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MOCCASIN — Helen D. Vavrovsky, 94 of Moccasin, Mont., died Friday, Sept. 21, at Central Montana Medical Center following a short illness. She was born July 6, 1918, in Great Falls, Mont., the eldest of 17 children born to parents Kuzma and Johanna (Pipinich) Simac. She grew up on the Simac family homestead north-east of Winifred attending school in Black Eagle her first year, followed by the Sherard School, Taffy Creek School and East Cut Bank School, graduating from Winifred High School in 1939. Helen went to work, along with her sister, Mary at the Columbus Hospital in Great Falls. She also worked for the George Creel family and the Earl Eck family in Lewistown.

On June 18, 1949, she was united in marriage to Frank Vavrovsky in Lewistown, Mont. They farmed and ranched in the Kolin area. She was a loving wife and devoted mother to her children and grandchildren and felt blessed to have the joy of great-grandchildren. Helen loved to cook and bake and always had plenty to share with friends and family that came to visit. She always put the needs of others before herself.

She is survived by one son, Joe of Moccasin, Mont.; two daughters, Mary Ann Bahnmiller of Helena, Mont., and Kathleen Vavrovsky (Tom Plovanic) of Missoula, Mont.; five grandchildren, Carrie (JJ) Welch and Lindee (Bob) Burns of Denver, Colo., Ryan (Angie) Bahnmiller of Helena, Mont., Kalee (Nick) Scolatti and Chad Jacobson of Missoula, Mont.; nine great-grandchildren, Izabele, Marly and Sophia Scolatti of Missoula, Mont., Benjamin and Christopher Welch and Abby Burns of Denver, Colo., Reed Carter and Bohden and Grant Bahnmiller of Helena; three brothers, John Simac of East Helena, Mont., Bob (Patsy) Simac of Winifred, Mont., and Jim (Bev) Simac of Moccasin, Mont.; nine sisters, Anne Lund and Katy Hruska of Lewistown, Mont., Mary Elliott of Lynnwood, Wash., Rosie Foreman, Dicy (Donald) Smith and Fannie Ehlert all of Winifred, Mont., Joan (Dwayne) Runyon of Livingston, Mont., Lucy (Bill) Carr of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Nancy Bates of Albia, Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; one son, Frank, Jr.; two brothers, Joe and Jerry and two sisters, Stephany and Margaret.

Funeral Liturgy for Helen D. Vavrovsky will be Thursday, Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Leo’s Catholic Church with committal to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Vigil Services will be held Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in St. Leo’s Catholic Church. Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Council on Aging and may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.

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