Janice Oly Lorensen Fadness
Our wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Jan, 78, passed peacefully into eternal life on Jan. 3, 2016 at Deer Lodge Medical Center.
Jan was born on June 12, 1937, in Dickinson, N. D. She attended elementary and high school in South Heart, N. D. before moving to Montana with her family in 1953.
Jan was blessed to be married to two wonderful men who loved her dearly. While working at a restaurant in Alberton, she met Stanley Fadness, who she married on Jan. 31, 1955. To this union was born a daughter, Colette, and son Gene. They settled in Drummond where Jan was a homemaker and part-time restaurant worker while Stan worked for the railroad and tended bar. They were later divorced.
On Jan. 8, 1963, Jan married Ray Lorensen, a Drummond rancher. Jan and Ray had two children; daughter, Rae Ann and son Kevin. They lived on the Lorensen family ranch south of Drummond for more than 30 years.
Jan loved to cook, entertain, listen to country music while cleaning the house and remodel and redecorate over and over again. She enjoyed shopping, growing flowers in her garden and helping Ray feed the cows. In 1991, Ray and Jan sold the ranch in Drummond and bought a ranch near Deer Lodge. Five years later, they sold that ranch and moved into town.
After Ray passed away in 1998, Jan and her former husband, Stan, a widower since 1986, rekindled a lost love. They re-married in front of family and friends on Dec. 23, 2000, and enjoyed another 15 years together. They liked to dine at the Broken Arrow and go for drives around the Pintlar Scenic Route.
Jan is survived by her husband, Stan; daughters Colette of Drummond and Rae Ann (Paul) Vasquez of Deer Lodge; sons, Gene (Sharron) of Boise and Kevin of Missoula; sisters, Mary Beth of Vancouver, Wash., Beverly of Yuma, Ariz., Candy of Missoula; brothers, Lee of Colorado Springs and Jim of Drummond; six grandchildren, Gina, Paul, Jessee, Patrick, Brandon and Shelby; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Lucy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her parents, Henry and Madge; and brothers, Hank, Roger and Leslie.
Funeral services will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Drummond at 1:30 on Thursday, January 7, with internment following at New Chicago Cemetery. A small luncheon will be served in the St. Michael’s church social hall following internment. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Beverly Delores Schurch
Beverly Delores Schurch, 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. She was born Dec. 20, 1929 in Deer Lodge, where she met her lifelong partner, Ken Schurch. They were married on Oct. 26, 1952 and made a good life on the family ranch. In this picturesque setting, they raised their four children.
You could always find Bev working alongside Ken on the ranch, whether it was preparing meals, sewing clothes for their children or helping in the different ranch tasks.
In 2008, Bev moved to St. Johns where she made many friends who became extended family. Her friendship with Joanne Leland was especially cherished.
Bev was known for her love for family and the Lord. Everything she did revolved around these two loves.
Bev was preceded in death by her husband, Ken and her son, Rob. Bev is survived by her children: Kathy (Ken) Knoll, Linda (Bruce) Schofield and Peggy (Jason) Younger; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Beverly V. Giannonatti
Beverly Giannonatti died beside her son Gregory, on October 24, 2015 at Deer Lodge. A memorial service for Beverly and her son will be held on January 8, 2016, 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Clark St., in Deer Lodge. A luncheon reception will be held at St. Mary’s Center.
Beverly V. Goeres was born in Adams County, North Dakota, at the “old Norton place” to Lloyd and Cleo Goeres on February 21, 1936. She attended country grade schools in both Adams and Grant counties. In 1954 Bev graduated from Lemmon High School where she was involved in many activities including several years as a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen. Bev attended secretarial school and was employed in the local telephone office as an operator and in the office of The Golden Rule, a general merchandise retailer, in Lemmon, S.D.
June of 1957 Bev married a handsome young man, William Giannonatti, from Ludlow, S.D. This is when she began her business of baking and decorating multi-layered wedding cakes. She continued this business after relocating to Deer Lodge. Her cakes were entered in County Fairs winning numerous blue ribbons. Bev published her “Chocolate World” cookbook in 1985 after personally testing all 220 recipes and sharing those “tests” with many of her courthouse co-workers. She dedicated it “…to the very special people in my life, my wonderful family, my parents, and my grandmother.”
Her sons Gregory and Darrell were both born at Lemmon, S.D., 1958 and 1962 respectively. In 1963 the Giannonatti family moved to Deer Lodge. In the boy’s childhood, besides the usual boy’s activities, summertime found the family taking their boat to Seeley Lake to water ski and enjoy Montana’s outdoors.
In Deer Lodge Bev worked as a legal secretary and a court reporter. As Court Reporter Bev worked for three different district judges in two judicial districts over a 30 year span from the early-70s to the mid 90s. She was admired for her dedication for working long hours on the job and working nights at home finishing court transcripts. Some of Bev’s best times were spent with her co-workers and buddies at all the various courthouse celebrations. She also shared many fun times with those friends during the “beanie babies” craze…phone calling tree, shopping and breakfast before work.
Bev also invested in real property and rentals and did much of the repair and maintenance and interior decorating on those properties with her own labor and skills. After retirement, Bev also opened and operated the Pink Crayon Day Care for a short time.
