Beryl C. Cooper
HAMILTON - Beryl C. Cooper, 78, of Hamilton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
He was born Sept. 17, 1923, in Vandervoort, Ark., to I.C. and Myrtle Anderson Cooper. Beryl graduated from Grosmont High School in San Diego County in 1941. He worked as a milk tester for San Diego County following graduation.
At age 19 Beryl entered active duty with the Army Air Corps, serving from February 1943 to September 1945. He was a radio operator flying on a B-17 aircraft. He flew in the air offensive in Europe - Normandy, Northern France and Germany - as a member of the 398th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. He received numerous decorations and citations while proudly serving his country overseas.
Beryl returned home following the war and owned and operated Bostonia Cement Works.
On Nov. 16, 1947, Beryl married Evelyn G. Pascoe in Lakeside, Calif.
Beryl moved to Montana in February 1960 and with his family stepped into cattle ranching full force as it was calving time. To supplement income for his family he also did concrete work and many homes in the valley still have rock or brick fireplaces that he built with pride.
He started Cooper's Post Plant and built Lick Crick Campground with the help of high school students.
Beryl was a charter and life member of VFW Post 5867 in Lakeside, Calif., and helped in the construction of the War Memorial Building. He rejuvenated the Darby VFW and served as commander.
He was also on the Darby School Board for numerous years. Many of the valley ranchers will remember Beryl as an active member in the Stockman's Association and his antics on the cattle shipments to Omaha by rail. He was also a member of the Rocky Mountain Grange.
For many years he enjoyed square dancing and traveled around the state and Canada with his wife dancing.
In 1984 Beryl started a tradition of lighting a star for a son he lost. This tradition grew into a Christmas display that gave many people a special gift. Hundreds of valley residents and out-of-state visitors will remember these wonderful displays and the friendly smile that greeted them at his Forest Hills home south of Hamilton.
Even with failing health he still was an active rancher, operating haying equipment this past haying season.
As a jack-of-all-trades, Beryl's skills allowed him to build their home making his own bricks by hand, framing and utilizing beams and old barn lumber in the construction of the home.
Beryl was a people person, entertaining the neighborhood with different gatherings at their home. Most recently all were blessed to have been able to attend the annual "Fish Fry" that he and Evie put on.
He was always willing to help or give advice to anyone at any time. There was never a more honest and fair man that stood behind his word. His handshake was as good as a contract.
His wit and humor never failed him even to the end.
As a family man he always had time out of his busy day to entertain his grandchildren. Beryl's leadership and guidance will be dearly missed by all.
Surviving include his wife of almost 55 years, Evelyn of Hamilton; children Clifford and wife Pam of Hamilton, Barbara and Ernie Shook of Darby, Mary and Patrick Thomas of Hamilton and Gary Lee of Pamona, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Roy Lee Cooper and his wife MaryLou of Yuma, Ariz., and Carl Cooper and his wife June of Dallas, Ga.; and nephew Ron Tehan and his wife Earleen, of Atlanta. He also leaves behind many cherished nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Cleo and son Daryl.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton, with Earl Reynolds officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Agatha M. Szwedkowicz
1914 - 2002
MISSOULA - Agatha Mary Szwedkowicz, 88, of Missoula, died at Hillside Manor in Missoula on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002.
She was born in Chicago on Aug. 18, 1914, to Stephen and Anna (Reiscik) Sanicka.
She married and had two children, Joseph and Rosemary Gniedziejko; the couple later divorced. She married John Joseph Szwedkowicz on Feb. 14, 1953, in Chicago. They had a son, John Stephen Szwedkowicz in 1956. They resided in Chicago and lived there until the late 1970s. They retired to Pell Lake, Wis., in 1977.
Agatha moved to Missoula due to failing health in March 1998, to live with her son and daughter-in-law. She later resided at Village Health Care in the Rainbow Alzheimer Ward.
She was preceded in death by her husband John Joseph; a son, Joseph Gniedziejko; a son-in-law, John Wisniezwski; brothers Walter and John; and her parents Stephen and Anna Sanicka.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, John and Judy Szwedkowicz of Missoula; a daughter, Rose Mary Wisniezwski of Pell Lake; nine grandchildren, including Barbara Coss of Pell Lake; and many great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted in Genoa City, Wis., later in the week.
The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of local arrangements.
Norman J. Wrobel
HAMILTON - Norman J. Wrobel, 83, passed away early in the morning Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at the Discovery Care Centre in Hamilton.
Born in Chicago on Tuesday, May 6, 1919, he was the son of the late Michael John and Martha Wrobel.
Norman grew up and obtained his early education in Chicago and went to work for RKO Theaters in 1934. He started as an usher at the Chicago Palace and worked his way up to assistant manager of the RKO House in St. Paul, Minn.
