture items and picture frames which he gifted to his family or to sometimes sell. There was no topic that could be mentioned that he did not have a story to tell.

After retirement David and Marian made several trips with their 5th wheel to Harlingen, Texas, Yuma Arizona and other areas along the way, making memories and new friends. One trip that was a highlight was a Caribbean Cruise with cousins one year.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Perle “Bill” and Olga Bailey.

David is survived by his wife, Marian; son, Cory (Cindy) Bailey of Dickinson, North Dakota; step-daughters, Barbara Hopstad and Cynthia Hopstad of Glasgow, Montana; granddaughters, Linsey Bailey and Kelsey (David) Bailey-Senski and their son Emmit of Dickenson, North Dakota; grandson, Colin “CJ” (Ashley) Kemmis and their children Camryn and Harrison Kemmis and grandson, Calvin Kemmis all of Glasgow, Montana; sister, Margaret LaRoque of Malta, Montana and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place as per his wishes and inurment will be at a later date. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

“I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck…..Woohoo.”

Thursday, April 8th 2021

Delores M. Stroble Etchart

Delores M. Stroble Etchart
10/7/1927 – 11/13/2020
Delores Marie Stroble Etchart died peacefully at home in Billings, Montana, on November 13, 2020. She was 93 years old.

Delores was born and raised in northwest Minnesota’s Red River Valley: the land of “Uff Da!” Her childhood was very happy, filled with family gatherings at her Swedish grandmother’s house, chores, and lessons learned from simple life on a farm. She was the oldest of Frank Stroble and Hazel Cook’s three children: Delores (“Dee”), Frank (“Bud”), and Dorothy (“Dot”). Her mother was a brilliant seamstress who crafted such lovely clothes that young Delores was scarcely aware of the economic hard times. She was strong and athletic, crediting her early physical prowess to farm work. But academics were her first love – writing in particular -- and she excelled in school. Upon high school graduation she was recruited, with full scholarship, for a new psychiatric nursing program created in anticipation of the needs of returning WWII soldiers. She participated in the program, soaking up knowledge that served her well in life, but ultimately chose not to pursue psych nursing. Instead she moved with her family from the Minnesota farm to the oil fields near Cody, Wyoming. There the family found financial prosperity until her mother’s untimely decline and death.

After time back in Minnesota attempting to heal that wound, the family again moved West: this time to Glasgow, Montana, for a business opportunity with relatives at the Star Motel. In Glasgow, Delores met and married local rancher Mark Etchart and together they built a good life, filled with raising five children and consistent service to the community: Mark in local politics and Delores in various Catholic and civic organizations. Delores always engaged her creative talents – both in writing and illustration -- as part of her service. She was well known as being “the writer” of any group, and she also used her writing skills to comfort countless friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers with sympathy cards or personal encouragement during times of hardship. She also enjoyed some professional writing success, with published articles in several newspapers and magazines. Additionally, Delores combined her early interest in psychology and her enduring interest in writing by studying handwriting analysis and becoming a Graphoanalyst.

But above all, Delores was everyone’s moral compass.

Delores was preceded in death by her husband in 1992 and their beloved firstborn, Kathy, in 1969. She is survived by their other children and grandchildren -- Colette, Brian, Diane (Dennis Zimdars), Denise (Charlie Cooper), Angela Stebleton (Rapheal Gavin), Jeremy Stebleton, Russell Cooper, Eli Cooper, and the children of Zimmy Zimdars (deceased), Zane and Lauren. Delores has only one blood great-grandchild, Xavi Gavin. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy (Grant Cooney), sister-in-law Peggy Stroble, numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family, as well as the Costa Rican family of Jose Leon Chang.

Rest in peace, Mom, Gra’ma, Great Gra’ma, Sister, Aunt, Friend. You will be sorely missed.
Funeral services are delayed until Spring 2021 at which time a mass will be scheduled at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Billings, followed by a graveside ceremony in Glasgow, MT.

Obituary and photo montage link: https://michelottisawyers.com/2020/11/delores-m-stroble-etchart/

The funeral for Delores Etchart will be May 26th, 2021 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Billings. A rosary will be held at St, Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow at 9:30 a.m. on May 28th, followed by the burial at Highland Cemetery.

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