BILLINGS’S GAZETTE                                            Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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Pitsch, Alex             

           

    HARLEM - Family and friends were saddened by the death of Alex Pitsch on Aug. 10, 2006.  

Alex was born March 13, 1912, to Andrew and Katherine (Reichert) Pitsch near Park City. Alex had three siblings: George, Amelia and Helen.

    Alex started school at the Shiloh School in Billings and later attended schools in the Hardin area, Zurich and Chinook. His education continued through part of the ninth grade, at which time he began working. His mother died when he was 9 years old, and he and his siblings spent much of the time with relatives, especially aunts and uncles. They lived in Casper, Wyo., Butte and Chinook with their father for brief periods of time also. He served two years in the National Guard when he was 17-19 years old. In 1935, Alex and his brother George started farming as sharecroppers. They eventually became farmers/ranchers in the Milk River Valley and on the Big Flat in the Pitch Brothers' partnership, which continued until George's death in 1971. Until he was 93 years old, Alex continued farming - the work that he so enjoyed.

    Alex married Frances Fox on March 4, 1936, in Deer Lodge. They had two daughters: Marilyn was born in 1937 and died at 9 months of age; Karolee was born the following year. For a time, they operated a small dairy, and for many years Alex worked part-time for Ekegren's John Deere. He was a pilot and did aerial spraying for a long period. Frances died Jan. 27, 1991, after nearly 55 years of marriage. Alex later married Mary Dolven in February 1992. Alex was a Mason, Royal Arch, Shriner, belonged to Rod and Gun Club, and to the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association; he was also active in the Republican Party.

    Alex was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; daughter Marilyn; son-in-law Lee Cronk; parents Andrew and Katherine Pitch; siblings George (Ethel) Pitch, Amelia (Sam) Kern and Helen (Henry) Steinmitz; and nephew Bill Pitch. Alex is survived by daughter Karolee Cronk of Harlem; grandchildren Brad (Michelle) Cronk of Kalispell, Dana (Peter) Morgan of Belgrade, Barry (Marla) Cronk of Billings and Kelly Cronk of Las Cruces, N.M.; wife Mary of Chinook and her children Fred (Pat) Dolven of Reno, Nev., Chris (Warren) Wagner of Gardiner, and their families; and many nieces and nephews. Alex lived a full life of family, faith, farming, flying, fishing and friends. He will be missed by many.

    Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m., at Harlem High School.

    Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church, ALS Association, American Diabetes Association, or to one's choice. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.          

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                              Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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Pitsch, Alex

 

    HARLEM - Alex Pitsch, 94, a retired Harlem farmer and member of the Montana Air National Guard, died of natural causes Thursday at a Havre hospital.
   His funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday at the Harlem High School gym, with burial in Harlem Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.
   Survivors include his wife, Mary Pitsch of Chinook; a daughter, Karolee Cronk of Harlem; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Pitsch, in 1991; and a daughter, Marilyn Pitsch.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                               Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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ALEX PITSCH

(Created: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 11:59 AM MDT)

    HARLEM - Alex Pitsch, 94, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006.

    His funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Harlem High School. Alex was born March 13, 1912, to Andrew and Katherine (Reichert) Pitsch near Park City. He started school at the Shilo School in Billings and later attended schools in the Hardin area, Zurich and Chinook. His education continued through part of the ninth grade, at which time he began working. His mother died when he was 9 years old, and he and his siblings spent much of the time with relatives, especially aunts and uncles. They lived in Casper, Wyo., Butte and Chinook with their father for brief periods of time, also. Alex served two years in the National Guard when he was 17 to 19 years old. In 1935, Alex and his brother George started farming as sharecroppers. They eventually became farmers and ranchers in the Milk River Valley and on the Big Flat in the Pitch Brothers’ partnership, which continued until George’s death in 1971. Until he was 93 years old, Alex continued farming - the work that he so enjoyed. Alex married Frances Fox on March 4, 1936, in Deer Lodge. They had two daughters; Marilyn was born in 1937 and died at nine months of age; Karolee was born the following year. For a time they operated a small dairy, and for many years Alex worked part time for Ekegren’s John Deere. He was a pilot and did aerial spraying for a long period. Frances died Jan. 27, 1991, after nearly 55 years of marriage. Alex married Mary Dolven in February 1992. Alex was a Mason, Royal Arch, Shriner, belonged to the Rod and Gun Club and to the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association. He also was active in the Republican Party. Alex lived a full life of family, faith, farming, flying, fishing and friends.

    Alex was preceded in death by his wife Frances; daughter, Marilyn; son-in-law, Lee Cronk; parents, Andrew and Katherine Pitch; siblings, George (Ethel) Pitch, Amelia (Sam) Kern, and Helen (Henry) Steinmitz; and nephew, Bill Pitch. Survivors include his daughter, Karolee Cronk of Harlem; grandchildren, Brad (Michelle) Cronk of Kalispell, Dana (Peter) Morgan of Belgrade, Barry (Marla) Cronk of Billings, and Kelly Cronk of Las Cruces, N.M.; wife, Mary, of Chinook; her children, Fred (Pat) Dolven of Reno, Nev., Chris (Warren) Wagner of Gardiner; their families; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church, ALS Association, American Diabetes Association, or to one’s choice. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

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