Walter J. Boumans, 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. There will be a celebration of life for Walter at later date in the Spring 2020.

Roberta Lee Larabee, 82, of Ellensburg, Wash., passed away on Dec. 14,

Elmer M. Berkram, born July 13, 1929, passed away on Jan. 16, 2020, at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. A memorial service is planned for later this spring.

Mary Jean Wagner Billedeaux, 85, passed away on Monday, Jan. 13, with her family and loved ones by her side at Blackfeet Community Hospital.

James “Jim” Irwin, 80, passed away peacefully in his home in Cut Bank Creek, Browning, Mont., on Dec. 14, 2019. Rosary was on Dec. 20 and funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Darcene L. (Eulberg) Butler, 61, of Billings, Mont., passed away at home on Jan. 13, 2020, in the company of her loving family. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Mass was held on Friday, Jan. 17 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Billings.

Francis “Braz” Clarence Braz, 93, passed away surrounded by family at home in Cut Bank on the early morning of Jan. 14, 2020. Braz is reunited with the love of his life, Louise “Weezie” Braz. A Celebration of Life luncheon will take place at the Cut Bank Moose Lodge on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. 

Donna Marie Kittson Guardipee, 71, passed away at Browning Indian Health Service, in Browning, Mont., on Dec. 14, 2019. A wake was held at College Homes with Rosary on Thursday, Jan. 9; Mass was celebrated on Friday, Jan. 10 at Little Flower Parish, followed by burial in Kittson Cemetery at …

James Patrick Higgins, 60, passed away suddenly at Benefis in Great Falls on Jan. 3. James was known as “Pat,” “Patrick” or “Packy.” 

Lyla “Newts” Sinclair, 64, passed away at Browning, Mont., on Dec. 14, 2019.  

Carol Swoboda, who was born on Dec. 25, 1949, died on Jan. 4, 2020. Carol’s Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020,  at St. Juan Diego Catholic Church in Portland, Ore.  There was a Sung Rosary followed by a Mass of Resurrection Funeral Mass. A reception followed at the Hill…

Frank J. Hollenback passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, after a short illness. A celebration of Frank’s life will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at 1 p.m. followed by interment at Sunset Hills Cemetery. A reception will be held afterwards, at Dahl’s Chapel. Everyone is invite…

Sylvia Alice Carty, 92, a former Shelby and Devon area resident, died at Pacific Care Center, Hoquiam, Wash., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. There will be a gathering of the family later in the spring.

Tom  Allen passed away Jan. 9, 2020 from complications of spending so many years in a wheel chair. He has requested no ceremony or fuss be made over his passing. His ashes will be scattered on the farm where he loved to drive his Jeep, over looking Dupuyer, Creek.

Darlene Mae Beach, 70, passed away Jan. 1, 2020 of heart failure and COPD at Marias Medical Center surrounded by family.

Patrick Iden Watkins, 80, passed away in the early morning of Jan. 1, 2020.  Patrick passed away in his sleep as peacefully as he lived his life. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be in Washington and his cremains will be placed near his childhood home at a later date.  

Pamela Ann Halvorson passed away on Dec. 1, 2019 at her home just north of Cut Bank. She was 60. A celebration of life will be held at the Moose Lodge in Cut Bank on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 2 p.m.

On Dec. 26, 2019, our beloved matriarch, Audrey Rose Nelles followed the Star of Bethlehem into the gates of heaven and the welcoming arms of her Lord and Savior.

Debbie Lynn Cannata was born on Feb. 19, 1955 in Cut Bank, Mont., and passed away in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan. 2, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with fallopian tube cancer. A memorial service for Debbie will be held on Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Franciscan Renewal Center, with a r…

Harvey Hawbaker stood on the court, facing a crowd who gathered to not only watch a basketball game, but to celebrate a man that had come to define what it meant to be a Shelby Coyote. He spoke to the crowd, not about the many achievements and accomplishments that made up his illustrious car…

Alfred Vanden Bos, 78, passed away Dec. 15, 2019. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church.

Albert Raymond “Ray” Keeler passed away from natural causes at his home on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. Services were held at the Bible Baptist Church in Yuma Ariz. Interment will be held in 2020 at the Valier Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to 14555 S. Ave. 4E #107; Yuma, AZ 85365.

Heaven’s draperies and angel gowns have likely taken on a fresh, new look as God’s master seamstress arrived on the scene on Dec. 20, 2019. Beverly Jean Thompson Hart Donaldson was born on March 8, 1936 at a mere 3 lbs. 6 oz. Her parents, Tilford and Earlene Thompson, were told to take a goo…

After a long, hard-fought battle with cancer, Laverne Atchison Kavanagh, 80, passed away peacefully Dec. 15 with her family by her bedside at her home in Whitefish.

Arthur L Erickson was born in Conrad on Dec. 16, 1924 and passed away Dec. 13, 2019 in Conrad, Mont.

Charles “Cal” Loudermilk passed away Dec. 4, 2019 surrounded by his adoring family, ending a hard fought six-year battle with cancer and COPD.