Through the theater business he met his wife Jean Fileff. They later married on Jan. 19, 1946, at the Holy Family Cathedral in Chicago. In 1953 they moved to Hamilton and Norm worked as an accountant at the Bell-McCall Ford dealership.
He began working at the Ravalli County Bank in 1967 and worked there as the assistant vice president until his retirement in 1987. After five years of golf and retirement he returned to work at the bank part time until he became ill in March of this year.
He was a great husband, father, family man and friend.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother and one brother, Edward Wrobel.
He is survived by wife Jean Wrobel of Hamilton; daughter Bonni Dunn and spouse Tim of Yakima, Wash.; son Mike Wrobel and spouse Anne of Ketchum, Idaho; sisters Rosemary Caflisch of Beverly Hills, Fla., and Lorraine Ipsen-Stotler of Lake Forest, Ill.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the chapel at the Dowling Funeral Home.
The vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at the Dowling Funeral Home. The Rev. Father John Darragh will officiate.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Hamilton. The Rev. Father John Darragh will be the celebrant. The committal service will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. A reception will be held at 1:30 p.m. upstairs at the Banque Club following the committal service.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the following charity in Norm's memory in lieu of flowers: Alzheimer's Association - Montana Chapter, Attn: Geri Burnett, 2900 12th Ave. N. Suite 4E, Billings, MT 59101. Telephone: (406) 252-3053, Fax: (406) 237-4285.
Ronald E. Brothers of the Dowling Funeral Home and Crematory, 415 S. Second St., Hamilton, is caring for the Wrobel family.
Katherine Elaine Chamley
MISSOULA - Our beloved Kay suffered a stroke on Sept. 1 and did not recover. Kay passed on to be with her Lord on Sept. 3, 2002, at the ripe age of 90. Kay was looking forward to seeing her loved ones again and will be awaiting those of us left behind.
Kay was born on April 28, 1912, in Bonita, one of eight children born to the late Frank and Rose Roberts. Five of her siblings preceded her in death while she is survived by Ed Roberts of Des Moines, Iowa, and Margurite Roberts of Polson. Kay was a fine sister and she will be missed.
Kay was a charter member of the Republican National Committee and also a charter member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Missoula. Kay was very involved in her church and community. Kay regularly led ladies Bible groups and influenced many children as a Sunday school teacher. Many children under her watch felt she was their surrogate grandmother. Kay was a homemaker and fabulous cook. We will continue to carry on her recipes and traditions.
Kay was a wonderful role model and a source of wisdom and humor.
She is survived by her three children, Dean Wright, residing in Reno, Nev., Rosalie Degasprin, residing in San Diego, and Ione Inabnit of Missoula, whom she adored and was proud of.
In addition to her immediate family she is survived by 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Kay was very influential and a force in the lives of her family and friends. We loved her well and she will live in our memories forever.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. There will be a reception following for all who would enjoy honoring Kay.
Robert H. List
HAMILTON - Robert H. List, 75, passed away in the morning Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.
Born in Buhl, Idaho, on Sunday, April 17, 1927, he was the son of the late Armin and Marie (Becher) List.
Bob obtained his early education and a bachelor's degree in Idaho. He then furthered his education and achieved a master's degree at the University of Montana in microbiology.
While a student in Jerome, Idaho, Robert answered the call on June 27, 1945, and served his country in the U.S. Army with the Armored Replacement Training Center at Fort Dix in New Jersey. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. He was discharged on Nov. 6, 1946.
His career spanned 35 years as a microbiologist with the Rocky Mountain Labs in Hamilton.
Despite the physical challenges that he encountered throughout his life, he was involved in many outdoor activities including fishing, grouse hunting and taking in the "medicinal waters" at Sleeping Child. He found great satisfaction in spending time with friends and family, sharing memories. He was an active lifetime member at Grace Lutheran Church, where he spent time as an elder and enjoyed the fellowship and friendships that were created there. He loved his spiritual life.
We will truly miss the love and friendship that we had with our dad.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
Survivors are son John List of Hamilton and Melinda Francis of Kailua, Hawaii.
A religious memorial service in Bob's memory will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church. The Rev. Stephen Van Gilder is officiating.
Robert has been cremated and his remains will be dispersed by the family at his favorite place.
Dowling Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the List family.
Edna Francis Marcum
FORT MORGAN, Colo. - Edna Francis Marcum, 95, formerly of Missoula, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, surrounded by her family in Fort Morgan, Colo.
She was born on May 25, 1907, to Ferdinand and Ida (Mills) Francis in Chicago.
