Mary Josepha (Josie) Marantette, passed away on October 6, 2020 was born in Renton WA in 1928, one of eight children of Ronald and Anne MacDonald. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Seattle Wa and attended college at Marylhurst College in Oregon.
Josie met Robert Marantette while they were both working at Boeing and married November 3, 1951. They moved to Columbia Falls to own and operate the family business, the Park Mercantile. Bob and Josie had 5 daughters and lived in Columbia Falls for the rest of their lives. Josie was unconditionally devoted to her faith and her family. She loved being a wife and mother, working with Bob at the Park Mercantile and volunteering at St. Richards Parish. Josie was most happy when spending time and giggling with her family and her amazing and loyal friends in the community.
She is survived by siblings, Evelyn Butts, Anne MacDonald, Pat Elkan and Doug MacDonald, and her 5 daughters, Joan (Kent) Paulson of Whitefish, Mt, Terry (Glenn) Herman of Troy MT, Patty (Al) Gemberling of Coeur d’ Alene, ID, Lynne (Dan) Jenko of Missoula MT, Jan (Tom) McGuigan of Seattle WA, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
Josie and family appreciate the loving caregivers at Timber Creek Village.
Josie's immediate family celebrated a rosary and a mass at St Richards Parish. Remembrances can be made to St Richards Parish.
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