Gloria Ruth Quenzer, affectionately known as “Glo” to everyone, passed away on Aug. 27, 2019 at the Glacier Care Center in Cut Bank after a brief stay. She was 87. A celebration of life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Cut Bank on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at 11 a.m. A reception …

Dolores Whitt, age 87, previously of Great Falls, passed away on Dec. 3, at the Marias Medical Center Nursing Home. 

On Dec. 1, 2019, with his family by his side, Lester went with God. Services will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at 2 p.m., upstairs at the Elks Lodge, 137 Main Street, in Shelby. There will be Masonic service and Shriners are asked to wear their Fez.

It is with great sadness that the family of Mrs. Diane Fauque announce her unexpected passing on Dec. 4 at the age of 68. Diane will be missed dearly by her husband Randy; children Korey (Wendy), Darcy (Kelly), and Jamey (Brandi); grandchildren Connor, Hailey, Ryan, Jory, and Sawyer. Diane w…

Marion DeKay, 95, of Hibbing, Minn., and formerly of Brooten, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 at Guardian Angels Health and Rehab Center in Hibbing. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooten with Pastor Steven Bovendam officiating. Visitati…

Ronald Dale Sonju, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 2, 2019, at Marias Medical Center. At Ron’s request, there will be no services.

Blaze Adam Flesch, 57, longtime resident of Shelby, born March 11, 1962, beloved son to Connie Flesch and the late Larry Flesch, brother to Roxie Sukup, Kim Reese, Mona Swanson, and Serene Flesch and families, nephew to loving aunt Gayle, cousin/friend to Jack, Monica, and Sandra, uncle, gre…

Blaze Adam Flesch, 57, longtime resident of Shelby, born March 11, 1962, beloved son to Connie Flesch and the late Larry Flesch, brother to Roxie Sukup, Kim Reese, Mona Swanson, and Serene Flesch and families, nephew to loving aunt Gayle, cousin/friend to Jack, Monica, and Sandra, uncle, gre…

At the age of 100, Gerald Joseph Habets, affectionately known as the “Man of Steel,” passed away on Nov. 16, 2019. A vigil service will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Great Falls, with the funeral mass on Friday, Nov. 22 at the same location …

Phillip Don Benjamin, 42, passed away early Sunday morning, Nov. 3, 2019, in his Missoula apartment. Phillip was born Sept. 18, 1977, in Shelby. He grew up on the family farm south of Devon.  He attended Galata Elementary School, Shelby Junior and High School, graduating in 1996.

Lorraine L. Derenburger, 86, passed away on Nov. 19, 2019, in Pahrump, Nevada, of natural causes. At her request, cremation has taken place and no services are being held. 

A lifelong resident of the Blackfeet Nation, Darryl Wayne Horn Jr., age 53, passed away on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at his friend’s residence here in Browning.

Betty Mae (Flesch, Fauque) Snyder passed away surrounded by family on Nov. 9, 2019, in Helena, at the age of 85. A Mass and celebration of Betty Mae’s life is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., on Monday, Nov. 25, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Billings.

At the age of 100, Gerald Joseph Habets, affectionately known as the “Man of Steel,” passed away on Nov. 16, 2019. A vigil service will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Great Falls, with the funeral mass on Friday, Nov. 22 at the same location …

Don C. Werner, the son of Carl Werner and Mable (Forester) Werner, came into this world on April 25, 1930 in the tiny oil town of Tippville, Mont. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Cut Bank, Mont. where Carl established an oilfield equipment, metal fabrication and welding business. 

Gwen Vaile was born June 11, 1936, to Dorothy and Denzel Smith. She was their only child. Gwen was raised in both Browning and Whitefish. She married Albert Vaile Jr. and settled in the Babb area. 

After a brief stay in a nursing home, on Nov. 1, 2019, Evelyn Jean (Kingston) Johnson went to sleep in confidence that the next faces that she would see on the resurrection morning were that of her Lord and Savior and prayerfully those of her friends and family. 

James H. (Bert) Rogers passed away on Nov. 7, 2019 at Benefis West in Great Falls. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Shelby.  

Earl Black Weasel Sr. “Kyiitoopi” “Rider” was born on Jan. 5, 1939.  His parents were James Black Weasel Jr., and Mary White Grass.  Earl went home to be with his loved ones and our savior Jesus Christ on Sept. 11, 2019

Aloysius James Fish Sr. “Wishy,” 62, passed away at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls on Sunday, Oct. 27. Rosary was held Nov. 3 with Mass being celebrated on Monday, Nov. 4 at Little Flower Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Willow Creek Cemetery.

Starr M. Guardipee, 41, passed away at Benefis East in Great Falls on Oct. 23, 2019.  A rosary was held on Oct. 30. Mass was celebrated on Oct. 31 in Browning and she was laid to rest by her father and sister at Willow Creek Cemetery.

On Oct. 16, 2019, a clear fall night, the last walk on the 18th green in the sky took place. Now a front row seat to the PGA Masters Tournament is to be had!

Carol Rae Mundt, 71, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt, niece, cousin, and friend joined the Saints Triumphant on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 2019, in Great Falls peacefully and quietly after fighting a most courageous battle against many medical odds.