Vera Pauline Patsy Orr
ST. IGNATIUS - Vera Pauline Patsy Orr went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at her home in St. Ignatius.
Patsy was born in July 1926 to William Bunn and Clara Batson Traylor in Sepulapa, Okla. Her father died in 1925 prior to her birth. Her mother married Elzie Litteral in 1928 and he became the father that she adored.
Patsy's family was proud of their Muskogee-Creek Tribe heritage, but the family left Oklahoma in 1941 and settled in Yakima, Wash., where she met the love of her life, Alvin Orr, while working in the fruit orchards. They were married Feb. 9, 1945. She and Alvin left Washington in 1948 and settled in St. Ignatius. They bought land and built a home and raised six children, three boys and three girls.
Patsy's greatest joy was supporting her children in their school activities, including football and basketball. She enjoyed doing the same thing with her grandchildren in her later years. After the divorce, Patsy spent several years being a homemaker for the elderly in the St. Ignatius area. Working with these elders brought her a lot of joy and satisfaction.
After suffering a stroke in 1999, she divided her time between her home in St. Ignatius and her daughter's home in Warm Springs, Ore., but she loved the Mission Mountains and always returned to her true home.
Patsy was preceded in death by her father, Elzie, in 1969; her mother, Clara, in 1999; and her son, Gary, in 2003.
Survivors include her five children, Sharon Orr of Warm Springs, Ore., Jerry (Kathy) Orr of Missoula, Jeannie (Dean) Seyler of Pinetop, Ariz.; Anita (Shorty) Matt of Moiese and Tim (Peggy) Orr of St. Ignatius; a daughter-in-law, Kim Orr of St. Ignatius; her grandchildren, Jodi Orr, Jori Hunter, Darren Orr, Windi Orr, Kiel Orr, Kristi Orr, Dustin Seyler, Kevin Seyler, Lakota Matt, Kendra Taylor and Danny Orr; great-grandchildren Gavin Begay, Tanner Hanes, Bridger Hanes, Coleman Taylor and Austin Taylor; uncle, Gaith Batson of Okla.; aunts, Alene Williams of Washington and Opal Stewart of Texas; brother, Bill (Billie) Traylor; sisters, Charlene Davis of Washington and Bobbi Tyler of Louisiana; and many nieces and nephews.
Patsy will be missed, but the love and dedication to her family will remain forever.
Visitation will start at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, and continue throughout the evening at the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Ignatius United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donna Martin officiating. Interment will follow at the family cemetery near St. Ignatius.
Pallbearers are Dustin Seyler, Kevin Seyler, Darren Orr, Kiel Orr, Lakota Matt and Daniel Orr.
Jake Allen Paisain
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Jake Allen Paisain died Jan. 5, 2004, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 34.
Jake was born March 3, 1969, in Panama City, Fla.
Jake graduated from the University of Montana in 1994 with honors. He also received an advanced diploma of French language. At the time of his death, Jake was working to complete his master's degree in French. Mr. Paisain taught beginning French at the university for a short time.
After moving to Beaverton, Ore., in 2002, Jake became disabled from his illness. During this time, he spent many hours pursuing various aspects of art and music.
Survivors include his parents, Larry and Carolyn Malone of Deming, N.M., and Grace Schlereth of Murrieta, Calif.
Loretta Faye 'Ret' Deitrick
KALISPELL - Loretta Faye "Ret" Deitrick, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at her home in Kalispell.
She was born in Deer Park, Wash., on July 25, 1921, to Wallace and Ethel (Warren) Kair.
Her marriage in 1937 to Melvin Goldhammer ended in divorce, and on Dec. 24, 1946, she married Henry Deitrick. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children, Charlotte Bostic, Connie Guest, Steve Deitrick and Suzanne Hutcheson, all of Kalispell.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Glacier Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Johnson Mortuary.
Joseph Glen (Marasco) Morasko
MISSOULA - Joseph Glen (Marasco) Morasko, 79, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.
Joseph was born July 17, 1924, in Glendive, to Frank and Marie (Legato) Morasko. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
On Sept. 5, 1946, he married Jacqueline Rose German in Glendive. He worked as an accountant and a building contractor.
Joe enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and researching his family genealogy. His greatest joy was time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and beloved Boston terrier, Bella.
