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Catherine Lorengo

Catherine Lorengo

Oct. 17, 1931-Jan. 4, 2019

Catherine Victoria “Tiny” Galetti Lorengo died peacefully on January 4th, 2019 at her home in Yankee Flats surrounded by her family. Tiny was born October 17th, 1931 to Marcellino and Irene (Barsanti) Galetti in Butte. She was raised on a dairy farm (Sanitary Dairy) in Browns Gulch as a child. She attended a one-room schoolhouse with her older brother, Marce, and her cousins, Roseanne and Betty. She often talked about her school-life as wonderful memories for her. The family later moved into Butte on Lewisohn Street where she spent the rest of her childhood with her parents, her older brother Marce, and her younger sister Mary Jane. She later went on to graduate from Butte High School.

On September 30th, 1951, she married the love of her life, Roy H. Lorengo, at Hail Columbia west of Butte. This union was blessed for 66 years until his passing in 2017. Roy and Tiny (or “Poops”, as Roy called her) began their life together in Butte where they were blessed with three boys — Roy Mark, Clifford, and Robert “Bobby”. They lived there for several years until they moved to Anaconda in 1968 where they were blessed with their daughter, Darla, in 1969. Roy and Tiny were inseparable, and wherever the two went, you could bet they would be holding hands.

Tiny had many roles and jobs throughout her life. Her very first job was at the bakery in Butte. She also worked at a jewelry store from which she still owned her first watch. Tiny liked to stay busy and was constantly involved in something. She was always there to help and her “work” as a babysitter for her grandkids and great-grandkids provided fond memories for all as long as you didn’t touch her beloved front window. For years she was the “glue” of the family business. She did everything from making lunches to making phone calls, running for parts, accounting (she kept a mean shoebox full of receipts) and almost daily trips to get diesel with Grandpa Roy. For several years she added another job of running Belles and Beaus Bridal Shop with her daughter Darla. In her “spare time” Tiny also enjoyed aerobics, walking, painting her house, ceramics and betting on horses with Grandpa Roy. It brings a smile to our faces to know that they are probably placing bets on ponies right now.

Betting on horses was probably Tiny’s only vice in life. It should be noted that she never drank a drop of alcohol or a cup of coffee but somehow made the best kahlua around. She could be heard saying, “I never lost anything in that bottle!” Tiny also never smoked a cigarette with the exception of the time her dad caught her smoking a cigar with her cousins Roseanne, Shirley, and Betty at her grandma’s house in Browns Gulch. Her punishment from her dad was to smoke another, to which she never had another puff again.

One of Tiny’s greatest qualities was the love and commitment she had for the people in her life. Family was Tiny and Roy’s first priority and greatest accomplishment. Their home in Yankee Flats was not only their home, but the family headquarters and hub for many family gatherings and events. Over the years, Tiny and Roy would entertain the whole family with significant emphasis on Saturday evening fried chicken dinner buckets from the Embassy Club. For Tiny, Thanksgiving dinner was an excuse to make her famous raviolis to accompany all the traditional fixings for a Thanksgiving spread that couldn’t be matched. She could cook, bake, make just about anything, and it would be the best thing anyone had eaten. From red sauce over polenta, to steak cooked in salt, to pasties, there was no better cook around.

Tiny was one tough woman. Her son-in-law even joked that he thought she had 14 lives! From being run over by a skidder to breaking her knee caps and later her neck, to battling cancer, she never complained. She overcame many challenges in her lifetime like being forced into being right-handed or how she somehow was able to make a meal for the entire family with no running water. Although she was known for ruling with an iron fist, she really did have a heart of gold.

Tiny is preceded in death by her loving husband, Roy; her parents, Marcellino and Irene Galetti; her in-laws Emil and Esther Lorengo; her brother, Marce; and her sister, Mary Jane.

She is survived by her sons Roy (Diann) Lorengo, Clifford (Judy) Lorengo, Bob Lorengo (Cheri) and daughter Darla (Lee) Klemann all of Anaconda; 10 grandchildren — Robyn (Andy) Grinolds, Bryan (Kim) Lorengo, Paul Lorengo, Jennifer (Jeff) Vandekop, Joe (Kris) Lorengo, Bobbi Jo Lorengo, Trisha (Cory) Heffernan, Scott (Brittany) Lorengo, Kellie Lorengo (Ethan Green), and Rylee Klemann; 21 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Catherine (Toots) Galetti; brother-in-law Ken Fink; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Anaconda Pintler Hospice and all the caretakers who showed friendship and compassion towards Tiny. The care they provided is something that could never be replaced, and the family will forever be grateful.

We would like to also say thank you to Judy Lorengo, who was there for Tiny whenever anyone else couldn’t be. There was never a doubt that she was always being completely loved and cared for at all times.

Celebration of Life Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home Chapel. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the services at the chapel. A luncheon will follow at the Anaconda Country Club.

In lieu of flower, memorials may be made to Anaconda Pintler Hospice, 117 E. 8th St., Ste. 1A, Anaconda, MT 59711 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Tiny’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.

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