Sunday, November 25, 2001; Margaret 'Maggie' Friedlander, Mary Thacker, Berenice D. Stewart, Irene Lundwall, Scott Alan Neff, Vernon R. Keays, Lyman W. Miller

2001-11-25T00:00:00Z Sunday, November 25, 2001; Margaret 'Maggie' Friedlander, Mary Thacker, Berenice D. Stewart, Irene Lundwall, Scott Alan Neff, Vernon R. Keays, Lyman W. Miller missoulian.com
November 25, 2001 12:00 am

Margaret 'Maggie' Friedlander

RONAN - Margaret "Maggie" Mary Michel Conko Friedlander, 54, passed away on Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, of natural causes at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

She was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She was born Aug. 21, 1947, in St. Ignatius to William and Louise (Adams) Conko. She was raised in St. Ignatius, where she attended the Ursaline school. She then attended school at Worley, Idaho, where she lived and helped take care of her grandmother, Margaret Adams.

Margaret met and married Leonard Friedlander Sr. and they lived in Ronan until making a home in Moses Lake, Wash., with their four children, Lance, Leonard Jr., Jennifer and Casey.

She worshipped and cherished her children and grandchildren. In her eyes her children could do no wrong. She was the best mother a child could have. She and Leonard later divorced. While married she was a loving, faithful wife. She moved back home to Montana to be closer to her mother Louise. Just like her mother, she will be greatly missed.

She was always there for her family, helping in any way she could. She was an avid shopper in Missoula, always buying something for somebody. She loved all kinds of music, especially mixing tapes for everyone. She would always be seen cruising up and down the highway alone or with someone. She was very family-oriented and family meant a lot to her. She was always known to have a cold Pepsi in her hand or nearby.

She was preceded in death by her son, Leonard Friedlander Jr.; her parents William and Louise Conko; a brother, Anthony Paul; two sisters, Pee Wee and Jeanette Conko; four nieces and a nephew.

She is survived by one son, Lance (Shawna) Friedlander of Ronan; two daughters, Jennifer (Les) Trahan of Ronan and Casey Friedlander of Polson; five grandchildren, Karissa, Lance Jr., Christofer, Samatha and Leniece; five siblings, Ellen Hendrickx of Ronan, John Conko of St. Ignatius, Millie Camel of Ronan, Eneas Conko of St. Ignatius and Harold Paul of Ronan; and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Traditional wake services began Saturday. Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday at the St. Ignatius Longhouse. Wake closing will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Longhouse. Mass will be celebrated at noon Monday at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment will follow at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jimbo Abrahamson, Tubby Ramos, Jesse Madera, Bobo Wassise, Mike Covington and Phillip Paul. Honorary pallbearers are her numerous nieces and nephews and all of her godchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius.

Mary Thacker

CORVALLIS - Mary Thacker, 61, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at her home in Corvallis of heart failure.

Born in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday, July 9, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Thurney and Beatrice (Kays) Rash.

She was the wife of Thomas Keith Thacker Sr., who survives her at the family home. She is also survived by her sons, Thomas Thacker Jr. of Morino Valley, Calif., and James and Thacker of Mayer, Ariz.; daughter Debbie Wise of Corvallis; and daughter Connie Jackson of Morino Valley.

A prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Dowling Funeral Home chapel.

Berenice D. Stewart

MISSOULA - Berenice D. Stewart, 91, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at the Village Health Care Center.

She was born Jan. 31, 1910, in Missoula to Charles and Mamie Latimer Dyson. From an early age, she was raised by her grandparents, John R. and Eliza Latimer, spending time between their Butler Creek ranch and town residence. She graduated from Grass Valley Elementary and Missoula County High School.

Berenice and Lachlan M. Stewart married on Oct. 14, 1933. His career in the U.S. Forest Service took them from Frenchtown to Missoula, Butte, Hamilton, Great Falls and back to Missoula in 1950, when he was appointed air operations officer.

She served as secretary, treasurer and guardian of Job's Daughters Bethel One and was a member of Ideal Chapter OES. In the '50s she worked for Fee Realty, later the Steinbrenner Agency. She bowled and kept score at Liberty Lanes for many years. An avid huckleberry picker, summers found her and her daughters chasing the elusive purple fruit in the Six Mile and Nine Mile drainages. An animal lover, she thoroughly spoiled her dogs and cats, even those belonging to neighbors.

A very talented knitter, Berenice knitted specialty orders for the Spinning Wheel. Family members received many treasures from her needles. Her love of dancing found outlets through square dancing and the Senior Citizens; Trena Preston taught her clog and hula lessons.

Her special help came from her extended family, Grace Marie and Lee Magone and family, with holiday dinners, garden produce and grocery lists.

At age 89, with her health failing, she moved to Hunters Glen and then Village Health Care. Bright red hair from a bottle became her glory in the '60s and she always said it matched her disposition. We think so, too. Peace be with you, Mom, and we'll miss you.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Eugene.

She is survived by daughters Donna (Wes) Walimaa of Sequim, Wash., and Katherine (Fred) Cavill of Plains; six grandchildren, Sandy Walimaa, Scott Walimaa, Rick Cavill, Chuck Cavill, Cory Tompkins and Polly Winebrenner; and 11 great-grandchildren.

At her request there will be no services. Memorials may be made to the Missoula Humane Society or the Church of the Holy Spirit.

Arrangements are by Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Irene Lundwall

HAMILTON - Irene Lundwall, 80, of Hamilton, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.

