|KATHERINE LORRAINE LOBERG
Katherine Lorraine (Pepin) Loberg died peacefully in her sleep on Nov.
5, 2000, at her home in Billings. She always said this was the way she
wanted to die, and God granted her wish. None of us expected Him to take
her so soon. We know He called her to watch over all the animals in Heaven.
Lorraine, as she was known by all that loved her, was born March 5,
1925, in Havre to Adolph and Katherine Ann (Molitor) Pepin. She gtew up
there and met Melvin Loberg in Saco. They were married on Dec. 16, 1954.
They spent time in Wisconsin and Michigan, and in September 1969 they moved
back to Montana.
Lorraine was an accomplished musician and played the piano, organ,
and accordion by ear. She and Mel spent several years playing for dances
on the Hi-Line. They loved all kinds of music and would sit in on jam sessions
with their friends in Billings.
Lorraine’s passion was her love for animals. She would take in strays
and work with the animal shelter to find them homes. She spent countless
hours caring for them and found great satisfaction in finding safe shelter
and loving homes for them. She knew this was the reason God put her on
Lorraine loved Mel and Mel loved her. In their early retirement years
they spent time traveling around in their motorhome. As time went by they
enjoyed growing old together, working in the yard, feeding the birds, raising
a garden and keeping in touch with their children, grandchildren and friends,
She was loved by many and she will always be with us.
Lorraine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She had an independent
spirit and did things her way. She had a heart of gold and continually
helped people in their time of need. She was an avid Green Bay Packer fan,
and her family would often ask her to watch the game in a different room
if they were losing.
Our memories of her are many and they are the things we will always
treasure. She was the one we still called when we were sick to make us
feel better. The holiday memories of the smells of her kitchen cooking
turkey dinners and fighting over who would get the drumsticks, her delicious
Finn bread toast, and also her wonderful sense of humor will never be forgotten.
She is survived by her husband, Mel; children, Linda Vance, Tom and
Kim Loberg, Marsha and Kirk Johnson, Cheryl Loberg and her husband, Doug
Robinson, and Jim and Gloria Taylor; grandchildren, John and Rebecca Loberg,
Cole Johnson, Ryan and Wendy Taylor and Stacy Taylor; sister Mary Louise
Atkinson; and her beloved pets, Meisha and Javan.
At Lorraine’s request, cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends
are asked to join the family on Thursday Nov. 9, 2 p.m. at Smith’s West
Chapel, 304 34th Street West, Billings for memorial service. Memorials
may be sent to the Billings Animal Shelter.
I will miss my best friend. I love you honey. Rest in peace.
FREDERICK A. MOHRMANN
Frederick Arnold Mohrmann, 74, went to be with the Lord Nov. 6, 2000,
after a brief hospital stay.
He was born Dec. 21, 1925. in St. Louis, Mo., the oldest of 12 children.
He served in Europe during WWII in the Fourth Armoured Division of Gen.
Patton’s Third Army.
Frederick married Madeline Amelia Toenjes on Sept. 8, 1951, in St.
Louis. They have 10 children and 24 grandchildren. In 1981, they moved
to Helena from Denver.
At the age of 59 he surrendered his life to Christ. From that point
on, his relationship with Jesus was the most important part of his life.
He served his family and church faithfully. Frederick was a loving husband,
father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Madeline; children, Lynn Dolan, Steve Mohrmann,
Debbie Bennison, Maureen Stinemeyer, Jeff Mohrmann, Joan Lizar, Dan Mohrmann,
Pat Patterson, David Mohrmann, Chris Mohrmann, their families and a large
Visitation will be from 12-noon to 5 p.m. today, Wednesday Nov. 8.
The family will receive friends between 5 and 7:30 p.m. this evening at
Retz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Thursday Nov. 9, at The First
Assembly of God Church, 11 a.m., with the Rev. Jim Pagels officiating.
Interment will follow at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery with military
honors provided by the Lewis and Clark Veterans Council.
Memorials are suggested to The First Assembly of God Church Mission
Fund, 2210 Dodge Ave., Helena, MT 59601.
