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Veronica Candace “Khandi” Gersitz Tomsheck

Veronica Candace “Khandi” Gersitz Tomsheck was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) on Sept. 13, 2022, and passed away on Sept. 27, 2022, with family by her side at Peace Hospice in Great Falls. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 12, 2022 at the Lutheran Church of Sunburst, and can also be viewed on the church’s Facebook page.

Khandi was born Oct. 29, 1963, in Elizabeth, N.J. to Gerald and Maureen Gersitz. In 1964 the family moved to Deer Lodge to be closer to family. Khandi was raised in Deer Lodge and worked in different places in her earlier life.

While living in Butte with her sister Debi, Khandi responded to an ad to become a nanny to two children, as she loved children dearly. Khandi and her sister Debi drove to Sunburst to become a nanny and never left.

While in Sunburst, she met her future husband, Rex, and they were married on Feb. 28, 1987. They became a family of four. Rex had two children, and so did Khandi. They also became foster parents and adopted two beautiful girls. Their family was complete, with a total of six children.

Khandi worked several jobs – group homes, assisted living and home health. She was passionate about caring for others, especially the elderly and disabled. She also worked in restaurants and successfully ran one. 

One of Khandi’s deepest passions and greatest memories was camping with family. Every year in July, the family camp trip, hosted in different locations around Montana, brought Khandi much joy. She got to spoil her grandbabies and enjoy being around family. The family also enjoyed the frybread that was Khandi’s specialty.

This love of camping was sparked by her mother, as she took her family camping as often as possible. Khandi’s dream was to become a camp host, and in the summer of 2022, Khandi got her dream job at Dry Wolf campground in the Little Belt Mountain area. Her dream was cut short due to illness.

Khandi leaves behind her loving husband of 35 years, Rex Tomsheck; her six children, Jeremy (Amber), Ed (Kris), Cindy (Briar), Sheena (George), Jessica, and Satyn; 14 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters, with a third on the way; her brother, Karl (Heidi); her sisters, Debi (George) and Suzi (Don); and many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Maureen Walter; brother Mark Moody; grandparents Clyde and Fern McCleary, and Harvey and Emma Rodgers; and her in-laws, Robert and Ethel Tomsheck.

Thank you for all the well wishes and cards the family has received. They are very appreciated during this time.

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