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  • Lois Jean Goodheart (April 27, 1928 - May 11, 2024)

    May 15, 2024

    Lois J. (Baker) Goodheart (96) was born in Great Falls, MT on April 27, 1928, to Charles and Clara (Matter) Baker. During the Great Depression, the family moved and settled in Savoy, MT and finally in Harlem, MT. Lois attended the Savoy grade school and subsequently graduated from Harlem High School in 1946. Lois married B.J. (Swede) Goodheart on August 10, 1946, at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Harlem, MT. Swede recalled in a 2001 interview, that he didn't feel as though he had a chance... Full story

  • Margaret Delores LaRoque (January 20, 1943 - April 26, 2024)

    May 8, 2024

    Heaven has gained an Angel! Margaret was born on January 20, 1943, to Perle "Bill" and Olga Bailey in Glasgow, Mont. She passed away at St. John's United in Billings, Mont., on April 26, 2024, from Alzheimer's Disease. She was one of the kindest, honest and loving person to all who knew her and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Margaret married Francis "Frank" LaRoque on October 5, 1961, eloping to Coeur d'Alene, ID, and was married until Francis' death in 1996.... Full story

  • Steven Bradford Tremblay (November 19, 1946 - April 26, 2024)

    May 8, 2024

    Steven Bradford Tremblay lost his battle with cancer and passed away at the family home on April 26, 2024. Steve was born to Wilfred and Lucille (Salyer) Tremblay on November 19, 1946, in Havre, MT. He lived with his Aunt Blanche and Uncle Johnny (Monroe) during the first two years of his life due to family hardship. When it was time for him to return to the family home it was a very difficult transition for him. He had become very attached to his aunt, and he had even began calling her... Full story

  • Blood Draw Short, Deemed Successful

    May 1, 2024

    Terry Hotchkiss, coordinator of the American Red Cross Blood Drive Program, said while only 57 pints of the goal of 60 units were collected, both she and the Great Falls American Red Cross team were pleased with the turnout and results. Donations were received from Alisha Gibbs, Mariah Marino, Carol Brown, Billie Maxie, Anne Boothe, Monika Taylor, Scott King, Mary Lundstrom, David Veseth, Jim Carver, Heidi Lulloff, Marcus Knudsen, Rachel Liff, Chelsea Hoagland, Betty Hasler, Clayton Hallenberg, Vincent Schmoeckel, Ronda Simanton, Doug...

  • Angela Anne Hasler (November 6, 1961 - April 18, 2024)

    May 1, 2024

    Angela Anne Hasler of Malta, Montana, passed away at the age of 62 on April 18, 2024, with her family by her side. Angela was born November 6, 1961, in Herbert, SK. Canada to Henry and Anne Redekop. She married Timothy Eugene Hasler on October 25, 1981, and lived at the Sleeping Buffalo. They later moved to Malta, Mont., where Angela worked for Coca-Cola and later worked at the Great Northern (GN) as a waitress. In 2017 Angela retired. Angela was preceded in death by her husband Timothy. Angela is survived by her brothers and sister along with... Full story

  • Grady Sterling Brown (March 21, 2024 - April 21, 2024)

    May 1, 2024

    Grady Sterling Brown passed away on April 21, 2024, at the Phillips County Hospital. Grady was born on March 21, 2024, in Havre, MT. He was a light in his family's life, and he will be missed very, very much. He is survived by his parents Cheyenne Farrar and Riley Brown, by his two half-sisters Aubrey and Stella, and half-brother Jackson. A graveside service will be held on April 26, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. Donations can be made to the Ramsey Keller Memorial fund at 1445 Ave B Upper-Level Billings,... Full story

  • Memorial Notice Melford Arrotta

    May 1, 2024

    Melford Arrotta Funeral service with Military Honors for Melford Arrotta, 97, will be held at Bell Mortuary on Friday, May 3, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.,reception following at the Cottonwood Inn. Burial at 5:00 p.m. in Grandview Cemetery in Saco.... Full story

  • Gloria L. Lafond Taylor (October 2, 1919 - April 1, 2024)

    Apr 17, 2024

    Gloria L. Lafond Taylor, age 104, earned her angel wings on April 1, 2024. Gloria was born on October 2, 1919, to John and Mary (Clautier) Lafond, Sr., in Malta, Mont. Gloria grew up in a large family of nine. On June 28, 1937, Gloria married Hugh R. Taylor. They resided in Malta where they raised their children, Richard, George, Albert, Norma and Roy. Gloria was a wonderful mother, homemaker and devoted Catholic. She loved being around people and took care of many homebound people. She loved... Full story

  • Gloria L. Lafond Taylor (October 2, 1919 - April 1, 2024)

