Doris Jolovich


(Apr. 13, 2006)

Doris Sebastian Kawulok Jolovich died Thursday, April 13 in her own home, as she had so desperately wanted. She died of complications of her years of life.

She would have celebrated her 80th birthday just four days later, April 17. Doris was the first child of Polish immigrant parents, Anton and Mary Cecilia Wolney Kawulok, born in the coal mining town of Monarch in Sheridan County, Wyo.

Doris was a diligent student and graduated from Ranchester High School. She married World War II veteran and childhood neighbor Rudolph Walter Jolovich Jan. 27, 1946 at the historic Catholic Church in Monarch. They drew a homestead on the Heart Mountain Irrigation project in Northwest Wyoming in 1947 and moved to live in the Japanese Relocation Camp near Powell with their infant daughter, Judy, in 1948 as they prepared their homestead for living.

Rudy and Doris formed close friendships with the other homesteaders, as they forged their lives on the land.  They were successful beet farmers and raised other crops, including livestock.  Doris was a very dedicated, very hard working farm wife, enduring many hardships and deprivations that came with homesteading.  A farm became available with better land and they moved to their present home in 1953.  Doris loved the farms and especially the trees.

Four additional children joined Judy (Don Frisby), Sheryl (Carl Morris), Rudolph Jr. (Dawn), Anthony and James.  Doris treasured her grandchildren Erika Frisby (Jared Huckabee), Margaret Frisby, Carl Morris II (Denise), Cari Morris (John Beatty), Sara Morris (Justin Crooks), Bobi Morris (Casey Jensen), Tom Morris (Airy), Toni Jolovich, Jamie Jolovich (Hugh Dayton), Ashlee Jolovich (Philip Dudley), Josh Jolovich, Andrew Jolovich and Chris Jolovich. She has sisters Helen Breslin (Bill) and Twila Dahlin (Bill) and brother Tony Kavalok (Ella) all of the Seattle, Wash., area.

Her greatest joys in her last days were her faith in God and her membership in the Catholic Church; her special dog, Bruiser; her 15 great-grandchildren and her many friends.  Her great-grandchildren loved to spend time with her helping with her chores.  Doris often lamented that Rudy did not get to know the youngest of these great-grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy; and her great-granddaughter Briana Morris.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Cody, preceded with a Rosary Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony's.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate any memorial contributions be directed to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church or Hands 2 Help.