Dec. 31, 1935-Feb. 3, 2018

Juanita (Nita) Mae Frankovich (Bastidas), loved by all that had the pleasure of knowing her, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, she was 82. Juanita was born in Deer Lodge, Montana, to Mary Joann (Montana Hope Boyer) and Joseph Bastidas on Dec. 31, 1935. She was the oldest of three amazing sisters — Toni, Billy Rae and Penny. Juanita died surrounded by her six living children: Betsy Pahut (Larry), Peggy Guiberson (Ray), Joe Hidalgo (Lorna), Jeannie Buhl, Michele Bolkovatz (Rich), Melissa O’Dell (Mike), her co-workers and dear friends, Debra Parks and Sue Reisenauer. Her grandchildren, Billy Jo Coughlin, Amy Jo Kibler, Kevin Jovanovich, Mariah and Mikala Bolkovatz, Mikey and Mikenna O’Dell and her special nephew Jimmy Theofelis.

After years of battling debilitating ailments, pulmonary fibrous ended, Juanita’s life at 10:59 a.m. in Mesa, Arizona.

Juanita attended Catholic schools in Butte, Montana, graduating from Girls Central High. Married and with young children, she still managed to get her education as a Licensed Practical Nurse where she made a living taking care of others for 45 years. One of her co-workers is quoted as saying “so many memories working with her on “nights”, she taught me all the integrity, respect, and the true meaning of being a caring nurse. There are so many blessings she gave me and others”. Nursing was her true calling--she would volunteer her time to provide special care to patients and make sure they got all they needed even if it meant paying for it with her own money. Nita gave loving care to her patients and took great pride in providing grief counseling to her hospice families. Nita also volunteered as a Crisis Response Line and Guardian Ad Litem in Anaconda for many years. Nita had several hobbies to include visiting with her friends, walking, camping, crocheting, playing bingo; however, her favorite pastime was playing pinochle with her besties and Grambling with Mariah and Mikala.

Juanita leaves behind a living legacy — her greatest accomplishments, pride & joy — her six children, 20 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Lee Hidalgo Jovanovich; husband, Michael James Frankovich; great-granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Null; special friend, Kevin Sullivan; life-long friends, Arlene Kougioulis and Betty Lou Leary; her best friend and sister, Toni Theofelis; sisters, Penny Johnson and Billy Rae Bastidas; parents, Mary and Joe Bastidas.

Your memorials would be appreciated to Anaconda Pintler Hospice at 118 E. 7th Street, Anaconda, MT 59711 or the charity of choice. Nita’s celebration of life will take place this summer in beautiful Anaconda, Montana.