LESTIE HOLDAWAY TILTON
Lestie Holdaway Tilton, 64, of Kirkland, Wash., formerly of Helena
died Oct. 29, 2000, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born
Jan. 28, 1936, in Helena to Ben and Opal Holdaway.
When Lestie was seven the family moved to Wallace, Idaho, where she
graduated from high school. In 1958, she moved to Seattle. She began her
career in the banking business until retiring and moving to Maple Valley,
Wash., in 1992.
She was preceded in death by her son, Paul; and parents. She is survived
by her son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Maureen Gardner of Maple Valley;
daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Rodrigo Guerrero’sof Bellevue, Wash.;
six grandchildren, one great grandchild; sister, Carol Jean Dagenais of
Helena; nephews, Steve and Mike Dagenais of Helena; aunt and uncle, Jean
and John Raymond of Kirkland; and dear cousin, Corky Hull of Helena.
Funeral service has been held in Bellevue. Burial was in Coeur d’Alene,
To my beautiful sister,“ May you soar with the angels.”
Mr. Lawrence A. Guenther, 86, of White Sulphur Springs passed away
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002. Guenther was born Aug. 24, 1916, in Creighton,
Neb., to the late Mr. and Mrs. William Guenther. He enjoyed ranching and
farming and raising his cattle and hogs. Lawrence married Lorraine Thiele
in West Point, Neb., on April 10, 1947. They moved to White Sulphur Springs
in 1950. He was an active member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in
White Sulphur Springs.
Rosary for Lawrence Guenther will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002,
at 7 p.m. at St. Bartholomew.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002,
at 1 p.m. at the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick
Rohen officiating. Burial will follow in Mayn Cemetery.
Guenther was preceded in death by his parents, and several brothers
and sisters. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lorraine of White
Sulphur Springs; one daughter, Janice Mullerleile of Tacoma, Wash.; and
two sons, Roger Guenther of Belgrade and Dale Guenther of Ione, Calif.;
and a sister, Adelaide Hoyer, of Ione; as well as five grandchildren and
a host of other relatives and friends.
Twichel Funeral Home of White Sulphur Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth L. “Betty” Nelson
On April 13, 1926, the Lord blessed David Clinton Poling and Ida Marie
Sundquist Poling of Williston, N.D., with a precious daughter, Elizabeth
“Betty” Louise. Betty met her Lord and Savior on Oct. 11, 2002. She died
in her home surrounded by her loving husband and daughters.
Betty was a devoted loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
Her life centered on her family. She modeled Christ’s message, “Love one
another.” To all whose life she touched, she will be remembered for her
words of encouragement and praise, her smile, laughter and sense of humor.
Family and friends have been blessed by her generosity, courage, compassion,
graciousness, optimism and faith. The life she led, in words and deeds,
was a beautiful example for others to follow. To know her was to love her.
Betty’s death is truly earth’s loss and Heavens gain.
Her parents, her sisters Peggy Uthus and Caroline Poling and brother
Jack Poling preceded her in death.
Betty is survived by her husband of 56 years, Lyndly; daughter, Penny
Wastcoat and her husband, Tony, of Bozeman; daughter, Nan Walter and her
husband, Mitch, of Livingston; her sister, Isabel Moe, and her husband,
Peder Moe, of Billings; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Shirley
Nelson, of Glasgow.
Betty is also survived by her grandchildren, Jane Bourquin of Boston,
Kate Cummings of L’Isle en Dodon, France, David Walter of Livingston; step-grandchildren,
John Wastcoat of Boston, Ty Wastcoat of Bozeman, Mike Walter of Fairbanks,
Travis Walter of San Diego, Brad Walter of Billings and numerous nieces
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, at Retz Funeral
Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the
First Presbyterian Church, 535 N. Ewing Street, Helena, Mont. Burial will
follow at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Memorials
may be sent in her memory to Hospice of St. Peter’s, 201 South California,
Helena, MT 59601 or to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or the Transportation
Fund C/O Algeria Shrine P.O. Box 1174 Helena, MT 59624.