Bev also enjoyed traveling and had many enjoyable trips with her friends. She traveled with the Red Hat Ladies to New Orleans and took a cruise with a church group to Alaska. Perhaps her most memorable trip was with several of her close church friends on a spiritual pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, in 1990. Bev hiked Mount Krizevac there in her bare feet as an offering for the healing of her son Greg after his traumatic automobile accident some years before.
Bev was a successful businesswoman, a smart investor and a classy dresser.
She was always happy and enjoyed life to the fullest. She was always kind to everyone she knew. She lived a devout centered lifestyle, always humble and practiced a positive outlook. She loved her family and her Lord so deeply. Her easy smile and gentle ways will truly be missed but never forgotten.
Beverly is survived by three sisters, Barbara Westphal, Morristown, S.D.; Beatrice (Marvin) Baumeister, Watauga, SD.;. and Bernadine (Steve) Johnson, Renner, S.D.; one brother, Bradley Goeres, Morristown, Ariz.; numerous nieces and nephews; many grand- nieces and nephews, numerous Deer Lodge friends and her beloved, constant companion, her sweet dog, Jetta.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Darrell Giannonatti, and Gregory William Giannonatti, her parents, Lloyd and Cleo Goeres; her beloved maternal grandmother, Eva Alkire; one brother-in-law, Herman Westphal, and her former husband, William Giannonatti.
Prayers and Masses requested at your local Catholic Church would be appreciated. Bev was a devout and longtime member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Deer Lodge.
The family and friends of Bev and Greg would like to thank everyone from all around the country who offered prayers and support during this most stressful and tragic time. Also many thanks to Sheriff Scott F. Howard and all of the law enforcement officials who worked so hard to find Bev and Greg and bring them home. Our hearts are full with gratitude.
Gregory William Giannonatti
Greg Giannonatti, devoted son and loyal friend, died alongside his mother, Beverly Giannonatti, on October 24, 2015. A memorial service for Greg and his mother will be held on January 8, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Clark St., in Deer Lodge. A luncheon reception will be held at St. Mary’s Center.
Gregory William Giannonatti was born on June 22, 1958 in Lemmon, S.D., the first son of William & Beverly Giannonatti. The family moved to Deer Lodge in 1963, where Greg enjoyed all that rural Montana had to offer. Spending time with his childhood friends, at the Neubauer cabin in the hills above Deer Lodge was something he enjoyed his entire life.
Growing up in Deer Lodge, Greg loved baseball and swimming (nobody had a better butterfly stroke). He didn’t play football and basketball in high school, probably because of his size –he was fondly known as Midget. He was really tiny when he was growing up. Although Greg did not play basketball at PCHS he did enjoy playing for many years after and often played for fun in his spare time. Greg graduated from Powell County High School in 1976.
Greg graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he went to work for Community Consultants, Inc., a small consulting firm in Springville, Utah that helped locate and repair leaks for municipal water systems.
He returned to Montana State and entered the Master’s program but transferred to Brigham Young University so he could continue working at the Utah consulting firm. In 1987, Greg graduated from BYU with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
After graduation, Greg sparked an interest in bodybuilding and took up healthy living along with his brother, Darrell. He lived on a diet of hard-boiled eggs, tuna, and broiled chicken. At one point, Greg went from a weight of 149 pounds up to his highest weight of 250 before settling at about 200 pounds when he left the sport of bodybuilding.
Shortly after attending BYU, Greg took a job with Utah’s Department of Transportation and left that post in 1991 to work for the City of Roseville in Northern California. Shortly before coming to California, Greg was involved in a serious car accident that affected his short-term memory. His colleagues in Roseville would tease him about his use of sticky notes instead of a smart phone. Greg would chuckle and say, “at least my sticky notes won’t run out of memory.” Greg was quick-witted and always showed a deep concern for those around him.
Greg retired from the City of Roseville as Principal Engineer for the wastewater treatment plant and maintenance operations division. Normally an extremely frugal guy (he joked he still had the first dollar he ever earned), he bought a corvette just before he retired. Greg built two custom homes and sold them as well as invested in other property, all very profitable ventures for him.
He pampered his car and his beloved dog, Skeeter who would come to the office with him at times. His corvette tires never saw wet pavement and it was kept under cover in the garage when he wasn’t driving it. His mother Beverly also drove a similar corvette.
Greg was a devoted, hard-worker who often took his work home with him at night. He was a great friend, loving son, and will be greatly missed by those who knew him well.
Preceding Greg in death were his brother, Darrell Giannonatti, and both of his parents, William Giannonatti and Beverly Giannonatti.
A gathering of friends was held at the Jody Neubauer cabin near Deer Lodge in December, 2015, to fondly remember their friend. And from those friends….” We’ll miss his laugh – it always put a smile on our faces.”
Prayers and Masses requested at your local Catholic Church would be appreciated.
The family and friends of Bev and Greg would like to thank everyone from all around the country who offered prayers and support during this most stressful and tragic time. Also many thanks to
Sheriff Scott F. Howard and all of the law enforcement officials who worked so hard to find Bev and Greg and bring them home. Our hearts are full with gratitude.
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