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Harry Roch

Apr 13, 1922 - Nov 16, 2023

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Great Falls, MT

Dr. Harry Z. Roch, aged 101, of Great Falls, died of natural causes on Thursday, November 16, 2023, surrounded by love in his assisted living facility. Harry was born on April 13, 1922, and lived a full, long life enriched by adventure, skiing, and a deep love of learning. His pioneering spirit led him to Montana, where he opened his dental practice, serving the community until his retirement. With great love, Harry and his wife, Nancy, raised their two daughters in Great Falls and enjoyed explo...Read More

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Gladys Gregoire

May 11, 1923 - Feb 16, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Gladys Gregoire, 100, of Great Falls passed away peacefully on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Peace Hospice. Per her request, no services are planned. Gladys was born on May 11,1923, in Square Butte, MT to Martin and Josephine Moe. She was a 1940 graduate of Fort Benton High School. Soon after she made the move to Great Falls where she would spend her next 80 years. She married Milton “Westy” Westermeyer in 1941 and from this marriage her only son, Jim Westermeyer, was born in 1942. They later divorced. As a young single Mom, she worked at Paul’s Park-in. She married Richard “Dick” Gregoire in 1955 and later became “Mom” to his son, Rick, and daughter, Diane. Gladys’ greatest joys in life were her family, gardening, cooking, baking, traveling, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards with family and playing Pinochle with her beloved friends. She spent many years bowling and keeping score. It was no wonder her mind was sharp as a tack right until the end! She was also an active member of the Sons of Norway, volunteering her time to prepare Lefse and Rosettes for the State Fair. She is survived by her son, James Westermeyer; daughter-in-law, Muggs Westermeyer; granddaughters, Mona and Jami Westermeyer, and Jodi (Paul) Donnelly; Great grandsons, Zachary Westermeyer, Landon and Holden Donnelly; stepdaughter, Diane Gregoire; step-granddaughter, Nikki Gregoire; along with several nieces and nephews. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Gregoire; parents, Martin and Josephine Moe; siblings Morris (Doris) Moe, Bernice Mathes, Ernie (Marian) Moe, and Vernon “Bud” (MaryAnn) Moe; and stepson, Rick Gregoire. Her family would like to thank her neighbors at Park Plaza for checking in on her the last few years and the compassionate nurses & doctors at Great Falls Clinic Hospital and Peace Hospice who provided amazing care for her in the last week of her life. Condolences for the family may be shared online at www.SchniderFuneralHome.com.

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Jack R. Hutchinson

Feb 16, 1946 - Feb 19, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Jack R. Hutchinson passed away on February 19, 2024. He was born on February 16, 1946. Today we gather to honor Jack R. Hutchinson who passed peacefully with his family holding hands in his final time with us. Jack was the youngest of 5 brothers, born in Ione, Washington. Before moving to Great Falls, he attended schools in Lincoln, Red Lodge, and Great Falls. As a youngster he scrambled around Red Lodge and collected cardboard boxes which he sold for 10 cents so he had money for the matinees that he loved going to. Fast forward to his 1st date with now wife, Iris, ironically he still loved going to the Twilight Drive-In movies with her and here we are 58 years later into the best marriage ever! Jack’s brother, James, dated Beverly Willits which was Iris’s sister and that is how the romance began. Going to the drive-in was an interesting time as often several of Jack's friends would sneak in hidden in the trunk wondering if they were going to make it in or get caught. Jack worked 3 jobs besides going to Great Falls High School. He knew that if you wanted money, you worked for it. Jack loved his family dearly. His kindness and integrity was felt by all, unless you cut him off in traffic, especially if no cars were behind him. For hobbies, he loved to do woodworking and created some beautiful pieces for his grandchildren. He also loved to travel to Arizona in the winter because the heat and the dryness helped the aches and pains. Through the years, he built two of the homes that he and his family lived in. During the day, he worked as a Master Electrician. At night, he worked on his house to complete them. It is hard to believe that Jack is gone but is with the Lord. He will be greatly missed. We were so blessed to have him in our lives. Jack and Iris have two daughters and their dad meant the world to them. They described him as humorous, smart, devoted, and a hard worker while always wanting the best for his family. He tried to do the best in his work but also expected the same back. He had integrity. Such a shock to have lost Jack at 78 years old. Life just took a toll on him, and we are so glad he is with Jesus. At the Benefis Emergency Room, when asked twice, he agreed Jesus was his savior. He then looked at peace and had no more suffering. He is survived by his wife, Iris Hutchinson, of 58 years of marriage; his daughters and their families, Gwen (Jeff) Keele, and their daughter, Bayley Keele, and Heather (Jason) Lorentz, and son, Logan Lorentz and daughter, Tyler Lorentz; as well as Jack’s very special buddy, Ginger, who Jack shared peanut butter with every morning for her pill. What an honor and blessing it was to have known such a wonderful man! Psalms 49:15 “But God will redeem my life from the grave: He will surely take me to himself.” A celebration of life will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel.

