Justin James LaRocque
ST. REGIS - Justin James LaRocque of St. Regis left us Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, leaving behind many warm memories. His beautiful smile, his heart of gold will live on in all of us forever. We will miss you so very much, but we will never forget you.
Justin was born Jan. 12, 1984. He loved life and touched so many in his short time with us.
He is survived by "his dad," Steve LaRocque of St. Regis; his mother, Debra Jahnke of Helena; grandmother Marie LaRocque of Missoula; and many aunts and uncles.
Heaven's Very Special Child
A meeting was held quite far from Earth
"It's time again for another birth."
Said the Angels to the Lord above,
"This special child will need much love."
His progress may seem very slow …
accomplishments he may not show;
And he'll require extra care
from the folks he meets way down there.
He may not run or laugh or play.
His thoughts may seem quite for away.
In many ways he won't adapt -
and he'll be known as handicapped.
So let's be careful where he's sent …
we want his life to be content.
Please, Lord, find the parents who
will do a special job for You.
They will not realize right away
the leading role they're asked to play;
But with this child sent from above
comes stronger faith and richer love.
And soon they'll know the privilege given
in caring for this gift from heaven.
Their precious charge, so meek and mild
is heaven's very special child.
Justin, we love you.
Services will be held on Wednesday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at the Creel Funeral Home in Lewistown.
Margaret Nellie Hendren
KALISPELL - Margaret Nellie Hendren, 79, affectionately known to all as "Granny," passed away on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her former husband Floyd Hendren of Stites, Idaho; children Jo and Wally Page of Kalispell, Charlotte Hendren of Ketchikan, Alaska, Bill and DelRae Hendren of Spokane, and June and Darrell McKenzie of Orofino, Idaho; a sister, Alice Ellis of Lewiston, Idaho; three brothers, Sam Onthank of Grangeville, Idaho, Floyd Onthank of Columbia Falls and Charlie Onthank of Kamiah, Idaho; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and a celebration of life will be conducted at a later date in Kamiah.
Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary.
Jake Dakota Robel
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Jake Dakota Robel was the son of Gregory Paul and Christy Robel of Independence, Mo. Jake, 6 years old, was the victim of a tragic crime on Feb. 22, 2000.
Jake began his short life Nov. 28, 1993, and spent his first three months in the Children's Mercy Hospital NICU, as he was born with a surgically correctable medical condition. His parents were finally able to take him home to nurture and love.
Jake loved music, animals, Donkey Kong, nature and fishing. He was a good storyteller and he will be dearly missed by his family.
Jake was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Michael and Leona Robel of Independence, Mo.; his great-uncle, Allen Fogell, and great-uncle Don Robel, of Helena.
Survivors include his parents, Christy and Gregory Paul Robel; grandparents Greg and Wilma; grandmother Carol Robel; grandparents Jim and Susan Cooley; and many aunts and uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles; his family in Montana and the Northwest, including his great-aunt, Lois Robel-Creel and husband Dale Creel; cousins, Kathe Robel of Seattle, Jenny Robel-Gyapay and husband Paul Gyapay and son Jess of Helena, Tom Robel and wife Michelle Arthur of Missoula, and Betsy Robel-Gomez and son Brandon of Missoula.
Jake's funeral was Feb. 25 in Independence and burial was at Mount Oliviet. Father Healy, pastor of St. Mark's, said during the service, filled with 750 people, that the stars and galaxies are now Jake's, and that he now hears the music of angels. Pictures of Jake began the service. Father Healy said that the pictures of Jake are not the way he is now. He is more beautiful and more powerful and more filled with life than we can possibly imagine. We need to look for ways in prayer, grieving and change so we can let go of anger, transform revenge, heal the sorrow and make peace with the regret.
Jake was a precious child and is now one of God's precious angels.
Edith B. Patzer
MISSOULA - Edith B. Patzer, 97, of Missoula, passed away on Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, of natural causes at Evergreen Health Care Center.
She was born on Oct. 15, 1902, to Peter and Marion Freed Bleth in Dickinson, N.D., where she was raised and educated.