Dale H. Brekke
Dale H. Brekke age 67 passed away Saturday, November 2, 2002 at the
V.A. Medical Center in Helena, MT after a long, enduring battle with cancer.
Dale was born March 27, 1935 in Granville, ND to Daniel & Clarice Brekke.
Dale served in the Marine Corp from 1953-1957. Dale married Donna Mae Miller
on April 19, 1958 in Velva, ND and resided in several locations in ND and
MT. They moved to Helena in 1963. Upon moving to Helena, Dale began working
for Helena Sand and Gravel where he worked for 38 years. After retirement
he was instrumental in helping his son start Brekke Excavating & Construction.
Dale's greatest love was his grandchildren, he especially enjoyed watching
their various sports and activities. Dale really enjoyed working with his
son Ray, even during his illness when he couldn't go to work, he wanted
to be informed of what was going on. He was a member of Our Redeemers Lutheran
Church, Sons of Norway, American Legion, and the Operating Engineers--Local
400. Dale & Donna were blessed with 06 children, Kevin, Lenny, Carrie,
Jean, Ray and Jodee. Dale was preceded in death by, sons Kevin & Lenny
and daughter Carrie. Grandson, Riley Brekke, Brothers, John & Chris
Brekke, Sister, Elaine and father, Daniel. He is survived by his wife Donna,
Daughters, Jean (Jim) Lindsey of Meridian, ID, Jodee (Jim) Bacon, of Denver,
CO and son Ray (Kari) Brekke of Helena. Grandchildren, Tyler, Taiyler &
Jaelyn Lindsey, Kelsi & Gunnar Brekke, and at the end of November,
Jodee is expecting Katherine Dayle. His mother, Clarice (Pfeilschiefter)
Brekke of Velva, Sisters, Donna (Lyle) Caulkins of Lincoln, NE, Ilene Bentley
of Guerenville, CA, Darlene (Kenny) Schultz of Pepin, WI, Marlys (Bennie)
Brossart of Minot, ND, Brothers, Donald (Geri) Brekke of Grand Forks, ND,
Dan (Donna) Brekke of Minot, ND and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
"Dale was a man's man. He was a man of few words, but spoke truth with
integrity. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends." Memorial
services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 5th at Our Redeemers
Lutheran Church in Helena, MT. Dale will be buried at North Prairie Cemetery
in Simco, ND. Memorials are suggested to Primary Children’s Hospital
100 N. Medical Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84113 or American Lung Association
825 Helena Ave., Helena, MT 59601 or charity of donor's choice. Funeral
arrangements and services have been entrusted to Hagler-Anderson Funeral
Home. Friends may begin to pay their respects beginning at noon today through
9:00 A.M. on Tuesday.
Gary Floyd “Jones” Russell
Gary Floyd “Jones” Russell, age 59, of Cascade passed away on Friday,
November 1, 2002 at the Benefis Healthcare Center in Great Falls.
Gary was born in Bozeman, Montana on November 27, 1942 the son of Paul
and Agatha (Schelin) Russell. Gary attended schools in Rosebud and Miles
City. He worked for the Model Bakery in Miles City, then Buttery's. In
1971, Gary moved to Havre and became Bakery Manager. He later moved to
Billings. In 1981, longing for the mountains, he finally settled in Helena
as the Bakery Manager at Buttrey’s. Gary made his home in Cascade on the
Hardy Creek, in the heart of the canyon. Gary married Carol Sue Tuttle
on November 9, 1991.
Gary was not your run of the mill ordinary man. He was one who "stood
out" wherever he went. He had the God given talent of making people laugh.
He was a trickster and a happy man. He loved life. If laughter is the best
medicine then I'm sure that is what kept him going these last fifteen years
or so of his failing health. Everything else was secondary to his family.
His love was "up front" and he radiated that immensely. He was a hunter
and excellent fisherman, so fair warning to all you big fish in those beautiful
streams over the great divide, "He's on his way." He was at his best when
he took his boys hunting and fishing. He shared the Native American concept
that while hunting, the animal through the Great Spirit, simply presented
itself. He also believed that the earth was the mother of all creatures.
