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Paula Kaneski

Paula Rae Kaneski

Friday, October 20th, 1944 - Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
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Paula passed away from cancer on July 23,2020 in Billings, MT. She was born on October 20, 1944 to Raymond and Esther Kaneski in Sidney, MT. Her parents and family moved to Glasgow, MT in 1949 and then moved back to Sidney in 1957 where she graduated from high school.
Paula attended Carroll College and had a long career with the FAA, both in Billings and in Federal Way, WA. She married Jim Holle, the love of her life, on Feb. 22, 1992. They lived in Federal Way for 17 years, but loved returning to Montana every summer to visit family and friends and spend time at Hebgen Lake.
After Jim’s death in 2009, Paula moved back to Billings. She loved spending time with her friends and family and was a big fan of the Mustangs team. Paula was a much loved sister, aunt and friend to so many. She and her friends, Mary Ann, Judy and Mary were the four musketeers, and nearly every year over the past decades, they would take a week long trip together in the spring.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Esther, her husband Jim Holle, her brother Ron Kaneski of Billings and his son Michael (Seattle), and her other nephew Steve from Loomis, CA.
She is survived by her brothers, Jim Kaneski (Loomis, CA) and Dave Kaneski (Billings, MT) and her sister Rosemary (Darrell) Casey (Helena) and ten nieces and nephews. There will be a funeral Mass at 11:00AM on Thursday, July 30 at St. Pius X Parish, 717 18th St. West in Billings. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Pius X Parish. Mass will be livestreamed at 11 A.M. at
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    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Pius X Catholic Church
    717 18th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59101
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Cathy Jensen

Posted at 03:37pm
I was so sorry to read about Paula’s passing. The last time I saw her was when a group of us got together in Billings in May of 2019 to watch the Kentucky Derby. She was a dear friend to my sister in law Theresa Pike. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

Kellie Burt

Posted at 11:17pm
I have a lot of great memories of Paula (& Jim) from many New Years Eve celebrations and game nights at my mom & step-dad’s house (Mike & Kathy Holle) playing “31.” I also have memories of camping with Jim & Paula when I was a kid & young adult. She was sweet and kind and will be missed by all. I hope she is reunited with Jim, Kevin & Vickie. These are a couple of the photos I have from one of the last times we were all together here in Washington state.

Michelle Breum

Posted at 07:58pm
I will miss Aunt Paula's smile the most. She was always kind and caring. I know she missed Jim, but she kept herself close and busy with her family and friends and still enjoyed life. Paula and Uncle Jim's house was always fun to visit as a child. I have many happy memories of spending time with them. Paula was so nice to my children. We will all miss her.


Posted at 12:56pm
I first met Paula at a “small” Holle (Bob and Lena’s) backyard BBQ in 1985ish. I am sure there were no less than 30 people there but I remembered her. She was so kind and invited me into the circle. How was I to know that this was the beginning of a life-long friendship. When we moved to Seattle, Paula and Jim were two of the first to welcome us. I remember the look on her face when she married Jim in 1992. I don’t think I have ever seen her happier. She absolutely glowed. I also remember Paula encouraging me to apply at the FAA because “they really support women in careers there and you will move up” which ended up being one of the best career decisions I could have ever made. She was always thinking of others, ALWAYS. Even when she moved back to Billings, we never lost touch and we would communicate via the phone or when I was back in town to visit family and friends. These last few years usually entailed a visit to the Red Robin or Red Rooster for lunch. I think she had a thing for “red” : ) I am thankful for our visit in Dec 2019 at Christmas time. I will always remember my time with her and how I felt, appreciated and loved. I felt the same way about her. She was an angel here on earth. Much love to her family. Connie

Scott Scheeler

Posted at 11:47am
So sorry to hear of aunt Paulas passing. She was always so happy to see all of the relatives any timer they were around. She will be missed by all.

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