Isabell Monaco

Thursday, August 29, 2019
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Born in Fromberg, Montana, on Dec. 7, 1924, the daughter of Gaetano and Anna Ruberto Monaco, immigrants from Italy. Isabell died on Aug. 26, 2019, at Laurel Health and Rehab Center. 

She was raised in Joliet from a very early age, graduating from Joliet High School in 1942. While in high school, she was a star basketball player. Her love of the game made her an alumni supporter through her entire life. 

After high school, she attended Billings Business College. Isabell worked for various Billings firms as a secretary. Her last firm was Equitable Life Assurance, retiring from there in1982.

Isabell was dedicated to her Catholic faith, very active in her parish and the Joliet community. She loved honoring people. Whether it be a birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding or school activity, you could find Isy there.

Isabell was a longtime and founding member of the Garden Club and president of the Senior Citizens (XYZers) for 20 years. In her younger days, her back yard was a veggie garden, which she loved tending to.

With her ready smile and generous spirit, Isabell will hold a special place with many.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Sam, John, Michael and Burdest Monaco; sisters Baby Nancy, Mary McKenley and Nancy Arp; nephews Sam Arp, Robert, James, Dana and Dan Monaco. She is survived by Patricia Monaco of Oakland, California, LaDuska Adriance of McLean, Virginia, Annette Krantz of Lake Tapps, Washington, Richard Monaco of Phoenix, Arizona, Judy Monaco of Laurel and Paula Seliski of Forsyth.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Joliet. Her urn will be placed at the foot of her mother Anna Monaco’s grave.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church or Joliet Community Center.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be made at


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614,; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607,; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734,  

The Carbon County News

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