Adella 'June' Burbidge Fitzgerald McCarthy
MISSOULA - Adella "June" Burbidge Fitzgerald McCarthy, 94, of Missoula, passed away Aug. 14, 2003, at the Riverside Health Care Center from metastatic liver cancer.
June was born June 1, 1909, on a farm six miles south of Henry, S.D.
Due to her brother Jay's illness, the family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when she was 16 years old at the height of the boom time in 1925. Graduating from high school in 1927, her flair for music and fun found an outlet in her playing the banjo-ukulele at numerous beach parties.
For two years, she remained in Florida before returning to South Dakota, where she enrolled in the Aberdeen Teachers College to obtain her teaching certificate. Certificate in hand, she began teaching in country schools.
After three years, the Depression forced her to find work at the telephone company in Lead, S.D. While there, she met and married James Fitzgerald and had one daughter, Gwen. James was killed in an accident, so plucky June returned to school and obtained her state teaching certificate and began teaching again.
During World War II, there was a period when she worked in an airplane factory in Indiana - our own Rosie the Riveter. Once again, she returned to teaching in South Dakota and ultimately Sheridan, Wyo. While in Sheridan in 1948, she met and married Thomas McCarthy. Their marriage endured until 1993 upon Tom's passing.
Teaching was truly the vocation given her by God, as she taught for 43 years, finally retiring in 1975 - sort of - but continuing to substitute teach for 17 more years. Her years of teaching gave her the opportunity to affect many lives. To the day she died, she received notes and calls from former students.
During her years in Sheridan, she was involved in teaching organizations, the Art Guild and was a 50-year member of Homemakers.
June's talents were many, singing; playing the piano, banjo-ukulele, guitar and accordion; and painting many beautiful pictures of the scenic West. Dancing was at the top of her list for fun and she possessed a remarkable memory recounting many stories from her life experiences. Above all, June was kind and generous to young and old, helping others silently in many ways.
In 1997, June moved to Missoula, where she lived at the Village Senior Residence. While at the Village, she made many friends and became known as the "pickle lady" as she made wonderful dill, watermelon, sweet and bread-and-butter pickles, sharing them with all. Her baking talents of brownies and banana bread were also tops for good eats. One of June's hidden ministries was to slip birthday greetings to her neighbors at the Village, simply signed, "the birthday fairy."
June's limitless dedication to her family will be her legacy. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the special ones that lit up her life, benefiting from her extraordinary generosity that spoiled them all so. Birthdays and Christmas will surely not be the same without her. Summers were when lifelong memories were made for her grandchildren with time spent in Sheridan.
June was preceded in death by her parents, Lillian and William Burbidge; brothers, Robert and Jay; and sister, Lucille.
She is survived by her daughter, Gwen Cloninger and her husband Lowell of Swan Lake; grandchildren, Dirk (Becky) Cloninger of Missoula, Becky (Robert) Byrne of Missoula and Marcy (Tim) Dolan of Safety Harbor, Fla.; and great-grandchildren, Daniel Cloninger, Carrie Jo Cloninger, Brayden Byrne, Jacob Byrne, Caroline Dolan, Timothy Dolan and Elizabeth Dolan; special nieces and nephews, William Edwards, Arlene Johnson, Robert Edwards, Marjory Maier and Richard Edwards.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Garden City Funeral home with a Rosary following at 6 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment will take place in Sheridan at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in June's name to Camp Mak-A-Dream in Gold Creek or to a charity of the donor's choice.
A special thank-you to the staff of the Village Senior Residence for their years of care for June. Also to Dr. Lee Travis and Dr. Nancy Eyler and their staffs for June's care. And last, to Riverside Health Care Center which though briefly cared for June, did so with great kindness.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Muriel Leone Gee
MISSOULA - Muriel Leone Gee, 83, of Missoula, left this earth to tend God's gardens Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at her home of natural causes.
She was born Nov. 16, 1919, in Absarokee to Minnie Pearl (Mentch) and Clyde Leaverton.
She married Samuel Vibert Gee and they resided in numerous ranching communities, including Helmville and the Mission Valley, with their four children. They later divorced.
