Michael John Laabs
BIGFORK - Michael John Laabs, 47, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2000, from a fall while climbing McDonald Peak in the Mission Mountains. He was born Oct. 13, 1952, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Jack and Connie (Snippen) Laabs.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, John "Jack" Laabs.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie of Bigfork; three sons, Kelly Montana, Matthew Tanner and Joseph Jennings; his mother, Connie Laabs of Great Falls; two brothers, Pat Laabs and wife, Tracie, of Great Falls, and Bobby Laabs and wife, Mary, of Raleigh, N.C.; one sister, Mary Kaye Laabs Johnson and husband, Tom, of Sandy, Utah; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Bigfork, with the Rev. Richard Sodja as celebrant. There will be a wake service at St. Catherine's on Wednesday, July 5, at 7 p.m.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the Samaritan House, P.O. Box 592, Kalispell, MT 59903.
Douglas W. Mayer
MISSOULA - Douglas W. Mayer, 47, passed away after a heart attack on Friday, June 23, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
He was born Oct. 3, 1952, to Bruce and Lucille Mayer. He was raised in Cleveland, and graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio. He was a successful businessman and entrepreneur who founded and managed two BMW motorcycle franchises: Bavarian Cycle Works in San Francisco and California BMW in Mountain View, Calif.
In 1982 he married Dorothy Dale Murphy. Doug and Dale spent time traveling the country, which is how they discovered the Bitterroot Valley. They lived in Stevensville for nine years and moved to Missoula in 1996.
Everything Doug did, he did with great passion. He was a person whose presence would fill up a room. He loved his family more than life itself. He encouraged his children to be the very best people they could be. He was a very loving, attentive and affectionate husband and father. He treasured every minute he spent with his family and children.
He dedicated many hours to the local community. He served on the board of the Stevensville United Methodist Church and currently was a member of the University Congregational Church. Doug contributed time and talents to schools, especially Paxson Elementary where he enjoyed working with children of all ages. He founded the Young Skaters Program at Glacier Ice Rink and taught many children how to ice skate. He served on the board of directors for the Missoula Area Youth Hockey Association (MAYHA) and spent countless hours making improvements at the Glacier Ice Rink. He could often be found at the ice rink driving the Zamboni and was instrumental in the development and organization of both the adult and youth hockey programs.
He is survived by his wife Dale and three children, Abigail, Andrew and Christopher.
A service to celebrate Doug's life will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 7, at University Congregational Church, 405 University Ave., Missoula, followed by a potluck dinner.
The family requests that memorial donations be made in Doug's name to MAYHA, P.O. Box 87, Missoula, MT 59806.
HAMILTON, Ontario - Ezio Cappadocia, after a sudden and brief crisis, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital at Hamilton, Ontario.
The family is grieved but comforted by the magnificent care he received from everyone in first the emergency section and then the intensive care unit of St. Joseph's Hospital. His recent complex medical history caught up with him despite successful angioplasty at Toronto General Hospital a few days earlier. He would have been 80 on his next birthday.
Born Nov. 14, 1920, in Pisterzo, Latina, Italy, he arrived in Canada's Northern Ontario by way of Ellis Island at the Port of New York on Sept. 17, 1934. Canada gave him the opportunity to do the only thing that he ever wanted to do, teach history, which he did first at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, and then at McMaster University at Hamilton, Ontario.
He leaves his wife, Helen Ingersoll Cappadocia; a daughter, Susan Antonia Cappadocia; two sons, Charles Ingersoll Cappadocia and Thoms Rufus Cappadocia, and a daughter-in-law, Louise Daniel Cappadocia; and one beloved grandson, Che Elijah Cappadocia.
He will be buried at a private family ceremony in Dundas, Ontario, at Grove Cemetery. A commemorative service will be held at the McMaster University Convocation Hall on Friday, July 7, from 3-4 p.m., followed by a reception at the Faculty Club from 4-6 p.m. Visitation will be on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Cattel, Eaton & Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main St., Dundas.
