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Robert Mattheisen Jr

May 19, 1949 - Nov 24, 2023

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Great Falls, MT

Robert "Bob" John Mattheisen Jr. passed away with his loving family by his side on Friday, November 24, 2023 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bob was born on May 19, 1949 in Benson, Minnesota to Robert Mattheisen and Dorothy Jean (Clark) Mattheisen. Their family relocated shortly after to Great Falls, MT where they raised Bob and his siblings. He attended school here, graduating with the Great Falls High Class of '67. Following his graduation, Bob hired out with Great Northern...Read More

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Holly Rhea Neel

Nov 16, 1956 - Feb 28, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Holly Rhea Neel of Great Falls passed away on February 28, 2024, due to health complications. She was born to John and Helen Neel on November 16, 1956, in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Holly was the youngest of eight children and grew up in a military family who moved every two years until settling in Colorado Springs when Holly was seven. After graduating from Palmer High School in 1975, Holly moved to Great Falls, Montana, her mother’s hometown, alongside her parents, where she lived for the rest of her life with her sisters, Robin and Brook. Holly worked in the service and retail industries and held various positions at Milwaukee Depot, Green Goods, Alexander's Greek Restaurant, Deaf and Blind School, Hallmark, Amazing Toys, and The Decorating House. She was a passionate football fan and a loyal supporter of the Denver Broncos. Holly always had a fascination with zebras, which led her to build an impressive collection over the years that should stagger anyone’s imagination. Holly was a kind, loving, caring, and intelligent individual with an excellent sense of humor. Her family adored her, and she will be greatly missed. She is survived by her siblings, Brook Elizabeth Neel, John Stephenson Neel Jr. (Carol), Casey Foster Neel, Nancy Neel Bullis, Robin Kirwin Neel, and Megan Neel Back (David); nieces and nephews include, Cameron Foster Neel, Hameed Azan Abbasi, Leah Elena Neel, and Katy Eliza Back. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Katy Neel Abbasi. A celebration of life is being planned for this summer.

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Betty Hajek

Jul 28, 1929 - Mar 02, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Betty peacefully went to be with her Heavenly Father at Peace Hospice at the age of 94. She was born on July 28, 1929, in Great Falls, MT and graduated from Great Falls High School. Upon graduation her parents, Harold and Mildred Turner, moved to California, taking Betty. She returned to Great Falls and married Arthur Hajek. Arthur, his father, and brother, Vince, all worked on building the family home and piano shop on the Westside. Arthur and Betty started a family and were blessed with Vicki, Linda, Wendy, and Kenneth. Betty loved being able to stay home being a wife, mother, and homemaker. She loved cooking and baking from scratch. She liked being a home room mother at Russell Elementary School, a Sunday school teacher at Fist Presbyterian Church, sunbathing, going out to dance, school reunions, and travelling. They owned Hajek’s Piano Shop until the flood of 1964. Betty had a real sense of fashion and ended up going to work at the Montgomery Ward store downtown, with the beautiful oak stairway and oak cashier cages. She transferred to the new store in Holiday Village and continued to work in the fashion department under the direction of Vi Erlandson. Eventually Betty was promoted to manager of the lingerie department. She enjoyed going to Portland for the buying trips. She loved and enjoyed her coworkers as they were all like a big family. She and Arthur eventually divorced but remained friends. In her next chapter of life, she eventually met George Higgins. He asked her out on a date and while out, he was called out to go help at the fire and train disaster in Belt. They dated for quite some time and both eventually put in for transfers to Whitefish, MT. They married in 1980 and enjoyed the beauty of the area. George planted an orchard and large garden. They enjoyed the bounty of their labor and skills. Canning pears, apricots, cherries, peaches, and apples. They also grew luscious large raspberries, strawberries, and wild asparagus, along with vegetables, and canned salmon filets. Betty also enjoyed boating and fishing at Lake Koocanusa, the Bitterroot, Eureka. Among her other interests were snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, huckleberry picking, going to the Point of Rocks at Olney, the plays at the Big Fork Theatre, fashion shows, camping, going to Mooses on the Mountain, getting her hair done, and going out to lunch at Dantes, dinner at Borries and 3D, also, shoes and purses. George and Betty eventually moved back to Great Falls in 2014. George passed in 2018. Betty enjoyed her friends and classmates. We hope you enjoy your reunions in heaven along with your predeceased family members, classmates, and friends. May you rest in peace Mom. We would like to thank the staff at Benefis Healthcare along with the superb staff and volunteers at Peace Hospice. Donations may be made to Peace Hospice or the Angel Fund at Benefis. Per her wishes there will be no services. Betty is survived by daughter, Wendy Gray (husband, Robert Olmstead); daughter, Linda Roloson; grandkids, Melissa Alder (Dan), Aimee Buller, Adam Gray, Eric Gray, Spencer Roloson, and Serena Roloson; and great-grandkids, Nathan Anderson and Tayven Roloson.

