Catherine June Michunovich

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Catherine June Michunovich

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Catherine Michunovich
Catherine Michunovich

Catherine Michunovich died on July 25, 2020, at home, with her family providing comfort and care.

Catherine was born in Butte on June 3, 1926, to her parents Katie and Marko Stanisich. She attended school in Butte and graduated from Butte High School. On July 21, 1946, she married John Michunovich, and they moved to Billings to begin a new life and raise their family. They have three children, Mary Ann, Marko and Mike. Catherine and John built a life together and dedicated themselves to their family, faith and community. Catherine worked for the Yellowstone County Treasurer’s office, and, in 1962, she was appointed to the Treasurer’s position to fill out a vacant term. In 1963, she was elected to be the County Treasurer. Being limited to one four-year term, she then ran for the Yellowstone County Auditor’s office in 1966. As reported in the Billings Gazette in 1972, she got more votes than anyone running for office in Yellowstone County, including John Melcher. She retired in 1986 after a long career of public service. She retired undefeated, as a female and a Democrat, in Yellowstone county!

Mom was active in her community. She always believed you should try to make things better and was always there to help someone out, feed them, or provide them a place to stay if they needed it. She was named to the Who’s Who of American Women and was active in many organizations and clubs in Billings. In the ’70s, she was president of the Billings Altrusa Club and the Intra-Service Committee on the Status of Women. She was vice president of the Key Stone Division of the Billings Women’s Club, as well a member of the Nile, White Shrine and the Serbian Orthodox Church. Upon retirement, she volunteered at the Billings Clinic. She also served on the Billings Clinic Foundation board until 2008 after 15 years of service. During that time, the Foundation grew from $3 million to $31 million in assets.

While Mom was proud of being a Serbian, Butte native, Democrat, American, and resident of Billings, she was proudest of her family. She was lovingly called “Baba,” which is Serbian for grandmother, by her family. She had the ability to hold the family together and make everyone she came in contact with feel special. She remembered everyone’s birthday and special occasion. She attended all the games her children and grandchildren played in, even if she didn’t understand the sport. We could do no wrong in her eyes. She and Dad loved family get-togethers, holidays, family meals and time on the Stillwater at the family cabin that she and Dad built together.

Catherine is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Sam, George, Tom, Don and Joe. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann (Doug) Jenkins, and her children Cathi (Tim) Whiting and their three children Hanna, Zac and Sam, Mitch (Amy) Chamberlain and their children Ashley and Lauren; her son, Marko (Zlata) and their children Ana (Aaron) Winterstern and Alexander; and her son, Mike (Laurie) and their children Katie and John. She is also survived by her sister, Natalie Drakulich.

We would like to thank Leita and Tiara from Synergy, and RiverStone Hospice for their help caring for Mom during the past two and a half weeks. Due to Covid-19, we will be having a family graveside funeral at Mountview Cemetery on July 29 at 2 p.m. We would ask that you remember Mom by being kind to someone and help someone in need.

If you so choose, the family would suggest memorials be made to the Billings Clinic Foundation, the Holy Trinity Serbian Church in Butte, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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12 thoughts on “Catherine June Michunovich”

  1. Aurelee Stanisich

    I was so sorry to read about your Mom and Sister in the Montana Standard today. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this sad time. She was a great Lady! Love, Aurelee Stanisich

  2. Marlene SMRECEK

    Catherine was so very special to me; I’ll always cherish her memory. We’ve lost a wonderful, caring lady. May she rest in peace.
    With love, Marlene Smrecek

  3. The Jordan Family (Sally, Nickie, and Seanna))

    My family was sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing. My mom, Sally Jordan, spoke fondly of Catherine and she’s featured in many of her stories about the Democratic party and its stalwart activists. I remember seeing Catherine at many of the volunteer activities, meetings, and fundraisers I accompanied my mother to in the 70s and 80s.

    Catherine was always gracious and lovely when we saw her then, and later, when we ran into her at the grocery store or other errands. What a beautiful smile. These past few years, my mother talked about inviting Catherine to lunch often. They made plans to go to lunch 2 years ago , but then it snowed. The last time they saw each other was at the same day care clinic. They seemed so happy to see each other

    She will be remembered by our family as a strong , kind, and compassionate woman. What a wonderful spirit. May she rest in peace and may her family be comforted by their memories.

  4. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I have many wonderful memories of Kuma. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

  5. Thomas Teegarden

    Mike & Family, Sorry to hear about your mother. I have fond memories and well remember her and your dad at Lincoln Junior High gym — watching basketball! Our condolences.
    Tom Teegarden

  6. Peter J Johnston

    Mike and Family…very sad to hear the news of your mothers passing. Your mom always made me feel at home in her house when I came to fix the boiler or whatever plumbing problem she had. Prayers for you and your family from me and my family.
    Pete Johnston..aka Pete the plumber

  7. Mary Driscoll

    Sympathy and prayers from cousins in Butte. I knew and loved her brothers. My father Tom Mulcahy spoke fondly of her.
    Danette Mulcahy
    Mary Mulcahy Driscoll

  8. Brenda Dotson

    Very fond memories of your Mom when she visited your Father. What a kind and beautiful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. Rocky McCormick

    I loved Catherine very much. I remember our special trips to John & Catherine’s every Halloween as a child. She was always so happy to see me. I also remember feeling sad that no MT relatives were able to come to my wedding reception, only to see her show up at my front door ready to party! These are just 2 of a lifetime of memories I will always cherish. Catherine, you were authentic, generous, kind, driven & strong. I will always look up to you and know you will rest in peace after a life lived well.
    Love,
    Rocky McCormick

  10. Dear Ones –

    We are grieving with you for the loss of your beloved Catherine: mother, grandmother, sister, and much more. We have lost a great friend to three generations of our family. Catherine was a woman of grace, of kindness, of joy, of generosity, of wisdom, of humor and of loving friendship. I look forward to a time when family and friends can gather to tell stories, laugh and cry for this beautiful spirit. God bless you all.

    The Tooley Family

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