Edna lived in numerous places and loved to tell about every one. On one of her adventures, she traveled to Montana and met her husband George Marcum. They were married Oct. 12, 1940. One of her favorite places to live was Corvallis and Edna really enjoyed reminiscing about their times together. Her husband George died in April 1977 and Edna moved to the Parkside Village Apartments in Missoula. She loved living across the street from the pond, the home of many beloved ducks.
But, above all of that, her family and her love of Jesus were the most important things in her life. Given a chance, she would tell you about both. After many years in Montana, she returned to one of her many loves for the remainder of her life, Fort Morgan.
Edna is survived by her brother, Orin Francis of Missouri; sister Pearl Carroll of Clovis, N.M.; and her daughter, Lorraine (Marcum) Jannach of Missoula. She is also survived by three grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Art, Lee and Joe Francis; her sisters, Elda Francis and Hazel Myers; her husband George Marcum; son Wes; and her granddaughter Carol (Jannach) Lowe.
Services were held Sept. 3. Pallbearers were Jewel "Punky" Eskew, Jack Myers, Jerry Myers, Del Francis, Bob Francis and Ron Francis.
Contributions may be sent to Fern Myers, in care of Joliffe and Heer Mortuary, 225 E. Platte Ave., Fort Morgan, CO 80701.
Alma Ward La Chambre Coover
LAKEVIEW, Ore. - Bitterroot native Alma Coover, 96, died at her home in Lakeview, Ore., on Aug. 26, 2002.
She was born on the family ranch on Camas Creek in the Charlos Heights area of Hamilton on Sept. 22, 1905, to valley pioneers C.W. "Bill" Ward and Alice Mae Hawker. Ward Mountain was named after her grandfather, George W. Ward.
Graduating from Darby High School in 1924, she moved to Hamilton where she was employed until her marriage to Theodore La Chambre. Following their divorce, she moved to Southern California, where she was a postmaster at Sunset Beach, Calif., for 21 years. She married Paul Coover in May 1971.
Alma was very active in social clubs, as president of Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach, Calif., a member of the Altar Society in Hamilton and an active member of the Servants of Mary in Lakeview, Ore., for 20 years. An avid bridge player, she belonged to four bridge clubs in her hometown in Oregon.
She will be remembered as one who enjoyed crocheting, ceramics, dancing, rodeos and family get-togethers. Most of all, she will be remembered as a woman of faith. She was truly blessed by God and was a longtime member of the Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband Paul, son Emile of Las Vegas, granddaughter Christy Lee Bernal of Lakeside, Ore., brother Charles Ward of Polson, sister Glenrose Wylie of San Jacinto, Calif., eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ward La Chambre, three brothers and eight sisters.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father John Darragh officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
Memorials to Alma may be made to Servants of Mary, in care of St. Patrick Church, P.O. Box 29, Lakeview, OR 97630, or the Lake County Senior Citizens Association, P.O. Box 303, Lakeview, OR 97630.
William C. Wafstet
1919 - 2002
SPOKANE - William C. Wafstet, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002.
He was born July 18, 1919, in Butte to William Henry and Monica Ellen (Samon) Wafstet. He graduated from Butte High School and worked at Newbro Drug following graduation.
William served in the Navy in World War II as a hospital corpsman stationed in San Francisco and Oakland. In 1949 he graduated with a pharmacy degree from the University of Montana.
He managed Peterson Drug in Missoula until he was recalled by the Navy. He served another year and a half as a pharmacy mate in Bremerton, Wash., during the Korean War.
Upon his return to Missoula he managed the Fox Pharmacy until 1954. At that time he took a job as a pharmaceutical representative, which he continued until retiring in 1974.
He was inducted into the Butte Hall of Fame in 1989 along with the other members of the 1936 American Legion Baseball team, the Butte Miners. They had won the Montana championship by beating Anaconda in the final round. The team went on to win the Montana-Idaho championship. He also played baseball for Modern Woodman.
Bill was active in the Catholic Church at both St. Anthony and St. Francis parishes. He was a lector, eucharistic minister and conducted weekly communion services at Missoula Manor for a number of years.
He was preceded in death by his wife Katherine "Kay" Marie, sister Helen Wafstet, son-in-law Roger van Houten and granddaughter Courtney Wafstet.
He is survived by his five children, Katherine van Houten of Lewiston, Idaho, Bob Wafstet and wife Margaret of Missoula, Tim Wafstet and wife Cindy of Sequim, Wash., Monica Wafstet-Solin and husband Kim of Spokane and Dan Wafstet and wife Elona of Spokane; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
There will be a viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Livingston, Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday at Christ the King Church followed by burial at St. Mary's Cemetery and a reception back at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's and Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale St., Memphis, TN 38105.