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Robert Lee Brisson

Jan 11, 1956 - Feb 27, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Robert Lee Brisson, aged 68, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, in Great Falls, Montana. He was born on January 11, 1956, in Poplar, Montana to Philip and Eva (Myrick) Brisson. Robert graduated from Helena High School in the 1970s. He spent most of his life in Montana only leaving to live a few years in Seattle, Washington. He met the love of his life, Lanette, in 1999. They were married June 17, 2000. They had 19 wonderful years together before she passed away in 2019. Robert is survived by his sister, Phylllis Brisson; niece, Kehala Waterman; stepson, Gregory Rodgers of Great Falls; stepdaughter, Stephanie Stempke of Great Falls; and 3 wonderful grandchildren, Damon Davis, age 12, Jaxson Stempke, age 7, and Natalie Stempke, age 5. Robert is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lanette (LeMaster) Brisson; mother, Eva Myrick; father, Philip Brisson; brothers, Darrell Brisson and Joe Brisson; and sister, Patty (Brisson) Blumer. A memorial service will be held on March 23, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel (1410 13th St S, Great Falls, MT).

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Mary Helen Tropila

Apr 28, 1934 - Feb 25, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Mary Helen Tropila, 89, peacefully passed away February 25, 2024, at Great Falls Clinic Hospital in Great Falls, Montana. Mary was born April 28, 1934, in Medicine Lake, Montana to Russell and Helen Evans. She graduated from Medicine Lake High School in 1952 and continued to Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington, earning her secretarial degree. Mary and Joseph Tropila were united in marriage April 27, 1957, at St. Patrick Church in Medicine Lake. They made their home in Great Falls. Mother enjoyed Saturday evening Mass at St. Ann’s Cathedral, Gonzaga basketball, Seattle Mariners baseball, time with her children and Nestle milk chocolate chips – the small bag. Surviving are children, Mike (Laura), Cathy (Mike) MacDonald, Mitch (Erin), and Cecile Sorensen; sister, Joan Ator; sister-in-law, Colleen Evans; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two very special cousins, Connie and Carolee Reuter. Mary was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Robert Evans; sister, Jean Wirth and son-in-law, Bruce Sorensen. Public visitation for friends and family is Tuesday, March 12th from 4pm - 8pm at Schnider Funeral Home. Graveside service follows Wednesday, March 13th at noon at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Gentle woman, quiet light Morning star, so strong and bright Gentle Mother, peaceful dove Teach us wisdom; teach us love. You did, Mom. We love and miss you.

