MISSOULA - Jean Sitch, loving mother and grandmother, passed away at St. Patrick Hospital on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, after a courageous one-year battle with lung cancer.
She was born in St. Ignatius on Sept. 11, 1937, to Yvonne and James Silverthorne. Jean was raised and educated in the Flathead Valley.
She married Peter D. Sitch on April 29, 1960. The couple moved to Lincoln in 1961 and raised their family there.
Peter preceded her in death in 1984. Jean continued to reside in Lincoln until 1994 when she moved to Washington for a short time before making Polson her home.
Jean enjoyed her pet dog, Nicki, a wide range of music, crossword puzzles and making a variety of crafts, particularly Christmas items. However, her greatest love was the time she spent with her beloved family.
Her family includes seven children, David Sitch and his wife Becky of Helena, Pam Rangel and husband Buddy of Thermopolis, Wyo., Tammy Sitch of Polson, Diana Burk and fiance Eric DeLano of Port Orchard, Wash., Laurie Mills and husband Shawn of Hahnbach, Germany, Dennis Sitch and wife Shelley of Kelso, Wash., and Pete Sitch and wife Jennifer of New Berlin, Ill.; grandchildren, Casey, Cory, Matthew, Jacob, Bobbi, Gary, Shawn, Dhestinny, Jeremy, Brad, Tippy, Cassandra, Davi, Nichele, Maranda, Brandon, Justin, Jarik and Jesse; sister, Norma Martin of Polson; and brother-in-law, Dennis Sitch of Lincoln.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jim; a nephew, Shawn Martin; and her mother and father-in-law, Rene and Pete Sitch.
Viewing will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Montana Cremation and Memorial Society. Viewing will continue from noon until service time of 1 p.m. Monday at the Lincoln Community Hall, with the Rev. Guy Youngblood officiating. Burial will be at the Old Lincoln Cemetery, followed by a reception back at the community hall.
The family would like to give a special thanks to all the staff of the ICU unit at St. Patrick Hospital for their loving care of Mom.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Missoula County Cancer Association, 3005 Queen St., Missoula, MT 59801.
Wallace Joseph Beaudry
LIBBY - Wallace Joseph Beaudry, 90, passed away at St. John's Hospital in Libby on Friday, April 25, 2003, after a brief illness.
He was born in Bainville on Aug. 27, 1912, to William and Melvina Beaudry. He graduated from high school in Bainville in 1933.
He worked on Fort Peck Dam, clerked at the Wolf Point Hotel, drove a candy truck and then was accepted to and graduated from the first Montana Highway Patrol school, all before marrying his high school sweetheart, Ruth J. Swant, in Bainville on Feb. 15, 1942.
They moved to Polson for his first assignment with the Highway Patrol. He later served as the chief of police in Polson and then served two terms as the Lake County Sheriff.
He went to work for the Montana Department of Fish and Game in 1957 and lived and worked at fish hatcheries in Anaconda and Arlee. He retired to Ronan in 1976.
After his first wife died, he married the second love of his life, Ruth Simonson Wirz, on Nov. 10, 1983. He moved to St. John's Assisted Living in Libby to be close to his daughter after the death of his second wife.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rolland, Arden and Clayton; sisters, Leone and Eva; and his two beloved Ruths.
He was active in the Ronan Senior Citizens Center and had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for 56 years.
He is survived by his daughter, Wendy and her husband William Dodson of Troy; his sister, Alice Beaudry of Sao Paulo, Brazil; stepdaughters, Mary Dyer of Salt Lake City, Dorothy "Dode" (Robert) Hall of Canby, Ore., Eula (Don) Rider of Missoula, Becky (Verle) Olsen of Kalispell; stepson, George "Phil" Wirz of Charlo; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the Ronan Senior Citizens Center, the Ronan Methodist Church or the charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until noon Sunday at Shrider's Mortuary. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ronan United Methodist Church, with Pastor VaunDalee DeLong officiating.
Shrider's Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Orville L. Stanhope
PUYALLUP, Wash. - Orville L. Stanhope, 75, passed away Monday, April 28, 2003, in Puyallup, Wash.
He was born Nov. 15, 1927, in Baker, the son of Franklin and Loris Gillilan Stanhope, the third of five children.
