Stanley N. Smith MD
Stanley N. Smith MD, age 76, passed away at his home on December 12, 2015.
Stan was born in Reno, Nev. to Stanley J. and Catherine Smith on March 19, 1939.
Stan graduated from Reno High School after which he pursued his medical training. He graduated from the University Of Nevada in 1961 with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology; in 1965 he graduated from the University Of Oregon Medical School with his MD degree. His general practice residency was completed in 1966 from the San Bernardino County Hospital, which consisted of a one year rotation through general surgery and a one year through internal medicine.
Immediately after completion of his residency Uncle Sam drafted him to serve as a physician during the Vietnam War. He served as the general medical officer, Major at the United States Air Force Base, Tachikawa, Japan 1968 to 1971. His duties included being the Chief medical officer for a hospital that provided care to outlying dispensaries and caring for the wounded soldiers passing through the casualty units in Yokota, Japan, which handled approximately 500 injured troops per day. Stan said that after caring for so many wounded young Americans he changed from a hawk to a dove. Although he became a dove he never forgot those who served and throughout his life he supported our wounded warriors.
Following an honorable discharge in June 1971 he and his family moved to Deer Lodge where he was a general practitioner at Powell County Memorial Hospital, where in partnership with other physicians, he provided medical care to the citizens of the Deer Lodge and Drummond areas, including medical services to the staff and inmates of the Montana State Prison.
Stan was divorced from his first wife Joyce shortly after arriving in Deer Lodge. They had two beautiful and talented sons. He then met Nancy Jean Beck when she came into the emergency room with a broken arm. He asked where she was the first time he got married…. In junior high…she said…. but he said “love was lovelier” the second time around. They were married a year later in 1974 and in 1980 had a beautiful daughter named Jennifer Marie. They hunted and fished all over Montana with numerous friends. They were divorced in Dec. of 1985. What she remembers most is that Stan Smith was a truly gifted physician.
In 1985 Stan’s partnership with Barb Simonsen began. They shared the love of medicine, family, bird hunting, fishing and travel. In Stan’s own words, “Barb was the best thing that ever happened to him” and “third time was a charm.”
In July 1985, he and Barbara moved to Alaska where he practiced family medicine at Primary Care Associates, a large clinic in Anchorage. Stan hunted and fished in virtually every part of Alaska with his buddies and Barbara, who he married in 1997. Stan and Barbara then moved to Ismay next to Barbara’s brother and his family. They built a new home with all of the amenities they wanted in their retirement. Unable to just retire, Stan started a new career as a firefighter and training officer for the Ismay Rural Fire District.
Stan’s sons remember their father with the following: “Pop has watched his final sunset. He was a doctor, outdoorsman, husband, father and grandfather, who dedicated his life to serving his community through his practice and love of medicine. He rejuvenated himself by exploring the great outdoors throughout the world — from Everest to the Galapagos to the Alaskan tundra. In all his endeavors he made one on one connections his passion. There are few places in this world where he didn’t touch a life or make a friend. He will live on in the memories of all those he touched or called friend. On the night of learning that her grandfather had passed one of his granddaughter’s recalled a recent quote he imparted to her — “All good things must come to an end.” Little did we know that one of the good things would come to an end so soon. Rest in peace “Pop.”
Besides many close friends he is survived by his wife, Barbara Simonsen, two sons and their lovely wives, Stanley Rex and Margie of Kalispell, and Greg and Allison of Seattle, Wash., his daughter Jennifer Marie Smith of Missoula, and eight grandchildren, a brother Stephen Smith and a sister Phyllis Keenan.
No services are planned at his request. Donation memorials can be made to the Ismay Rural Fire District, Ismay, Montana or to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate.
Lois Jane Stav
Lois Jane Stav passed away peacefully on January 15, 2016 at The Crest nursing home in Butte, where she had been a resident for over two years. She was 96 years old.
