Mary Virginia (Tognetti) Lodman

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Mary Virginia (Tognetti) Lodman
Mary Virginia (Tognetti) Lodman
Mary Virginia (Tognetti) Lodman

Mary Virginia (Tognetti) Lodman, 95, a lifelong Lewistown resident, passed away at the Central Montana Hospital on Sunday Oct. 6, 2019.

A Friday night vigil will take place on Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the St. Leo’s Catholic Church followed

by the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Burial will take place in the Calvary Cemetery immediately after the service. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Central Montana Crematorium.

Mary was born in Lewistown on March 10, 1924. Her early childhood, until the age of 11, was spent on the Tognetti ranch in the Ross Fork area. The family then moved to Lewistown. Mary began her elementary education at the Tognetti School near Ross Fork and finished at St. Leo’s. She then attended Fergus high school for two years, transferred to St. Leo’s, and was a member of the first graduating class in 1941. She furthered her education at St. Joseph’s nursing school. After obtaining her license as an RN, she became a member of the Nurses Cadet Corps but did not see active service.

Mary married William J. (Bill) Lodman on June 18, 1947. The newlyweds made their home on Beaver Creek where they resided for many years and raised four children. Mary was very dedicated to her life as a homemaker. When her youngest child started high school, she returned to her career as a nurse. She enjoyed a 14-year employment at the Montana State Mental Health Center and, in the process, formed several lifelong friendships.

Mary’s life was well rounded through the many organizations to which she belonged. She was a member of the Beaver Creek Ladies Club, Moore Altar Society, St. Rita’s Guild, Moose Ladies, Pink Ladies, and Ministers of Care. She willingly volunteered her time to many church functions, crocheted mittens for the needy, and donated to several charities. The life she lived was very fulfilling. In the past year, the Villa Assisted Living staff and residents became her new circle of friends.

Family and friends felt the warmth of her welcome when they came to visit. She was always ready to assist when help was needed. When folks talk about Mary, her kindness to others becomes part of the conversation.

Mary is survived by her four children, Sue (Jim) Lorang of Great Falls, Pat (Jerry) Giedd of Lewistown, Barb (Mike Peterson) Lodman of Lewistown, and Dave (Kathy) Lodman of Idaho Falls, Idaho, 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to, the St. Leo’s Catholic Church, the Lewistown Public Library or the charity of your choice.

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