Carolee Marie (Bonneau) Gregovich passed away peacefully on October 3, 2023. She was born January 19, 1938 in Butte, Montana to Fred and Phyllis Henderson Bonneau. Because of her petite size she became "Dolly" to family and close friends. The family moved from Butte to Browns Gulch during her early school years at Emerson School. Teachers always commended her for arriving on time during cold winter school days, maybe not realizing she got a ride with her dad, while town children walked.
While living in Brown's Gulch, her sister Robin was born. Shortly after, the family moved to Dillon where the Bonneau's built the Creston Motel. Carolee attended Beaverhead County High School graduating in 1955.
While in high school, Carolee met her high school sweetheart Donald (Don) Gregovich. They married on August 6, 1955 in Rapid City, South Dakota. While stationed in Rapid City, South Dakota their four children: Connie, Daniel, Cynthia and Donald Jr. (Mike) were born. Don's career took the family to South Dakota, Florida, Okinawa, Michigan, South Carolina, and Guam with Don's retirement in Spokane, Washington on 1-1-1977.
Carolee managed the family while working many positions during her career and military travels. She enjoyed all of her positions throughout her career.
When Don's mother passed away, Don and Carolee returned to Dillon, Montana where they became owners of the Dillon Bar and Hotel. There they worked hard growing the business and forging unbelievable friendships. Don and Carolee worked hard to provide an environment of "Where friends gather."
After returning to Montana, Carolee, Phyllis, and Robin made yearly birthday trips. Mostly in Montana, but one year they were very fortunate to celebrate the special day with a trip to Ireland to visit their Irish heritage and family.
Carolee always had an artistic side including tole painting, photography, and gardening. Carolee always had beautiful roses in her yard. Carolee's greatest creative accomplishments were her tole painted saws and birds. She was awarded several blue ribbons in recognition of her work. Several family members and friends were honored to receive a piece of her work.
Carolee is survived by her husband Donald Gregovich and her four children Connie Wohrle of Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Dan Gregovich (and wife Rita) of Spokane, Washington, Cynthia Gregovich of Mountlake Terrace, Washington, and Donald Gregovich Jr. (Mike) of Coeur d Alene, Idaho.
Carolee is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Robin and Arne Kallestad, grandson Christopher Oliver, great grandchildren Meygan Oliver and Marissa Foisy-Oliver, nieces Barb Sinclair and Pam Applegate.
Carolee was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2012. She managed to manipulate this devastating disease for 11 years. Carolee and family would appreciate any memorials to be sent to the Montana Parkinson Foundation (3509 Macduff Circle, Billings, Montana 59101).
Celebration of life will be held at a later date.