[gn_heading style=”1″]Carole Ann Simonich[/gn_heading]
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Carole Ann Simonich lost her battle with cancer at home on November 16, 2011 surrounded by her family. Carole was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be greatly missed.
Carole was born on December 10, 1952 in Great Falls, Montana to Margaret and Donald Haney. Carole attended school in Great Falls and graduated from C.M Russell High School in 1972. Carole attended Montana State University where she met Gary Simonich. Carole and Gary were married in 1973 and lived in Bozeman for a short time before moving to Great Falls where Carole worked at the Great Falls Gas Company. In 1978 Carole moved with her husband to Billings where they lived for the next 22 years. In Billings Carole worked as a medical records clerk for the Billings Clinic for 17 years. Carole moved again with her husband to Butte for 9 years and then back to Billings.
Carole was blessed with two beautiful daughters, Kelley and Leslie. Carole loved her daughters. She watched, guided, and supported them through high school in Billings, Montana State University in Bozeman, marriage and starting their own families. A great joy in Carole’s life was becoming a grandmother. She was blessed with three grandsons, and was eagerly looking forward to a new grandchild due to arrive in May. Carole’s family was her priority, her passion and her pride and joy. She loved being a mother and grandmother.
Carole will always be remembered for her compassion, kindness, unconditional love and incredible friendship. Her brother and sisters and their extended family were extremely important. She communicated daily with them and was very involved in their lives. She had many, many incredible friends including the several families from the old neighborhood with whom her family made so many wonderful memories. Her YaYa sisterhood formed almost 20 years ago and their yearly retreats highlighted her life. She treasured her extended family and friends and was always organizing events and trips to get together to make memories.
Carole enjoyed nature, particularly animals. Camping with family and friends and spending time at her sister’s cabin were some of her favorite activities. As a child and in the early years of her marriage she loved her horses. She learned about horses from her father and made several trips on horseback into the mountains with him. Carole loved to travel and see new places but always wanted to find the wildlife. Moose and bear were high on her list of animals to find.
Carole is survived by her husband Gary (Billings), her daughter Kelley (Daniel) Vesbach, with grandsons Elias, Silas, and Lukas of Columbus, MT, and daughter Leslie (Noah) Cuthill of Billings, MT, sister Dorothy (Tom) Molen, South Jordan Utah, sister Patti (Louie) Molen, Great Falls MT and brother Mike (Roxie) Haney Great Falls MT. Other members of her extended family include several brothers in-law/sister in laws, and many nieces and nephews all very important to her. She is preceded in death by her parents Don and Margaret Haney.
Cremation has taken place. Vigil services will be offered at 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 20, at Michelotti-Sawyer Mortuary. Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am Monday, November 21 at St. Bernard’s Parish.
Donations can be made in her memory to St Jude Children’s Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Gary and all of Carole’s family: My thoughts are with you and your family as you deal with Carole’s passing. Carole was always a favorite of mine. She was a special person and she has a special family. Your memories of her will always be with you. Sincerely, Brian.
Gary and girls,
I am truly saddened by Carole’s passing and I offer my sincere condolences and prayers to your family. I met Carole in the 9th grade at West Junior High School, here in Great Falls. She truly was a lovely lady. I don’t know what else to say but that I believe that she is with God now and at peace. Please find solace in her memory and all of the good times I know you shared.