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Paul William Bowe

Died : Feb 18, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Paul William Bowe, age 43, tragically passed away in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday, February 18, in Great Falls, Montana. Paul dedicated 10 years of his life as a manager on the oil rigs, demonstrating his commitment and skill in his profession. He was also known as a proficient machine operator and a hardworking mover. Paul was a proud graduate of Centerville High School in Sand Coulee. Paul was a man of many interests and hobbies, with a passion for working with his hands. Whether tinkering with engines or home improvement, he found joy in creating and fixing things. His adventurous spirit and resourcefulness endeared him to those around him. Beyond his talents, Paul was remembered for his charismatic personality and his dark sense of humor, which brought laughter and light to those around him even in stressful times. Paul is survived by his two sons, Anthony and Isaac, aged 20 and 14 respectively; loving mother, Alanna Hiett; devoted father, Daniel (Debbie) Bowe; and sister, Ashley Soha. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A celebration of Paul's life will be held in early June of this year, offering an opportunity for friends and family to come together to honor and remember him.

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Blythe Brandvold

Oct 14, 1937 - Feb 20, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Early in the morning of February 20, 2024, Blythe Brandvold, a dedicated and unwavering wife, mother, grandmother, and educator, physically lost her seven-year battle with head and neck cancer. For those who knew her well, she never surrendered. Blythe was born on October 14, 1937, to William and Annie Earl. She graduated from Great Falls High School class of 1955 and Colorado Women’s College in 1957. She continued her higher education, graduating from the University of Montana in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Blythe was often stoic and always determined. When faced with adversity, she rarely complained and most certainly would never ask for help. As an elementary school teacher for over 30 years, “Mrs. Brandvold” impacted thousands of young people, inspiring some and scaring others to become something more than they could ever imagine. Blythe’s greatest role and beloved title was “Grammy.” She would do anything to brighten Bryar, Robert, Bailey, and Jordan’s day or share their burden. Grammy had a special relationship with each. While her physical presence will be missed, her spirit along with her distinct approach to life and family will always be with them. Blythe is survived by her husband of 67 years, Kenneth D. Brandvold; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Benny and Karen Brandvold; daughter and son-in-law, Joni and Jeff Reicher; grandchildren, Bryar Brandvold and his fiancé Vaughn Smith, Bailey Brandvold, Robert Vogel, and Jordan Reicher; and her siblings, Joyce Kammerzell, William “Bill” Earl, and Kay Anderson. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Blythe Brandvold Excellence in Education through the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation in memory of Blythe Brandvold. If you have questions, please contact the Foundation at (406) 268-7401.

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Shirley Ann Kummert

Apr 16, 1941 - Feb 10, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Shirley Ann Kummert, aged 82, of Great Falls, MT passed away on February 10, 2024, from natural causes. Shirly was born in Jubbulpore, India. She grew up in Liverpool, England with her Aunt Gospel and Uncle Joseph. She was a member of the British Royal Air Force until she married Manfred (Fritz) Kummert of the US Air Force on May 4, 1962, in Witney, England. They were transferred to Glasgow AFB, MT for three years, Anderson AFB, Guam for five years, and returned to Montana at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls where they settled, raised their two kids, started a business, and retired. Shirley worked a full carrier as a key punch operator starting at Guam Telephone Company, Columbus Hospital, and Blue Cross Blue Shield where she retired in 2005. Shirley enjoyed music, with Jazz and Elvis Presley being her favorites. In her earlier years she sewed and knitted. Shirley loved the movies, had been an avid reader of mysteries, and enjoyed doing puzzles. She participated in the Sweet Adaline and Red Hats. Shirley enjoyed spending many summers at Holter Lake fishing, spending time on the boat with her husband Fritz, family, and friends. She enjoyed her time with family, and especially visits with her great-grand kids. Shirley is survived by her husband, Fritz Kummert; daughter, Sussie Thompson (Mike); son, Gary Kummert (Michele); grandkids, Sarha Kummert, Kortnie Baker (Seth), Korey Thompson, and Erich Kummert; great-grandchildren Lenora Baker and Bryan Baker; sister, Felicity (Ian) Thomas; nephews, Andy Ashton, Gordon, Ashton, Trevor Thomas; and niece, Rossi Thomas. She was preceded in death byher brother, Gladston Ashton; aunts; uncle Joseph; and parents. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal. As per her request, she was cremated and requested no memorial services.

