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Marianne Giacometto Kopkowski

Marianne Giacometto Kopkowski
Marianne Giacometto Kopkowski
- May 7, 2018

Marianne Giacometto Kopkowski, 75, of Belle Fourche, left us to join her parents, Leo and Kathryn Giacometto, on Sunday, April 22.

She was born November 3, 1942, in Miles City, Montana, to Leo and Kathryn Giacometto. Growing up, she lived with her family on various ranches in the Tri-State Area. She was educated in the Belle Fourche Public School System, with the exception of 3rd and 4th grade, when she attended Orman, a Butte County Rural School.

Marianne graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1960 and spent the next three years in Rapid City at St. John's McNamara in their nursing program where she spent many hours working beside the nuns on numerous hospital shifts, in addition to attending classes and, according to Marianne, carrying a huge class work load. After graduating in 1963 as a Registered Nurse, she worked for Dr. Davis in Belle Fourche until she married her high school sweetheart, Curtis Larson and moved to Los Angeles where she worked in the nursing profession, and after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, was promoted to Director of Nursing.

In the late 70's, she moved to San Diego and worked for the San Diego Blood Bank where she met Peter Kopkowski. They later married in Hawaii in 1980. On her days off, Marianne volunteered at a Free Clinic for unwed mothers in Tijuana where the doctors believe she contracted Encephalitis of the Brain, a horrible disease that ended her nursing career and nearly her life. She moved back to Belle Fourche in 1994 where her brother and wife Sondra, cared for her for many years and then lived with her dear friend, Leone Moncur, for many more.

Marianne was an extremely loyal family member and was always fiercely protective of her big brother Leo. Her parents, brother Leo, and his family, always came first. Her visits back to Belle Fourche were highly anticipated and her homes in California were always open to all family members and many benefitted from her love and generosity.

Sadly, after a fall, Marianne entered the Belle Fourche Nursing home on December 19, 2017, and was unable to return to Leone's, her home for the past 10 years.

Survivors include her brother, Leo Giacometto (Mercy) of Stevensville, Montana and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

It was always Marianne's wish to have her ashes spread off the coast of Del Mar, over the ocean she dearly loved, talked about often, and longed to return. This wish will be honored in a private ceremony with family members at a later date. The remaining cremains will rest beside her parents in Pine Slope Cemetery.

Services will be held Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 PM, at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche. Inurnment will follow at Pine Slope Cemetery. Honorary Urn Bearers will be her niece, Sabrina Schroeder, and nephews Leo, Joe, and John Giacometto.

An online guest book is available at klinefuneralchapel.com



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