Christine Eleanor (Jelinek) Johnson
Christine Eleanor (Jelinek) Johnson passed away at the age of 98 on January 23, 2020 at Granite County Medical Center in Philipsburg. At the time of her passing and throughout her life, she was dedicated to her family, faith, and friendships.
Chris was born March 29, 1921 in Miles City to Frank and Christina (Kopriva) Jelinek. She was the youngest of six children. Chris attended Lincoln Elementary School and Ursuline Academy before graduating from Custer County High School in 1938. Throughout her life, Chris enjoyed wonderful memories of her school-age years.
After high school, Chris worked as a stenographer in the office of the Farm Security Administration in Forsyth before transferring to their office in Columbus. She was introduced to her husband Wilford (Ford) Johnson by her sister Dorothy while on a weekend visit in Billings. Ford, a graduate of Montana State College, was employed as an accountant by the Independent Refining Company in Billings.
Chris and Ford were married on November 25, 1942. Ford was stationed at Gore Field in Great Falls, and with orders to deploy, Chris and her father traveled by train to Great Falls where she and Ford were married. In 1944, Chris and infant daughter Karen moved to Miles City to be near family and friends while Ford continued his service in the Army Air Corps. Following Ford’s discharge from overseas duty in 1945, the new family moved to the Johnson Tuning Fork Ranch south of Hall in the Flint Creek Valley. There they raised three children and took great pride in their ranching operation.
Chris was an active parishioner of St. Michael Church in Drummond until she moved to Philipsburg in 2013. She was both proud of and grateful for her association with Alcoholics Anonymous. For many years after achieving her own sobriety in 1982, she led weekly meetings in Drummond and Deer Lodge and served on advisory boards addressing addiction. Many current and past residents of the Tri-County area credit Chris with helping them turn their lives around. Chris also was a member of the Granite County Cattlewomen and the Granite County Republican Central Committee, and together, she and Ford were active in the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Livestock Ag Credit, Montana Livestock Commission and Sanitary Board, and Montana Farm Bureau.
Chris never stopped making friends, and her family would say her favorite thing to do was visit. She maintained close contact with family and friends around the country, and she corresponded faithfully by letter with many. Her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandson knew her love unconditionally, and she was genuinely interested in their activities. Her love of life was an inspiration to many, and she was a source of positivity for generations of family and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and five brothers and sisters: Sylvia, Paul, Dorothy, Gilbert and Charles.
Survivors include daughter Karen (Pete) DesRosier of Drummond, son Charles (Shelley) of Hall, and daughter Susan Wolff of Great Falls. Grandchildren are Kyle (Debra) Fickler of Tonganoxie, Kans.; Wade Fickler (Brian Kurth) of Denver, Colo.; Katherine Christine (Wayne) Carmichael of Bellingham, Wash.; Scott Wolff of Shelley, Idaho; Cooper (Cat) Johnson of Hall; Krista Johnson (Paul Arcangeli) of Missoula; and Andrew (Heidi) DesRosier of Dickinson, N.D. Great-grandchildren are Destiny Kathlynn Christine Spoon, Burgandie and Eamon Carmichael, Danika Fickler, Reid and Leo Arcangeli, and Gibson and Scout Christine DesRosier. She also is survived by one great-great-grandson, Liam Spoon, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation and a vigil service will be on Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church in Drummond.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael in Drummond on Saturday, February 8 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Rudolph Bullman as celebrant. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service.
Interment will follow at Valley Cemetery south of Drummond. Please join the family for a catered luncheon at the Community Hall in Drummond following the service at the cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home in Anaconda and Philipsburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to Granite County Medical Foundation at PO Box 401, Philipsburg, MT 59858 or to St. Michael Parish at PO Box 329, Drummond, MT 59832.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service are entrusted with Christine’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Deanna Marie (Duff) Schroeder
Deanna Marie (Duff) Schroeder, 78, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020 surrounded by her loved ones after valiantly battling numerous health issues.
Deanna was born May 10, 1941 in Deer Lodge to Nolan and Frances Duff. She spent most of her childhood growing up in Deer Lodge with her older brother Gary and younger sister Linda with the exception of a brief stint at the Phosphate Mine in Garrison.
In 1960 Deanna married Bill Schroeder and they had three children; Greg, Debbie, and Shawn. She worked at the Powell County Registrar’s Office from 1962-1976. In 1976 the family moved to Mandan, N.D.
Deanna and her children returned to Deer Lodge in 1978 where she continued to raise her children. She resumed her job at the Registrar’s Office until 1981 at which time she began her 27 year career as a Dispatcher with the Powell County Sheriff’s Office. She retired in 2008.
Those who knew Deanna can attest that her sassy-witty humor could be outmatched by none. She loved a good joke and shared a laugh up until her very last breath. Deanna spent many of her years before and after retirement following her grandchildren and making scrapbooks of their accomplishments. Her house was always filled with friends stopping by for coffee and “gossip,” or her children and grandchildren popping in to have lunch with her. In the summer you would find Deanna sharing a Pepsi on her deck with any and all family and friends who happened to visit. Visitors would often be entertained with stories of Deanna’s latest QVC purchase that she had made either for herself or for them. She continually gave of herself this way to all in her life for so many years.
Deanna, or “Aunt Banana” as some of her nieces and nephews caller her, loved her family and those around her selflessly. She was always interested in what was going on with others and took pride in telling everyone the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Deanna is survived by her brother, Gary Duff and sister, Linda Hamblin; her loving children; Greg (Iva) Schroeder, Debbie (Scott) Wozny, and Shawn (Liz) Schroeder as well as her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Heidi (Mike) McGuire and their children Brayden and Hadlie, Brian Schroeder, Heather Schroeder, Sarah (Myron) Beeson and their children Jordyn, Shelby, and HayLee, John Tweedy, Josh Schroeder, and Christie Jo Schroeder.
Deanna was preceded in death by her parents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Deanna’s memorial service will be held on February 15 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge.
All are invited to attend a luncheon to celebrate Deanna’s life at the Catholic Hall immediately following the ceremony.