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Frances J. Reichelt

Frances J. Reichelt, 85, of Havre, died of natural causes on Nov. 4, 2013, at her home.

Her funeral service will be at Christ Lutheran Church in Big Sandy, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m., with visitation one-half hour prior to the service. Interment in the Big Sandy Cemetery will follow. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Frances J. Reichelt was born in Warrick, Mont., on Nov. 9, 1927, daughter of Frank and Lois Henderson. She attended eight years at a rural school in the Bear Paws and then finished her education in Big Sandy. She married Eugene Reichelt March 20, 1943, in Havre, just prior to Eugene leaving for World War II She lived in the Big Sandy area. After the children graduated, they moved to Saudi Arabia for five years. They returned to Montana, retiring in Great Falls until Eugene passed away. Three years later, she moved to Havre to be closer to family.

Frances belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Big Sandy and held many offices on the local and state level. She was secretary of the Women's Bowling Association for many years and a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Great Falls prior to moving to Havre.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and in past years, sewing. Frances loved doing word search puzzles and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, Wayne Reichelt of Havre; daughters, Nancy (Bill) Cronin of Havre and Carol Ann "Sparky" (Dan) Danreuther of Carter; sisters, Helen Curtiss and Betty Abel, both of Washington; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one (two on the way) great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Reichelt; parents; son-in-law, Donald Gasvoda; two sisters; a brother; and a grandchild, Brent Reichelt.

Condolences for the family may be posted online at

Memorials may be made to the Scottish Rite Language Center, 1304 13th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405.


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