Yes, Gary was a unique individual who was from a mold that has since been
Gary is survived by his wife Carol Sue Russell of Cascade, MT; his
sons: Wade Russell, Greg Russell and his wife Melissa, both from Havre,
MT; Gary Wayne Russell, from Helena, MT and Dustin Iszler from Cascade,
MT; daughters: Brandy Neuman and her husband Paul, from Campbellsberg,
KY; Michelle Kraus, Dawn Uehara and Spring Iszler all from Great Falls,
MT; a brother James Russell and his wife Darlene, of Miles City, a sister
Leone Russell, of Missoula, MT; and many special loved nieces and nephews;
and his grandchildren: Georgie, Jarrid, Karriann, Randall, Kami, Yoshiko,
Shelby, Chase, Paige and Reed; and a great granddaughter, Rebecca. He was
preceded in by his father Paul Leonard Russell, his mother Agatha Julie
Russell, his grandparents Martin and Florence Schelin, and Jim and Martha
Russell, a sister Marcile Ploof, and a brother Algie Russell.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2002 in the chapel of
Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth. Funeral services will be
held Wednesday, November 6, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Stevenson
& Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth. Interment will follow in the Forsyth
Cemetery in Forsyth. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is in
charge of the arrangements.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of ones
Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia “Pat” Child of Helena, formerly
of Sidney, is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at St. Matthew’s Catholic
Church in Sidney with Father Ned Shinnick as presider. Wake services are
at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Sidney.
Interment will be on Friday afternoon, Aug. 18, 2000, in Forrestvale Cemetery
in Helena under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney.
Patricia Clare Casey Child was born in Havre on Aug. 31, 1935, the
first of 12 children to parents Francis and Loretta Casey. The family moved
to East Helena where Pat was raised and graduated from Cathedral High School
in 1953 and Carroll College in 1957.
Patricia taught English for seven years in Custer, Kremlin and Townsend.
In 1963 she married Harry W. Child II, and they made their home in Sidney,
where they were blessed with three beautiful children. In 1998 they moved
to Great Falls and just completed a move to Helena to start a much-anticipated
Pat’s first love was her family and her faith. Her interests included
sewing, crafts, gardening, gourmet cooking, and entertaining people. Nothing
made her happier than a house full of family and friends and a table full
of her fantastic food. She loved beautiful things and her creativity was
expressed in colorful flowers and her gardens. No one enjoyed shopping
more than Pat and no one could find a better bargain.
Pat was a member of Chapter BA P.E.O., Beta Sigma Phi, had served as
a board member on the State Mental Health Board, and had spent countless
hours volunteering for numerous organizations. She will be remembered for
her loving heart, her ability to help others, and her constant desire to
improve everyone’s life.
Pat is survived by her husband Harry; daughters, Lynette (Larry) Herman
of Sidney, Libby (Marty) Shaide of Fairview, Mont.; son Lance (Noelle)
Child of Big Sky; grandchildren, Josh and Meghan Herman, Jonathan and Mitchel
Shaide, and Harry W. Child III; sisters, Sister Lynn Casey, Sister Jean
Casey, Jerry Maddio, Colleen Stroup, Mary Brown, Kathy Zoanni; and brothers,
Dennis, Michael, Jim, and Tom Casey. Pat was preceded in death by her parents,
Francis and Loretta Casey, and a sister, baby Mary.
Pat began her journey home on Aug. 11, 2000, following complications
from a stroke. We have lost one of God’s most beautiful children who gave
her entire life to the needs of others and now can rest among her cherished
KENNEY, ROGER, 88, of Helena. Chapel services will be Tuesday, Aug.
15, 2000, 10 a.m. from Hagler-Anderson Chapel with Barbara Mullin as Reader.
Masonic services will be conducted by officers and members of Morning Star
Lodge #5A.F.&A.M. Cremains will be interred in Mountain View Cemetery
in Livingston, Mont., at 3 p.m. The family prefers donations to the charities
of their choice.