On April 30, 1922, she married Cloyd Patzer in Wibaux.
Her hobbies included gardening, cooking, sewing and walking. Edith loved her pet dogs very much.
Her parents, husband and 12 brothers and sisters preceded her in death.
Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Eldora, Wesley, Stanley and Jean Mulherin, Juanita, Rohn, June, Michael and Sally Kohler, Anna Jean Johnson, Bruce and Judy Hanson, Gordon Bleth, Bobbie Ann, Mick and Katie Jo Waletzko, Leo, Theola, Larry, Mary Ann, Jerry, Margaret, Duane, Jennifer, Shane, Joby, Kristie and Guy Dufresne.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home where a luncheon will follow. Private interment will be at Missoula City Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Missoula Humane Society, 1105 Clark Fork Drive, Missoula, Mont. 59808.
Don Stanley Williams
POLSON - Don Stanley Williams, 72, of Polson, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, from cancer at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Don was born on Dec. 22, 1927, in Virginia City to Oscar and Dorothy Williams. He grew up in Madison County and graduated from high school in Bozeman.
Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his military discharge, Don lived and worked in several places throughout the United States, but he always returned to Montana.
He met Muriel Hall in Aberdeen, Wash., and they were married on Sept. 27, 1969, in Tacoma, Wash. They continued to live in Aberdeen until moving to Polson in 1973.
Don worked for C&R Pontiac in Polson. He later started the "Dragon Wagon" wrecker service. He also owned and operated Don's Flathead Chevron for several years. He eventually sold that business and continued to run the wrecker until he fully retired.
Don enjoyed his radio-controlled planes, stock car racing, fishing, hunting, motorcycles and metal detecting. Don especially enjoyed the times he spent with his coffee buddies and at the airport.
He attended the First Baptist Church in Polson and was a lifetime member of the VFW and Kiwanis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Muriel of Polson; one son, David Williams and his wife Rosalind, and their children, Kaitlyn and Sean, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one daughter, Dawn Schultz and her son Joshua of Polson; a sister, Betty Jane Marriage and her husband Don of Colorado; and brother Ellis Clark Williams and his wife Lauri of Missoula.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Polson, with the Rev. Rudy Ringhoff officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Cremation and arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory of Polson.
STEVENSVILLE - Carmela Kingsley, 76, of Stevensville, died at her home on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000.
She was born Jan. 5, 1924, in Palm Springs, Calif., and was the daughter of Harry and Josephine (Rizzo) Mutascio.
Survivors include one son, Bill Kingsley of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; two daughters, Rita Kingsley and Barbara Ross, both of Stevensville; one brother, Nick Mutascio of Palm Springs; one sister, Petronilla Lambeth of Glendora, Calif.; four grandchildren, Chad, Lena, Travis and Chelsea; and two great-grandchildren, Ashlee and Tanner.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.
George D. Raymond
MISSOULA - George David Raymond, 53, of Missoula, passed away on Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at his home of natural causes.
He was born Dec. 25, 1946, in Missoula to Edith and George Wendel Raymond. He was the husband of Dani Raymond. George attended Vocational School for Nursing and the Sailing School of Chapman.
George got his start working on the Alaska Pipeline. Soon after that, he bought land in Potomac and built a home. There he raised a family and went to work for St. Patrick Hospital, where he was employed for 21 years. He was a member of ABATE of Missoula.
George was a fun-loving individual who enjoyed time spent with family and friends most of all. His other passions included riding his Harley, traveling and sailing. George's dream was to sail to all the warm and friendly spots of the world with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Dani; two sons, Eliot Jemal Raymond and George Willy Wendel Raymond; daughter Anna Rathjen and her husband Hans Rathjen; stepchildren Jennifer and Jeremy Guse; grandchildren Lacy and Monty Rathjen; brothers Charles Day, Bill Raymond and Bill's wife Nancy; his close and dear friends Doug and Laura Remington, David and Debbie Savage, Mark Savage, Keith Heart, Tom and Susan Roe, and Eric and Susan Wind.
Memorial Services will be held Monday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom King officiating.