RED LODGE — Our mother, Gloria Rose (Favero) Repac, formerly of Red Lodge, died at her home in Billings early Saturday morning, Dec. 3, 2011, after an extended illness.
Born in Bearcreek on Oct. 26, 1928, she was the eldest of two children born to Dominic and Rosa Favero. Gloria graduated from Bearcreek High School in 1946 and attended Eastern Montana College of Education in Billings from 1946 to 1948 during which time she worked as a dental hygienist under Drs. Chas. Beveridge and James Stroeher.
Gloria continued her education at the Sisters of Charity School of Nursing at Carroll College in Helena during the late 1940's, graduating with a B.S. degree as a Registered Nurse in early 1951.
She worked as a Floor Nurse at Carbon County Memorial Hospital in Red Lodge prior to marrying Wayne J. Repac on April 11, 1953. Four children were born to their union. During the first year of their marriage they resided in Miles City and after a short stay they moved back to Red Lodge where they would raise their family.
Gloria returned to nursing in the early 1970s, working in the Operating Room of the Carbon County Memorial Hospital with Drs. James Kane and Benjamin Karas along with many other physicians, nurses and anesthetists. She completed her nursing career there in Infection Control.
Mom was enthusiastically and dutifully devoted to her family and to her Italian heritage. She was active with the Italian Victory Girls in Red Lodge, serving as President for many years.
Owing largely to Mom's devotion to nursing, she developed a strong sense of charitableness and compassion for others, and she developed a wide social support network of lasting durability.
Mom encouraged us to find the reward in a day's work well done; heartened us to seek a sense of permanence without material wealth; and inspired us to gain an appreciation of life's simple pleasures. She possessed a lively sense of humor along with a tender heart. She took great delight in caring for a series of "house rabbits" that became her signature companions during the advanced stages of rheumatoid arthritis.
She was an advocate for herself and others that endured chronic illness, and was a strong supporter of the rights of the disabled. She taught us that it is not so much what happens to a person but what happens within a person that defines one's character.
Our family is so appreciative of the wonderful care she received on the third and fourth floors of Billings Clinic during her prolonged hospitalization.
Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne.
She is survived by her sons, Steven and John, of Billings, Mitchell, of Red Lodge; a daughter, Carla and her husband, John Prinkki of Fox; a brother, Donald D. (Kathryn) Favero of Billings and their children, Craig (Michelle)Favero, Cindy (Brian) Heikes of Castle Rock, Colo., and Caryn Favero of Billings, and their extended families. She leaves three grandchildren, Matthew (Heather) Prinkki of Billings, Rita (Brad) Pascoe of Bozeman, Anna Prinkki, of Bali, Indonesia; a great-granddaughter, Maisie Prinkki, and a great grandson, Paxton Prinkki, of Billings.
Thank you for your dedication and love Mom - "Ci rivedremo in cielo."
A memorial mass celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at St.Agnes Catholic Church in Red Lodge. Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel of Red Lodge has assisted with the arrangements.
If anyone desires to leave a gift or memorial, the family would encourage a donation in Gloria's name to either Delta Society, The Human-Animal Health Connection, 875 124th Avenue NE, Suite 101, Bellevue, WA 98005-2531, www.deltasociety.org; or to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave., Billings, MT 59102, www.rockymountainhomecare.org.