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Frank Simurdak

| October 18, 2006 12:00 AM

Frank J. Simurdak, 93, a retired Libby businessman, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at Libby Care Center.

Frank was born Dec. 20, 1912, in Phillips, Wis., to John and Anna Simurdiak and was raised and educated in Phillips.

He worked in construction and came to Montana in the 1930s to work on the Fort Peck Dam project.

Frank married the former Pauline Siegel on Aug. 24, 1939, in Reno, Nev.

The couple in 1945 came to Libby, where they owned Gambles store in downtown Libby and then at Libby Shopping Center from 1965 until retiring in 1970.

During Frank's working years, he was an active member of Libby Area Chamber of Commerce, Bull Lake Rod & Gun Club and Knights of Columbus.

He and his wife were longtime members of St. Joseph Parish.

An avid outdoorsman, Frank enjoyed spending time at his lake cabin, fishing and hunting. His greatest joy, however, was spending time with his family.

His wife preceded him in death in 2002.

He is survived by his children, Frank Simurdak Jr. and wife Mary of Rainbow, Texas, John Simurdak of Bay Center, Wash., Tom Simurdak of Wenatchee, Wash., Judy Lenmark of Libby and Rosemary Comes and husband Michael of Great Falls; siblings Ann, Mary, Joe and Frances, all of Phillips, and Charlie of Green Bay, Wis.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jozef Parhubka as celebrant.

Burial followed at the City of Libby Cemetery.

Nelson & Vial Funeral Home handled arrangements.