Central Montana Obituaries

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Anne (Anna Maria Simac) Lund 94 of Lewistown died at her home on Thursday March 23, 2017. Anne was the fourth of seventeen children born to Croatian immigrants Kuzma and Johanna (Pipinich) Simac. Anne was born May 25, 1922 and raised on the family homestead. Anne was no stranger to hard work and loved the companionship of her brothers and sisters. In 1940, she graduated from Winifred High School. Anne had many wonderful memories of her childhood and siblings. She held those memories close to her heart. She remained close with her siblings and enjoyed reminiscing with them about the hard work and fun they had on the farm.

On October 30, 1940, Anne married Clifton Lund at the Catholic church in Hilger, Montana. Together, Anne and Cliff raised eight children and family was always her priority. The couple was married for 59 years, before Cliff’s death in 1999. In her earlier years, Anne was a volunteer for the American Heart Association, Red Cross Blood drives, and was an Election Day Volunteer with her dear friend, Jean Bohyer. Anne also worked at the Leland Hotel as a housekeeper and cook assistant. Later, she worked as an aide for a short time at the Governor’s Home until its closing. Anne was a long-time parishioner of St. Leo’s Catholic Church and was a member of the Alter Society, St. Rita’s Guild and later, the St. John’s Guild. Anne’s happiest times were spent surrounded by her children, and their families, traveling with her brother John and son Kevin and visits with her nephew Joe Vavrovsky. Anne loved to sit out on her porch, enjoy the sunshine and wait for any visitors that may stop by for a cup of coffee and a good conversation.

Anne is survived by her children, Kevin Lund, Harvey Lund and Pat (Denise) Lund all of Lewistown, Mike (Teri Brimacomb) Lund of Sacramento, CA, Karen Lund of Lewistown and Bobbi Jo (Dan) French of Hobson, MT; brothers Jim (Bev) Simac of Kolin, MT, Bob (Patsy) Simac of Winifred, MT and John Simac of East Helena, MT; sisters Rosie Foreman of Winifred, MT, Joan (Dwayne) Runyan of Livingston, MT, Fanny Ehlert and Dicy Smith both of Winifred, MT, Lucy (Bill) Carr of Scotts Bluff, NE, and Mancy Bates of Albia, IA; 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, one great, great granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.

Anne is proceeded in death by her husband Clifton; daughter Elsie (Lund) Gies; son Kim Lund; two miscarried children; daughter-in-law Beverly Lund; parents Kuzma and Johanna; sisters, Stephany Simac, Mary Elliott, Margaret Landru, Katie Hruska, Helen Vavorsky; brothers Joe and Jerry Simac.
Funeral Mass for Anne Lund will be Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Leo’s Catholic Church with interment to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Vigil Services will be Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in St Leo’s Catholic Church. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Friends are asked to make memorials to St. Leo’s Church, Hospice of Central Montana or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Gordon D. Petersen, Jr. 65 of Lewistown died Sunday afternoon, March 19, 2017 at his home of natural causes. He was born September 29, 1951 in Red Lodge, MT the son of Gordon D and Mary Lou (Girvin) Petersen, Sr. He received his schooling through Junior High in Cordell, WA and High School in Shoreline, WA. In 1968 he entered the United States Army serving in Viet Nam War stationed in Turkey, working with cryptographic and sig 31-E operations. Following his discharge in 1969 he returned to Stanwood, Washington and he worked at Twin City Foods. He was united in marriage to Judy Dewater in Stanwood and following his divorce he went to Alaska where he worked on a fishing boat. He returned to California and lived in the Chico California area. He was injured in an accident in near Tualatin, Oregon and was disabled. He lived in Washington and California until moving to Lewistown in 2012 to be near his mother and sisters.

Gordon loved fishing, riding his motorcycle, playing cribbage and music, teaching himself to play the guitar.

He is survived by his mother Mary Lou Wagner of Lewistown, MT; son Steven Thomas Petersen of Lakewood, WA; daughter Jennifer Lynn (Neil) Coyle of Everett, WA; brother Thomas W. (Heidi) Petersen of Marysville, WA; sisters Esther M. (Gary) Distad and Mary Ellen Anderson (Bill Apple) both of Lewistown, MT and Cathy (Bernie) Sturn of Billings, MT; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, one brother Mark Petersen and his grandparents.

Services for Gordon D. Petersen, Jr. will be held later his summer, cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, Fergus county Council on Aging Meals on Wheels Program, the Veterans Memorial Park or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

Dale H. Conrad, 90

Dale H. Conrad, 90, passed away March 25, 2017 at the Hospice House in Lewistown with his family at his bedside. A celebration of Dale’s life will take place later this summer. Memorial donations can be made to CMMC Hospice House or the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home.

Eileen Frances Holland, 84

Eileen Frances Holland was born on June 27, 1932, to Pearl Gunnels Kekich and Jack Kekich in Sheridan, Wyoming. Eileen graduated from Sheridan High School in 1950 and married Amos E. Helvey shortly thereafter. One child, Carol Jean Helvey, was produced from this union. Eileen and Amos divorced in 1956.

Eileen was hired as secretary to the U.S. Senator from Wyoming in 1956 and moved to Washington, D.C. Eileen was interviewed and hired to be a secretary at the White House in 1957 but was so homesick for Wyoming she forfeited the job and returned home.

