MISSOULA - Cecilia Fortune, 84, of Missoula, passed away from a stroke Thursday, April 13, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital.
She was born Jan. 13, 1916, in Butte, the daughter of William and Louise Nankivell. Cecilia was born and raised in Butte and attended St. Joseph School and then Central High School. She excelled in basketball and ice skating.
She married William J. Fortune at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Butte on Feb. 25, 1933. Cecilia was active in St. Anthony's Parish in Missoula, serving as a Eucharistic Minister for 24 years. She was also a member of the Altar Society and the Franciscans. Cecilia served as a volunteer at the St. Patrick Hospital chapel for 11 years.
Her husband William preceded her in death in 1988.
She is survived by two sons and their wives, William and Adele of Edmonds, Wash., and Fred and Harlene of Missoula; two sisters, Louise Brenton of Deer Lodge and Rose Alhin of Missoula; grandchildren William of Seattle, John of Bellingham, Wash., Tom of Sandpoint, Idaho, Pete of Lynnwood, Wash., Diane Phelps of Lacey, Wash., David of Seeley Lake and Susan of Sumner, Wash.; and great-grandchildren Mary, Amy, Tony, Jack, Mark, Courtney, Miles, Mike, Andy, Patrick, Chris, Sarah, Shelly, Shawn and Dylan.
Cecilia has also been a grandma to her many nieces, nephews and St. Joseph's schoolchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 14, from 2-7 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home with vigil services following at 7 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony's Parish with burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. There will be a reception at the church social hall following the committal services. Pallbearers will be Cecilia's grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be made in Cecilia's name to the St. Anthony's Restoration Project Renovation Campaign, 217 Tremont, Missoula, MT 59801.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Dede K. Prewitt
MISSOULA - Dede K. Prewitt, 94, of Missoula, passed away of natural causes on Friday, April 14, 2000, at her home.
She was born on Jan. 1, 1906, in Eldorado, Okla., to Roland W. and Pearl E. (Tucker) Summers.
Dede is survived by her daughter, Joan C. Eger of Missoula; a son, Robert C. Prewitt of Denver; granddaughter Shaun Farley of Missoula; and five grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Missoula.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Iris Lorreece Wilson
BREMERTON, Wash. - Iris Lorreece Wilson, 66, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at her home in Bremerton.
Iris was raised and educated in Darby, graduating from high school there in 1953.
She was a longtime resident of Seattle and had worked for Boeing Corp. as a secretary. Iris had been a resident of Kitsap County for the past four years.
She is survived by her sons, Greg Wilson of Bellevue, Wash., and Tim Hill of Stevensville; daughter Christine Tabor of Vancouver, Wash.; brother Orvid Williams of Hamilton; and grandchildren Charles Posinoff, Christopher Wilson, Leah Plasmier, Brenda and Crystal Hill, and Anthony and Alexander Tabor.
Services will take place Monday in Bremerton. Lewis Funeral Home of Bremerton is in charge of arrangements.
Herbert F. Frasch
DEER LODGE - Herbert F. Frasch, 93, passed away Thursday morning, April 13, 2000, at Powell County Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 30, 1906, in Tacoma, Wash., to Bernard and Helena Frasch. They later moved to New Leipzig, N.D.
Herb attended nine grades of school in New Leipzig and went to a Lutheran boarding school in St. Paul, Minn., where he graduated from high school and attended two years of college.
He worked as an electrician for the Milwaukee Railroad. He had been a rancher, had owned his own electrical business, and had been a school teacher and principal in North Dakota.
Herb was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church; a Kiwanis member since 1960, past president and past lieutenant governor, divisions 1 and 3; past representative for the city on the Deer Lodge Valley Conservation District; lifetime member of Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation; chaplain's assistant at Montana State Prison for 12 years; and past executive director of Powell County Medical Foundation.
He also was a volunteer at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, providing dinner music for a number of years. He also sang in the Spiritual Life Choir and played several different instruments in the city band for a number of years.