Hagler-Anderson Mortuary 442-8520
ALEX, EDITH M., 91, of Townsend. Services will be Tuesday, Aug. 15,
2000, at 2 p.m. from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church with Rev. Rob
Gohl officiating, 301 N. Cherry, Townsend. Interment will follow in Deep
Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Broadwater Health Center, 110
N. Oak, Townsend, MT 59644 or donor’s choice. Connors Funeral Home arranged
Guy Rea Young
Guy Rea Young, 84, of Helena, died July 30, 2001. He was born on Nov.
1, 1916, to Herbert and Mary Louise Young on the family homestead, at Flat,
Mont., east of Roundup. He was raised on the homestead and attended Roundup
A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army in from Oct. 1,
1941, to Dec. 20, 1945, with tours of duty in the Philippines, New Guinea
On Nov. 27, 1946, he married Esther Olsen. They farmed at Deaver, Wyo.
from 1948 to 1956. They returned to Montana and Guy worked at the Billings
Livestock Commission. They moved to Helena where Guy worked for the Forest
Service from 1964, retiring in 1979.
Guy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, painting and spending winters
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Esther Young; Grafton Beasley
of Helena, who was like a son to him, and his children, Shauna Beasley
Ryan of East Helena, Kelsey Beasley of Sacramento, Calif., Jamie Beasley
of Bozeman, Veronica Beasley of Lewistown, Anthony Beasley of Helena; and
numerous nieces and nephews, including Mignon Waterman of Helena. His son,
Gary, preceded him in death in 1966.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Lindens Herrmann
and Co., 314 N. Rodney. Viewing will be at the funeral home beginning on
Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9 a.m. to service
time. Burial will follow at Ft. Harrison Veteran’s Cemetery. Lindens Herrmann
and Co. Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.
James Arthur Olsen
James Arthur (Art) Olsen, 85, died on Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Twin
Falls Care Center. He was born on Jan. 9, 1916, in Ephraim, Utah, to the
late James Andrew and Katie Christensen Olsen.
A memorial service and inurnment will be held on Friday, Aug. 3, at
10 a.m. at the Forestvale Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be given to the American
Cancer Society, c/o Hazel Wilder, 359 Orchalara Ave., Twin Falls, ID 83301.
White Mortuary is in care of the arrangements.
BETTY EARLENE GUNLOCK
A quick, soft smile, a kind word, strength of character and spirit
and unbelievable determination are qualities we remember most of Betty
Gunlock, who passed away on Nov. 16, 2000. Betty died at home, 7810 N.
Montana in Helena, amongst family and friends at age 57 after a very long,
courageous battle with cancer.
Betty was the first born child of Earl and Elizabeth Amdor in Miles
City on March 16, 1943. As a youngster she shared her tumbling talent when
she performed for groups around the state. Betty was graduated from Harlowton
High School. She married Eugene Gunlock on Sept. 23, 1961, in Harlowton.
From that union two sons were born. Prior to ill health, Betty worked as
a claims supervisor for United Pacific Insurance.
Her hobbies included camping, fishing, boating and reading. She formerly
was bookkeeper and secretary of New Life Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her husband, Gene; mother, Elizabeth Amdor of Harlowton;
son, Dan Gunlock of Missoula; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Bernice
Amdor of Wellton, Ariz.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cora and Bob Goggins
of Ennis, Marlene and Bill Moody of Westminster, Colo. Sue and Gary Foust
of Madera, Calif., and Alice and Don Crum of Fairmont. Preceding Betty
in death were her father, Earl Amdor and son, Scott Gunlock.
Betty felt a sincere admiration and bond for Dr. Judy Schmidt, her
assistant oncologist nurse Joni Landes, and Dr. Schmidt’s entire staff.
Visitation will be at Retz Funeral Home in Helena, Sunday, Nov. 19,
from 1 to 4 p.m. with family receiving friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Funeral
services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at the New Life Lutheran
Church with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Life Lutheran Church,
5980 N. Montana, Helena or Guardian Angels, 2835 Fort Missoula, Ste. 301,
Missoula, MT 59804.