Eileen began working for the BLM in Lewistown in 1958 where she met rancher Swend Holland. Swend wined and dined Eileen until a job transfer moved her to Billings. In 1960, Swend proposed marriage to Eileen and they were married May 27, 1960, at the Methodist Church in downtown Billings. Swend moved Eileen and Carol to the family ranch located between Lewistown and Grass Range, Montana. They ran sheep and subsequently turned the operation to raising cattle. In 1962, the little family was blessed with the birth of Beverly Kim Holland and in 1964 Swend Holland was born, becoming Swend Holland, III.

In 1969, the Holland’s purchased land at Canyon Ferry. Eileen loved spending the summers water-skiing, beaching and cooking large meals at the lake.

Eileen was known by all friends and neighbors for her wonderful cooking and hospitality. She was a beautiful seamstress and designed and created many of her children’s clothes.

Eileen studied Interior Design at Arizona State University after she and Swend purchased a home in Arizona in 1973. Her taste was exquisite, and her homes were beautiful.

Eileen and Swend sold the Holland Ranch in 1989 and both felt a huge void from that departure. Over the years they had owned a number of homes in the Southwest, each reflecting Eileen’s talent for hospitality and elegance. Upon returning to Lewistown in 1989, they purchased a condo in Fountain Terrace whereupon Eileen continued to play bridge and golf several times a week. She was a champion and winner of both bridge and gold tournaments.

Swend passed away in 2011 and Eileen went to New Mexico to spend time with her sister, Betty Turk. Missing her children, Eileen returned to Lewistown and eventually purchased a condo in the Esplanade. By 2014, Eileen decided it was time to allow others to provide some of life’s necessary services for her and she moved into The Villa. After several health issues she settled in and resided at Shepherd’s Way until the time of her passing, March 18, 2017.

Eileen is survived by her children: Carol J. Helvey-Woolsey, Kim Miller (Tom), Swend Holland (Alexandra); her grandchildren, Shane M. McDonnell, Jake C. Woolsey, Jessica Miller (Osvaldo Vargas), Crystine Miller (Canon Leurkens), Whitney Brady (Paul); and five great-grandchildren.

The family has chosen to have a celebration of life for Eileen in August of 2017. Donations may be made to the Lewistown Arts & Entertainment District and the CMMC ER through the Central Montana Foundation.

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

Thomas V. Byrne 92 of Denton died Monday afternoon, March 27th, 2017 in the Central Montana Medical Center of natural causes. He was born July 18, 1924 in Bushnell, NE the son of Michael F. and Mary Ann (Bohan) Byrne. They lived on the family farm for a few years and then moved to Cheyenne, WY. The family had a farm there where they lived and he attended and graduated from St. Mary Catholic School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 25, 1944, serving 30 months and in Germany Theater and in the Ruhr Battle, then on to the Philippines and Japan serving 10 months in the Pacific Theater until receiving his discharge with honors on May 4, 1946. He then returned to Cheyenne, working on ranches in Wyoming and Montana where he met his future wife Lillian P. Bruha at a rodeo in Roundup, MT. They were united in marriage on June 25, 1952 in Baker, MT. They then worked on a ranch near Melville, MT. In 1953 moved to the Romundstad Ranch later to become the Box Elder Ranch near Fergus, MT. He operated that ranch until his retirement in 1999 at the age of 75. They then moved to Denton where they made their home in their retirement.

Tom raised quarter horses, enjoyed rodeos, doing leatherwork and was known as a man of integrity.

He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of Denton, Secular Order of Carmelites and American Legion Post #62 of Denton.

He is survived by his wife Lillian of Denton; sons Mike (Mary) of Lewistown and Pat (Anita) of Great Falls, MT; daughters Sr. Colleen Byrne and Bonnie Byrne both of Spokane, WA and Kathleen (Doyle) Arves of Shelby, MT; 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

Funeral Liturgy for Thomas V. Byrne will be Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., Vigil Services will be Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. both at St. Leo’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Monastery of St. Clare, Carmelite Monastery of St. Joseph or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.


Margaret Helen (Maggie) Scheid 61, died of metastatic breast cancer on January 29, 2017, at her home in Arlington, Virginia. Maggie (as she was known to her friends) was born on January 19, 1956 in Lewistown, MT to parents Walter L. and Edith (Philips) Scheid. She received her education in Lewistown graduating from St. Leo’s High School in 1974. She then attended Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In 1978, she took a position with the North Atlantic Girl Scouts at Camp Lachenwald, Giessen, Germany. She earned a Masters’ Degree in Education from Boston College in 1980. Her career as a systems engineer took her to Stuttgart, and Heidelberg, Germany and Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, England. She returned to Arlington, VA in 2008 and was employed by the MITRE Corporation for 25 years.

Margaret is survived by her sisters Mary Ann Comstock of Sweet Grass and Big Sky, MT and Dorothy M. Scheid (David Richhart) of Missoula, MT; her niece Heidi M (Chris) Straus and grandnephew and niece Simon D Peltier and Sophia M Peltier of Bothell, WA; along with cherished cousins, god daughters and close personal friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents Walter and Edith Scheid, and infant twin brothers of Lewistown, MT, brother William J “Bill” Scheid of Fort Benton, MT and brother-in-law Rich Comstock of Sweet Grass, MT.

Maggie loved to travel, play cards and attend her favorite sporting event (Washington Capitals hockey). She was an active gardener, and took great pride in her front and back garden. Her family and friends will always remember her as a generous, caring individual.

A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life will be Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Leo’s Catholic Church, a private inurnment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later time. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Girl Scouts of the USA or your local Girl Scout council, the Mayo Clinic Foundation or a charity of your choice is requested in lieu of flowers, memorials may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com