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Eleanor Romsa

ImageEleanor Jordan Romsa, 96, re­tired farmer/rancher and home­maker, died of natural causes Oct. 25 at the Pondera Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church in Conrad and buried beside her hus­band, Malvin Romsa in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Cut Bank.
Eleanor is survived by daughter Joyce Copenhaver of Conrad, two sons, Jim Romsa of Helena and Lee Myers of Billings, one sister, Christina Hagen of Verdin, Mani­toba, Canada.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren. Linda (Terry) Wolferman, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Norma Copenhaver, Betty (Bill) Dagel, Cut Bank; Malvin (Marilyn) Copenhaver, Brady; Cheryl Romsa and Dan Carpenter of Helena; Cindy Romsa, Rush Springs, Okla., and Rob Romsa of Billings.
Eleven great-grandchildren in­cluding Myndi (Troy) Anderson of Conrad (Troy is a member of the Air National Guard), Deedra (Will) Darby, both currently in Iraq; Wayne (Jen) Dagel and Clint (fi­ancé Shallisa) Dagel, Billings; Todd Dagel, Helena; Cory (Amanda) Copenhaver, Fairfield; Casey (Amy) Copenhaver, East Helena; Jami Copenhaver, Great Falls; Christina (Mike) Barrett, Ta­coma, Wash.; Kevin Spicer cur­rently in Iraq; Chase Vogel Romsa, recently of Korea, soon to be sta­tioned at Fort Brag.
She is also survived by 12 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Eleanor was the 11th child of 13 children born to Peter and Emma Jordan of Woodnorth, Manitoba on May 27, 1910 in the three-story stone house that her father, who was a stone mason, built for his family. She came to the states at the age of 17 to babysit for her sister’s oldest son, Rex, a favorite even now.
She married Malvin Romsa on Oct. 17, 1928 at Malta and didn’t go back home until she became a U.S. citizen in 1942.
The family made several trips, once to celebrate her mother’s 100th birthday.
When her husband became 62 years old, they started going south for the next 26 winters. Eleanor moved into the Horizon Lodge in Conrad and from there to The Ex­tended Care Unit at PMC.
She was a loving and faithful wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo, but fishing was her favorite sport, not meal.
She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, Emma  Jeanette, daughter-in-law, Patricia Romsa and son-in-law, Wayne Co­penhaver.