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Vernon Lee Cichosz

Vernon Lee Cichosz
Born: Sep 15, 1928
Died: Nov 20, 2015


Vernon L. Cichosz, Sr., 87, passed away on November 20, 2015 at the Northern Montana Care Center from natural causes. Vigil services will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 7:00 pm at the Northern Montana Care Center. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 11:00 am at the St. Jude’s Catholic Church and burial will be held in Highland Cemetery in Havre.
Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook. Vern was born on September 15, 1928 in Great Falls, MT. He attended school in Hogeland, MT and served in the army in the Korean War. Vern married Lois Randells; they later divorced. He married Glorraine T. Stiffarm on June 5, 1957. They were blessed with seven (7) children.
Vern’s heritage and life-long dream was in the farming community. His roots were always in farming and in his last days, he talked often about returning to farming in the Hogeland area at the Cichosz family farm. Vern worked for many farmers in the Hogeland area, including driving truck with his father and his brother-in-law Frank Kiedrowski.   He worked for the railroad for a time also. In Havre, MT Vern worked for Mayflower Trucking, Vita-Rich Dairy, Hi-Line Auto, and he retired from Havre Public Schools Maintenance Department. He loved dancing and danced as often as he could. All ladies, young and old, would ask Vern to dance, because he was such a great dancer. Many of his family and friends have fond memories of watching Vern and Glorraine dancing the perfect dance that many married couples enjoy. He also enjoyed softball and golfing. Others think of Vernon as a bridge between the Polish and Native American Cultures, crossing cultural lines with his friendliness, smile, and warm handshake. 
Vern was preceded in death by his wife, Glorraine, his parents, Leo and Elizabeth, his brothers Leon, Tom, Bob, Joe, and his sister Lorraine Kiedrowski. He is survived by his brother Georgie (Cathie) of Hays, MT and his sisters, Marianne Williams of Great Falls, MT, Delores Newton of Windsor Locks, CT, Helen (Dale) Dahlquist of Stevensville, MT, Barb (Glen) Lewis of Harlem MT, and sister-in law Hazel Cichosz of Great Falls, MT, his sons Vern Jr. (Debbie), Dave, and Mark, all of Havre, MT, and his daughters Verna Otis, Cathie of Missoula, MT, Marcia Morsette of Great Falls, MT, Kay Cichosz (Brian Buskirk) of Havre, MT, and Judy (John) Danaher of Danville, VA. Vern is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  Memorials may be made to one’s choice. 
Farewell, brother, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle, dear friend, we will see you soon.

Public Guest Book

Nov 23rd
Sandy
Thinking of all of you during this hard time. Doug and I loved your Dad and Mom dearly. They were always there when we needed them and your Dad always had a smile that was calming and reassuring. He was so special and will never be forgotten. Wish I could be there with you to celebrate his wonderful life, but please know I will be thinking of each of you and love you much.
Nov 24th
Peggy Lowery
My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your dad. I'm sorry I will not be able to attend the services but my heart will be with you.
Nov 24th
Denise Stiffarm
Cathie, Vern, Dave, Mark, Judy, Kay, and Marcia -- my dear cousins, I have such fond memories of your Dad (and Mom). He always greeted us with a smile and a kind, happy face. I still look at the your former home every time I drive through Havre and think of the times we stopped in to visit. Your dad was such a blessing in this world and I will remember him that way. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and your families. I am so sorry not to be able to be there on Wednesday but will be holding you all in my thoughts and hearts. My very best - Denise
Nov 24th
Monica Gallegos-Laeupple
I got to know Vern through the Cum Cristo Movement. He was a good man. It is difficult to loose a brother, an uncle, a father, a friend. Know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers.
Nov 24th
Becky, Don and Dane Aselin
Wishing you peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. And as you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of Uncle Vernon.
Nov 24th
Leon Stiffarm
Vernon was my Godfather - His influence on me was dynamic and he always made me feel special, important, happy. It was a gift that he willingly gave over and over. I am so very grateful to have had the blessings of his life cast a shadow over mine.
Nov 24th
Leon Stiffarm
Vernon was my Godfather - His influence on me was dynamic and he always made me feel special, important, happy. It was a gift that he willingly gave over and over. I am so very grateful to have had the blessings of his life cast a shadow over mine.
Nov 25th
Richard Semans
Worked with Vern at Vita Rich. Hard worker and a very nice man. The world was better with him in it. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.
Nov 28th
Kris and Leanne Hedstrom
So sorry to hear of you loss, may the good lord bless and keep you .
 

 

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