Joe loved being with his large and colorful family. Family gatherings were never complete without Grandpa telling us that, "Unless the cow can be resuscitated, the roast in overcooked!" - always with a laugh that shook his broad shoulders. Always good for a song or a story, Grandpa once recollected his first date with Grandma, when he slipped out of Army training to take her flying in a rented plane, held together "by termites holding hands!" He'll live forever in the love he shared with all of us.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Albert, Jerry and Paul Morasko; and his sister, Lorraine Mendenhall.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Jacqueline, and eight children; daughters, Linda (Dan) McCloy of Bozeman, Teri (Jeff) Nesset of Lewiston, Idaho, Mary (Craig) Fellows of Bozeman, Patty (Don) Diegel of Scottsdale, Ariz., Carolyn (Daryn) Bundtrock of Boise, Idaho; and sons, Jim (Brenda) Morasko of Hamilton, Joe (Shirley) Morasko of Missoula and David (Karen) Morasko of Pocatello, Idaho.
He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, Glenn (Beth) McCloy, Kelly (Tim) Braun, Tracy McCloy, Jeremy (Cassie) Nesset, Jena (Brad) Rice, Jacie Nesset, Kara (Eli) Tripp, Kendra and Adriane Fellows, C.J. (Maritza) Diegel, Erin Diegel, Meghan, Kristen and James Morasko, Scott Coladonato, Brittney and Callie Ceci, Bianco Morasko, Tyson and Jacqueline Bundtrock; and three great-grandchildren, Tia and Lauryn Braun and Blake Nesset.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Pope John XXIII Parish. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pope John XXIII Parish.
Dorothy Elizabeth Sayles
MISSOULA - Dorothy Elizabeth Sayles was taken to her heavenly home by God on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, while she was at St. Patrick Hospital. Grandma Dot was surrounded by family members at the time of her passage.
The beautiful little Christian will be remembered by all who knew her by her smile, love and faith in God.
She was especially talented while she did her picture painting, flower gardening and cooking. Her expert knowledge of antiques was acquired when she and husband Bill owned and operated an antique business in Austin, Minn.
She was born in Flandreau, S.D., on Jan. 3, 1913. Her parents, with the three girls, Helen, Gladys and Dorothy, moved to Austin, Minn., when the girls were young.
On Sept. 6, 1930, Dorothy married William Cyrus Sayles and they had three sons, Robert Sayles of Clarkdale, Ariz., William R. Sayles of Huson and Creighton Sayles of Florence.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her two sisters and their husbands; seven brothers-in-law and their wives; and a number of nephews and nieces. She was the sole survivor of her generation of the Sayles clan. She was truly a "grande dame."
She is survived by her three sons and their wives, Robert and Marilynn Sayles, William and Mary Ellen Sayles and Creighton and Marcia Sayles. Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces also survive her.
This sweet, smiling, caring, God-loving woman will be missed by all who knew her. However, God knew He had a gem and took her home with Him.
There will be a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Florence Carlton Community Church, 20075 Old Highway 93, with a reception to follow. Viewing will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Garden City Funeral Home. There will also be a service in Austin on Feb. 5.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation Cancer Fund.
MISSOULA - Verna Henry, 80, of Missoula, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Hillside Manor Care Center.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
A full obituary will follow.
Glenn R. Wright
DARBY - Glenn R. Wright, 90, of Darby, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospice Center.
He was born July 8, 1913, on a homestead ranch near Drew, Ore., to Joshua and Nellie Wright.
Glenn's early years were spent on the family ranch at Days Creek, Ore. In 1919, they moved to an apple orchard and ranch northwest of Darby. He was educated in Darby public schools during an era when horses and buggies were driven to school. During high school, Glenn was both a student and a school bus driver, driving a Model T Ford bus. After high school he worked on the family orchard and ranch.
On April 4, 1943, Glenn married Elaine Henderson in Hamilton.
After selling the ranch, Glenn joined the U.S. Forest Service. He spent over 25 years combining his love for fellow workers and heavy equipment as the road construction and maintenance foreman for the Bitterroot National Forest. He especially enjoyed this work as he spent many days in the Bitterroot and Selway mountains.
Glenn also enjoyed woodworking, mechanical projects and oil painting. His last project was the restoration of a 1927 antique tractor.
