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Caldwell, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Caldwell died February 21, 2018.

She was born in Opportunity, Montana on December 22, 1924 to Jacob and Mary Meshnik, Austrian immigrants, and was very proud of her Austrian background.

She met Lt. Jack Caldwell on a blind date; they went ice-skating. Their romance lasted 66 years.

They were married in 1947 at St. Peter's Church in Anaconda and were blessed with four children.

Jack's career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took them to assignments in England, Japan, and Okinawa. Elizabeth enjoyed being a military wife and a full-time mother to their children. She could always find the last inch of space in a bulging suitcase.

The family moved to Great Falls when Jack retired. Elizabeth worked as a secretary for the School for the Deaf and Blind for 13 years.

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She was active in Sts. Peter and Paul church's St. Elizabeth's Circle, and served as a eucharistic minister. She was a member of the UGF Guild, helped with Great Falls Central High School and sang with the “Swinging Seniors” for several years. She was proud of her children, her golf game, and her potica.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jack in 2014. Her parents, sister Tillie Phillip, brother John Meshnik, sister Mary Grende and son-in-law Don McGonigle also predeceased her.

She is survived by her children: Chris McGonigle and Carolyn Caldwell of Helena, Ken Caldwell (Eleanor) of Centreville, VA, and Connie Caldwell (Jeff) of Scottsdale, AZ. Also surviving her are grandchildren Megan Gittings (Chris) of Helena and Tim McGonigle (Tiffany) of Centennial, CO, as well as great-grandchildren Connor and Samaire Gittings and Jack and Liam McGonigle. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 26th at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1502 Shirley Road. A reception will immediately follow the Mass in the social center of the church. A graveside service will take place at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 27th at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Valley Church in Helena, the Great Falls Rescue Mission, or the donor's choice. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Elizabeth.

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