Irene Victoria Sindelar, 89, passed away Dec. 14, 2017. She was born on a farm near Lodz, Poland, on Dec. 10, 1928, to Joseph and Victoria Michniewska. Irene was a teen when Poland fell to the Germans and soon she became a freedom fighter with a Polish resistance unit. She was captured by the Germans in 1942 and would spend the remainder of the war in Dachau work camps. Following the liberation in 1945, Irene immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Billings where she met and married Dover Sindelar. Irene would become the matriarch of Dover Ranch and along with Dover, spent her life caring for the land and cattle that she so loved, still driving a feed truck in her 80s! During her ranch life she was active with numerous ranch organizations including Cattle Women's Association (CowBelles) and the Northern International Livestock Exhibition, as well as volunteer work.
Irene is preceded in death by her husband Dover, son Frank, her parents, two brothers and a sister. She leaves behind daughters Vicky (Kenny) Walter, Karen (Jerry) Farmer and son John (Laurel) Sindelar; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A private memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Smith Funeral Chapel, 925 S. 27th St., Billings. Irene will join Dover in burial at the family cemetery on the ranch.
A special thank you to RiverStone Hospice for their wonderful care of Mom. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to RiverStone Health Hospice Services, P.O. Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103.