Glenn had a wealth of knowledge in Montana history, with a special interest in Lewis and Clark. He loved to explore the trails and share this knowledge with others.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George; sister, Beatrice Dower; and grandson, Jeremy Wright.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine, to whom he was happily married for 60 years; son, Bruce Wright and wife Kathryn of Franktown, Colo.; grandchildren, Martha Campbell and husband Jerry of Littleton, Colo., and Nathan Wright of Boulder, Colo.; and nephews, Doug Dower and wife Alice, Roy Dower and wife Barbara, Dennis Wright and wife Jeanette and Tom Wright.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Daly-Leach Chapel. Masonic services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Ionic Lodge No. 38 officiating. Burial will follow in Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby. There will be a reception following the committal services at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Darby. Pallbearers will be Nathan Wright, Jerry Campbell, Dan Dower, Dave Dower, Alan Henderson and Dennis Lux.
The family suggests that memorials be made in Glenn's name to the Shriners Hospital for Children, N. 820 Summit Road, Spokane, WA 99201; or to the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospice Center, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton, MT 59840.
Sister Marcella Clementine Elizabeth Riener
COTTONWOOD, Idaho - Sister Marcella Clementine Elizabeth Riener, 95, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho.
She was born Oct. 11, 1908, to Clem and Mary Hutfles Riener in Greencreek, Idaho.
She joined the Monastery of St. Gertrude in 1927 where she made her monastic profession two years later.
She is survived by her monastic community and numerous nieces and nephews in the Bitterroot Valley.
A vigil service for Sister Marcella will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the monastery chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, also in the chapel. Sister Marcella's nephew, Father Joseph Schmidt, will preside and Chaplain Meinrad Schallberger, OSB, will assist. Sister Marcella's niece, Sister Margie Schmidt, OSB, will give the reflections.
Memorials may be made to the Monastery of St. Gertrude, HC 3 Box 121, Cottonwood, ID 83522-9408.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Uhlorn Funeral Home in Cottonwood.
William A. 'Bill' Robertson
KALISPELL - William A. "Bill" Robertson, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at his home in Kalispell.
He was born July 18, 1931, in Worland, Wyo., to George and Olga (Fredrickson) Robertson.
He served four years in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Janet; daughters, Sherri Robertson and Sandra Easdale; son, Michael Easdale; and numerous other relatives.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Christ Church Episcopal of Kalispell. Cremation has taken place and burial will take place in Worland in the summer.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.
Marvin D. 'Marv' Huetter
FLORENCE - Marvin D. "Marv" Huetter, 63, passed away, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at his home in Florence after a courageous battle with cancer.
Marv was born in The Dalles, Ore., on Nov. 6, 1940, the eldest child of Karl and Marie Huetter. The small family moved to the Three Mile area of Stevensville when Marv was about 6 months old. He attended Lone Rock Elementary School and Stevensville High School. At the age of 17, Marv went to Portland, Ore., where he learned and excelled in the butcher trade.
Marv met his wife in Priest River, Idaho, where he was a mobile butcher. They returned to the Bitterroot Valley in 1983.
Marv's day was not complete unless he went to the cafe in Lolo for breakfast. A veggie omelet was his daily routine, as well as a cup of coffee with all of his friends.
He loved working in his woodshop, making clocks and other things. His last project was a beautiful swing that he made for his wife to put on the deck.
Marv is survived by his wife of 24 years, JoAnne, at the family home; daughter, Victoria (Ron) Speaks of Portland; son, Terry (Sheryl) Huetter of Missoula; stepchildren, Kelly Richter Morris of Choteau, Mike (Donna) Richter of Plattville, Colo., Colleen (John) Thomas of Great Falls and Reese Richter of Lolo; grandchildren, Brian Schmidt, Nicholas, Seth and Sara Lund, Ashley, Johnny, Kyle and Tyler Huetter, Christopher and Travis Richter, Christina and Khevyn Richter and John Thomas; sisters, Connie (John) Neel of Stevensville, Karleen Cadieux of Portland, Louise (Al) Amman of Kalispell and Rita Evans of DeQueen, Ark.; brother, Ron (Sandra) Huetter of Stevensville; many nieces, nephews and good friends, especially Norm Reeder, Ralph Beyers and John Miller; also, his good friend Don Bailey.
A graveside service in Marv's memory will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Sunnyside Cemetery located off of Store Lane outside Stevensville.
Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long
And not with your head bent low.
Remember the love that we once shared.
Miss me but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must
Take and each must go alone.
It's part of the Master's Plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely or sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know.
And bury your sorrow in doing
Miss me but let me go.