Thursday, April 30, 1998: Leonard Erickson; Lee L. Getz; Verda "Dude" Grigsby; Bernice Bierwagen Thompson; Dr. Warren Edward Selner; John E. Stevens; Jeanne M. Archie; Sammi Lynn Wilson; Clyde L. Schwartz.
Jeanne M. Archie
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Former Missoula resident Jeanne M. Archie, 57, of Kimball Township, Texas, died Tuesday, April 28, after a long illness.
She is survived by her sons, Richard Mitchell, Lance Schow and Michael Powers; brothers, Clifford Wayne Mitchell and Larry Paul Mitchell-Bade; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Jowett Funeral Home of Port Huron, Texas.
Verda 'Dude' Grigsby
BIGFORK - Verda ''Dude" Grigsby, 76, died Tuesday, April 28, at Lake View Care Center in Bigfork.
She is survived by her son, Herschel and his wife, Betty, of Bend, Ore.; a daughter, Mona Brue of Libby; sister, Pauline Tapp of Owensboro, Ky.; one granddaughter, Donna Sharp and Jeremy of Eureka; one grandson, Adam of Bend, Ore.; one great-granddaughter, Taylor Sharp of Eureka; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Christian Church in Libby.
Johnson Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Clyde L. Schwartz
PHILIPSBURG - Memorial services for retired machinist Clyde L. Schwartz, 79, formerly of Philipsburg, will be conducted Saturday, May 2, at 2:30 p.m. at the Philipsburg Chapel of KT Riddle Funeral Homes.
The Rev. Kenneth E. Fortney of St. Philip's Catholic Church will officiate. Inurnment will be at the Philipsburg Cemetery. Cremation took place at Clyde's request.
Clyde passed away peacefully Sunday, April 26, in Murray, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.
Clyde was born March 11, 1919, on a ranch near Hall. The second of three sons born to Joseph and Amelia Schwartz, Clyde was reared and educated in Milwaukee, Wis., where his brothers and father moved when Clyde was young. Clyde kept his roots in Montana by making numerous trips to go fishing and hunting.
He worked as an auto mechanic than as machinist for Western Machine in Milwaukee until he retired in 1973. He moved his family to Philipsburg in 1973, where he worked for various people in the Philipsburg area as a machinist for the last 25 years and spent his free time actually hunting and fishing - or at least talking about it with his friends. He loved the outdoors.
Clyde spent his last days in the Salt Lake City area with a daughter, Jackie, during his recent and sudden illness.
In 1941, Clyde married Ruby Frank. She died in 1951. In 1966, he married Doris (Roberts) Delaware. They later divorced, but during the marriage they were blessed with daughter Jackie. Doris had four children from a previous marriage.
Memorials are requested to the American Heart Association in his memory.
He is survived by five children, Jackie Schwartz of Utah, Brenda Johnston of Washington, Tony Schwartz of Montana, Connie Bykonen of Montana and Larry Schwartz of Washington; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; an aunt, Alma Edgar, formerly of Hall now living in Missoula; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ray and Harry.
The family wishes to express sincere thanks to everyone who has been a friend to Clyde over the years. He will be deeply missed.
Services and cremation arrangements are under the care of the KT Riddle Funeral Homes of Anaconda.
Dr. Warren Edward Selner
BIGFORK - Dr. Warren Edward Selner, 94, of Bigfork died Monday, April 27, at Lake View Care Center.
A longtime doctor of optometry, he practiced in Montana from 1927 to 1972.
He is survived by one daughter, Joan Louise Selner-Kubas of Bigfork; four grandchildren, Sue Gonzales, Linda Bowman, Pamela Detamore and Barrett Kubas; five great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Bowman, Conn Alan Bowman, Nicholas Gonzales, Sheena Kubas and Sara Kubas.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Bigfork Masonic Lodge .
Arrangements are by the Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.
John E. Stevens
SPOKANE - John E. Stevens, 63, of Eureka, died Wednesday, April 29, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane of complications from a kidney transplant.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Stevens of Eureka; three sons, Ray, Larry and Glenn, all of Eureka; two daughters, Kari Miller of Lolo and Valida Stevens of Eureka; his mother, Ruby Hruby of Eureka; two brothers, William Stevens of Polson and LeRoy Stevens of Eureka; two sisters, Anita Rossing of Libby and Iva Lee Dieziger of Eureka; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Church of God in Eureka.
Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home in Eureka.
SUPERIOR - Leonard Erickson, 86, of Superior died Tuesday, April 28, of natural causes at Mineral Community Hospital in Superior.
Leonard was born July 10, 1911, in Burke, Idaho, to William and Ida Erickson. He was raised and educated in the Willow Creek area of Montana.
Leonard was married to Leona E. Casey on Feb. 21, 1939. The couple was happily married 59 years.
Survivors include Leonard's wife, Leona of Superior; one son, Leo Q. Erickson of Spokane; four daughters, Barbara A. Hayhurst of Lewiston, Idaho; Norma Jean Erickson of Wheaton, Ill.; Elaine Dent of Superior; and Juanita Lee Moore of East Missoula; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Missoula. Military honors will be provided by the Missoula-area veterans' organizations. A reception will follow in the funeral home's community room.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Sunset Chapel, 7405 Mullan Road.
Lee L. Getz
MISSOULA - Lee L. Getz, died of cancer Tuesday, April 21, at her home.
She was born in Laurel on March 29, 1913. After completing high school there, she went to KBU in Spokane. She was employed by Hilton and Hilton Real Estate in Missoula. She later was employed as a civilian secretary for the Army at Fort Missoula. When that contingent was transferred to Fort Lawton, Wash., she moved with them and remained in their employ until her retirement.
Lee joined the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Ballard 172, on Jan. 28, 1963, and served in many capacities. She went through the chairs to become president 1974 to 1975 and was president a second time from 1986 to 1987. She was captain of the floor team, district deputy, district mother, Eagle of the Year 1993 and was named permanent mother in 1995.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Fred, Jake and Henry; and two sisters, Molly and Clara. She is survived by sisters, Marie Eash of Spokane and Esther Ridnour of Missoula; two brothers, George and his wife, Helen, of Missoula, and Herman and his wife, Elinora, of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in Seattle at Ballard 172 Eagles Lodge on May 3.
Memorials may be made to Hospice or to the Cancer Society.
Bernice Bierwagen Thompson
THOMPSON FALLS - Longtime Thompson Falls resident Bernice Bierwagen Thompson, 79, passed away at her home on the Blue Slide Road on Tuesday, April 28.
She is survived by one son, Phillip Thompson of Thompson Falls; one daughter, Lynn McFeely of Thompson Falls; three sisters, Vi Brennan and Martha Pahl, both of Arizona, and Hermie Charron, Thompson Falls; two brothers, Gordon and Ray Bierwagen both of Thompson Falls; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Bierwagen; her former husband, Bill Thompson; two sisters, Kathleen and Donna; and one brother, Curtis.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Community Congregational Church in Thompson Falls.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Sanders County or to Thompson Falls Ambulance.
Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Sammi Lynn Wilson
RONAN - Sammi Lynn Wilson, 16, of Ronan died at Community Medical Center in Missoula on Monday, April 27, surrounded by her loving friends and family.
She was born on July 15, 1981, in Missoula.
Sammi received her education in Lolo until grade six and then moved to Ronan. She attended attended Ronan High School. She will be remembered for her smile, humor and ability to say more with one look than we can say with one thousand words.
Her patience, strength and stubbornness set an example for us all. We will never know how many lives she has touched. Her name comes from Samuel, which means ''gift from God," and that is what she was for everyone. He has taken her home.
She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and a cousin.
Survivors include her mother, Sue and stepfather, Herb Warford, of Florence; her father, Dale and stepmother, Marcia Wilson, of Missoula; three brothers, Misha, Ian and Dillon of Missoula, and a sister, Sara, of Missoula. Also surviving are her extended family, Arletta and Jerry Clairmont of Ronan; a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends of all ages. A special thank-you goes to Dr. Daniel Harper for making her passing a little easier.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.
Memorial services will be held at Ronan High School on Thursday, April 30, at 2 p.m.
Memorial services will be held at the Lolo Community Church on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. The Rev. Gale Fister will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics program or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are by Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.