By HDN Staff
INVERNESS Martin Michael Jochim, 89, died Thursday, March 8, 2001 at a Chester nursing home.
Vigil services will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Inverness. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart. Burial will be in Inverness Cemetery.
Jochim was born June 18, 1911 in Orenburg, Russia to Martin Jochim Sr. and Mariana (Mangold) Jochim. The family immigrated to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1913 and eventually settled in Inverness. The family began farming eight miles southeast of Inverness and moved to the homestead four miles south of Inverness seven years later.
When he was 20, Jochim began farming on his own and also did odd jobs, such as herding sheep and working in the CCC camps.
On Aug. 10, 1942, he married Agnes Zeltinger, a North Dakota girl teaching in the rural schools of north central Montana.
Jochim's favorite pastime was farming and checking the cows. He enjoyed card games at Dalton Dahlke's and whist with family and friends. He enjoyed music, especially Lawrence Welk, and dancing. He liked going to local music and sporting events and eating his own homemade German sausage.
He retired from farming in 1970 and he and his wife enjoyed winter trips to their children's homes in Spokane, Salt Lake City, Dickinson, N.D. and Westchester, Penn.
Jochim was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Magdalena; brothers, Jake and Frank; three infant siblings; one grandson and one great-grandson.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes Jochim of Inverness; daughters, Deanna Beaudoin of Spokane, Wash. and Marlene Biondo of Wisconsin, Minn.; sons, Lawrence Jochim of Bigfork, Thomas Jochim of Spokane, and Marcus Jochim of Inverness; sisters, Elizabeth Wood of Oregon and Barbara Fisher of Havre; brother, Anton Jochim of Inverness; numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being made by Rockman Funeral Chapel, Chester.