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Obituary - Wilbur Joseph Scheresky

 

January 29, 2019

Wilbur Scheresky

Wilbur Joseph Scheresky of Havre, 82, was called home to be with his family on January 24, 2019, under the gentle care of April Custer's Care and Comfort Home with his daughter Lisa and his son-in-law Jayce by his side.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel with Father Dan Wathen officiating.

Wilbur's family has requested that memorial donations be made in his name to Friends of the Animal Shelter, 520 Fourth Street, Havre, MT 59501, Gift of Life Housing, PO Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.

Please visit Wilbur's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at http://www.hollandbonine.com/.

Wilbur was born on December 31, 1936, in Minot, ND, the fifth of eight children born to Joseph and Dorothy (Dassenko) Scheresky. He and his siblings were the first generation born in America, and he spoke Russian until he began attending school and learned English as his second language. Wilbur attended high school in Minot, and went on to further his education at Minot State.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1956, and he completed his RN training at St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot in 1961. In 1964, he married the first love of his life, Elizabeth Heer, with whom he had his two children, Lisa and Glen. In 1965, Wilbur became a certified nurse anesthetist, and two years later, he was deployed to Vietnam. He returned from Vietnam in 1968, and in 1969, the family moved to Havre, where he worked as a nurse anesthetist for the next 35 years.

In 1992, Wilbur retired from the Army Reserves after 38 years with the rank of colonel. His beloved wife passed away due to cancer in 1999, and he lost his son Glen in 2000. After his retirement from Northern Montana Hospital, he traveled from Cut Bank to Glasgow and down Highway 87 to Big Sandy, continuing to give anesthesia. Wilbur's dream for many years had been to have a cabin in the mountains, and he finally realized that dream with his second home 18 miles out of East Glacier, where his grandkids and their friends had the opportunity to grow and play. Many of his friends and family had the opportunity to visit him there and enjoy the beauty of Glacier National Park. In 2010, Wilbur married Ellie Wetherall. After their marriage, he spent his summer months in Montana and the winter months in Florida.

Wilbur absolutely loved his granddaughters, and he was so excited when he got his first boy in the form of his great-grandchild. He grinned from ear-to-ear and loved having Brantley cuddle with him. His other love was his Great Danes.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Scheresky; son, Glen Scheresky; Great Danes, Uncle Duke, Loui and Chloe; and siblings Alvin Scheresky and Ruth Barnhart.

Wilbur is survived by his wife Eleanor "Ellie" Wetherall Scheresky of Tampa, Florida; daughter Lisa (Jayce) O'Neil of Havre; granddaughters, Shelby (Brett) Normandy, and Sheridan, Sydney, and Saige Scheresky-O'Neil; great-grandson Brantley Normandy; stepchildren Wade (Jean) Wetherall, Douglas Wetherall, and Jeff (Penni) Wetherall, all of Virginia, and Christy Laramy of Florida; siblings Laurence (Lenore) Scheresky of Des Lacs, ND, Evalyn Oberg of Spokane, WA, Violet (Victor) Alberg of Illinois, Dennis Scheresky of Minot, ND, and Diane (Roland) Carill of Seattle, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

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