Viola O. Brabec


(Aug. 21, 2004)

Vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) and Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for Viola O. Brabec, 88, former Deaver resident who died Saturday, Aug. 21 of leukemia, at her home in Worden, Mont., surrounded by her family.

She was born July 5, 1916, in Cuba, Kans., to Joe and Emma Baxa. She graduated from Cuba High School, obtained her teaching certificate and taught in the Cuba rural school system until 1942.

She married Glenard A. Brabec in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 30, 1942. They moved to Bridger, Mont., in 1946 and to Deaver in 1950, where they farmed for 50 years. In 2000, they moved to Worden, Mont., to be near their daughter, Barbara.

She was a member of the Frannie American Legion Auxiliary and was active in the Shoshone Rock Club.

Survivors include sons, Michael and wife Kaye (Beaver) of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Dennis and wife Lynn (Kleinschmidt) of Casper; and David and wife Evelyn (Stowe) of Brainerd, Minn.; two daughters, Patricia Martinez (husband John deceased) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Barbara Reichert and husband Donald of Worden, Mont.; brothers-in law, Hubert Brabec of Bridger; sisters-in-law, Kathryn Wilson of Billings, Lillian Baxa of Hebron, Nebr., LeaBeth Brabec of Bencia, Calif., and Catherine Brabec Rangitsch of Billings; eight grandchildren, Laura, Domonic, Sean, Eva, David, Jason, Michael, and Renae; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenard; infant daughter Linda Kay; son-in-law, Sargeant Major John Martinez, retired; and brothers, Elmer and Edd Baxa.

Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Powell.