Freda Zenith Schmitt, 79, of Three Forks died Nov. 15, 2000, at St
Peter’s Hospital of injuries sustained in a car accident. She was born
Sept. 26, 1921, in Milligan Canyon, Mont., to Herman and Hattie Thompson.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Leo and Pat Schmitt of
Hudson, Iowa, Dewey and Sandra Schmitt of Three Forks; and Leonard and
Linda Schmitt of Corvallis, Ore.; daughters and sons-in-laws, Arlene and
Jim Bouley of Helena, Madeline and Doug Engelking of East Helena, Irene
and Tim Steffin of Vandalia, Mich.; sisters, Eunice Raffety of Willow Creek
and Velma Knowles of Three Forks; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Nov. 21, at K & L Funeral Home in
Three Forks with the Rev. Lyle Hamilton and the Rev. John Cathcart officiating.
Burial will be at Willow Creek.
WANDA JEAN MILLER
Wanda Jean Miller, 55, died peacefully at her home in Fairfield, Jan.
Wanda was born June 3, 1945, in Portland, Ore., to Vivian Rogers and
Max C. Widger. She moved to Dillon in 1963. She graduated from Beaverhead
County High School in 1964.
In 1968, Wanda married Bill Mitchell of Dillon they later divorced.
Wanda married Bill Miller of Dillon. They lived in Bozeman for many years,
where Wanda worked as a financial advisor for Waddell and Reed.
For the past four years, they lived in Emigrant and managed the West
Creek Ranch. They had recently purchased a farm in Fairfield.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Miller; her mother and stepfather,
Vivian and Brick Buell, of Ennis; sister, Bobbie (Jim) Pomroy of Clancy;
brother, Gary (Jeanne) Fornfeist of Woodbridge, Calif.; daughter, Tina
(Dan) Shearer of Lake Stevens, Wash.; sons, Will (Christy) Mitchell of
Spokane, Jack Mitchell of Boca Raton, Fla.; two nieces and two nephews.
Funeral service will be Saturday Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. at Brundage Funeral
Parlor in Dillon.
DAVID C. OLSON
David C. Olson, age 74, of Helena, died Feb. 1, 2001, from cancer at
Big Sky Care Center.
David was born Sept. 12, 1926, to Arthur R. and Elizabeth (Plunkett)
Olson in Lewistown. David worked as a farmer and was also a laborer on
missile site construction during the 1960’s. He was a member of Sts. Cyril
and Methodius Catholic Church in East Helena.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Francis Conway and
David is survived by brothers, Oliver Olson of Geyser, Raymond Olson
of Billings; sisters, Mary Faith Young of Jamestown, N.D., Eva McDunn of
Great Falls; numerous nephews and nieces.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a
NOLA LOUISE TORGESON
Nola Louise Torgeson, age 64, of 3610 Pelican Road, Helena, passed
away after a long illness.
Nola died from heart failure on the morning of Jan. 31, 2001, at the
Benefis Hospital in Great Falls. She was born in Oak Park, Ill., on Dec.
28, 1936. She was an only child.
Nola retired from the State of Montana, where she worked at Mountain
View School for 16 years and then for the Child Support Division.
Nola received a B.A. from Western Illinois University. Her hobbies
were painting and travel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Emmett and Gladys Nolan.
Nola is survived by her husband of almost 47 years, Roger Torgeson
Sr. They were married on June 26, 1954, in Oak Park. She is also survived
by her daughter, Terri Bischke of Lake City, Fla.; sons, Roger Torgeson
Jr. (Sandy) of Helena, Richard Torgeson (Tammy) of McCord Air Force Base,
Wash.; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.
No public visitation will be held. Cremation has taken place. Graveside
services will be at Fort Harrison on Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. All are welcome
Please send any memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Retz Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.
HELEN KIRWIN EISENMENGER
Helen Kirwin Eisenmenger, age 76, of Helena died Tuesday, April 10,
2001 after a long illness.
