Harold F. Alexander
POLSON - Longtime Polson resident Harold F. Alexander, 74, passed away with in Tucson, Ariz., with his family at his side on Monday, April 3, 2000, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 51 years, Doreen, who took care of him throughout his illness.
Harold was born May 17, 1925, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Frank and Helen (Coster) Alexander.
As a boy he played hockey and excelled as a ski jumper. Harold was in the Canadian Navy from 1943 until his discharge in 1945. He worked on the convoys between Canada and England. After his discharge he entered the printing trade.
In 1956 Harold, Doreen and their son Terry moved from Canada to Polson, where Harold joined the Flathead Courier (Lake County Leader). He also worked in Olympia, Wash., and as the foreman of the Glasgow Courier in Glasgow before returning to Polson in 1964 to work at the Courier until his retirement from the newspaper in 1981.
He was instrumental in starting the Polson Little League baseball program in 1957 and joined the volunteer fire department at about the same time.
He and Doreen also ran several successful businesses, including A-C Printers, The Malt Shop, The Hut Cafe and Doreen's Fashions. During his retirement he bought a dump truck and delivered black dirt to many residents.
Harold liked to fish at Lake Mary Ronan and hunt with his sons. Their annual trip to Malta made for many fond memories.
Harold took great pride in the home they built on Flathead Lake and enjoyed just looking at the Mission Mountains, the lake and the various wildlife that came to visit.
He belonged to several fraternal organizations and preferred to work behind the scenes rather than be in the limelight. He was a charter member of the Lions Club, Masonic Lodge No. 78, Scottish Rite, Shrine of Baghdad Temple of Butte, and was a charter member of the Legion of Honor. He was an active member of Polson Elks Lodge No. 1695, for which he received several commendations, including Elk of the Year in 1971 and 1976.
His parents preceded him in death.
In addition to his wife Doreen, he is survived by two sons, Terry Alexander and wife Donna of Seattle, and Tom Alexander and wife Mary Ann of Butte; six grandchildren, Kim Maloney and husband Tom, and Chanel Lake and husband Tim, all of Polson; Jeffrey and Brian Alexander of Seattle; and Corey McGreevey and wife Carol, and Mackenzie Alexander, all of Butte; two great-grandchildren, Caitlin Maloney and Isabelle McGreevey; brother Allan Alexander and his wife Gladys, and sister Frances Currie and husband Tom, all of Canada; a special cousin, Len Wilson of Green Valley, Ariz.; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He is loved and will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund in Polson, to Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital in Spokane, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation will be 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Grogan Funeral Home in Polson.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Polson Masonic Temple, followed by burial at Lakeview Cemetery.
Anita Espinoza Hanson
ARLEE - Anita Espinoza Hanson, 63, of Arlee passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Surrounded by her family, she died peacefully.
She was born in St. Ignatius on Sept. 11, 1936, to Annie and Pablo Espinoza. She attended Arlee schools and spent her life in the Jocko Valley. She married Randy Hanson on Jan. 27, 1955.
The early years of her marriage were spent raising her three children. After her children reached school age, she began working at the BeeHive Cafe in Arlee. The best hamburger in town could be had off her grill. Later, she worked at the Blue Sky Cafe in Arlee and was the first cook for the Arlee Head Start Program. Also during this time, she and her husband began ranching and ran cattle.
If there was work to be done, Anita was in the middle of it, whether it was birthing calves, cooking meals, raising children or sewing clothes. In recent years, she enjoyed gardening, ceramics and camping in Swan Lake with her husband, friends and dog. Despite fighting debilitating illnesses for 14 years, she remained the heart and stronghold of her family. She is remembered for her youthful energy and vitality. Her children and grandchildren always knew she would be in the stands watching their sporting events whether they were participating during a snowstorm or in a faraway town. Hers was the voice that could always be heard shouting encouragement.
There was always a homemade snack to be had in her welcoming kitchen. She was a good listener who was always supportive - the dear confidante to numerous people. Anita's passing leaves a void in the lives of many; she'll be deeply missed.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Carl, and her father, Pablo Espinoza.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Randy Hanson of Arlee; her children, Charles and Charlene of Arlee, and Carla of Tracy, Calif.; her grandchildren, Rusty Hanson, Anita and Seth Hershman all of Arlee; her siblings, Lolita Hendrickson, Sarge Espinoza, Dib Espinoza and Pat Espinoza, all of Arlee; her mother, Annie Espinoza of Arlee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the Arlee Sacred Heart Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation Inc., The Moisture Seekers, 366 N. Broadway, Jericho, NY 11753; phone 1-800-475-6473.
Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory in Missoula.
Gladys Tucker Schneider
MISSOULA - On Thursday, April 6, 2000, at age 94, our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many passed away at Hillside Manor in Missoula.
