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Phil Catalano (A -Mechanic -Millwright)

STEVENSVILLE - Philip Anthony Catalano, 75, of Stevensville, passed away Friday, August 5, 2011, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula of natural causes.

Phil was born October 29, 1935, in Chicago to Anthony and Shirley Catalano.  Phil went into the Army after high school.  He was in the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and was a superb marksman.

After he was discharged, he met and married his best friend, JoAnn Burke, on November 7, 1959, in Round Lake, Illinois.  Phil worked for Railway Express for 20 years driving semi-trucks. They lived there and had two children.  In 1974 they packed up, sold their home, rented a U-Haul and started west with no home, no friends and no job.  They fell in love with the Missoula area and lived there for two years before moving to the Bitterroot and have been there since, living in the Victor and Stevensville areas.  He retired from Smurfit-Stone Container in 1999 as a millwright.

Phil was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Elks Club of Missoula for more than 30 years and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.  He sang in his church choir in Illinois.  Phil also enjoyed dancing, hunting, fishing, camping, skeet shooting, packing and riding in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, wintering in Arizona and watching spring training games between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs.  In high school he enjoyed all sports, especially wrestling.

Phil loved life and never met a stranger.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh.  He especially loved his family, being a devoted and always loving husband, father and grandfather.  He had a deep love of our Lord and his church.

Phil was preceded in death by his mother Shirley (Hill) Catalano, father Anthony Catalano and grandson Matthew Heiland.

Survivors include his loving wife, JoAnn; two sons, Thomas (Kelly) Catalano of Gillette, Wyoming, and Russell Catalano of Missoula; grandchildren Meranda, Philip and Kameran Catalano, Jeremy and Nicholas Sullivan; great-grandchildren Kyden Catalano, Lee and Cody Sullivan; mother-in-law Josephine Grubb of Stevensville; and sisters Connie Canada, of Rohnert Park, Calif., and Grace Catalano of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Visitation and a vigial service was held Tuesday, August 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Church.  The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00AM, Wednesday, Augist 10, at the church and a reception followed at the St. Mary's Family Center.

The family suggests memorials may be made in Phil's name to St. Mary's Mission, Charlos Street, Stevensville, MT 59870, for the preservation of the first settlement in Montana.





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