Alice M. Carolan

LIBBY - Alice M. Carolan, 84, of Libby, died of natural causes Saturday, April 8, 2000, at St. John's Lutheran Hospital.

Survivors include her husband Francis Patrick Carolan of Libby; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Donna McQueen of Kuna, Idaho, and Robert and Debbie McQueen of Central Point, Ore.; four daughters and their husbands, Rose and Clark Stahlberg of Kalispell, Dorothy and Tom McCarty and Sharon and Ron Curtiss, all of Libby, and Eileen and Elmer Amundson of Deering, N.D.; 32 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.

Gerrit James Hamilton

LOLO - Gerrit James Hamilton, 18, died April 7, 2000, in a bicycle accident on Highway 93. He lived most of his life in Lolo on Mill Creek Road.

Gerrit was born in Missoula on June 14, 1981, and went to Woodman School and Big Sky High School. He was active in sports, lettering in soccer. He would often make two 40-mile round trips to Missoula on his bicycle in order to participate in "two-a-day" soccer practices.

He was a freshman at the University of Montana. Gerrit was a passionate trainer and had no time for traditional diversions of other teenage boys. His goals were to be the best snowboarder, downhill mountain bike racer and off-road motorcyclist that he could be.

In 1999 he won the Junior Expert Montana State Championship in both the dual slalom and downhill events as well as finishing 25th Junior Expert at the Deer Valley World Qualifiers in Utah. He recently finished second overall at the Downhill Bicycle Snow Race at Marshall Mountain.

As a motorcycle enduro rider, his ultimate goal was to be only the second Montanan ever to qualify as a Team USA I.S.D.E. Rider in the World Enduro Championships (his brother William was the first). During the 1999 National Enduro Qualifying series, he won four gold medals, earning the number "6" nationally in his class. No matter how well his results were, he was always sure that could have done better and would next time.

Gerrit lived life the same way he raced. He wasn't interested in winning as much as doing his best. Since you can't go faster when everyone's behind you, he would skip advancement levels and was never intimidated when the world's best would line up next to him.

Gerrit worked part time for Mike Tingley's Suzuki and for Dorothy and Dennis McCrudden of Rices Inc.

The pride of his life was his 3-year-old nephew Kobe. He started training Kobe early and had already taught him to snowboard and "downhill" race on his tike bike. He looked forward to teaching Kobe all the activities that he enjoyed along with his brother Bill.

Although Gerrit has fallen short of his lofty goals, he will always be remembered for his steadfast persistence and his unfaltering friendship. Gerrit was the best son, brother and uncle we could ever have.

He is survived by his parents, Larry and Cheryl Hamilton; brother William at the family home in Lolo; sister and brother-in-law Teralee and Nate Johnson and their son Kobe of Lolo; grandmothers Nina Stith of West Plains, Mo., and Sue Duncan of Wichita, Kan.; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends along with L.O.Y.D. (his "little orange and yellow dog").

The family suggests memorials in Gerrit's name to Team USA I.S.D.E. Rider Fund, c/o American Motorcycle Association, 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147; or the International Mountain Biking Association Trail Fund.

In accordance with Gerrit's wishes, cremation will occur before the service. He didn't want to take up space that might be used for riding. He would have preferred you remembering him as he passed you on the worst downhill or squeezed by you in an impossible corner.

He also wasn't much for being formal, so he will leave us wearing his racing gear and would invite all of his friends to wear their jerseys and maybe even taking a ride afterwards.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, April 10, at the Lolo Community Church (located behind the Lolo Post Office) at 3 p.m. with the family's good friend, Alan Hill of Cheney, Kan., officiating.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

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