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Sharon Faye Dieziger

Mar 03, 1936 - Feb 09, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Sharon Faye Dieziger passed away peacefully on February 9, 2024, at the age of 87. She was born on March 3, 1936, in Great Falls, Montana, the eldest child of Gordon and Lila McGowan. She received her education in Highwood, Montana, graduating from high school in 1954. She entered the nursing program in 1954 at MSU and earned her bachelor’s degree in 1958. (Go Bobcats!) On November 22, 1958, Sharon united in marriage with Delbert L. Dieziger at St. Ann’s Cathedral. It was the beginning of their 65 years together. From this union they had three children, Leslie, Linda, and David. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Sharon understood the satisfaction that came from working in the field of nursing and providing loving care to patients. She worked in healthcare for 38 years starting with the City County Health Department, from there she worked in the Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units at Montana Deaconess Medical Center. She then moved into management as Director of Nursing. She was instrumental in planning and developing several of the programs and departments, for example, Mercy Flight that today is part of the excellent comprehensive care at Benefis Health System. Many years were involved in continuing education, community, and state involvement, and Sharon received many honors and awards. She lobbied in Helena for healthcare for many years. Sharon remained dedicated to her profession by serving on the Benefis Health System Foundation chairing the scholarship program. Her accomplishments are too many to mention. After retirement, Sharon and Delbert did a lot of traveling and found that cruise ships were their favorite mode of transportation. Sharon is survived by her husband, Del; children, Leslie Goss, Linda (Don) Broughton, and David Dieziger; five grandchildren, Lacey (Adrian) Roylance, Sharlee (Casey) Hamilton, Kyle Broughton, Braden Dieziger, and Kendyl (David) Barnes; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Duane (Sharon) McGowan; and sister, Kathy (Dale) Dufresne. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Bill Goss. A viewing will be held on March 2, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Benefis Health System Foundation (1200 25th St S. Great Falls, MT 59405) or MSU Alumni Foundation College of Nursing (1501 S. 11th Ave. Bozeman, MT 59715).

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Louis Stephen Ball

Nov 14, 1948 - Feb 14, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Oh No Fluffy! On November 14, 1948, the world got a little brighter, and on February 14, 2024, it got a little dimmer. Louis Stephen Ball was born to John E. and Lois Margaret Ball. He was the third son and would be followed by five sisters. Side by side with his siblings he committed many offenses, fortunately the statute of limitations has expired, but the stories still bring laughter. Louie was drafted into the Army in January of 1969. He served with Company B, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade, United States Army, jumping out of a helicopter with 90 pounds of radio and gear strapped to his back. He was honorably discharged with a rank of SP5 after being injured twice, first in Tam Ky and later at LZ Professional. He came home with a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge along with the two Purple Hearts, one less eye and a whole lot of shrapnel. Louie met the woman he would love for the rest of his life in 1972 at the Village Inn in Ulm. He married Catherine Lohof on November 9, 1974, and affectionately nick-named her Cat. There were snowmobile trips, square dances, and road trips; four-wheeler rides and rod-runs; ocean cruises and planes to Laughlin. Their favorite haunt morphed over the years from the Ulm bar, to the Longhorn, to the Little Chicago, and finally to the BECC. In his last weeks he said, “smartest decision I ever made was marrying Cat.” Louie trained and worked in the pump business, eventually starting Water Well Pump Service in 1978. He climbed down in a hole (some more spacious than others), set the pump, and climb back up. He wasn’t bothered by a little dirt, a few spiders, or the weather of the day. If the water quit working, he’d get it going, sometimes on the coldest or hottest day of the year. Louie’s kindness and generosity meant he didn’t always send a bill for everything he did and never for the hours he spent on the phone walking people through how to fix something. If Louie wasn’t working, he was playing. There are too many friends to name individually, some around for a few years and others around for his lifetime. He loved spending time with each and every one so as you read this, know your name is on the list and get ready to share the stories. Louie was the guy with a one-liner or witty comeback in every conversation. Louie was the guy who wouldn’t just ask what he could do, he DID what he could do. His trials and burdens were heavy but you’d never know it by the way he carried them. He enjoyed a good ribeye, a cold beer (or maybe an Old Grandad), and Nova on PBS. He loved to laugh and loved his wife with all his heart. If you knew Louie Ball, you were better for it. Louie was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lois Ball; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Martha Lohof; sister, Frances; and his dog, Sage (who was much more than a dog). He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cathy Ball; daughter, Carmen; granddaughter, Elayne; brothers, Frank and John (Carolyn); sisters, Mardie (Scott), Marian, Kathleen, Pauline (Bob) and Lois (Pete); brother-in-law, Dick (June); 16 nieces and nephews; and a host of great-nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Benefis Peace Hospice or the Wounded Warrior Project. Bring your stories and bring your memories to join the family for a celebration of life at 3:00 p.m. on April 27, 2024, at the Eagles Lodge in Great Falls. 10-4

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William Joseph Laux, Jr.

