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Milestones WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008 3A SIDNEY HERALD Obituaries Jo|ephine Maltese George Groesbeck 1918-2008 1970-2008 Memorial Mass for Josephine Maltese, 90, Sidney, is 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at the St. Matthew's Catholic Church with Father Greg Staudinger and Father Ned Shinnick presiding. Music will be provided by Robyn Heck and Lori Utter. Honorary casketbearers are all of Jo's grandchildren. Ushers are Anthony Maltese and Andrew Flaherty Crema- tion has taken place. Fulkerson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Remembrances and condo- lences may be shared with the family at www. fulker- Josephine "Jo" was the third of six children born to Italian immigrants, Joe and Rosa (Delano) Cino, on Oct. 15, 1918, in Visalia, Calif. She was raised in a tight-knit, warm Italian community in Visalia and graduated from Visalia High School in 1938. She worked in local canner- ies and eventually was em- ployed by Montgomery Wards in its homewares de- partment and became its de- partment head. Jo met her future husband, a young pilot, at a dance near her hometown. A long dis- tance relationship ensued, as he was sent overseas. Despite teasing from her brothers about the "sheepherder," Jo and Frank Maltese were mar- ried on Nov. 8, 1944, in Billings. The newlyweds lived in Great Falls, where Frank was stationed and Josephine again undertook employment with Montgomery Wards. After Frank left the mili- tary' he went into business with his brother in Sidney and Frank and Jo began their family Jo was the consummate mother and wife. She assisted her husband in his business activities and participated in the children's activities. She was an excellent cook, seam- stress and homemaker and al- ways encouraged and sup- ported her children. She al- ways had their utmost re- spect and love. They were di- vorced in February of 1961. Once the children started leaving for college, Jo began working for a local Pepsi bet- fling company as its office manager, an association that lasted 20 years. Jo's forte was organization and numbers. She was a loyal employee and attended Christmas parties of her for- mer employer for all but the last few years of her life. Jo was a warm, engaging and humorous lady, She was an exquisite dresser. She al- ways rooted for the underdog and kept her politics to her- self but it was pretty easy to guess her inclinations. She was devoted and loyal to friends and family and main- tained life-long friendships. She had a penchant for trav- el, having taken trips to Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean and Italy, and a memorable 30-day bus tour of the U.S.A. with her old friends from Visalia. She participated in many community organizations. She had been a member of the Women of the Moose for more than 60 years and had been activ6 in the Women's VFW Jo's faith was simple but resolute. She was a member of St. Matthew's Parish, had served on its Parish Council and was a long-time member of St. Gerard's Circle and the Altar Socie having served as its president. Josephine (Jo) Maltese died on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at the Sidney Health Center af- ter a brief illness. Jo is survived by her sons, Peter (Shirley) Maltese, Sid- ney, Frank Maltese and Sam Maltese, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Patrick Maltese, Idaho Springs, Colo.; daughter, Toni (Dennis) Flaherty' Chanhas- sen, Minn.; grandchildren, MicheUe, Chiara, Marie, and Anthony Maltese, Keegan and Andrew Flaherty, and Mercedes Shillander; great- grandchildren Max and Francesca Shillander; a brother, Austin (Carmen) Cino and brother-in-law Ben Baldasano, both of San Jose, Calif.; sister-in-law, Marian Maltese, Rochester Hills, Mich., former husband Frank; arid numerous nieces and nephews. Jo was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Vito and John Cino; sisters, Mary LaTorre and Antoniette Bal- dasano; brothers-in-law, Au- gustine LaTorre, Phillip, Sam and Nicholas Maltese; sisters- in-law, Rena and Yvonne Cino, Rose and Margarite Maltese; nephew, Wayne Bal- dasano; nieces, Lucretia La- Torre and Sandra Maltese; and a grandchild, Nicholas Maltese. Jo's smile is now gone but our memory of it will last for- ever. She has gone to her re- ward. Rest in peace. Elgin B. Hundtoft 1934-2008 Memorial services for Elgin ters in agriculture engineer- wanted the same. #yirundtoft, 74,will beheld on ing from Cornell University , Elgin loved to invent things day, 008, at 10 ::, in:Ithaca, N,Y. In.19gg;.he also like the Papaya Harvester, the Riverside Church ~ received a PhD in agriculture drip irrigation systems for ~)~hrist, 6~fff~tf~et in *:: ~n~fiGering~m~fff@ Wl~i~~ renova~I~'~a~i[1- Torrington, Wyo., with Pastor Gary Flom officiating. Cremation has taken place. Private family burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Prairie Haven ' Hospice. Elgin died on Dec. 13, 2008. