Subscribe for 17¢ / day

BOZEMAN - Frances Buell Jochem, 91, passed away Nov. 10, 2008, surrounded by her loving family.

Frances was born Oct. 8, 1917, at Glen Haven Ranch, at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains, north of Buffalo, Wyo., to the late Miles William and Helen White Buell.

Growing up she loved the mountains and all the great outdoors. She worked at the HF Bar Ranch and Paradise Ranch, and later for the State of Wyoming in Cheyenne, where she met and married Robert Jochem, April 29, 1943. After Bob returned from overseas duty, the couple moved to Billings, where they lived for over 55 years. Frances was active in volunteering for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H and other children activities. Later she volunteered to visit shut-ins, especially Valley Nursing home and retirement homes, and getting others involved in volunteering. Frances was an active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, PCCW St. Rose of Lima Circle, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, RSVP and Billings Senior Center.

In December 1999, the couple moved to Belgrade to be near family members. Recently Frances was living at Birchwood Assisted Living Facility in Bozeman.

Her husband, Bob, died May 28, 2000. Also preceding her were her parents; brothers John, Harold, Walter and Miles Junior Buell; and sister Beverly McInerney.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann (Bill) Jacobson of Missoula; daughter Teresa (Mike) Riggs of Belgrade; son Robert Jochem Lanier of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and son Dan (Nancy) Jochem of Bozeman. Grandchildren include Mike, David and Karl Jacobson and their families, Marin Caribia Lanier; Jason, Brian and Kendra Riggs; and Miles and Emily Jochem; five great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Charles of Buffalo, Wyo., Ralph of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Eldon of Sheridan, Wyo.

Funeral Mass will be Friday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bozeman. Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 till 7 p.m., followed by a vigil at 7 p.m. at the Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman.

Memorial in Frances's name can be given the charity of one's choice.

Online condolences and memories can be shared at

Sign up to get each day's obituaries sent to your email inbox

Load entries