(Editor's Note: The obituaries below were taken from the archives of the 2021 issues of the newspaper. We apologize for anyone missed, but please note, if an obituary was not submitted to the paper, the name of your loved one will not appear below.)
Dona Belle Newell, age 89, passed away Jan. 3, 2021, at Benefis Peace Hospice with her beloved son, Greg, by her side.
Katharina G. Wurz, “Katie,” passed away Jan. 7, 2021, in her home at Big Rose Colony with family by her side.
Michel “Mickey” Wolf, 83, passed away on Jan. 9, 2021, surrounded by family at home in Shelby. Mickey held many jobs in Shelby but is most remembered as a beloved elementary school secretary, referred to by teachers and students as the “Bubble Gum Lady.”
Gerald “Jerry” Max Smith passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 15, 2021, at the age of 68-years-old. Jerry reopened the Galata Motel in the early 1990’s and in 2017 he built and opened the Galata General Store.
William D. Hayes passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 17, 2021. He was 82-years-old. Bill was a proud American and decorated Staff Sergeant for the U.S. Army.
John Wayne Schmidt passed away at age 72 on Jan. 17, 2021. John was a U.S. Army Veteran who enjoyed being around people and discussing worldly things. John was very generous and will be remembered by many friends and acquaintances.
Keith Edward Stevens, age 91, passed away on Jan. 18, 2021. Keith lived a full life and flying airplanes was one of his greatest passions. Keith was also very artistic and creative, and his carvings were featured at the Charles Russell Art Show in Great Falls and at the Calgary Stampede.
Allen J. Harper, 79, passed away on Jan. 21, 2021. He was an active member of the Sons of the American Legion and Masons Lodge.
Marvin Fretheim passed away on Jan. 23, 2021. He was 85-years-old. Marvin was very involved in the community, serving on the Nickol School Board, ASCS Committee, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Council and a Marias River Electric Board trustee for 32 years.
Jack Lee Hayes passed away March 22, 2021, at age 79. Jack moved to Shelby in 2018 to be closer to family and will be remembered for his humor and quick wit.
Francine Alice Beach, 49, died unexpectedly on March 23, 2021. Francine will always be remembered for her kind heart and serving her community through the American Legion Auxiliary.
Dorothy Ann Sargent went to be with the Lord on March 8, 2021. A kind woman of great faith, Dorothy’s most used phrase was “God bless you,” and she meant it every time.
Ruby Ruth McAlpine, 90, passed away on March 24, 2021. Ruby was a homemaker and a substitute teacher for Sunburst Public Schools for many years.
Hales Angelo Scalese died March 31, 2021. Hales was born on the family homestead north of Galata and happily ranched well into his late 80s with his son, Steven.
Bryan Hugh Bechard passed away April 16, 2021. Bryan was a self-taught mechanic who owned and operated his own shop, Bryan’s Auto Repair, in Bald Knob, Ark. and in Shelby.
Debbie Irene Gallup died April 21, 2021. Debbie was a lifesaver to many animals, whether it was a calf, cow, dog or cat, she loved animals and they loved her.
Doris Lorene Ehli passed away on April 26, 2021, at the age of 91. Doris was a strong competitor, loving to play any kind of game and especially card games.
Harry “LeRoy” Johnson passed away May 1, 2021, at the age of 84. LeRoy was the youngest of 10 children and a stand-out athlete while growing up in Shelby, going on to coach youth football and owning a couple of plumbing businesses.
Noreen Hillebrand Anderson passed away on May 6, 2021, at the age of 68. Noreen was a daycare provider in Shelby for 16 years, a Sunday School teacher and youth group leader who will always be remembered for loving kids.
Henry Endler, 97, died on May 12, 2021. Henry was born in Russia, immigrating to Canada with his family in 1927. In 1963 Henry’s job brought him to the United States and in 1973 he moved to Shelby where he worked as head custodian at Shelby Schools for many years.
Leore “Leo” Paul Kanning passed away on May 12, 2021. Losing his hearing at a young age, Leo went on to teach reading, math and social studies to deaf junior high and high school students all over the United States.
Rita Diane Christoferson, age 76, passed away on May 15, 2021. Rita was a devoted housewife and mother and enjoyed attending any event, everything from Refiner sports to church programs to Hutterite events.
Danny Ray Gillespie, 69, died on May 28, 2021. He was an avid photographer and naturalist, spending much of his time outdoors.
Stephanie Newhouse Davis, 72, passed away on May 30, 2021. Stephanie was a pioneer in her profession, as it was uncommon to see a female pharmacist in 1973. She returned home to Montana after retiring and enjoyed entertaining, cooking and playing Bridge.
Rosemary Jeanette Marra Furnell passed away quietly of natural causes on June 1, 2021. Rose was an avid giver to several charities, giving to others in need brought her great joy. You could always count on Rose to greet you with a big smile, she truly enjoyed people and was loved by many.
Lester Marks, 63, passed away on June 17, 2021. Lester was a long-time Sunburst resident and was “uncle” to many.
Elsie Mae Mach, 80, died peacefully on June 19, 2021. Elsie was a career waitress, a strong-willed woman who took good care of her family and loved to make people laugh.
Margaret “Cathy” McDonough Drake, 96, died on June 3, 2021. Cathy led an eventful life as an Army nurse whose experiences and service, along with her late husband’s, Dr. Dale Drake, contributed to the background and provided the inspiration for the novel, movie and long-running TV series M*A*S*H*.
James Bruce “Jim” Kalbfleisch, age 87, died on June 25, 2021. Jim was a good-natured and kind, lifelong Shelby farmer. His greatest enjoyment was following athletes from area schools in the Golden Triangle.
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