The family moved from Baker to the Bitterroot Valley in September 1939. He attended school at Charlos Heights and in Darby.
He entered the U.S. Army early in January 1945 and after basic training was with the occupational forces in Japan until 1946.
He worked at the Anaconda Smelter until he moved to Great Falls and became a meat cutter. Later he was employed by John R. Dailey in Missoula. He moved to California a couple of years and worked as a butcher, then returned to Missoula and John R. Dailey.
For the past 10 years he has lived with his brother, Darrell and wife Gerri, in Washington. His sense of humor and quick wit will be missed by all of us.
Surviving include his mother, Loris Stanhope of Puyallup; two brothers, Darrell of Roy, Wash., and Merle of East Wenatchee, Wash.; a sister, Frances Metcalf of Hamilton; numerous nieces, nephews and several great-greats; and special friend, Diana Jennings of Puyallup.
Orville was preceded by his son, Leonard in 1992; infant twin daughters in 1951; his father, Franklin in 1961; and his brother, Ralph in 1984.
Orville was married twice and both ended in divorce.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Corvallis Cemetery, with the Rev. Gary Clark officiating. Visitation for friends will be from 2-6 p.m. Monday at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
Pallbearers will be nephews Cary, Trevor, Curt and Justin Stanhope, Gary Rennaker and Bruce Metcalf.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis, Ray and Ryan Stanhope, Kevin Metcalf, Allan Smith and David Birnel.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or to Franciscan Hospice, P.O. Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401.
Wilma Iola Hollingshead
MISSOULA - Wilma Iola Hollingshead made her transition Wednesday, April 30, 2003.
Wilma Iola was born to George W. and Mary Iola (Beattie) Small on Oct. 12, 1923, on their fruit ranch at Paonia, Colo. She attended the Paonia elementary and high schools and graduated in 1941. After six months at business college in Grand Junction, Colo., she went to Washington, D.C., to work as a secretary.
She was married to David J. Hollingshead on July 20, 1944, in Cheyenne, Wyo.
When David was discharged from the Army they made their home on a ranch near Fairfield.
Three children were born to them there: David Michael, Gordon Douglas and Sharon Marie. After living in Fairfield for about eight years, the family moved to Colorado and eventually moved back to the home fruit ranch at Paonia where another son, Andrew Lynn, was born.
The family then moved to Montrose, Colo., Empire, Colo., and Gilpin County, Colo., near Central City while David worked on construction of the Blue Mesa Dam, the Crystal Dam and the Eisenhower Tunnel. The couple continued to live in Gilpin County for 20 years.
During that period Wilma worked as office manager at the Federal Office of Personnel Management and later at the Bureau of Land Management in Lakewood, Colo.
In June 1994, Wilma and Dave moved to Missoula, residing in their apartment at 951 Ronald Ave. David preceded her in death in 1996, and Wilma remained there until her passing this spring.
Wilma loved the outdoors, wild birds and flowers and spent much time hiking the mountain trails near her home in Gilpin County and hiking and exploring the mountains of Montana.
Her creative energies led her to produce several wonderful quilts, other needlework, paintings, poetry and volunteer her work at Missoula Aging Services and the Missoula Art Museum.
Wilma is survived by three sons, Michael and his wife Janet of Richfield, Utah, Gordon and his wife Evelyn of Missoula, and Andrew and Malinda in Gilpin County; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; as well as dear friends, Helen Worden, Audry and Michael Bechard and a brother, Randall Small, of Paonia.
She was preceded in death by her husband David; her parents; an infant brother; and her daughter, Sharon Marie.
At Wilma's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral services. A reception gathering of friends and family will take place from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, at her apartment at 951 Ronald Ave., No. 304.
Imogene P. Baldik
BIGFORK - Imogene P. Baldik, 87, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at the Lake View Care Center in Bigfork.
She was born Nov. 21, 1915, in Kalispell to John and Edna (Danforth) Perkins.
Imogene married Frank Baldik on May 6, 1942, in Anaheim, Calif. He preceded her in death Feb. 11, 2002.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Guenther of Seattle; and four sons, Les Baldik of Pullman, Wash., Jerry Baldik of Seattle, Daryl Baldik of Kalispell and Tom Baldik of Seattle.
A graveside urn burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2, at Glacier Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Glenn Burfeind officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.