Lois was born September 12, 1919 southwest of Deer Lodge at the homestead of her maternal grandmother (Snell), located on upper Racetrack Creek. She was the daughter of John E. and Elizabeth J. (Snell) Perkins. Her dad and mother farmed and ranched on upper Dempsey Creek, also southwest of Deer Lodge. There were nine children in the family, three boys and six girls. Both parents preceded her in death, her mother in 1951 and her father in 1968.
The family had an early history in Montana, with her grandfather Perkins arriving in Montana in the 1860s from England and establishing the ranch on Dempsey Creek in 1885. Her mother’s maiden name was Snell, and that family arrived in Butte in the 1880s.
Lois married Aloysius R. Stav in 1939, soon after his return from US Army duty in the Philippine Islands. They had four children, all boys. They remained married 58 years, until Al’s death in 1997. She spent nearly her entire life in Deer Lodge, first on the family ranch, then in town at 605 West Pennsylvania Avenue.
Besides her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Eric V. Stav, three brothers, Clifford D. Perkins, J. Ernest Perkins, and Jack A. Perkins, and three sisters, Grace Sullivan, Emma Tamcke, and Mae Risch. She is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Stone, at The Crest nursing home in Butte, and June Wallace, of Deer Lodge. Also surviving her are three sons, Gary Stav (Elaine), of Moore, Idaho, Paul Stav (Myrna), of Helena, and Ronald Stav (Kathy), of Kila, 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides being a homemaker and engaging in the everyday chores of caring for and raising four boys, Lois enjoyed gardening, sewing, embroidery, and accompanying the family on many hunting, fishing, and camping adventures. She also enjoyed corresponding via letter writing. After her husband, Al, retired from the Anaconda Company, they spent quite a lot of time traveling locally to visit friends and relatives and to various states visiting Al’s brothers and sisters. Lois was a very quiet, unassuming individual and will be remembered fondly as someone who cared for the ones around her in the best way she knew how. As a member of “the greatest generation,” she will be missed by everyone.
The family wishes to thank all who took the time to visit Mom during her stay at the nursing home, and also those who sent her many cards and letters wishing her well. Their actions gave Mom something to look forward to. The family also wishes to thank The Crest nursing staff for the wonderful care and kindness shown during her stay during the final months of her life.
At her request, there will be no formal service.
George Paul (Blondy) Rainville
George Paul Rainville, known by most as Blondy, passed away on Sunday January 3, 2015. He was born October 8, 1928 to Hector and Margaret (Sestrich) Rainville in Deer Lodge. Except for a short period in 1974 and again from the spring of 1981 through 1983, Blondy lived his entire life in Deer Lodge.
He attended St. Mary’s Academy through the eighth grade then moved on to Powell County High School and graduated in 1946. Blondy worked at the Deer Lodge Drug for a number of years and became interested in pharmacy. Upon graduating from high school, he attended the University of Montana in Missoula with a desire to become a pharmacist. However, while home from a school break, Blondy hired out as a fireman on the Milwaukee Road and did not return to complete his education. He was promoted to a locomotive engineer in 1957 and worked for the Milwaukee until it shut down in 1980. He loved running trains through the mountains of Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California and Washington. After the Milwaukee shut down, Blondy hired on with the Union Pacific in Las Vegas and lived there from 1981 until his return to Deer Lodge in 1983. He then hired on with the Montana Rail Link and retired in 1992.
Blondy married Donna Finn on June 5, 1956 and they had three children, Paula, Don, and John. They divorced in 1983.
In his retirement, Blondy enjoyed raising and riding his Arabian horses, did wood work, and enjoyed hunting and snowmobiling in the fall and winter.
George is survived by his three children: Paula (Steve) Meyer, and their children Maggie and Pat; Don (Betsy) Rainville, and their children Katie and EJ; and Dr. John (Debbie) Rainville, Rochester, Minn., and their son Jackson. His siblings also survive him: Cleo Seaman, Missoula, Jeanette (Wally) Atkinson, Hamilton, and Tom (Davis) Rainville, Everett Wash., and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents Hector and Margaret and his brother Bob precede him in death.
