MISSOULA — Rosemary Wolferman, 76, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Missoula on Jan. 8, 2020. Her passing has registered keenly with her immediate and extended family. She will be greatly missed. A funeral service will be held in Rosemary’s honor at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 31, at St. Anthony’s Church, 217 Tremont St.
Rosemary Doherty Wolferman was born on March 8, 1943 in Riverton, Wyoming to Dr. George O. And Emelia Appelhans Doherty. She spent her early childhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where her father attended medical school, and also in Grand Junction, Colorado during the early years of her father’s medical practice.
In 1959, the Doherty family moved to Missoula, where Rosemary, the oldest of twelve children, attended Sacred Heart Academy. Upon graduation from Sacred Heart, she entered the Sacred Heart School of Nursing. She married Terrance J. Wolferman in November of 1961.
Rosemary and Terry had five children, all of whom survive her: Keith Wolferman (Korey), Missoula; Diane Wolferman, Missoula; Kelly Rundle, Seattle, Washington; Eric Wolferman (Amy), Missoula; Kate Tran (Nick), Missoula. Rosemary is also survived by eleven brothers and sisters: Sharon Bedard (Brian), Patricia Dunton (Dick), Michael Doherty (Bonnie), Kathleen
Wills, Margaret Spink (Doc), Carol Manning, Thomas Doherty (Connie), Dennis Doherty (Cindy), Mark Doherty, Mary Jo Erickson (Jim), Daniel Doherty; nine grandchildren: Rex, Ellen, Quinn, Piper, Miles, Ella, Finley, Griffin, and Bodhi; and 33 nieces and nephews.
Rose and Terry divorced in the mid 1980s, and Rosemary became the primary parent of their five children. Rosemary’s dedication and perseverance in raising her children was her greatest accomplishment and legacy. Also of special note are the 38 years she spent in retail at Hennessys and Dillards in Southgate Mall. She retired from being “the sales associate” in 2012,having taken her warm-hearted rapport with customers to a level of excellence many people still remember fondly.
Rosemary enjoyed the time retirement gave her to connect with and inspire her children. Her commitment to being a kind, supportive mother to her children and an unconditionally loving grandmother to her nine grandchildren never wavered. In addition, she contributed volunteer service to her church.
The nicknames Rosemary acquired along the way—“Loke” (Rose in Hawaiian), “The Effervescent Auntie,” and “The Queen of Small Pleasures” captured the personal flare she had for living and celebrating life at a grass roots level few people achieve. Her contagious enthusiasm, her lively wit, and her unshakable Catholic faith won her the admiration and gratitude of everyone who knew and loved her. She was the kind of person who lives life with such grace and dignity that her departure leaves a hole in our lives which can’t be filled.
May she rest in peace. Let perpetual light shine upon her, Lord, and please awaken her to a full realization of Your divine love and presence.
In keeping with Rosemary’s fondness for social gatherings, a celebration of her life will be held on Friday, Jan. 31 starting at 5 p.m. at Orchard Homes Community Center. Main course is provided. Side dishes welcome, yet not necessary. All who knew and loved Rosemary are most welcome.
MISSOULA — Stavroula (Voula) Petrou, 93, of Missoula, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in her home surrounded by family, of natural causes.
She was born on Aug. 26, 1926, in Petalidi, Greece to George and Kostadena Demonakos, she was the second oldest of eight kids. She lived there up to the age of 13, then moved to Athens, Greece to be with her aunt. She met her husband, Demetrios (Jim) Petrou at the age of 18. They were married on June 19, 1949. They resided in Athens, Greece where her husband worked as a plumber until 1956, when he immigrated to the United States. He then was able to bring Voula and his two daughters to Missoula in 1959.
There her husband bought the Missoula shoe repair in 1962 and ran it until 1979. The following year Voula and her husband purchased the Greek Pastry Shop, which continues to be operated by the family.
She enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was and active member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who took great loving care of her family, friends and church.
She is survived by her three daughters and their families: Maria Tskarestos, Missoula, Eva Itskos, Coeur D’ Alene, Dena Petrou, Seattle and one son: John Petrou, Missoula along with 10 grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren. One brother: Nick Demonakos, Seattle.
