Central Montana Obituaries

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Rosie Grace Foreman, 92, of Winifred, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Central Montana Medical Center.

Visitation will be Friday, August 23rd, at Creel Funeral Home Chapel from 1-4 p.m.  A Vigil will be held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Friday, August 23rd, at 7:00 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Saturday, August 24th, 10:00 a.m., at St. Leo’s Catholic Church with interment to follow at the Winifred Cemetery.

Memorials in Rosie’s honor may be made to the Holy Catholic Church of Winifred, MT or to the Winifred Volleyball Program at Winifred High School.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Rosie’s family and friends may share memories and condolences atwww.creelfuneralhome.com.


Jack Martinson Gies , 72, of Lewistown, passed away in the presence of his wife Denise at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, MT on the morning of Saturday, August 3rd.  Jack fought the hard fight with strong determination and will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

Jack was born August 24th, 1946 in Missoula, Montana the youngest child of Anthony (Tony) Vincent and Jean (Martinson) Gies.   He grew up in Lewistown and graduated from Fergus High School in 1964. Jack enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1968 and served in Okinawa, Japan as a warehouseman.  He was a proud marine and patriot. Upon discharge Jack attended the University of Montana, graduating with a B.A. in History in 1973. Soon after, Jack was fishing on a small creek outside Missoula when he came across a little cabin. He found a sense of calm in this tucked-away spot and sat down to contemplate his life after graduation.  It was there he decided to move back to the Judith Mountains and build his own cabin where his great grandfather Vincent Gies had homesteaded and mined in the late 1800’s. As a history major, he loved his deep Montana roots and thus began his lifelong passion…

He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Denise Ziolkowski on June 25, 1983 at the cabin.  He was blessed with son Vincent Robert in 1984 and daughter, Emily Jean-Etoile in 1986. He loved his family, the outdoors and was deeply devoted to their life in the mountains.  “The Cabin” served as the solid foundation to raise their children close to all things Montana. He was an avid hunter and hosted many weekend hunts at the family property. It was there he found himself the happiest, and those memories will be cherished forever.  He was a true mountain man and will be remembered for his practical wisdom, good advice, gift of storytelling and practical jokes. Jack loved listening to music, reading a good book, cooking and was famous for his blue cheese “Roquefort” dressing.  

In 1985, as history would have it, Jack followed in his great grandfather’s footsteps to re-open the Gies Gold Mine.  Always willing to learn a new trade, Jack started as a greenhand and went on to become the superintendent until it closed in 1991.  The years he spent mining were some of his best as he found great pride in carrying on the family mining history.

Jack was a talented builder, providing custom carpentry through his business Judith Mountain Cabin Company.  He especially enjoyed building cabins in the mountains and sharing his knowledge about living self-sufficient.  His carpentry can be found in the very woodwork of this community, from St. Leo’s Church to the front door of the Lewistown Public Library.  Jack also found a great deal of fulfillment working with the Medicaid Waiver program for over 25 years, handicapping homes and making a big difference in the lives of so many clients.  

Jack is survived by his wife of 36 years, Denise and son Vincent both of Lewistown, daughter Emily (Mike) Coates of Billings, his sister Toni Gies of Lewistown, numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Karl A. Gies.

Graveside military services for Jack Gies will be held on his 73rd Birthday, Saturday, August 24th at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery, with a Celebration of Life to immediately follow at the Judith Mountain Lodge.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials Veterans Memorial Park or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.


Franklin J. Dahlhausen, 82

Franklin Joseph Dahlhausen, 82, died August, 11, 2019 at his home north of Moccasin, due to cancer issues. 

He was born January 2, 1937 at St. John’s Hospital in Helena, Montana to Joseph and Stella Dahlhausen. Frank attended Spokane Creek grade school and graduated from Helena High in 1956.

After his graduation Frank enlisted in the Army and served from 1957-1959. On January 9, 1960 he married Joyce Helen Dilworth in Helena. 

He worked for the City of Helena Water Department in various positions for 17 years, including superintendent, “the head man” until 1972 when he took over his father’s farm in East Helena. In 1978 they moved north of Moccasin and he farmed and ranched there until his death.

Frank was a school board trustee of Hobson Public School from 1982-1991. Frank was a 50 year member of the Masons and the Scottish Rite. He belonged to the Masons of King Solomon #9 and Ottawa #51 and Helena Scottish Rite and was also a member of Vesper Chapter #83 in Hobson. 

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister; sisters, Helen Paxton and Virginia Thompson. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Dilworth Dahlhausen of Moccasin, MT; children, Earl Dahlhausen of Lewistown, Clint (Sally) Dahlhausen of Moccasin; grandchildren, Corina (Darren) Gollehon of Billings, MT, Joseph (Cassidy) Dahlhausen of Gillette, WY; great-grandchildren, Kylie and Brady Gollehon, Audric, Zaiden, and Paige Dahlhausen; sisters-in-law, Sarann (Ray) Williams and Emma Champa; and several nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held at Creel Funeral Home on Sunday, August 18th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Funeral Services for Frank will be Monday, August 19th, 10:30 a.m. at Creel Funeral Home with interment to follow at Lewistown City Cemetery.  Memorials in Frank’s honor can be made to Judith Lodge #86 or charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home.  Frank’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com


Stella Weinheimer, 97

Stella Weinheimer (born Petranek) died on August 10, 2019 in Lewistown, MT.  She died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 97. Mrs. Weinheimer was born on January 25, 1922 in Fergus, MT to her parents, Charles and Margaret.  She attended elementary school in Fergus and high school in Lewistown. She and her husband, Ervin Weinheimer, rented several ranches prior to buying a ranch near Warm Spring Creek, MT in 1948 where they raised grain and cattle.  The Warm Spring Creek ranch was the place she had been happiest in her life. She continued to farm until her death. 

Among her many loves and talents, she was a fabulous cook.  She set the standard that everyone else's cooking was compared to in her family, as well as growing fruits, vegetables and flowers in her garden.  She was an avid seamstress to the end. Her fondness of animals was apparent in her raising of an orphan calf named Annie. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity as well as a playful streak. 

Mrs. Weinheimer is survived by her five children: Charlene Fuglestad, Betty Schmidt, David Weinheimer, Eric Weinheimer and Diane W Gilmore; her four grandchildren: Lee and Brian Fuglestad and Shawn and Jason Schmidt; and her three great-grandchildren: Megan and Ethan Fuglestad and Rainy Branstetter.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Ervin; and her brothers, George and Charles Petranek.

Viewing for Mrs. Weinheimer will take place at Creel Funeral Home in Lewistown on Friday, August 16th, 12:00 to 5:30 p.m.  A Vigil service will follow at St. Leo’s Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Leo’s on Saturday, August 17th, 10:30 a.m. with Rite of Committal to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to CMMC Hospice.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home.  Stella’s family and friends are welcome to share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com