On Monday, Jan. 29, 2008, Rena Mary (Faltrino) Voss, 84, died peacefully at Kalispell Regional Medical Center with family members at her side.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Johnson Mortuary Chapel in Kalispell. Rena is survived by Louis, her husband of 64 years; sons, Joe Voss and wife Shirley of Columbia Falls, Larry Voss and wife Marj of Whitefish; daughters, Lindalee Mummey of Kalispell and Arlene Fish and husband Ron of Glenrock, Wyo. Rena was grandmother to seven, great-grandmother to 10 and had many nieces and nephews. Her sisters, MaryLou Haugen and husband Dale and Josephine DonTigney and husband Dick reside in Havre, and her sister, Rita Taylor, resides in Vancouver, Wash. Rena was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Ida Faltrino, and her only brother, Louis Faltrino. She was born on Nov. 11, 1923, in Havre. Rena graduated from Havre High School in 1942. She married Louis on Dec. 30, 1943, in Havre. Louis was a hunter and fisherman and Rena took naturally to those sports, accompanying him on many excursions. She was an excellent shot and harvested deer, antelope, pheasant and a bull elk during her hunting years. She was an avid fisherman, but “catch and release” was not in her vocabulary. Her children recall coming home from school to find the kitchen full of tubs of salmon in brine waiting to be smoked, or boxes of fruit to be canned. Rena also loved to pick huckleberries and hunt for mushrooms. She loved all animals, especially her little dog “Sassy”. Rena thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and would gladly leave the housework for later if there was an opportunity for adventure. Over the years, Rena clerked for Davall Mercantile and the B & B in Columbia Falls. As time went by, she concentrated more of her boundless energy on knitting and crocheting and acquired a large collection of yarn and crochet thread. Louis liked to remark that if the yarn shop ever ran out of a color, they could always call Rena to see if she had a skein or two on hand for a customer. If someone called and asked for Rena, he would report that he thought she was at home because he could see a cloud of crochet dust surrounding her favorite chair. Rena’s family and friends can look around their homes and see doilies, afghans, potholders, slippers, hats and mittens lovingly made just for them. She liked to keep up with the times so in her 70’s she bought her first computer and learned to use email and surf the net for quilt and crochet patterns. Rena will be remembered for her independent attitude and wonderful sense of humor, her love for her life partner, Louis, and her family and friends. She will be greatly missed. People are invited to go to www.johnsonmortuary.com to offer condolences and sign Rena’s guest book. The family suggests memorials may be made to 3 Rivers Ambulance in Columbia Falls. Johnson Mortuary and Crematory is caring for Rena’s family.