Irene was born March 28, 1921, in Columbus, the daughter of the late Guy and Ruby Potter Heckenlively. She lived all her life in Montana.

She was a WAC in the U.S. Army, serving her country from 1943 to 1945.

On Feb. 17, 1954, she married M.D. "Sonny" Lundwall in Salt Lake City. She worked as a clerk in retail sales and later was a clerk for the Arlee School District. Following her husband's retirement, the couple moved to Hamilton.

Surviving include son Jeff of Spokane; daughter Nancy Bitterling of Medford, Ore.; five grandchildren, Amanda, Ben and Cody of Spokane and Adam and Kyle of Medford; and a brother, Donald Heckenlively of California.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Sonny on Oct. 5, 2001.

No formal service will be held. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date.

Arrangements are by the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.

Scott Alan Neff

BELGRADE - Scott Alan Neff was born May 26, 1964, in Missoula. He died Nov. 11, 2001, at his home in Belgrade.

He attended schools in Missoula, Livingston and Bozeman. Scott graduated from Bozeman Senior High School in 1983. Upon graduation, he served in the Navy, then returned to the Bozeman area to work in the construction field.

Scott was a member of the Valley Pool League, where he was a member of the Hub Pool Team No. 2. He was known as the "One-armed Bandit" and "Spearchucker." Scott was also a member of the Bridger Mountain Men Black Powder Club. He enjoyed spending time with his 8-year-old son, Jesse, of Belgrade.

Scott was preceded in death by his father Larry Neff and grandfather Dallas Harding.

He is survived by his daughter, Amy DeBelly of Lewistown; his son, Jesse Miller of Belgrade; his "sweetie" and partner of five years, Heather Butler; his parents Joann and Milt Connelly of Missoula; his brothers, Brian Neff of Bozeman and Patrick Connelly of Hollywood, Calif.; his grandparents, Mabel Harding and George and Pat Neff of Missoula; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Vernon R. Keays

BROOKINGS, Ore. - Vernon R. Keays, who designed and built the homes on Martha's Court in Missoula, died Nov. 15, 2001, in Brookings, Ore. He was 92.

Mr. Keays operated a home construction business in Missoula in the 1950s and '60s and also was employed for several years by the Missoula County assessor's office.

Mr. Keays was born Nov. 13, 1909, in Elk River, Minn. He was named for his great-uncle, the pioneering naturalist Vernon Bailey. The family moved to Corvallis, Mont., where Mr. Keays lived as a boy. He later moved to California, where he was an engineer for several industrial firms and a partner in a ship outfitting company.

In 1955 Mr. Keays moved to Missoula, where he married Jeanette Westler in 1957, started his home-building business and worked for the county assessor.

In 1972 the Keayses moved to Honolulu and in 1974 to Fallbrook, Calif. They settled in Brookings in 1992.

A 32nd degree Mason, Mr. Keays also was active in Kiwanis and other service clubs. A pioneer amateur radio operator (W7FEF), he kept in touch with several Montana hams over the years.

He is survived by his wife Jeanette of Brookings; four children, Priscilla (Mrs. William) Doshier of Riverside, Calif., Wendall Keays of Oceanside, Calif., Susan (Mrs. Brooks) Anderson of Crescent City, Calif., and Deborah Westler of Woodbridge, Calif. He is also survived by his sister, Hazel (Mrs. Arlon) Helms of Brookings; nieces and nephews Kathleen Sullivan of Helena, Peggy O'Sullivan of Sandpoint, Idaho, Michael Sullivan of Missoula, Kevin Sullivan of Albuquerque, N.M., and Patricia Sullivan of Seattle; as well as by eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

His grandson, James Keays, preceded him in death.

A memorial service for Vernon Keays was held Nov. 20 in Brookings.

Lyman W. Miller

PARADISE - Lyman W. Miller, 90, longtime Paradise resident, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains following a short illness.

He was born Nov. 17, 1911, in Missoula, the son of Theresa "Ress" and Eugene "Jim" Miller.

On Jan. 31, 1933, he married Kathryn Freyler. The couple moved to Paradise and built, owned and operated Miller's Bar (the Green Shingle) for over 40 years. Lyman loved to play in his dance band with his mother Ress and his daughter, Jean. They would play at the Green Shingle and for dances around the area. Lyman also worked for a number of years at the Northern Pacific Tie Plant, bucking ties and working on the NP section crew from Paradise.

Lyman was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945.

Lyman had a lifelong love of the outdoors and hunting and would talk about his and his family's hunting exploits to anyone who would listen. As a young man, he had a private pilot's license and would fly people into the South Fork of the Flathead River on fishing trips and would take his family flying anytime he could get them to go.

Anytime during the last few years that Lyman lived in Paradise, you could almost always find him out on a walk - regardless of the weather. He walked to live and lived to walk. Failing health in the last few years turned his walks into shorter distances but never deterred his determination to go.

Lyman was a member of Paradise American Legion Post No. 129 and First Lutheran Church of Plains, a past Noble Grand of Plains Odd Fellows Lodge No. 31, a member and musician of Fidelity Rebekah Lodge No. 50 of Plains and past Grand Master of the International Order of Odd Fellows for Montana.

He is survived by his loving family of daughters, Jean and husband Austin Urion and Kathleen Miller, all of Plains; grandchildren Jim and wife Carol Urion, Karen Urion and Jana Urion; and two great-granddaughters, Taryn and Kim Urion.

In 1984, Lyman was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Kathryn.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the First Lutheran Church in Plains with the Rev. Robert Nagy officiating.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice in lieu of flowers.

Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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