MALTA- Mary Ileen Pekovitch 87, passed away on Saturday January 13th at Hi-Line Retirement with her family by her side.

Viewing will be available on Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 from noon to 6:30pm at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel, and sharing of memories with the family at the Tin Cup Bar and Grill beginning at 7:00pm. Funeral Mass will be held in Saco, MT, Friday, Jan 19th, 10:00am at St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Grandview Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at

Ileen was born July 14th, 1930 in Malta MT to Charlie & Mary Copple. She attended school at Bowdoin through the 8th grade. She married Edward Pekovitch on December 22nd, 1949 and of this union had 6 children; Marilyn, Florence, Vivian, Edmond, Walter and Marcia.

In 1970 her husband passed away and Ileen worked several different jobs to support her family including working at Sleeping Buffalo for several years. She cooked at the Saco Café, cleaned houses, and was one of the first women in the area to use the methods of Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transplants while working on the Darrel Menge Ranch.

She was member of St. Francis Catholic Church and enjoyed being a member of Saco’s TOPS Club.

Ileen is survived by her children: Vivian (Bill) Ditmer of Grass Range MT; Edmond (Loy) Pekovitch of Helena MT; Walter (Lona) Pekovitch of Malta; and Marcia (Rick) Pedersen of Nashua MT. Two brothers Charlie Copple of Malta and William Copple of Saco. 20 Grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: Her parents, husband, Brother David, Sister Margaret, daughters Marilyn & Florence, an infant son Edward and a great grandchild.

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