Central Montana Obituaries

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Blanche Weigum, 78, (formerly of Winnett, MT) passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Sunflower Gardens in Roundup, MT.  Funeral Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Winnett on Friday, January 26th, 11:00 a.m.  An obituary will be shared when complete.  Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home.


Joan “Joann” Tresch, 82, passed away after a home accident at the St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs, CO surrounded by her family on the morning of January 1, 2018.

She was born June 8, 1935 in Kenmare, ND to Sarah (Jonasson) & Clarence Bergerson.  Joan was raised mostly in North Dakota, however, spent time in Seattle, WA and then moved to Lodge Grass, MT for her senior year of high school.  Shortly after her graduation her parents moved to Lewistown, MT and Joan began her education at the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Lewistown, MT to become an RN.

Into her second year of nursing school she met Julius R Tresch “Dick” on a blind date in December 1954.  They married in June of 1956 shortly after Joan graduated from Nursing School, and were happily married for 53 years.  She is survived by her sister, Carol (Alan) Spiro of Petaluma, CA; four children:  Daniel J (LeeAnn) Tresch of Spokane, WA, Theodor J (Hedda) Tresch of San Jose, CA, Saralynn M (David) Lehner of Colorado Springs, CO, and Cheryl I (Kenneth) Dart of Salem, OR; and three grandchildren, Haley & Kiersten Tresch, T.K. Dart.  She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Julius M Tresch; parents; and sister, Diane Tuss.

Joann initially worked part time for the Central Montana Hospital after graduation.  She and Dick rented several ranches within Fergus County before purchasing the Burke Dairy in 1966.  They operated their dairy business for 28 years.  She was employed full time for 31 years with the Montana Center for the Aged; the last ten years were in supervision.  At the time of her retirement, Joann was presented, by the Governor of MT, Marc Racicot, an acknowledgment for “Years of service in the field of mental health for the elderly.”  Joann also volunteered with the St. Francis Guild, assisted with funeral luncheons, and was a Eucharistic Minster at St. Leo’s.

The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church on January 27, 2018 at 10 a.m. with Father Samuel Spiering as Celebrant.  Memorial donations may be made to St. Leo the Great Catholic Church.

Creel Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.  Joann’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com

Francis “Frank” Westhoff, Jr., 68

Francis Otis Westhoff, Jr., aka "Frank", "Fuzzy", "Franny", "The Legend", 68, of Lewistown, Montana passed away on January 15, 2018 after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Frank was born in Seattle, Washington on August 20, 1949 to Francis "Ody" and Grace (Durrocher) Westhoff, who later divorced.

At the age of 3, Frank and his father moved to Malta, Montana. At 9 years old Frank, his father and his step-mother, Margaret, moved to Lewistown, Montana. Frank was the oldest of 6 kids; Frank, Dale, Dean, Donna, Dan and David.

Frank attended school at St. Leo's and graduated in 1967. During his school days Frank enjoyed playing football, basketball and track & field. Frank would often reminisce about the glory days of St. Leo's football and their championship titles.

After graduation Frank joined the Navy and was stationed in Long Beach, California on the DD869 Arnold J Isbell. Frank served two tours of Vietnam and was honorably discharged on July 1, 1971 as a 2nd Class Machinist Mate.

On September 22, 1969, Frank was united in marriage to Suzanne Watson and they raised 3 children: Michelle (45), Jeramy (43) and Jennifer (40).

While living in California Frank enjoyed his time coaching Pop Warner Football and is still referred to as "coach" by all of his players. Frank found satisfaction in teaching not only the skills of the game but also in building character and being a role model to all the boys he coached. When not working or coaching you would find Frank fishing the lakes of California or coming home to Lewistown to hunt with his brothers.

In 1990, Frank moved his family to Lewistown to be closer to his family and to let his children have the same small town experience he had as a child. Frank spent the first 5 years restoring their home on 5th Avenue South and brought the house back to its original glory. Once the house was done Frank went to work at Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center where he worked in the maintenance department. Frank retired in 2012.

In his downtime Frank loved to hunt, fish and spend time with family. Frank also enjoyed watching his son and later his grandson play football. A neat memory was being able to watch his son Jeramy and his grandson Mathew play football on the same field in Miles City where he played against Sacred Heart.

Those who knew Frank well admired him for his work ethic and drive to fight for what he believed in. Frank was always good for a "one liner" followed with a smile and a laugh. Frank will be missed dearly.

Frank is survived by his wife, Suzanne; step-mother, Margaret Westhoff; brothers, Dale (Kristen), Dean (Sandra), Dan (Beverly), David (Gretchen); sister, Donna Pratt (Jeff); daughter, Michelle; son, Jeramy; daughter, Jennifer Weeden (Lee); grandchildren, Dachelle Turner, Jaylen Turner, Hannah Oldenburger (Austin), Scott Weeden, Mathew Weeden, Noah Westhoff, and Maddux Westhoff; great-grandchildren, Jada and Aja; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Frank was preceded in death by his mother, Grace; Suzanne's father, "Buck"; his father, "Ody" and too many of his classmates and close friends.

Services celebrating Frank’s life will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 4:00pm at New Life Assembly of God Church in Lewistown, Montana.

Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to, New Life Assembly of God Church, Salvation Army, or American Cancer Society.

Creel Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Frank’s family and friends may share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com

 Gustave E. (Gus) Swanson 93 of Lewistown died Tuesday evening, January 9th, 2018 in the Villa of natural causes.  He was born January 22, 1924 on the family homestead near Cheadle, MT the son of William and Katie (Abbott) Swanson.  He received his education in Lewistown and graduated from Fergus High School in 1941.  He worked in the family coal mine until entering the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1946 returning to Lewistown after his discharge in 1947.  Gus was considered part of the occupying forces of World War II, though the majority of hostilities had ceased.  He worked on farms and in the coal mine in Central Montana.  On December 12, 1953 he was united in marriage to Marie F. Darrah in Lewistown.  He then worked for George Fries at his service station and then Rindal Oil delivering fuel.  He worked several years as a rural mail carrier, returning to Rindal Oil until his retirement in the mid 1990’s.

Gus enjoyed time with family and friends, cutting wood, gardening and was an avid reader.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge of Lewistown.

He is survived by his wife Marie of Lewistown; sons Gary (Kate) of Helena, Greg (Terri) of Woodinville, WA and Rod (Wendy) of Missoula, MT; daughter Pam (Jerry) Kaiser of Shepherd, MT; 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Memorial Services for Gus Swanson will be Saturday, January 27th, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel with committal to be at a later date.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

“The family would like to give special thanks to the Staff at the Villa and Hospice of Central Montana for all to the wonderful care they provided.”