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 Rachel I. Van Berkom 87 of Lewistown died early Sunday morning, May 22, 2016 in the Central Montana Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of natural causes.  Visitation will be Thursday evening, May 26th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Leo’s Catholic Church with interment to follow in Central Montana Memorial Gardens of Lewistown.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.  A complete obituary will be released when completed.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at


Mary A. Elliott, 92

Mary A. Elliott, 92 of Lynnwood, WA passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2016 following a long battle with Alzheimers. She was born in Winifred, MT on August 25, 1923. Mary was the fifth of seventeen children born to Kuzma and Johanna (Pipinich) Simac. She grew up on the Simac homestead in Winifred and attended Winifred schools. During World War II she worked as a welder at the Vancouver, WA shipyard.

Mary married Miles E. Elliott on December 15, 1945 in Lewistown, MT. They made their home in Lewistown where, after Miles died in 1960, she raised their six daughters. She worked in housekeeping at various hotels in Lewistown, finally working at Central Montana Medical Center in the laundry department until her retirement. In 1991 she moved to Lynnwood, WA. Mary was a loving mother and grandmother; always had the coffee on for friends and family dropping by. She loved to bake, do handicrafts, go for walks and spend time with her grandchildren. She always gave more of herself than she received and we will miss our “Mom & Grams” deeply.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Roxanne (Charles) Kuchan of Snohomish, WA, Evelyn Elliott of Covington, WA, Janet (Kem) Johnson of Laurel, MT, Doris (William) Doyle of Lynnwood, WA, Diane (Mark) Schmidl of San Diego, CA, and Mary Elliott of Auburn, WA; fifteen grandchildren, Robert Kuchan of Snohomish, WA, Kolette Hoogendam of Tigard, OR, Brian Kuchan of Lake Stevens, WA, Jason (Jami) Garza of Tacoma, WA, Chad Garza of Laveen, AZ, Meghanne Pittman of Renton, WA, Aaron (Sif) Pittman of Cary, NC, Bob (Emily) LaFountain of Conklin, MI, Joshua and Justin Vergason of San Clemente, CA, Scott and Taylor Schmidl of San Diego, CA, Amy (Robert) Vogan of Marysville, WA, Derek (Jenna) Stivers of Yelm, WA, Myles Roen of North Hollywood, CA; ten great-granddaughters and eight great-grandsons; three brothers, John Simac of East Helena, MT, Bob (Patsy) Simac of Winifred, MT, and Jim (Bev) Simac of Moccasin, MT; seven sisters, Anne Lund of Lewistown, MT, Rosie Foreman, Dicy Smith and Fanny Ehlert all of Winifred, MT, Joan (Dwayne) Runyan of Livingston, MT, Lucy (Bill) Carr of Scottsbluff, NE and Nancy Bates of Albia, IA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; two brothers, Joe and Jerry Simac; four sisters, Helen Vavrovsky, Stephany Simac, Margaret Landru, and Katy Hruska; and one grandson, Jeremi Nash.

The Funeral Mass for Mary will be celebrated on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 10:00 am in St. Leo’s Catholic Church with inurnment to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

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


Robert “Bob” French, 87

Robert “Bob” French, 87, passed away Monday, July 20, 2015. A Memorial Service for Bob will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 28, 2016 in the Grass Range High School Gym with lunch served at noon.