Helen was born on Oct. 25, 1924, in Blue Earth, Minn., to James and
Mary (McNally) Kirwin. She attended schools in Chokio, Minn., into 11th
grade. In 1942, Helen married Joseph Eisenmenger in South Dakota. They
divorced in 1963.
In Great Falls, prior to her retirement, Helen worked at KMart and
prior to that she worked as a seamstress. Helen found great enjoyment with
the time she spent traveling, sewing and reading. She was also a member
of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Preceding Helen in death were her parents, brothers, a sister, and
her son John.
Survivors include her children, James of Yankton, S.D., Donald of Glen
Ellyn, Ill., Mary Jo Vickoren of Great Falls, and Roni Eisenmenger of Helena;
daughter-in-law, Debbie Eisenmenger of Summerfield, Fla.; sister, Patricia
Anfinson of Great Falls; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18,
at Retz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the C.M. Russell Museum,
400 13 St. N., Great Falls, MT 59401.
Family and friends of John Clark Burklund will gather at O’Malley’s
Restaurant, 8030 Canyon Ferry Road, Helena, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15,
to celebrate his life. Please RSVP to O’Malley’s at 475-3899
John died surrounded by his family Sept. 17, 2000, at Benefis Hospital
in Great Falls.
He was born to William John (Bill) and Lillian Gladys Clark Burklund
March 28, 1934, in Butte. He was the third of seven children.
On Oct. 8, 1955, John married Patricia Olsen of Billings. They had
two sons, Gregory Clark on Sept. 10, 1956, and Mark Allen on April 3, 1960.
On Sept. 10, 1983, John remarried Devon Hartman of Helena.
Early in his career, John worked for Otis Elevator Company. He later
worked with the first independent company in Montana, Elevator Maintenance
and Repair out of Butte. He moved on to Montgomery Elevator and retired
from Lagerquist Elevator.
At retirement, the International Elevator Union of Constructors honored
John with an honorary lifetime membership.
John was very proud of his sons and grandchildren, building a home
on Old Mill Road in Helena and belonging to the North Helena Volunteer
Firefighters, serving in the Navy Reserves, raising Chow dogs and all the
projects that came out of his shop.
He shared his love of woodworking with many, often making wooden toys
for children. He often helped people make their own knives in his shop,
coaching and helping with any project. John was always tinkering in his
shop. Some of the many things he worked on were an ice racer to race on
Canyon Ferry Lake, beautiful weather vanes, a dam for his round house for
the “girls” (deer) to drink from, and a crow’s nest with an elevator for
Pepper (his faithful dog) to join him for his morning coffee as they viewed
As John always said, he was a jack of all trades, master of none. He
did so many things for us in his “Round House” garage — welding, birdhouses,
bat houses, wooden toys, knives, plant hangers, weather vanes — he was
a natural-born tinkerer.
John is survived by his sons, Gregory and wife Monica, Billings, and
Mark and wife Debbie, Morro Bay, Calif.; grandchildren, Patricia Rae and
Nicholas Ryan, Las Vegas, and Peggy Jean and Penny Annette, Billings; brothers
William Carl and Roy Scott, Moline, Ill.; and sisters Carol and husband
David Hopkins, San Diego, Marian Burklund, Phoenix, Ariz., Wilma and husband
John Timmons, Yelm, Wash., and Robin and husband Gary Gray, Redmond, Wash.
Daniel ‘Dan’ B. Hartman
Daniel “Dan” Hartman, 70, of 3833 Remington, East Helena, passed away
Sept. 11, 2001. Dan was born March 2, 1931, to Joseph and Muriel Hartman
in Omaha, Neb.
Dan attended schools in Omaha and graduated from North High School
in 1949. He entered into the Air Force in September 1949 and was honorably
discharged after serving for four years.
He married Loueen Adams on June 4, 1955. He worked for ASARCO for 37
years retiring in 1993. He enjoyed his winters in Yuma, Ariz., and summering
with his family in Montana.
Dad, we love you so much and don’t know what we will do without your
guidance, love and sense of humor. Your teaching and your patience will
live forever through us and your grandchildren.