She settled on Missoula's north side, working at the old Florence Laundry and waiting tables at the Park Cafe. She was most known though, for the work in her garden and many hours canning and making jam. In her later years, she lived in the country close to Frenchtown, near her son Cork, allowing her garden to flourish in bounty as well as size.
Lovingly known as "Grandma" to her family and countless others, she enjoyed fishing, listening to old-time country music, playing her harmonica, quilting, gardening and spending time with her family. No one left Grandma's house empty-handed. You always left with arms full of fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods or a bouquet of flowers, her favorite being roses.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters and one great-granddaughter.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Miller and Esther Mackey of Missoula; two sons and their wives, Sam(Pat) Gee Jr. of Arlee and Cork (Terry) Gee of Missoula; a sister, Gertrude Jay of Lolo; a brother, Daniel Leaverton of Astoria, Ore.; 18 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be Saturday at Garden City Funeral Home at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at the funeral home's community room. Family interment services will be Monday at 9 a.m. at Missoula City Cemetery.
Nancy Marie Wall
LUSTRE - Nancy Marie Wall, 54, died in a car accident just east of Glasgow on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003. She was born May 26, 1949, in Missoula to Harvey A. McDonald and Anna Maxine (Vicain) McDonald.
She was raised in Frenchtown and graduated from Frenchtown High School in 1967. She graduated from Western Montana College in Dillon.
On May 23, 1970, Nancy married Dwain Wall in Frenchtown. They lived in Lambert for two years before moving to Lustre on the family farm.
Nancy taught school at the Lustre, Frontier and Frazer Schools. She enjoyed quilting, reading and cooking. She was also active in the EMB Church and Sunday School, was a 4-H leader and also belonged to the ADK (teachers organization), and was a member of WIFE.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey A. McDonald Sr.; her brothers, Harvey A. McDonald, Jr. and Bobby G. McDonald; and an uncle, Gilbert Vicain.
Survivors include her husband, Dwain Wall of Lustre; children, Steven D. Wall of Bozeman, Heidi A. (Matt) Burns and son Joseph Burns of Milwaukee, Gretchen M. Wall of St. Paul, Minn., Heather N. (Robert) Atienza of West Covina, Calif., Katrina C. Wall of Lustre; sister, Marcia (Ray) Cline of Fernandino Beach, Fla.; and mother Anna Vicain McDonald of Missoula.
Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Lustre EMB Church with the Rev. John Skillman officiating. Burial will be at the Lustre Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.
Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
MISSOULA - A celebration of life for Jerry Walterskirchen will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Jerry's home in Missoula, 115 S. Garfield.
There will be a barbecue with refreshments, jazz music and a display of photos of Jerry and his artwork and sculptures. Dress is informal.
Jerry passed away March 18 in Munich, Germany, at age 75.
Charles H. Sadik
STEVENSVILLE - Charles H. Sadik, 57, of Stevensville, died at his home Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003.
He was born in Boulder, Colo., the son of Henry L. and Carolyn L. (Clingman) Sadik and grew up in Baytown, Texas, with two sisters and one brother
He was a high school prankster. He later worked at IBM and the NASA Space Center. While with IBM, Charlie worked on several Gemini and Apollo missions. He later turned to mechanics and joined American Honda as a service adviser. He retired from American Honda in 1990.
Charlie's interests were wide ranging. He moved to Montana in the late 1970s and made his home in the Bitterroot Valley. He loved the Big Sky country: fishing, camping, motorcycling, the scenic byways and exploring the numerous mining towns.
He was a longtime member of the Elks, frequenting the health club in Missoula through the 1980s. An excellent mechanic, Charlie received distinguished service awards from American Honda for his speed and accuracy in troubleshooting and repair. After retirement from American Honda, he devoted his energies to gunsmithing, blacksmithing and lending mechanical advice to family members. He could restore almost anything to working order.
Survivors include a sister, Helen of Salt Lake City, and a brother, Wayne of Houston.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 203 Main St., with the Rev. Jean Collins officiating.
The Whitesitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.