    Apr 10, 2024

    Gloria L. Lafond Taylor, age 104, earned her angel wings on April 1, 2024. Gloria was born on October 2, 1919, to John and Mary (Clautier) Lafond, Sr., in Malta, Mont. Gloria grew up in a large family of nine. On June 28, 1937, Gloria married Hugh R. Taylor. They resided in Malta where they raised their children, Richard, George, Albert, Norma and Roy. Gloria was a wonderful mother, homemaker and devoted Catholic. She loved being around people and took care of many homebound people. She loved... Full story

  • Steven Dean Schumacher (June 23, 1950 - March 26, 2024)

    Apr 3, 2024

    Steven Dean Schumacher went to be with his Lord on March 26, 2024, at the age of 73. Services were held at Malta Lutheran Church on Monday, April 1, 2024. Steve was born on June 23, 1950, in Minot, ND, to Francis (Frank) and Adeline (Muske) Schumacher. The family later moved to Tacoma, WA, and then to Kalispell, MT, where he attended all 12 years of school and graduated in 1968 from Flathead High School. Growing up Steve was interested in all things science, taking pictures and developing them... Full story

  • Ralph Korman (September 25, 1932 - March 14, 2024)

    Mar 27, 2024

    Ralph Korman passed away on March 14, 2024, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital with his family by his side. "On September 25, 1932, in the afternoon an early snowstorm was moving in, and my mother decided it was time for me to greet the world. The place was Granny Korman's house in Saco, Montana, located in Phillips County." Born to Earl and Lola (Stewart) Korman, "Had a good life growing up on the Milk River below Juneburg Bridge." "Put two years in the Army 1954-1956. Married Alice... Full story

  • Helen Soper (August 17, 1944 - February 17, 2024)

    Mar 6, 2024

    Helen E. Soper, 79, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024, surrounded by family. Helen was cremated at Wilderness Funeral Home & Cremation Services. A celebration of life will be held in March and a date will be set soon. Please call the family for more information about the celebration of life at 406-262-7392. Helen was born on August 17, 1944, in Whitefish, Mont., to Frank and Doris Neufeld. When Helen was young the family moved to Chinook, Mont., where she and her sister Myrla were... Full story

  • Bruce "Luke" E. Kirkaldie (May 15, 1951 - February 21, 2024)

    Mar 6, 2024

    Luke passed away at the age of 72 at the Phillips County Hospital of natural causes on February 21, 2024. Luke was born to Bruce and Ovilla Kirkaldie on May 15, 1951, at Fort Belknap and raised in Lodge Pole, Montana. Luke was a good friend to those who knew him, and he loved to be around kids, joking and teasing. A giving soul, always willing to give back to others in need. His last gift was as an organ donor and has passed a gift of eyesight on to another soul in need. Luke ranched and worked... Full story

  • Chip Lee Young (November 7, 1955 - February 22, 2024)

    Mar 6, 2024

    Chip Young, beloved in the hearts of many, passed away peacefully at SMP Health-St. Raphael in Valley City, ND, under the compassionate care of hospice on February 22, 2024. He was 68 years old. Chip was born to Ralph and Ada Young in Malta, Mont., on November 7, 1955. As a proud Malta Mustang, he shone brightly as a local sports star before graduating in 1974. His athletic prowess led him to the United States Air Force Academy, where he played football before transferring to Montana State... Full story

  • Kathleen Marie "Ree" Simonson (February 5, 1932-February 19, 2024)

    Feb 28, 2024

    On Monday, February 19, 2024, Kathleen Marie "Ree" Simonson, 92, beloved wife, mother and grandmother moved to her heavenly home after spending her final months in the loving care of Tony and Emily Simonsen at River's Bend Assisted Living. Ree was a woman of strong faith who loved the Lord and raising her family. Her life and legacy will continue to impact the ones who were blessed to be part of her life for years to come. Ree was born on February 5, 1932, in Malta, Mont., to Alexander "Alec"... Full story

  • Noel Joseph Emond December 25, 1937 - February 23, 2024)

    Feb 28, 2024

    Noel Joseph Emond passed away Friday, February 23, 2024. Noel was born on a ranch in South Phillips County on December 25, 1937. Noel spent his life working hard, being active in his community, and being a blessing to all. Noel loved to dance and call square dances. Noel is survived by his wife Sharon of 63 years, four children Angelia (Karl), Brenda (Murray), Dusty (Margaret), and Kory, and 6 grandchildren Jay (Mikell), Heather (Matt), Martin (Sarah), Jerry (Tori), Morgan, and Sydney. There... Full story

  • Sherman Craig Adams (March 19, 1951 -January 22, 2024)