Gladys (Henry) Tucker Schneider was one of four children born to George S. and Nora (Lykins) Henry on Sept. 21, 1905, in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Gladys and family moved to the Livingston area in 1916, where she attended school and graduated from Park County High School. She went on to get her teachers certificate and taught in the Mill Creek area, south of Livingston.
She met Edward Tucker and they married on Dec. 29, 1923, in Bozeman. Gladys and Ed homesteaded in the upper Yellowstone Valley and had four children. In 1936, they moved to Dillon. Ed was killed in a mine accident in 1948.
Gladys married Frank (Ben) Schneider in 1953, in Reno, Nev. Ben and Gladys bought and ran a number of businesses throughout the state. In 1976, they retired and made their home in St. Ignatius. Ben passed away in October 1977.
Gladys left St. Ignatius in 1986 and moved to California to share a home with her daughter Beverly. She would return to Montana during the summer months and spend time with her son Tom and daughter Florence. In 1994, she returned to Montana and resided at Missoula Manor and became an avid bingo player.
Preceding her in death, besides her parents, were her sister, Eunice Abbott; two brothers, Ralph and his wife Agnes, and Lawrence and his wife Alice; a grandson, Jere Hubber; her daughter, Mildred (Tucker) Hubber; and a great-granddaughter, Trecia Marsili.
Gladys is survived by her son Tom and his wife Millie of Missoula; her daughter Florence and son-in-law Jack McGlynn of Butte; and her daughter Beverly Powell of Missoula; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She will be laid to rest with her daughter Mildred and husband Ben in the Mountain View Cemetery in St. Ignatius. A private graveside service will be held.
The family suggests memorials to the St. Ignatius Mission Church.
The Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Sunset Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Hilda Belle Richardson
MISSOULA - Hilda Belle Richardson, 88, died of cancer on Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at her home in Missoula, surrounded by her daughter and loving friends. Hilda was born Nov. 18, 1911, to George Lot Wilson and Ammie Belle Wilson in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
On Jan. 18, 1932, she married Joseph Henry Richardson in Muscatine, Iowa. She lived much of her married life in Louisville, Ky. She was a fine seamstress, knitter and quilter. Hilda was a loving woman with a good wit and an excellent sense of humor.
She moved to Missoula in 1988 to live with her daughter, Sharon Lucille Richardson.
She is survived by daughter Sharon, and her son, Dr. Todd George Richardson and his wife Leslie of Louisville. Other survivors include her grandchildren, Debbie Mitchell, Laura Sandy, Jennifer Murphy, Valla Ann Dobbins and Stephanie Richardson; her sister, Catherine Elliott of Muscatine, Iowa; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and her special friend, Karen Fliflet.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her brother Dale Wilson and her grandson Chris Richardson.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Livingston Chapel, 224 W. Spruce St. Internment will take place in Louisville.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice at Partners in Home Care, or the Chalice of Repose Project.
Doris Anne Brown Peterson
MISSOULA - Doris Anne Brown Peterson, 78, passed peacefully early Wednesday morning, April 5, 2000, after a spirited struggle with cancer.
Doris was born Feb. 14, 1922, in Richerton, N.D., to Carl and Julia Braun Brown. In the early 1930s, she moved with her parents and brothers and sisters to Missoula. Doris attended St. Anthony's School and graduated from Missoula County High School, now Hellgate High School, in 1941. After high school, Doris worked as a secretary, bookkeeper and part-time waitress. Doris was active in the Missoula Credit Women's Association, serving as president in 1944 and 1945. She was also active in league bowling in Missoula for many years.
It was as a part-time waitress at the Elks Club in Missoula that she met John Peterson. They were married on June 25, 1960.
Doris was active with the Southside Lady Lions Club and their testing for lazy eye program for many years as well as volunteering her time to Partners in Home Care in Missoula. Doris also enjoyed bridge and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Lawrence, Kenneth and Al Brown, and sisters Frieda McLaughlin, Lucille Whitman, Patricia Oien and Laura Bell Brown.
She will be missed by her husband John in Missoula; daughter Jacqueline of Portland, Ore.; son John and his wife Tami of Richland, Wash.; as well as brother David Brown of Spokane and aunt Betty Birkmier of Mandan, N.D. Many nieces, nephews and cousins will also remember her fondly, as will friends and neighbors.
Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Tremont and Woodford. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jackie and John Peterson, Claudia and Ken Brown Jr., Diane Anderson and Dave Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Whitman and Vi Gray.
A reception will be held after the services at Redstone Estate, 2121 39th St.
The family asks that memorials be made to Partners In Home Care, 500 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula, MT 59802.
Arrangements are by the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Squire Chapel, 3035 S. Russell St.