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funer- al Home, and friends are in- :vited to send condolences to :the family at :and www.colyerfuneral- home.corn He was born on Aug. 21, 1934, in Sidney, the son of Ja- .cob Christian and Lula Chris- tine (Petersen) Hundtoft. He :was the seventh of nine chil- idren; five boys before, one girl, then Elgin, and two boys :after. He was educated and a !graduate of Sidney High School in 1952. i Elgin attended nine years Of :college, and in 1960 he re- iceived a bachelor of arts, :bachelor of science, BA in :agriculture engineering and a :BS in mechanical engineer- :ing from Montana State Uni- :versity : In 1962, he received a mas- sity of Wisconsin in Madison. Elgin served as a full profes- sor in Hawaii and Arizona. Elgin married Billie Williams on Dec. 18, 1954, in Portland, Ore. He enlisted in- to the Army during the Viet- nam Conflict and received honorable dischargeon Jan. 18, 1962. They lived in the states of Washington, Oregon, Mon- tana, Arizona, New York, Hawaii, Colorado and Wyoming. He traveled with his boy- hood friend, StanMcIntire, to different locations to help with harvesting. Milking cows helped to provide tuition in Montana. He did research analysis for many companies when not serving at a univer- sity Elgin loved the mountains, hiking and running. He lived to learn, lived for research, and lived to teach those who doned wells, and landscaping condemned properties where they lived into "Havens of Rest". He was fantastic with the harmonica, and people were blessed with his sense of humor. Tigger, his cat, was his con- stant comfort during his last days with cancer. Elgin is survived by his 4, .... wife, Billie, Torrmgton; two daughters, Kathy laCour and her husband Jon, Wyoming, and Jennifer Hundtoff, Alas- ka; one sister, Myrna Brandt, Oregon; brothers Sherman and Nell Hundtoft, both of Oregon, Don Hundtoff, Flori- da, Kenneth and Jerry . Hundtoft, both of Hawaii, and Casper Hundtoff, Washing- ton; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, son Byron Hundtoft and daughter Patricia Webb. Bank issued. FDIC-insured to Sl00,000 Edward Jones Louetta Damm i Funeral services for Louet- !ta Damm, 71, Sidney are at 10 ~.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, fat the Assembly of God ;Church in Sidney with Pas- Itor Todd Lanman officiating. ~,: Interment will be in the IRichland Memorial Park !Cemetery under the direc- ition of the Fulkerson Funer- ial Home of Sidney Remem- ',brances and condolences imay be shared with the fami- fly at i Louetta died early Tuesday :morning, December 16, 2008, at the Sidney Health Center 'Extended Care facility The boundless and warm, but fragile heart of George Gordon Groesbeck stopped beating as friends and fami- ly gathered by his side Sun- day evening, Dec. 7, 2008, at St. James Healthcare in Butte. Born in Butte on April 21, 1970, George was a two-term representative to the Mon- tana House of Representa- tives from House Dist. 74, elected to serve his third term this year. George was the human resources direc- tor for AWARE Inc., of Ana- conda, and taught freshman writing classes at Montana Tech. George knew that the love of his parents, Jan March and George Groesbeck, is what gave him the confi- dence to be all that he could be. From his Gram, Eileen Davis, he learned what it meant to be filled with the love of life. From his grand- parents, the Quillings, he learned his great love of the outdoors and the spirit of competition. His best Christmas memo- ry was the year he and his dearly loved sister, Jana, got a steel blade sled. On Christ- mas Eve, he saw the sled tracks along with footprints of either Santa Claus or his father, in the snow. When he told his mother, she asked him to please not tell Jana his suspicions regarding Santa. The absolute lights of his life are his two daughters, Brooklyn and Sofia. Brook- ie, or "Fuzzy," was his buddy, helper and brilliant butter- fly, They loved to read sto- ries, do puzzles and shoot hoops. He tried to teach her focus, and she tried to teach him patience. He saw his own gentle temperament in younger daughter, Sofia, or "Sofs." With so much cre- Wed., Dec. 17 ........ 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 18 ....... 8 a.m-8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 19 .......... 8 a.m-8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 20 ......... 6 a.m-8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21 ........ 11 a.m-7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 22 ........ 9 a.m-9 p.m. Tues., Dec. 23 ........ 9 a.m-8 p.m. 117 East Main Street, Sidney 482-1103 ativity in the family, he thought Sofs might have the spirit of the muse. Every feeling, and mostly enor- mous joy, comes immediate- ly to her face, Brooke and Sofia brought out the best in him and he knew it. George was an accom- plished musician, moving. from classical cello in high school to kick-ass jammin' rock 'n' roll guitar after graduating from Butte High School and Carroll College. He loved the music of his Jerrys - Garcia and Joseph. George loved to fish and could catch a fish just about anywhere, but the talent he was most thankful for was his natural ability to play golf. His game was still im- proving and all his Pals Sidney lined up to be his partner. George's work with AWARE and in the Legisla- ture was about helping peo- ple. George was an excellent listener, and respected everyone's point of view. He was a genuine and humble humanitarian who touched the lives of so many If the richness of a life is meas- ured by the richness of friends, George was a wealthy man. George leaves behind Sara, mother of Brookeand Sofia Groesbeck; his mother, Jan (Quilling) and Jim March, Colstrip; father, George (Jeanne) Groesbeck, Butte; grandmother, Eileen Davis, Butte; sister, Jana (Chad) Mussard, Green Riv- er, Wyo.; and nephews, other family members and good friends too numerous to mention. Parish vigil services were conducted at 7 p.m. Dec. 10. 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