By HDN Staff
CASCADE Stanley M. Jamruszka, 71, a retired educator, died last week of a heart attack while walking near the family home on the Missouri River south of Cascade.
The memorial service was scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the O'Connor Memorial Chapel in Great Falls. A reception is set for the family home from 5 to 8 p.m.
Jamruszka was born Aug. 5, 1928 in Evanston, Ill. to Stanley Jamruszka and Helen Wieczorek Jamruszka Strugielski. He attended Evanston schools and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1946. Upon his discharge, he entered Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education. He later earned a master's degree from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb.
Jamruszka worked 30 years as an educator for the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. He started as a teacher in a one-room school on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1950.
He was reservation principal on the Blackfeet Reservation for six years and retired from Rocky Boy's Reservation as a community development specialist in 1980. He also worked as counselor in the Havre Public Schools Adult Education Program.
He filled his retirement with fishing and hunting trips, camping, silversmithing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Jamruszka was an active member of the Cascade Lions Club and of the Missouri River Friday Nite Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rhoda; daughters, Janice Jamruszka-Wilson of Helena, Pamela Jamruszka-Mencher of Wheatridge, Colo., and Ginny Jamruszka-Misner of Fairfield; son, Steven Jamruszka of Havre; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Benefis Peace Hospice of Montana in Great Falls.