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Jimmy James Farrell

Jul 16, 1950 - Feb 29, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Jimmy James Farrell left us on Feb. 29, a day as unique as his life. He loved camping and fishing and cracking a cold beer after a hard day’s work. He loved his wife, his family, his friends. And he was so proud of his Fort Farrell. It was the house he designed and built with his friends, thinking out every detail before even buying any lumber. A fine finish carpenter by trade, Jimmy designed and built Fort Farrell, the perfect, little house where he and Max have lived for over 30 years. Jimmy loved to design and build furniture, always out of oak. An accomplished craftsman, he built all the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms and most of the living room furniture. He was born with an artistic eye, and after his mom bought him a Paint by Numbers kit during the ’64 flood when he was stuck inside because of all the rain, he started creating his own art. By adulthood he had become a talented artist, and the walls of Fort Farrell feature his oil paintings of wildlife and Montana landscape scenes. Besides numerous pen and ink sketches, Jimmy created 23 years of Christmas cards and unique mirror etchings. The son of Ron and Marian Farrell, Jimmy grew up on the west side of Great Falls where he was given the freedom to explore the springs, caves, and coulees in the area. He and his buddies loved to spend all day roaming lower Sun River. Later known as one of the better pool players in Great Falls, Jimmy enjoyed the challenge of the game. This love affair with billiards started in high school when his parents put a pool table in their basement. And he honed his game skills at Hussman’s Pool Hall, where Jimmy and his friends spent their lunch money quarters. Each year Max and Jimmy couldn’t wait to start their camping season. They learned their lesson the year they rushed it a bit and ventured out on March 9 for an impromptu overnighter at Nilan Reservoir. Their earliest camping was pretty primitive, with the back of Jimmy’s station wagon, La Bamba, serving as their bed with all supplies in boxes under the seat. Max and Jimmy appreciated Montana’s splendor, no matter where or how they camped. Jimmy is survived by his wife Maxine Farrell, his sister Ronda Banik, his nieces KC Banik and Kay Dee (Sahil) Banik. When Jimmy and Max married in 1992, Jimmy welcomed Max’s close family into his circle. Siblings and their children include: Myrna Gilbertson and her daughter Heather (Jamie) Bireley; Jerry (Kathleen) Goosen; Norman (JoAnn) Goosen, parents of Jodi (Shane) Williams, Blaine (Jessica) Goosen and Brent (Kelly) Goosen. As the years went on, Jimmy enjoyed the relationships he had with the great nieces and nephews: Jessica (Jon) Bishop, Sean (Jenna) Williams, Cierra and Kodi Bireley, Jayden Goosen, Brevyn and Jazmyn Goosen, Taylor and Tanner Goosen and Chase Bireley. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents Ron and Marian Farrell and his brother-in-law Carl Banik. In spite of life’s setbacks, Jimmy never lost his positive attitude and sharp wit. Like the moral of the Oak Tree: “Sometimes it’s wiser to be flexible in the face of life’s challenges than stubbornly resisting and refusing to yield when it’s the better choice.” Join us in remembering Jimmy. Have fun, think about all his crazy stories, and treasure the memories made.

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James D. McLaughlin

Jul 16, 1945 - Nov 30, 2023

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Great Falls, MT

James D. (Jim) McLaughlin passed away at home on November 30, 2023. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, educator, soldier, and friend. No matter how hard life became, Jim always had a funny little remark to share. He enjoyed teasing and joking right up to the end. Jim was in education for 30 years. He started his career as a teacher and ended his career as the Principle and Superintendent of schools. Jim also put in 26 years with the military. He first joined the Army. Later he joined the Montana Air National Guard in Great Falls, Montana. Jim was activated twice by the Air Force. He was honorably discharged and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in 2005. Jim loved his country and loved serving in the military. He developed pulmonary/ cystic fibrosis, which eventually became cancerous. The cancer quickly took his life. Jim lived attached to oxygen for the last 8 years of his life. He was legally blind, hearing impaired, and he lost his sense of smell and taste. He had rheumatoid arthritis in his joints and neuropathy in his feet. His balance was very poor. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Leo McLaughlin; mother, Virginia Bae McLaughlin; younger brother, Jerry McLaughlin; and great-granddaughter, Shelby McLaughlin. Jim is survived by his wife, Melody McLaughlin; daughter, Stehpannie Boot; son-in-law, Brian Boot; daughter, Kimberly McLaughlin; stepdaughter, Misty Cline; grandsons, Bradley McLaughlin and Brandon Boot. He has three living great grandchildren, Liberty, Jamie, and John McLaughlin. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all those who have known him over the years. Jim’s favorite bible verse was Isaiah 40:31… “they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” As Christians we believe Jim’s strength has been renewed. Those who knew Jim well can see him running about in Heaven with his beloved German Shepherds, teasing and joking with the Lord, and all those he encounters. May you RIP SMSGT James D. McLaughlin; we shall meet again!