He was known by faculty and students as an outstanding teacher. His lifelong interest in liberalism, intellectual and cultural history is carried on in the lives of his students. His beloved extended family of Ricci and Cappadocia have nourished his heart while he has found in the university community a solace to his mind. A noble spirit has passed by.
Donations to the Clark Fork Pend'Oreille Coalition of Montana and Idaho would be appreciated by the family.
Anna L. Pfeifer
HAMILTON - Anna L. Pfeifer, 96, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at her residence in Hamilton.
She was born on Sept. 23, 1903, in Stavanger, Norway, to the late Halver and Sina Landa. She came to the United States with her mother at the age of 3 in the spring of 1906. They joined her father in Pierce, N.D. Anna graduated from Scranton High School and received her teaching certificate from the Normal College in Dickinson, N.D. She taught in country schools in North Dakota.
She married Harold Begin in 1930 in North Dakota and moved to Montana in 1934, settling in the West Fork area, and later moved into Hamilton. She returned to teaching in 1948 and retired in 1955. Even at the age of 95 Anna wished that she could still be teaching.
She married Fred Pfeifer on April 9, 1955, in Hamilton. They made their home west of Hamilton. Fred preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1991.
Anna was a charter member of the Golden Agers Club and was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Deanna Marsh of Hamilton; a son, Howard Begin of Dillon; a stepson, Ellsworth Pfeifer of Hamilton; stepdaughters Lenore Hutchings of Livingston and Marlys Pfeifer of Hamilton; sisters Ella Greenup of Hamilton and Signa Peldo of Fredricks, S.D.; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Rasmus and Ingolf, and sisters Caroline Langley and Hilda Mattson.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 7, at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton with the Rev. Glen Merritt officiating. Interment will follow at the Corvallis Cemetery.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
The family suggests memorials to the Grace Lutheran Church or to the Golden Agers.
Donna M. Hutton
LIBBY - Donna M. Hutton, 65, of Libby, died of natural causes Sunday, July 2, 2000, at St. John's Lutheran Hospital in Libby. She was born Oct. 13, 1934, in Colville, Wash., to Charles and Annetta Shuck Maurer.
Survivors include one daughter, Rhonda Fisher and her husband, Richard, of Libby; three stepchildren, Joanne Carver and her husband, Larry, of Kalispell; Ronnie Hutton and his wife, Dametrie, of Libby; and Christy Miller of Libby; two brothers, John Maurer and his wife, Sunnie, of Spokane; and Donald Maurer and his wife, Carol, of Moses Lake, Wash.; and four grandchildren, Justin Lauer, Jonelle Lauer, Charise Fisher and Trista Fisher, all of Libby.
Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Thursday, July 6. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 7, at Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the City of Libby Cemetery.
Lucille 'Lu' Burke
MISSOULA - Lucille "Lu" Burke, 77, of Missoula, was called to a gathering on Sunday, July 2, and will join her husband Donald and family and friends. She was born Sept. 14, 1922, in Missoula, to Agnes Olson Wiemer and William Wiemer Sr., who preceded her in death.
She was raised on Missoula's North Side, where she attended Whittier School. She married Donald E. Burke on April 3, 1949, in Deer Lodge. With this union four children were born.
She was employed in the food industry until her retirement from Four B's Warehouse in 1984.
Lu, along with her husband, enjoyed life to the very fullest. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by brothers William Jr., Guy, Jack and Wallace; and sisters Fern, Honey and Gladys.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Agnes and Jerry Funston of Anaconda, Kathleen and Chuck Sewell of Billings, and Donna and Gary Kolar, William Burke, Kenneth and Gina Burke, John and Marsha Burke, all of Missoula; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Dorothy Burke of Deer Lodge, Ruth Wiemer of Baker and Jean Bender of Chula Vista, Calif.; brother-in-law Robert Lampe of Anaconda; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Royal and May Burke of Phosphate; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Garden City Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Garden City Funeral Home with the Rev. Dan Dixson officiating. Burial will follow at Missoula City Cemetery. A reception will follow the graveside services in Garden City Funeral Home's community room.