Blondy’s family extend a special thank you to Blondy’s team of care providers at Riverside Health Care Center for their care, concern and kindness during his convalescence there.
Cremation has taken place and planning for a memorial service is underway and will be scheduled for late spring/early summer.
Patricia A. Bielenberg
Patricia A. Bielenberg, age 74, passed away peacefully of natural causes in her home on January 2, 2016.
She attended schools in Deer Lodge and graduated from Montana State University where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Patricia also attended Portland State University and obtained her CPA license in Oregon where she worked before moving to Phoenix, Ariz. in 1985. She retired as Audit Manager in 1992 and returned to Deer Lodge.
Wherever she lived, she found kindred spirits. One of her favorite groups was the Missoula Calligraphy Guild. Patricia continued learning throughout her life. One subject she strove to master was calligraphy, many friends have received her wonderful hand crafted cards and artwork. She also explored jewelry making, and quilling.
Throughout her life, Patricia was active in civic and arts organizations. Locally, she was one of the founding people for the New to You store with Deer Lodge Woman’s Club; an active member of Powell County Progress (now Powell County Economic Development), and Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation to name a few. She always helped those less fortunate than herself through many charities. Patricia lent her talents as a calligrapher, leader, and computer aficionado to many projects.
Patricia’s life style was one of loving people, animals and beauty. She had the best laugh, a sharp wit which she did not employ to hurt and a very fun but complex personality. She tried hard not to offend, but she believed we all have the right to live our lives in our own style.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nick and Bette Bielenberg and her brother Nick. She is survived by her nephew Denis Bielenberg. A small private graveside memorial is planned by the family in the spring.
Donald Edward DeYott
On Monday, January 11, 2016 Donald Edward DeYott used the last of his nine lives and we lost him to a new adventure. He passed away at Deer Lodge Medical Center surrounded by most of his family.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Connie McCarthy DeYott, eight children Joy & Jim Grady, Denise DeYott, Donata DeYott, Lorrie DeYott, Larry & Deanna DeYott, Dan Joe DeYott, Rae Ann & Klinton Forseth, Bill & Sandy DeYott; grandchildren and great-grandchildren John Grady, Jimmy Grady, his daughter Mackenzie, Conner DeYott, Katie DeYott, Joey DeYott, Ritien Glosser her fiancee Garry Stocker, Mackie Glosser, her son Cooper Simon, Kayla Forseth, Alex DeYott, Joyce DeYott; brother & sister-in-law Ray & Terry DeYott, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jean & Ivan Draper; nieces and nephews Joe & Fran Tierney, Dan & Joyce Tierney, Colleen & Brian Mee, Gale & Bill Bacon, Tim & Lee Ann Tierney, Kathy & Bruce Contway, John & Yvonne McCarthy, Rochelle & Perry Jones, Denise & Gene Beaudoin, Cherrie & Tim Anders, Ray & Rachel DeYott Jr. plus a multitude of loving great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Mary Nugent DeYott and Raymond Edward DeYott, three children Stephen Edward, Debra Ann and Patricia Ann, his sister and brother-in-law Lorraine and Eugene Tierney, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jerry & Jean McCarthy, sister-in-law Deanna Marsing and two grandsons Glen Edward DeYott and Donald Edward DeYott Jr.
Don was born in Butte on January 2, 1935. He attended St. Joseph’s School and Boys Central High School. He married Connie McCarthy in July of 1954, starting a love affair that lasted over 60 years and showing everyone an example of how to build a strong foundation that outlasts all that life can throw at you, and believe you, they got tossed a lot of stuff.
Don tried very hard to join a branch of the military but his bum leg just wouldn’t let him. He was a bar tender, horse breaker, ranch hand, road crew worker, demolition derby driver, sanitation worker all before starting his career with the Department of Corrections.
In 1960 he moved his ever growing family to Deer Lodge and started work in the kitchen at the Montana State Prison. After covering almost every job in-between, he retired 34 years later as Captain of Security. He started the inmate prison fire crew, developed a seniority matrix for scheduling that is now used nationwide.