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Margaret Fern Yetter

Sep 20, 1945 - Feb 28, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Margaret “Peggy” Fern Yetter, age 78, passed away on February 28, 2024, in Great Falls, MT. Peggy was born on September 20, 1945, to Leo and Fern Zuelke in Great Falls. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1963 and went on to graduate from Columbus School of Nursing in 1966. She worked in the ER Trauma department as a Registered Nurse at Old Columbus Hospital, which became Benefis West. She also worked on the First Mercy Flight Program and went on to retire from Benefis East. Peggy was a Devoted Catholic. She was a member of the Great Falls Ski Club, Registered Nurses “Mixed Nuts” group, and the Great Falls Community Concert Association. She enjoyed bowling, Anaconda “Morning Glories” golf, skiing, puzzles, piano, and birdwatching. She was an avid Bobcats and Packers fan, but she shared a divided house with her Griz fan husband, William “Bill” Yetter. Peggy and Bill met in 1988 and married on September 12, 1998. They had four children. Peggy is survived by children, Lisa (Neil) Agramonte of Las Vegas, NV, Scott (Stacie) Olson of Great Falls, MT, Kris (Paul) Schuster of Great Falls, MT, and Todd Yetter of San Francisco, CA; siblings, Gary (Shannon) Zuelke, Bob (Kathy) Zuelke, and Theresa (Jim) Hodges; and five grandchildren, Justin, Jordyn, Janae, Hayden, and Tia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Fern Zuelke; sister, Lorene; and son-in-law, Jesse Voss. There will be a viewing on Monday, March 4, 2024, at St. Ann’s Cathedral from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the vigil following at 6:00 p.m. A funeral service will be on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at St Ann’s Cathedral at 2:00 p.m. Following the service, the burial will take place at Highland Cemetery. A reception will take place at the Black Eagle Community Center following the services. Donations may be made to the Peace Hospice Angel Fund. The family would like to share a special thanks to the CNA’s and nurses at Benefis 5th Floor North Tower who compassionately cared for one of their own.

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Walter Raoul Richardson

May 16, 1934 - Feb 27, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Walter Roaul “Rich” Richardson passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 in Great Falls, Montana at 89 years old. Rich was born on May 16, 1934 in Indianola, Mississippi to Morrell Richardson and Irene Beard. He was raised here alongside his brother Arthur. Upon his high school graduation in 1954, Rich made the courageous decision to serve his country in the United States Air Force as an electrician. Not long after his enlistment, he met the lady he knew he was meant to spend the rest of his life with, Antoinette Marie Freitas. Their love was solidified in Orlando, Florida on June 1956 where they shared their vows. Rich continued his journey with the Air Force with Antoinette close behind. Together they traveled to Florida, Germany, California, North Dakota, and finally, Montana, where they would spend the remainder of their years. Rich retired from the Air Force on June 30, 1980 after 26 years and spent a few years doing Civilian HVAC trades work before his final retirement. Rich was a man of many talents, often described as a jack of all trades. Alongside his electrical talents, he was an avid locksmith and woodworker. Rich was also the guy you would go to if you needed your ice skates repaired or sharpened. If it could be fixed, Rich was there to do it. He was a wonderful brother, husband, father, and grandfather and will be remembered for generations to come. He is survived by his sons, Robert (Deb) Richardson and David Richardson; his daughter, Lisa (Richardson) Ripley; his sister in law, Beverly Richardson; his grandchildren, Amber (Richardson) (Nicholas) Scribner, Alida Richardson, Robin (Richardson) (Michael) Jackson, Heather Richardson, Sarah Richardson, Sierra (Richardson) Carughi, Jayde (Richardson) (Austin) Iannucci, and Abby Ripley; and his great grandchildren, Porter, Sawyer, Chandler, Chase, Dean, Beau, Abigail, and Aubrey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morrell Richardson and Irene (Beard) Richardson; his loving wife, Antoinette Marie (Freitas) Richardson and his brother, Arthur Richardson. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 10:30AM at the Fort Harrison Cemetery in Helena, MT with a Memorial Service Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 1PM in Croxford Funeral Home’s Rose Room Chapel. To to the family or in memory of Walter Raoul Richardson, please