Pallbearers will be Justin Burke, Johnny Burke, Gary Funston, Mike Armstrong, Mike Funston and Ed Lampe. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Kolar, John Borchert, Bobby Coffey, Mike Curlin, Jeremy Funston and Robert Rodriguez.
The family suggests memorials to St. Patrick Hospital, 500 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802; or to Community Medical Rehabilitation Service, 2827 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Maurice M. Dyer
MISSOULA - Maurice M. Dyer, 85, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Village Health Care Center in Missoula.
He was born Sept. 7, 1914, in Sheridan, Wyo., to Harry and Nellie Dyer. They moved to Idaho when he was a young boy and he received his education there. He trained as a heavy equipment operator in the Civil Conservation Corps, working various jobs before moving to Alaska in 1939.
He married Georgia Smith in Cascade, Idaho, on Aug. 7, 1941, returning to Alaska and living there until 1946. They made their home in Montana in 1954, where Maurice built logging roads in western Montana until he retired in 1979.
Maurice was an ardent reader, enjoying Montana history, mysteries and Westerns. A favorite hobby was making clocks for family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Edwin and Bill.
He is survived by his wife Georgia of Missoula; a daughter, Maurine Nagy of Huson; three grandchildren, Robyn Nagy Floren, Rochelle Knapp and Scott Nagy; his beloved great-grandchildren, Alia, Noah and Sara; a brother, Charles of Caldwell, Idaho; and two sisters, Ella Schmirrer of Meridian, Idaho, and Thelma Nelson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 7, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. The Malletta Family of Funeral Home's Sunset Chapel, 7405 Mullan Road, is in charge of arrangements. A reception will follow in the funeral home's community room.
Memorials in Maurice's name may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
LIBBY - Ray Finstad, retired city of Libby police officer, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. He was born at Priest River, Idaho on April 23, 1921, to Jesse and Laura Finstad. He and his late wife Kathryn "Katie" were married Aug. 4, 1962, at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his wife in December 1995 and two brothers, Ken and Norman.
Survivors include his son, Les Finstad of Conway Springs, Kan.; a daughter, Sharon Rantin of Hutchinson, Kan.; his friend and caregiver, Jessie Stewart of Coeur d'Alene; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Charles McReynolds will officiate. Interment with military honors will be in the City of Libby Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at the funeral home.
Steven Wesley Enochs
INDIANAPOLIS - Steven Wesley Enochs, 49, died June 29, 2000, from heart failure at his home in Indianapolis.
He was born March 7, 1951, in Vancouver, Wash., to Gladys Hogan and Wesley Enochs.
He attended school in Salinas, Calif., and served in the Marines from 1967-1970.
In 1987 he met and married Marilyn Bomactao. He was the manager of Kipling Apartments in Salinas from 1985 until 1995 when he moved to Columbus, Ind.
His hobbies included fishing and cooking. He was best known for his sense of humor, his love of the ocean and his never-ending belief in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
He was preceded in death by his mother and his paternal grandmother, Dottie Lockwood.
Survivors include his father, Wes Enochs of Santa Maria, Calif.; his wife, Marilyn of Missoula; sisters Billie Salmina and her husband, Chuck, of Sacramento, Calif.; Betty Brown and her husband, James, of Henderson, Nev.; Kathy Stewart and her husband, Tom, of Missoula; and Rene Enochs of Seattle; a nephew, Brian Brown of Henderson, Nev., and a niece, Leslie Barney of Estes Park, Colo.
Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at the Missoula Cemetery. Pastor Dan Dixson will officiate. Pallbearers are Lionel Bomactao, James Brown, Bob Morin, Larry Bing, Joe Rathun, Mike McLean and Tom Stewart. A reception will follow at Lori McLean's.
The family suggests memorials to Watson's Children's Shelter, 2901 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804.