He married Mae Emch on Aug. 17, 1935, in Leith, N.D. She preceded him in death on May 30, 1983. A sister, Esther, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Donnell and Robert Romine of Deer Lodge; three grandchildren and spouses, Russell and Debbie Romine of Butte, Chris and Vonda Amyes of Guatemala City, Guatemala, and John and Jennie Romine of Kalispell; six great-grandchildren, Lance, Joshua, Dawnita, Jason, Kallob and Jessica; one great-great-grandchild, Cormac Romine; and one nephew and spouse, Harold and Karen Sippert.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. James Wilson officiating.
Memorials can be sent to St. John's Lutheran Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Jewell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
John T. Volden
HAMILTON - John T. Volden, 83, of Hamilton, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.
John was born on Aug. 15, 1916, in Opheim, the son of the late Knute Albert and Ella Havellen Volden. He attended school in Opheim and at Rocky Mountain College.
John married Esther LeSueur on Feb. 18, 1939.
He worked as a conductor on the railroad, working with Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern railroads. He enjoyed antique and classic cars.
John was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and was proud to be selected Cryptic Mason of the year 1998. He was a member of the Bitterroot Valley Dusters (car club), a member of the Shrine and was on the Fireman's patrol of the shrine.
Survivors include his wife Esther of Hamilton; children Bette Kay and husband Fred Nelson of Miles City, John and wife Carolyn of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Don and wife RoseMarie of Union City, Calif.; sisters Claire Cannon, Ellanor Howard, Ida Wiley and Annie Torrance; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A Masonic memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton, presented by the Hamilton Ionic Lodge No. 38. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Shriner's Hospitals.
BILLINGS - Frederick "Fred Ashton, 82, of Billings, passed away at St. Vincent Hospital of natural causes on Thursday, April 13, 2000.
He was born in Great Falls on Aug. 25, 1917.
He married Barbara Bolkovatz in 1943, and four daughters were born to this union, Sandra Green, LaVerne Ivie (Rex), Betty Randles (and the late Casey), and Peggy Dolce (Gary).
He later married Freda Whitcomb and was divorced.
Other surviving relatives include a brother, Norman Ashton of Nevada, Vera Hartley of New Hampshire and Violet Olson of Oregon; grandchildren include Trent (Catherine, son Forrest) Green, Brian (Lori, daughters Kayla and Morgan) Green, Jeremy (Mikki) Ivie, Jessica Ivie, Conrad, Kierstin and Hilary Randles, and Cody and Deanna Dolce; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fred retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and Interstate Tire Treads in Billings. The last few years he greatly enjoyed traveling with his two sisters and visiting his daughters and their families.
Memorials may be made to the Billings Senior Citizen Center, 360 N. 23rd St., Billings, MT 59101, or a charity of choice.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at Cremation or Funeral Gallery in Billings.
George Peter Matz
BILLINGS - After a long, courageous battle with emphysema, at the age of 78, George Matz died peacefully in his home with his family at his side. He went to be with Jesus on Thursday evening, April 13, 2000. George was born Nov. 12, 1921, in Regent, N.D., the son of John and Matilda (Segmiller) Matz.
After graduating from high school in Dickinson, N.D., he joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of staff sergeant. On Jan. 1, 1944, George was united in marriage to Lorraine Booke in Dickinson, N.D. George then worked for the NP Transport until 1972, when he started Matz Landscaping, Inc. He retired from the landscaping business in 1988.
George was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, the Elks Club, Ducks Unlimited, was past president of the Montana Association of Nurseryman and past chairman of the State Board of Landscape Architects. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and bowling and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lorraine; daughters Jody and husband Michael Grant of Deer Park, Wis., Vickie and husband Bob Kenyon of Billings, and Lori Wood of Garrison; son John Matz and wife Lisa of Billings; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Other survivors include his brothers, John Matz and his wife Pat of Forsyth, and Don Ehli and his wife Betty of Dickinson, N.D.; and sister Shirley Butch of Chicago.
Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, April 17, at St. Pius X Catholic Church with interment of ashes in St. Pius Calvary Cemetery. Cremation has taken place.
Memorials may be made to the St. Pius Building Fund, 717 18th St. W., Billings, MT 59102, or to Big Sky Hospice, Box 35033, Billings, MT 59107.
Dahl Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.