They say that only the good die young but that’s not always true. Evelyn “Geri” Antoinette (Geremia) Blaskovich would never tell how old she really was, and insisted that she was 39. This spirited woman passed away on Monday, February 03, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Geri lived a long adventurous life. Born in Butte, Montana, to John and Marie Geremia, Geri grew up on East Park St., learning about life at the Silver King Tavern and Boarding House, where her parents were the proprietors. Although she grew up with the sound of slot machines and the smell of beer she was never a drinker, but being a mother of 7 children, there were probably times she should have. Geri claimed she learned how to add by playing Kasina with the bar patrons.
Mom had an adventurous spirit and moved herself to Seattle, Washington, and worked for Mystic Music during the war, when most young women chose to stay at home and help with the local war efforts. After the war, she returned home to Butte where she met the love of her life Lewis Blaskovich Jr. (Junie). Like all great things she knew he was the one and married him three months later. Their marriage lasted 72 years.
Geri and Lou were blessed with 8 children, seven of which still survive, Rick (Sue) Blaskovich, Shelley (Terry) Wold, Meri (Marty) Hovan, Cathie (Dave) Sheldon, Phil (Kathy) Blaskovich, Christine (E.G.) Leipheimer, Frances (Paul) O’Neill; 21 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandkids. Their family grew and expanded from their years at the family home in the McGloin Heights, and later at Big Sky Assisted Living.
Geri possessed a deep Catholic faith. As a girl she wanted to serve her God as a nun, but said her true calling was to be a mother. Geri still served God as an active member of the Immaculate Conception Community, from cleaning the church, stocking candles, to being a leader in the RCIA Program.
In the 1960’s mom started another journey to become a teacher, returning to college while raising her family. Geri started teaching in the early 1970’s. Her first year was at the Ramsay School, and the remainder of her distinguished career was at the Greeley School, third grade. After retirement, Geri spent many fun years at Georgetown Lake playing cards, boating, walking, hiking, and biking.
Geri and Lou were the best dance partners and belonged to the Silver Beaus and Belles Square Dancing Club. All of us spent many memorable moments, starting the first weekend in May, camping in the Big Hole. Berry Creek and Skinner Meadows were also near and dear to her heart. In later years she continued her travels. Geri loved travel, whether it was backpacking in the Bob Marshall or touring Europe.
Mom was preceded in death by her parents, John and Maria Geremia; son, John; and her brother, Louie Geremia.
Friends may call on Friday after 10:00 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. The Celebrant will be Father Beretta. Following the Mass and Rite of Committal at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, we would love you to join us in the Parish Hall, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. A further celebration of Geri’s life will follow in the 2nd floor reception area at Big Sky Assisted Living.
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