Mar 30, 1930 - Feb 18, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

William Joseph Laux, Jr. passed away peacefully on February 18, 2024, at the age of 93, in Great Falls, Montana, with his wife and son at his side. Bill, as he was known, was born on March 30, 1930, to William and Madeline (Saling) Laux in Omaha, Nebraska. His family moved from Omaha to Des Moines and then Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before finally landing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while Bill was still in elementary school. He eventually graduated from DeLaSalle High School in 1948. Bill matriculated at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, also in 1948. After ‘four years by the bay’ he commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy in 1952. He served on ships for a short time before reporting to flight school and eventually earning his wings of gold as a Naval Aviator in 1954. Bill was assigned to fly maritime patrol aircraft and logged most of his flight time in the PBM-5 Mariner, P5M Marlin, P2V Neptune, and C-47/R4D models. He also served tours as a ship’s navigator, a professor at the Naval Academy and later the National War College, and various staff jobs. The Navy sent him to Middlebury College in 1961 where he obtained a master’s degree in Spanish language and literature, and later to George Washington University, where he earned another master’s degree in business administration. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served both aboard ship and in flying roles during the conflict. Bill retired from the Navy in 1978 after 26 years on active duty with the rank of Commander. Following the Navy, Bill settled in northern Virginia and worked various jobs before becoming a Spanish teacher at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County. There, he met his future wife, Patricia, and they were married on September 28, 1988. They had one son together, Scott, born in October 1989. Bill transitioned back to the defense sector in 1987 and worked for a company providing analytic services for Naval Air Systems Command. He retired for good in 1997. In retirement, Bill volunteered for many years as a docent at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum. He was also active in his church parish as a lector and eucharistic minister and was an ample donor to many charities and professional organizations in which he was interested. Bill was proud of his Naval Academy background and participated in as many Class of 1952 activities as he could. He loved to travel with Patricia and they visited much of Europe and the United States together, ultimately leading to a relocation in 2017 from Virginia to Great Falls. Bill subsequently enjoyed even more adventures in the American west and loved their new Montana community and life. Bill is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Scott (Lisa); grandchildren, Maria and George; brother, John (Sue); and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Patricia and Margaret. He leaves an enduring legacy, and, as his Naval Academy class motto says- Tough Shoes to Fill. A visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. It will be followed by a memorial vigil service at 6:00 p.m. A Catholic funeral mass will be offered on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit, immediately followed by interment at the Mt. Olivet cemetery and a luncheon at Holy Spirit.

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Gary Thorson

May 03, 1952 - Feb 15, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Gary “The Mayor” Thorson passed away on February 15, 2024, in Great Falls, Montana at the age of 71. Gary was born on May 3, 1952, in Great Falls, Montana to Alfred Thorson and Helen Osterman. He graduated from Great Falls Central High School and went on to be a painter. Once he retired, he became the Mayor of Hughesville, Montana. He enjoyed spending time fishing, hunting, baseball (Atlanta Braves), riding four wheelers and dirt bikes with friends and family, always working to keep Hughesville safe and a good place, spending time with family, and watching Star Trek. He is survived by his companion and honey, Lydia Nierenberg; daughter, Garri Jean (Max) Mauch; sons, Seth (Dani) Thorson and Josh (Janice Zigan) Skinner; sisters, Patricia Campbell, Kathy Thorson, and Connie Thorson; and thirteen grandchildren, including The Thorson Gang, Teagan, Tinsley, Taylin, Tristin, and Lawson, Emily Skinner, Austin Shanks, Olivia Bogner, Gavin Mauch, Izellia Zigan, Andy Driessen, Lauren Driessen, and Liam Perné. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Thorson and Helen Osterman. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. The scattering of Gary’s remains will occur in Hughesville at a later date.

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Shirley A. Alex

Jun 29, 1936 - Feb 17, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Shirley A. Alex passed away on February 17, 2024, in Great Falls, Montana. Shirley was born on June 29, 1936, in McCone City, Montana to Victor Puckett and Esterina Perry Puckett. Shirley spent many years as a Travel Agent in Havre, Billings, Great Falls, and Las Vegas. She was the owner of Havre Cycle. Her most memorable job was for Dr. Johnson. She volunteered with the elderly and enjoyed church, and her faith was rock solid. She was also an avid motorcycle rider, and she enjoyed gardening, loved to visit with everyone, and she was a great salesperson. Shirley is survived by daughters, Valerie Wilkerson, and Roquele (Kelly) Whitaker; son, Larry Dobson; brothers, Robert Puckett and James Puckett; 5 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel.

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