    Feb 21, 2024

    Sherman Craig Adams of Ethel, Washington, left his earthly home to be with Jesus on Jan. 22, 2024. Sherman was born in Helena, Montana, to the late Gilbert and Mary Helen Adams on March 19, 1951. He grew up in Wolf Creek and Malta, Montana, where he had fond memories of hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. As a senior in high school, he moved to Spanaway, Washington, and later moved to Randle, Washington. He married his first wife, Joleen Auman, and loved being an... Full story

  • Louis Andrew Hershman, Jr., (December 2, 1935 - December 21, 2023)

    Feb 14, 2024

    Louis Andrew Hershman, Jr., aged 88, passed away on December 21, 2023, at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, Montana. Louis was born on December 2, 1935, to Louis Hershman Sr. and Bessie Mummy Hershman in Malta, Montana. He had seven sisters and graduated from Malta High School. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Peres Hershman; daughters, Traci Leonard, Tanya Erickson, and Tiffani Early; and eight grandchildren. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Hershman Sr., and Bessie Mummy Hershman; and his seven sisters. A family service will... Full story

  • Dolores (Dolly) R. Judge (August 2, 1930 - January 16, 2024)

    Feb 7, 2024

    Dolores (Dolly) R. Judge passed away in her home in Portland, Oregon, Jan. 16, 2024, of natural causes. She was cared for by her loving children to the very end. She was born in Saco, Montana, on August 2, 1930. Dolly grew up in Wagner, the daughter of Leo and Erma Curley and sister to Donny Curley. She was married to Joseph Judge, in Malta in May of 1946. The newlyweds moved to Helena in 1947 where Joe would attend Carroll College on the GI Bill. In 1960 they left Helena and moved to Portland,... Full story

  • Jack Wesley McCuin (August 7, 1935 - February 2, 2024)

    Feb 7, 2024

    Jack Wesley McCuin, age 88 of Jordan, formerly of Saco, Montana, passed away on February 2, 2024 at the Garfield County Nursing Home in Jordan, Montana. Jack was born on August 7, 1935 in Saco, MT to Edwin Walter "Mac" and Alma (Garrison) McCuin. He was raised on the ranch 35 miles south of Saco on Larb Creek and attended school in Saco. His dad passed when he was 10 years old, which was difficult for him and the family. On September 20, 1970, he married Jan Forbes in Goblesville, Indiana. They... Full story

  • Dolores (Dolly) R. Judge (August 2, 1930 - January 16, 2024)

    Jan 31, 2024

    Dolores (Dolly) R. Judge passed away in her home in Portland, Oregon, Jan. 16, 2024, of natural causes. She was cared for by her loving children to the very end. She was born in Saco, Montana, on August 2, 1930. Dolly grew up in Wagner, the daughter of Leo and Erma Curley and sister to Donny Curley. She was married to Joseph Judge, in Malta in May of 1946. The newlyweds moved to Helena in 1947 where Joe would attend Carroll College on the GI Bill. In 1960 they left Helena and moved to Portland,... Full story

  • William "Willie" Francis Copple (September 25, 1935-January 7, 2024)

    Jan 24, 2024

    William "Willie" Francis Copple passed into the arms of the Lord on January 7, 2024, in Glasgow, Montana. Willie was born to Charles Dewey and Mary (Simpson) Copple on September 25, 1935, in Malta, Montana. Willie spent his younger years growing up in the Saco community working as a farm/ranch laborer. In 1970, he purchased his own ranch where he and his family worked together to enjoy rural life. He had a passion for all animals and they for him. Wheel and Deal, he liked to buy and sell which... Full story

  • Death Notice

    Jan 24, 2024

    Karen Carlson Kerchal, 78, passed away on January 19, 2024, at her home in Malta, MT. The family will have a private service at a later date. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Wilderness Funeral Homes of Malta.... Full story

  • Memorial Announcement, William "Willie" Copple

    Jan 17, 2024

    William “Willie” Copple, age 88, passed away in Glasgow, Montana on January 7, 2024. Services are as follows: Family will receive friends at 6:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2024, at the Saco Lutheran Church. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the Saco Lutheran Church with Pastor Doris Tollefson officiating. Burial will follow in the Grandview Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com... Full story

  • Wanda Sue Reynolds (December 29, 1936-December 25, 2023)

    Jan 10, 2024

    Wanda Sue Reynolds, 86, of Malta, Mont., passed away Monday, December 25th at Sweet Home in Chinook, Mont. Wanda was born December 29, 1936, in Lewistown, Mont., to William Fraser and Elsie Fulton at St. Joseph's Hospital. Wanda met Joseph Reynolds on a blind date; they were married in June 1958. They had two sons in Great Falls and moved to Malta in 1961. They built Joe's In and Out in 1962 and continued growing their family with another son and a daughter. In 1998 they retired to Las Vegas,... Full story

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