Lucille “Onna” Scharf
Lucille “Onna” Scharf passed away in Deer Lodge on July 13, 2020, surrounded by her family. At mom’s request cremation has taken place.
Mom was born in Anaconda on September 1, 1927, the second of three children to Jay and Mary (Krizan) Janosko. She received her early education in Anaconda, graduating with honors from Anaconda High School in 1945. Mom then attended and graduated with honors from St. James School of Nursing, Butte, in 1948. In 1950 mom married George Alvin Scharf. She and dad made their home in Deer Lodge.
Following graduation from nursing school, mom did part-time nursing and also performed special duty nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Deer Lodge for a short period of time. Because she enjoyed psychiatric nursing, mom began working at the Montana State Hospital - Warm Springs as a staff nurse, then head nurse, and finally as an afternoon supervisor for the next 31 years, retiring in 1989. While employed at Warm Springs she was an active member of the Montana Nurses’ Association, serving as the president, on the Board of Directors, and various nursing committees.
Following her retirement, mom enjoyed volunteering at the Powell County Senior Center. Positions she held at the Senior Center were president, vice president, secretary, board member and meal delivery person. Mom was so proud of her years spent as a volunteer instructor for the “55 Safe Driving Program” in Deer Lodge. At one time she was the longest serving volunteer in the Montana program.
One of mom’s other proudest accomplishments was the fact she learned to fly an airplane before she could drive an automobile. Mom soloed at Felt’s Field, Spokane, Wash. in 1947.
Mom was an avid sock knitter, enjoyed cooking Sunday and holiday meals for her family and friends, along with making candy, baking, traveling, playing BINGO and time spent with family and friends.
Mom was especially proud and grateful for her beloved family, friends and her faith.
Preceding mom in death was her dear husband, mother and father, sister Lillian (Poodie) Fredstrom, brother Jack Janosko, her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is survived by her daughter Karla, sons Ed and Bill (Melissa), grandchildren Tony (Kelli), Andy (Melissa), Ryan (Kira), and Dana, great-grandchildren Kase, Cayden, Keegan, Sydnie, Maxwell, Mason, Easton, Camden (scheduled to arrive August 3), and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Scharf family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the wonderful care mom received over the last two and one-half years while she was a resident of the Renaissance Senior Care facility, the doctors and staff of the Deer Lodge Medical Center, Frontier Hospice and Father Fleming. Our special thanks also goes out to her extended family and many friends, including Suzette Pentland and Buddy Jones, along with her beloved “Louie’s Bakery gang.”
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for the Powell County Senior Center, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Rialto Theatre, or the donors’ choice.
A celebration of life memorial will be planned when the Covid-19 crisis is over.