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Lauretta Shoffner Shekitka, 85, of Bozeman, MT, passed away on
Dec. 19, 2012, in her apartment at Springmeadows.
Lauretta was born on Dec. 7, 1927, at the family home in Dora, Pa., to Charles and Mildred Shoffner.
She attended high school in Kittanning, Pa., and graduated in 1945.
While attending Syracuse University, she met and married the love of her life Andy Shekitka â€” a dashing Navy veteran and center on the SU football team.
Lauretta and Andy owned and directed All Seasons Camp in Mt. Tremper, N.Y., from 1960 to 1971.
She then became a real estate agent in Woodstock, N.Y., from 1972 until 1979.
When Andy retired from teaching physical education in 1979, they moved to Bozeman, MT, to be near their daughters and grandchildren.
Lauretta indulged her passion for antiques by becoming an antique dealer in the Bozeman area.
She was a devoted Christian and looked forward eagerly and with great peace of mind to finally being able to meet her Lord and Savior.
Her family was extremely important to her.
She was very proud of her daughters and loved them with all her heart.
Lauretta was a true flag-waving American â€” which was attested to by the small American flag that she proudly attached to her walker!
Her lifelong pastime was reading and, as a child, she would sneak out of the house with a book to avoid doing chores.
She also loved playing Scrabble and word games, as well as solving crossword puzzles.
Her most enjoyable activity, however, was spending time with her family â€” whether traveling, sailing, camping or sharing a meal.
Lauretta is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mildred; brother Myron Shoffner; sister Alice Frederick; and husband Andy.
She is survived by her sister, Agnes Baxter of Albuquerque, N.M.; her brother, Ralph Shoffner of Beaverton, OR; her daughters, Ann (Rocky) Misner of Nampa, ID, Trish (Mike) Rodrique of Polson, MT, Tese Shekitka (Steve Moore) of Bozeman, MT, and Chris (David) Maichel of Harrison, MT; six grandchildren, Nick Misner, Mario Maichel, Thomas Rodrique, Erica Clark, Alli Davenport and Matt Maichel; two great-granddaughters: Shayla Clark and Emma Davenport; and one great-grandson: Jared Maichel.
Cremation has already taken place, and a memorial service will take place during the summer of 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donorâ€™s choice.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the staff of Springmeadows Assisted Living Center and Rocky Mountain Hospice for their loving and gentle care.
In addition, special thanks are extended to Joan Spannring, FNP, Dr. John Robbins and Dr. John McCahan.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.