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June 26, 1945 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Monica Ephrom, 78, of Hamilton, Montana passed away November 27th, 2023 at Bitterroot Health Daly Hospital.
Monica was a fun-loving person, always brought laughter and life to gatherings. She was compassionate and exceptional in her effort to be the devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother that she was. Her spirit was guided by God. She will be missed very much by all.
She was born at 6:30 AM 6 lbs, 8 oz on Monday 26th of June 1945, in Heidelberg, Germany at the US Army Hospital.
Monica and her mother Antonine Klimek arrived at Ellis Island on board the U.S. Army transport ship, Mercy PL-271 on November 27th 1948.
After Graduating from Coudersport High School, she joined the U.S. Navy in October 1963 where she was a Yeoman Third Class (E4) and was Honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy at Naval Air Station, San Diego, California in October 1966. She moved to Bishop, California to await the return of her husband who was stationed on the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) in Viet Nam.
She married Edwin B. Ephrom, Jr. on the 26th of September 1963 in the Catholic Church on Treasure Island, Naval Air Station, San Francisco, California.
Monica worked for the City of Bishop, California as a City Clerk and Finance Officer, retiring on June 26th 1995.
In 1995, she moved to Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana to a home her husband had designed and built.
She was preceded in death by her father William Klimek; mother Antonine Klimek, husband Edwin B. Ephrom Jr., and daughter Sandra Lee Hasser.
Monica leaves behind daughter Tamara Lee and husband Andrew Jeffrey Ludel of Hamilton, MT. and three grandchildren, Christopher Justin Ludel of Las Vegas, Chanel Laren and Husband Cody Nichols of Reno, NV. and Brooke Lynne Ludel of Hamilton, Mt.
There will be a Celebration of life service at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton. Urn placement with military honors will take place at 1:00 p.m. June 26, 2024 at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations in Monica’s name be made to the Bitterroot Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, P.O. Box 1391, Hamilton, MT 59840.