MISSOULA - Our beloved mom, Ila Blodgett-Lovell, 91, passed away peacefully at the Village Health Care Center on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004.
Our Mom was born Sept. 27, 1912, to Newman and Margaret Blodgett in Hamilton. Blodgett Canyon was named after her grandfather.
Mom, at the age of 14, met her future husband, Bill, when he came to apply for a job at her family ranch.
She married Bill Lovell on June 6, 1932, after graduating from Hamilton High School. They celebrated 65 1/2 wonderful years of marriage.
Mom was the ultimate mother and homemaker and was active in her church and community organizations. She was a volunteer for 35 years for the American Red Cross and a volunteer at St. Patrick Hospital. She was a recess attendant at the Lewis and Clark Grade School and poured out her love for all the children there.
She belonged to the Missoula Senior Citizens Center, AARP, Home Vale Garden Club, Retired Railroaders Association, Royal Neighbors and Good Neighbors Home Demonstration Club.
She was a member of St. Anthony's Church and Altar Society, and the Daughters of Isabelle. She was a past president of the Franklin Grade School PTA.
Her activities included, in her younger years, playing volleyball with the three musketeers (Ila, Lila and Twila), gardening with that incredible green thumb she had, planting flowers around their beautiful home and dancing at the Senior Citizens Center with her "Bill" and enjoying all the other activities the center provided.
But most of all, Mom loved being and going places with her family. She had so many wonderful friends that she dearly loved. She and Bill lived at the Village Senior Residence for several years and enjoyed that caring and beautiful place.
Mom was preceded in death by her loving husband Bill in December 1997; her parents, Newman and Margaret Blodgett; brothers Clyde, Lawrence, Halley, Lyman, Max, Art, Dude, Ted and Bernard; her sister, Blanche; and her great-grandson, Ty Layton.
Mom is survived by her sister, Eileen Sheridan, and brother-in-law Sylvester Lovell. She had five children and their spouses, Don (Pat), Peggy (Paul) Layton, Bill (Carole), Lauretta (Dan) Ekstrom and Robert (Susie).
She had 13 grandchildren, Diana, Don Jr., Pam, Dave, Paul Jr., Gary, Teresa, Kristen, Mark, Matthew, Tammy, Sarina and Jennifer. She had 23 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
We want to thank the Village Health Care staff for the tender-loving care she received the past 18 months. She was truly a flowering rose to all who had contact with her. She had such a big heart and was so sweet and loving that she was loved by all who knew her.
Oh, how we love and miss you Mom, Grandma, Granny, Nana, Nanners, Ila, Auntie Ila and Hon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Missoula Memorial Rose Garden, or the charity of your choice.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at St. Anthony's Church, with a reception to follow.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
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 Mary Kathryn (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 is 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., and 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, Bianca Morasko, Tyson and Jacqueline Bundtrock; three great-grandchildren, Tia and Lauryn Braun and Blake Nesset; brother John (Ann) Morasko of Glendive; and sister Mary (Darrel) Kitzberg of Plentywood.
A vigil service was held Friday at Pope John XXIII Parish. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Pope John XXIII Parish.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
Amy T. Hoveskeland
KALISPELL - Amy Theresa (Berg) Hoveskeland, 83, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Grenora, N.D., to Christian and Ella (Ness) Berg.
She and Ervin Hoveskeland were married in 1940 and moved to Kalispell in 1974.
Her husband and a son, Douglas, preceded her in death.
Survivors include son Michael and Kathy Hoveskeland of Goddard, Kan.; Sandy Hoveskeland of Spokane; two granddaughters and one great-grandson.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Eidsvold Lutheran Church in Somers. Urn burial will follow at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.
MISSOULA - Verna Henry, 80, of Missoula, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Hillside Manor Care Center.
She was born in Bismarck, N.D., to Martha and Adolf Schneider, the oldest of nine girls. The family moved to Missoula in 1928 where she later met her husband Doyle Henry. They were married in 1944 and raised three children.
Verna was preceded in death by her husband Doyle Henry, son Edward Henry, daughter-in-law Virginia Henry, granddaughter Brooke Monson, parents Martha and Adolf Schneider and sisters Katie Flink, Bertha Schneider and Violet Lamourex.
Verna is survived by her daughter, Patsy Henry of Las Vegas; daughter Edie (Gary) Johnson of Missoula; granddaughter Lisa (Damien McInnis) Frank of Missoula; granddaughter Teresa (Ben) Bates of Las Vegas; grandsons Josh, Joe and Jordan Sickels of Missoula; great-granddaughter and the joy of Verna's life, Megan McInnis of Missoula; and great-grandchildren Christopher and Alexis Monson of Washington.
She is also survived by her sisters, Alice (Guy) Hartwell of Missoula, Mable Nestegard and Donna Marry of Kalispell, Ester (George) Latham of Alaska and Shirley Stevens of Missoula; and nieces, nephews and so on too numerous to mention whom she thought of often.
Verna was a very giving person: She gave everyone a hard time but underneath her tough exterior beat a heart of gold. She was always ready with a helping hand and sympathetic shoulder for her family and friends to lean on. Though we know her time had come, she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at 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 potluck reception will follow in the funeral home's community room.
COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - Claudia Burk, 60, a former longtime Troy resident, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, in Coeur d'Alene.
Memorial graveside services will be held in the spring at the cemetery in Troy.
Claudia was born Feb. 26, 1943, in Sandpoint, Idaho, the daughter of Floyd and Elsie (Inman) Hoover. She lived in Kootenai, Idaho, as well as Clark Fork, Idaho, before making her home in Troy.
Claudia was employed by the Town Pump gas station in Troy for many years before relocating to Sandpoint. She was a kind, loving mother and sister who touched the hearts of all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
Claudia is survived by two children, Ron Burk of Clark Fork and Melissa Burk of Fernly, Nev.; two sisters, Sharon (Tony) Colver of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and Jenette (Neil) Craig of Cark Fork; and two brothers, Clifford (Linda) Hoover of Spokane and John (Connie) Hoover of Ponderay, Idaho. Additionally, she is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Claudia was preceded in death by her parents; husband Joe Burk; and four brothers, William, Charles, Larry and Ted Hoover.
Arrangements are under the care of Coffelt Funeral Services of Sandpoint.
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 Robertson; sisters Mary and Helena; brother Harry; three stepsons, two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Services will be3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Christ Church Episcopal. Cremation has taken place and burial will take place in Worland this summer.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.