Don continued his education getting his high school diploma and college credits while working at MSP. He received numerous awards and certificates and traveled the state teaching drug identification to law enforcement agencies. He made many life long friends there that are truly family, having proven their worth by withstanding all his shenanigans.
Don was an avid hunter, fisherman, jokester and story teller extrordinaire. His adventures and pranks were legendary. But most import to Don was his extended family and Irish heritage. He was happiest when surrounded with his crew, whether around an ice hole, campfire or in the Garage-mahl.
As if they didn’t have enough of their own, Don and Connie extended their home to include everyone in their family, whether nieces, nephews, their children’s friends or hunting buddies. Don’s passing leaves a hole in all our hearts.
Donations in Don’s name can be made to the Shriners, Deer Lodge Elks Lodge 1737, Powell County Friends of NRA, Ducks Unlimited or the American Cancer Society. Visitation was at Jewell Funeral Home from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 17. Funeral services were held Monday, January 18, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Graveside services immediately after at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge followed by a reception at the Deer Lodge Elks Lodge.
Don is now with his buddies, Wally & Donnie, Donnie, Bob, plus all his family; telling stories and having a great time we are sure. Heaven must be rocking and rolling right now.
Eva N. Touchette Carman
Eva N. Touchette Carman, with her family at her side, peacefully went to be with the Lord on January 13, 2016 at Deer Lodge Medical Center.
Eva was born October 22, 1921 to Frederick and Della Jacobson at the family ranch in Deer Lodge Valley. Eva graduated from Powell County High School in 1939 and enjoyed going to her high school reunions to visit with old friends.
Eva was employed at the Galen State Hospital as the Dietary Supervisor for 30 years and continued to gather with fellow retiree’s for many years. Anyone who remembers Eva will tell you that she ran a tight ship in her kitchen, as well the food was delicious.
On September 20, 1940 she married Oliver Touchette. They had four children Virginia (Buzz) Farquhar, Judee (Bob) Truman, William Touchette (infant), and Sherry (Chuck) Stoner.
Eva loved music and playing the piano, she crocheted beautiful afghans for all her family. Eva took great pride in her beautiful yard, with flower gardens galore, and especially loved sweet peas. Eva loved her family, she never stopped worrying and asking about each and everyone. She especially enjoyed hearing stories about her family. Eva had an amazing smile and loved to laugh. She belonged to many clubs including; Eastern Star, Elks and Floral Chapter #46.
Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Touchette in 1981. She married Leon Carmen in 1988, he preceded her in death in 2001. She was also preceded in death by both her parents; her sister, Virginia Jacobson; brother, Bud Jacobson; sister, Joan Mollenberg; son, William Touchette; and sister in law, Barbara Jacobson.
Eva is survived by her daughters, Virginia (Buzz) Farquhar, Judee (Bob) Truman, Sherry (Chuck) Stoner; grandchildren, Lisa (Steve) Johansen, Mike (Kelli) Rydeen, Scott (Erin) Farquhar, Tamara (Erik) Reault, Robert (Amy) Truman, Rebecca (Scott) McNeil; brother, Ted Jacobson; sister-in-law, Edna Jacobson; brother-in-law, John Mollenberg; 18 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Eva’s caregivers for taking such good care of her, you were all truly angels at her side; Kathy Greene, Sierra Hjorth, Jeanette Willis, Mary Newman and Christine Anderson.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Jewell Funeral Home starting at 11 a.m. Burial at Hillcrest Cemetery, luncheon to follow at the Elks.
In lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you take a moment to call a loved one, hug your child, grandchild or friend. Take a walk in the woods for a moment, an hour or a day. Time waits for no one.
Death Notice: George P. Rainville
George P. Rainville, 87, of Missoula, died Sunday, Jan. 3, at the Riverside Health Care Center. Arrangements are with Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge. A full obituary will run at a later date.
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.