Betty Martin Cerovski, 89, of Lewistown, passed away on October 3, 2022. She was born on July 1, 1933 to George and Lena Lucier Martin at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewistown.
Betty grew up on the corner of High and Water streets near St. Joseph’s Hospital. She attended Garfield Elementary School, Lewistown Jr. High and Fergus County High School, graduating in 1951. She married Nickolas Cerovski in 1955. She was employed at Lewistown Coca Cola, Ricker Drug and was an assistant auditor at the First National Bank. She also kept the books for Lewistown Lumber and managed the Lumberyard when Nick became superintendent at the State Home for the Aged.In 1969 she became an At-Field Representative for U.S. representative John Melcher when he was elected to Congress. She continued to work as a staff member of the U.S. Senate when John Melcher was elected to the Senate. She was employed by the Committee to Preserve Social Security from 1988 to 1991 in Washington D.C.
Betty served as Chairperson of the Girl Scout Council, Vice Chairperson of the Montana Young Democrats, Secretary of the Democratic Central Committee, and was active in many Democratic political campaigns. She was an active member of St. Leo’s Catholic church, serving as Altar Society President, as a member of St. Gerard’s Guild, as Lector for Sunday Masses and funerals and was also a member of the Parish Council. She enjoyed serving as a team member of the Cursillo Movementand was the Rectora of the first Women’s Cursillo in 1980. Betty also served the Diocese of Great Falls – Billings as Chairperson of the Committee on Planning for Parish Ministry and as Chairperson of an Ad Hoc on Budget Planning.
She loved playing cards, doing complicated crossword puzzles, exchanging emails with family and friends and devouring books by reading everything available, including the back of cereal boxes if nothing else was available. She kept busy in retirement. Grizzly football and visits from children and grandchildren were very special to Betty. She had a lovely yard and could spot a weed from a long way in her flower garden.
Betty is survived by her children, Deb Cerovski of Anchorage, AK, Gail (Clark) Brevig of Lewistown, MT, and Tom (DeeDee) Cerovski of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Amanda (Chris)Rumfeldt, JillianGlidewell, and Todd (Karlyn) Glidewell of Anchorage, AK, Cole (McKenzie) Brevig, and Chase Brevig of Lewistown, MT, Nicholas Cerovski, and Daniel Cerovski of Dallas, TX; great-grandchildren, Kyler (Alyssa) Rumfeldt, Christin Rumfeldt, Lena Glidewell, and Adrian Glidewell; great-great-grandchild, Kingston Rumfeldt; sister-in-law, Louise Cerovski; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Nick Cerovski; parents, George and Lena Martin; brother and sister-in-law Tom and Polly Martin; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Ken Neet; nephews, John Neet and Mike Martin; and nieces, Ruth Conroe and Pat Becker.
Vigil Service will be held Thursday, October 6th, 7:00 p.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 7th, 11:00 a.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church with Rite of Committal to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials can be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Betty’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com
Russell Vergason also known as "Russ" died peacefully in his home on September 29,2022 in Lewistown, MT. Russ was born to Iris and Frank Vergason of Lewistown, MT. On August 22,1956. Russ spent some of his life in Washington and New York and finished out his life back in his hometown Lewistown. Russ was known for riding his bike everywhere, making fishing weights,fixing bikes,fishing, spending time with his cats especially Bangee,his friend Art Heath whom he knew for over 50 years amongst other friends. Russ is Survived by his siblings- Alan Vergason, Cindy Burch(Greg Burch),Sandy Struck(Russel Struck),Ron Goery(Karen Goery). Nephew and Nieces - Julie Shick,Kristopher Thatcher,-Justin and Josh Vergason, - Gregory, Jonathon, Christopher, Cody Burch and Numerous family and friends. Russ is proceeded in death by his mother and father Iris and Frank Vergason. Russ was loved by many and will be deeply missed.
Cremation has taken place anda celebration of life is to be held summer of 2023.
Memorials may be made toSaving Animalsfrom EuthanasiaS.A.F.E., Cloyd Funeral Home for the funeral costs (paymentscan be made atcloydfuneralhome.com)or to the charity of your choice.Condolences for the family may be posted online at cloydfuneralhome.com.