Dan is survived by his wife of 46 years, Loueen; son Al (Renita) of
Globe, Ariz.; daughters Valerie, Debbie (Bill) Casey both of East Helena,
Lynn (Mike) Miller, Mary (Tim) Graff both of Helena; sister Elizabeth Deason
of Chisago City, Minn.; grandchildren, John, Jessica; Billy, Dan, Amanda;
Nathan, Ashley; and Megan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Ellen; brother Alfred
and grandson Daniel Carl.
Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 14, at Retz Funeral Home from 9 a.m.
to 12-noon. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. at St.
Paul’s United Methodist Church, 505 Logan. Interment with military honors
will be at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery. A reception will follow
at the VFW in East Helena.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the St.
Peter’s Hospital Transition Center, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601.
Kolin Ray Kemmerer
Kolin Ray Kemmerer passed away peaceful at his home on Tuesday, Sept.
11, 2001, after a year and a half battle with cancer. He was born on May
25, 1960, in Missoula to Charles Gail and Helen Davis Kemmerer. His early
childhood was spent in Great Falls and Libby. In 1970, his family moved
to Helena. He attended C.R. Anderson School and graduated from Capital
High School in 1978.
In 1980, Kolin married Vickie Lynn Knowles and their life together
has been an interesting and happy adventure. Wherever they lived, from
Anchorage, Alaska, to Haarlem, the Netherlands, they partook of the sites
and the activities of the areas. With Vickie by his side, Kolin squeezed
more living into his short life than most people twice his age.
Kolin had so many interests. He loved to backpack, camp, travel, mountain
bike, sail, fly kites and his latest love, kayaking, which he continued
to pursue right up until the present.
From 1986 to 1989, while Vickie was completing her degree in accounting,
Kolin studied fish and wildlife management at Montana State University
in Bozeman. Then in 1997, after having several occupations, Kolin graduated
from Portland State University with a degree in elementary education. While
he and Vickie lived in the Netherlands, Kolin was delighted to have an
opportunity to teach at the International School in Amsterdam. He was about
to begin his teaching career in Portland, Ore., when he became ill.
A year ago, Kolin and Vickie made the move back to Helena so they could
be near their families, especially Kolin’s brothers, Kim and Kern. Kim
and Kern shared the same love of adventures, outdoor activities and have
supported him during this difficult period.
Kolin was a caring, patient, loving person who will be terribly missed.
Kolin is survived by his beloved wife, Vickie; his parents, Charles
and Helen; grandmother Vera Hazemann; brothers Kim and Kern and Kern’s
wife Patty and son Joshua, all of Helena.
Services will be at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 511 N. Park Ave.,
Helena, on Friday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Red Cross in this time
of crisis for our nation.
Eileen Mae Charpentier
Our mother and grandmother, Eileen Mae Charpentier, passed away peacefully
at home on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001. She was born to Elmer and Jewel (Johnston)
Topp, May 18, 1938, in Billings. Eileen received her education, graduating
from high school in Belgrade.
On Feb. 3, 1957, she married Terry Robert Lutman in Belgrade. They
moved to Oregon, where they made their home. Terry preceded her in death
While living in Oregon, she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star
in Creswell, Ore.
In 1995, Eileen moved to Helena, she worked for Westmont.
She was a member of the East Helena United Methodist Church, and in
her personal time enjoyed sewing, fishing and camping.
In addition to her husband, Eileen was preceded in death by her son
Ricky Lutman and both her parents.
She is survived by her sons, Tom Lutman of Slidell, La., Kevin Lutman
of East Helena, and Aaron Charpentier of Creswell; daughter, Julie Endner
of Helena; six grandchildren: Jonathan, Amy, Brian, Michael, Stephen and
Ashley; and her brother, David Topp.
A memorial service in celebration of her life is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15, at the East Helena United Methodist Church with Pastor
Jim Heikes presiding. Burial will be Saturday, Oct. 20, in Eugene, Ore.
Memorials in Eileen’s name are suggested to the East Helena United Methodist
Church or to the local chapter American Red Cross. Retz Funeral Home is
in care of the arrangements.