Shirley Ann Obernolte
Shirley Ann Obernolte

Shirley Ann Obernolte, 67, of Great Falls, died on Sept. 20, at the home in Great Falls, of natural causes. She was a homemaker.
Graveside committal of cremated remains will take place on Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Choteau Cemetery in Choteau. Cremation has taken place under the direction of O’Connor Funeral Home.
Survivors include a son/daughter in law Jim (Jerry) Schwartz of Sun Prairie, son Scott Schwartz of Sacramento, Calif.; grandson’s Colin and Ricky Schwartz of Great Falls; great-grandchildren Elissia, Sierra, and Nicholas Schwartz. A sister Donna Stubler of Yuma, Ariz.; uncle/aunt Bill (Lucille) Obernolte of Choteau.  Personal friend Jerry Clarke of Great Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Rick L. Schwartz, and a grandson Curtis Schwartz.
Shirley was born Jan. 27, 1939 in Crookston Minn., to Ed and Adeline Obernolte. She was raised in Choteau. She married Stewart Schwartz of Fairfield (Sunny Slope), they farmed and ranched while raising three sons. They later divorced. She then married Armond Cheek of Ledger. The couple moved to Lewiston Idaho for a short time, only to return to Ledger to farm. They later divorced. Shirley was a people person, and living in the country was her Achilles heel.
Shirley was a caretaker, always there to help family, friends, and sometimes strangers any way she could. She’ll be remembered for sharing her love of music from playing piano in the Rythemaires band to Grand Organist for the Eastern Star. Shirley played in churches, rest homes, and other public places, anywhere there was a piano beckoning her to bring cheers and smiles. She gave generously of her time and talents too many organizations, always working for the betterment of the community she lived in.