Death Notice: Don Tamcke
Don Tamcke, 82 died Sunday 3-8-20 in Hamilton. Funeral Service for Don Tamcke will be this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Jewell Funeral Home
Catherine Ellen Owens
On Monday, March 2, 2020, Catherine Ellen Chussler Owens, 91, passed away at home from heart conditions. She was born July 15, 1928 in Jamaica, South Long Island, N.Y., to Margaret (O’Neill) and Joseph Walter Chussler. Her older sister Peggy, brother John, and younger sister Theresa were all deceased before 1989.
In 1940 the family moved to Elizabeth, N.J., where she graduated from Blessed Sacrament grade school, and from Battin high school in 1945.
After receiving a full-tuition scholarship from Rider College (now University) in Trenton, N.J. she graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in business. By attending college all year she graduated in August, 1948 when she was 20. Besides being editor of the college weekly, Rider News, she worked at Goldberg’s Department Store in the credit department her entire time in college.
After graduation she worked on a weekly newspaper in Union, N.J., and answered an ad for a reporter for a weekly newspaper that didn’t say where. The ad was for the Silver State Post in Deer Lodge, where her new life began on May 23, 1949. In 1950 she met a new Deer Lodge pharmacist, Frank Owens. He was persistent and they were married December 30, 1950 in Elizabeth, N.J., and then returned to Deer Lodge. Frank passed away September 10, 2011, after almost 61 years of marriage.
In 1954 they purchased the Clinic Rexall Drug, where she was the bookkeeper and in charge of merchandise, window dressing, sink cleaning, ads, etc. They built their new store building on Main Street in the fall of 1970. Jack and Gloria Andersen bought the store from them in 1988.
The three Owens sons are Stephen of Deer Lodge, Richard in Anchorage, Alaska, and Neil and Colleen (Thompson) Owens of Deer Lodge. Dr. Haley Anne Owens and Koby W. Owens are her very special grandchildren, and other children special to her are Margaret and Aidan Thompson. Other survivors include her only sister-in-law, Anne Chussler of Brick, N.J., one niece and two nephews in New Jersey, and three nieces and two nephews in California and Washington.
Catherine was chairman and the first woman member of the Powell County High School Board of Trustees, a 70-plus year member of the Deer Lodge Woman’s Club, served as president of the Catholic Ladies Guild, was a Eucharistic minister in church, long-time PEO member, and was an active volunteer for the Powell County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, William K. Kohrs Memorial Library, Rialto Theatre, and many other civic activities. She enjoyed playing bridge, entertaining, traveling, reading, jigsaw puzzles and following local sports, and was mentally sharp up to the last day. She especially treasured the time she was able to spend at “The Cabin” up in the Swan Valley.
Parish vigil was at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the church. Funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Clark St. in Deer Lodge on Saturday March 7, followed by burial at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Memorials would be appreciated by Immaculate Conception Church, P.O. Box 786 in Deer Lodge, Rialto Community Theatre, Box 874, Deer Lodge, Kohrs Memorial Library, 500 Missouri Ave, the Powell County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 834, or your personal choice.
Patrick Charles Rogers
Patrick Charles Rogers passed away on February 19, 2020 in Yuma, Ariz., at the age of 76. He was born in Kalispell to Charles and Angela Rogers. He graduated from Flathead County High School. He then attended Western Montana College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. While in college he married Ann Shea and upon graduation their paths took them to Idaho, Oregon and then back to Montana pursuing teaching, coaching, and refereeing opportunities. During that time, they raised three children, Uri, Tyd and Adi. After getting his masters degree in education, the family settled in Deer Lodge in 1979 where he became principal of E.F. DuVall Junior High School. He was also in charge of the lunch program and special ed at SD#1. In 1985 he met Dalice Cook and they married adding Brian and Shawn to the family. After retiring in 2001, he decided to drive school bus for SD#1 and also Powell County High School activities until 2008. Then he and Dalice enjoyed being snowbirds in Arizona, where he joined the Moose and the Eagles. He was also a member of the DL Rotary for several years. Pat enjoyed billiards, everything Griz, golf and spending time with many of his Deer Lodge friends, and dancing, especially the twist. A very special place for him was the family cabin near Flathead Lake, where he spent his teenage summers helping his grandpa build rock walls, a dock and helped build the cabin. Pat is preceded in death by his parents Charles Rogers and Angela Elwood, his brother James and stepson Shawn Cook. He is survived by Dalice, his wife of 33 years, children Uri (Kerry) Rogers, Tyd (Trang) Rogers, Adi (Ryan) Roundy, Brian (Michelle) Cook, grandchildren Nicole, Tal, Tayt, Trent, Tia, Jordan, Noah, Violet, Faith, brother Brian Rogers and stepmother Mamie Rogers and several cousins. The family would like to thank the staff at Copper Place for their care and support and also Acacia Hospice of Yuma, Ariz. Pat was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Pat’s request was to have a small family gathering planned for this summer at one of his favorite places. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the RialtoTheatre or the Kohrs Library in Deer Lodge or donor’s choice.
Cherie Lynnae Senecal Schroth
It is with heavy hearts we announce the death of Cherie Senecal Schroth. She passed away March 6, 2020, at home, surrounded by her husband and children, after a hard fought battle with cancer.
Cherie was born on April 1, 1964 to John and Margaret Senecal. She was raised on the family ranch near Avon. She attended grade school in Avon and graduated from Powell County High School in 1982.
Following graduation, she attended the Helena Vo-Tech. Cherie worked in Helena for Galusha and Higgins, State Farm Insurance and Alta Gold.
It was at a Helmville Labor Day rodeo that Cherie met her future husband Randy Schroth. They were married in 1989 living in Helena and began their family which would consist of four sons. Randy worked for Dick Anderson Construction during which time their family spent three summers living in Glacier National Park. Randy and Cherie worked with a pack string of mules and horses packing supplies to the Sperry Chalet which was being remodeled. This proved to be a most memorable experience for their family.
In 1996, they moved to Buffalo Gap, S.D., back to the Schroth family ranch. Cherie loved the ranch life and working alongside her husband and four sons raising cattle and horses. She was the boys’ biggest fan as they participated in the sport of rodeo. She was always so proud of them. She worked as a meter reader for Black Hills Power and most recently a rural mail carrier until she was no longer able due to her illness.
Cherie is survived by her parents, John and Margaret Senecal; her brother Johnny Jay and wife Maria, her sister Jodi and husband Bruce Thomas; her husband Randy Schroth and sons Tyrel (Bobbie Scobee), twins-Dillon (Jana Tihista) and Travis (Chelsea Shearer) and Caleb (Libby Olson); and a granddaughter Jeysa. She is also survived by her father and mother-in-law Frank (Hap) and Loretta Schroth and sister-in-law Lori Shorb.
Her easy going, loving, caring nature made her a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. Cherie’s family was special to her including her nephews and niece and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A service will be held on Friday, March 13 at the Elliston gymnasium at 11 a.m. followed by her burial at the Elliston cemetery. Please join us for a luncheon at the gymnasium following the burial.
There will be a Celebration of Life in Buffalo Gap, S. D. at 2 p.m., Monday, March 16 at the Buffalo Gap Auditorium. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Cherie.