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Kay Evelyn (Yeager) Brannen

Feb 16, 1944 - Feb 20, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Kay was a strong-willed, independent, intelligent, beautiful, God-fearing woman, with a great sense of humor and a love of life. She was devoted to her family, including her two dogs (Sunny and Bridget), and to her numerous friends. She was extremely successful as a wife, mother, and as a Computer specialist/System Analyst. Kay loved reading and researching on the internet. She used the knowledge and skills from her reading and research to do what she enjoyed (I.e., problem-solving for family and friends.) As many a friend can attest, Kay was always there to help and was very good at resolving issues. Kay passed away quietly in her sleep with her husband at her side on February 20, 2024 at Benefis Peace Hospice in Great Falls, Mt. Kay is survived by her husband Patrick Brannen, daughter Kristin Keeling (Robert Keeling), three grandchildren Jack Keeling, Matt Keeling and Patrick Keeling, and her sister Diane Leavitt (Phil Leavitt). Services will be private Born in Great Falls, MT on February 16, 1944 to Sidney and Rosalie Yeager. Kay grew up in Shelby, MT. Graduating from Shelby High School in 1962, she could not wait to leave the State, but she was always a Montana-girl at heart. For two years she attended Colorado Woman’s College and for two years went to San Francisco State University, where she graduated with a BA degree in Sociology. To obtain work, Kay took a competitive test along with 500 other students. She was one of two student selected by Alameda County (i.e., Oakland, CA) to be trained as a Computer Programmer. After working for several years, Kay and her college roommate, Linda Homer, went on the trip of a life-time, spending six months traveling in Europe. Returning home, Kay went to work in Honolulu, HI and later to Washington, D.C., where she met and married her husband, Patrick Brannen (It must have been a good marriage as it lasted more than forty-eight glorious years.) On December 22, 1976 Kay gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Kristin. Kay continued to work at various computer jobs as a Government employee and as a consultant to the Government. Then Kay and her business partner, Dick Haller, started a Management Consultant firm working with the Department of Energy. After retiring, Kay prepared personal income tax returns for H&R Block and later for AARP. She also became a Certified Financial Planner and an Enrolled Agent for IRS. She continued to take trips with her husband and to help people solve problems. She will be greatly missed, forever loved and never forgotten. To to the family or in memory of Kay Evelyn (Yeager) Brannen, please

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Lisa Michelle Smith

Sep 28, 1971 - Feb 25, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Lisa Michelle Smith passed away on February 25, 2024. She was born on September 28, 1971, in Butte, MT to Jeffery and Shirley (Sand) Novack. Lisa met Mark Smith at a drag race, and they were married on July 2, 1993. Lisa was a CNA and paraprofessional. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, board games, playing cards, video games, hanging out with her grandchildren, sightseeing, and watching scary movies. Her greatest joy in life was having her children and becoming a grandmother. Lisa is survived by her husband, Mark Smith; parents, Sam and Jacquline Tweedy; son, Chris (Jewellz) Smith; daughters, Brittany (Richard) Hayes and Michaela (River) Smith; brother, Tim Novack; grandchildren, Mason, Chevrolet, Maci, Cam, Myles, Maverick, Jameson, Simone, KZ, and Ezra. She was preceded in death by her father, Jeff Novack; mother, Shirley Novack; daughter, Chantel Novack; mother-in-law, Sharon Smith; and life-long friend, Brenda Latham. A viewing will take place at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The graveside service will take place that Craig Cemetery on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.

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