A Trisagion Prayer service will be conducted at the Garden City Funeral Home on Sunday Jan. 26, 2020 at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 301 South 6th Street West, Missoula. Burial will follow in Missoula Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Peter Tskarestos, Milton Itskos, Demitri Itskos, Demitri Petrou, Alexandros Loukas, Sam Petrou and great-grandson John Kordonouris.
The family would like to thank Dr. Akaash Acharya, the staff at Hospice of Missoula, Father Rob Spaliatsos and the staff at Garden City Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation in Stavroula’s name to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s building fund which can be sent to 301 South 6th Street West, Missoula, Montana 59801
MISSOULA — Sherryl M. Burditt, 65, of Missoula, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020. A Memorial Service will be held at Garden City Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences can be left at www.gardencityfh.com
PLAINS — Brian Richard Taylor was born in Hamilton to parents Mildred and Courtney Taylor, Jr. His childhood was full of days spent running and swimming at the lake, competing in a plethora of sporting events and playing games that often involved a prank or two…always in good spirits to make those around him laugh and smile.
Brian was an entrepreneur at heart starting at a very young age with his first paper route where he went door to door with his dad delivering newspapers. He played football, basketball and track throughout middle school and high school and enjoyed sharing stories and reliving his favorite moments he held so dear to his heart and could recall like they were yesterday.
Brian earned his degree in construction engineering from Montana State University where he participated in track and field and threw the javelin. He met his wife Betty while in school. He kindly referred to himself as her velcro buddy…the man who stood by her side, loved her dearly and was unconditionally her partner in crime as they built their life together. After graduating in 1978, they moved to Helena and he started a career with Mountain Bell. He later became a State Farm Agent in 1984 and moved to Plains where he ran his own agency from 1986-2019.
Brian had a passion for building. His mind was often exploring plans for a new project for the office, his home, cabin or one of his kids’ school projects.
One of Brian’s greatest joys was coaching. It was in his blood and harnessed his strong competitive spirit. He felt it was such a privilege to help student athletes achieve their best personal record. It was also his way of giving back to the community. Track seasons were such a happy time and he was able to work with over 27 state competitors at the high school level. Brian was humble and never boastful when his athletes took the podium…it was a silent composed feeling of pride that you could easily see bursting deep from his insides. His legacy continues on with those he coached and now coach the art of javelin.
Placid Lake was a destination of choice when it came to spending time with friends and family. He grew up spending his summers there as a boy and later had his own cabin. Countless hours were spent there swimming, boating and enjoying the great outdoors.
Brian wasn’t one to miss a day of living life to the fullest…he was an early riser who loved all things outdoors. He loved to travel and those who knew him best were never surprised to be captured in one of his photos. He enjoyed taking photos and took an uncountable amount throughout his life. Making jokes and pulling pranks were a must with his quick wit and humor. He was a man with big dreams and endless ideas. He was a thrill seeker at heart and his adventures were not complete without some kind of shock-factor for those who accompanied him. He wanted others to feel the thrill and excitement of life. Friends and family often described Brian as hard-working, knowledgeable and always up for a sports recap. He was the solid rock everyone could count on.
He loved his family dearly spending time with his grandkids of which he had five: Maren (6), Bennett (3), Kohly (2), Holter (2), and Duke (7 months).
Brian (63) passed peacefully at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in his hometown of Plains surrounded by loved ones. He succumbed to complications with a prolonged battle of an undiagnosed autoimmune disease. His family will be forever grateful for the excellent medical care he received in Missoula and in Plains.
Please send or share your Brian stories with the family. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up an account at Plains Public Schools in honor of Brian: P.O. Box 549 Plains, MT 59859.
Brian is survived by his mother Millie, wife Betty, daughter Courtney Hanson (Clay) and and son Nick Taylor (Ashley) Brian’s Brothers: Courtney Taylor (Nedra), Rick Taylor (Kristin), Brian’s sisters: Connie Harwood, Jean Brennan, and Kathy Troester. Betty’s brothers and sister (Revier Family): Patsy Meredith (Stan), Gary (DeeDee), Larry (Sandy), and John (Kim) Revier.
Celebration of life is planned for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.
St. James Catholic Church, Plains, with a reception to follow at the Butcher's Nook, Plains.