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JoAn Florence Heivilin

MISSOULA - JoAn Florence Heivilin, 58, passed away Monday, May 12, 2003, at her home following a brief illness.

JoAn was born March 24, 1945, in Madison, Wis., to Albert and Genevieve Schmitt. She received her LPN certification in Madison.

On Oct. 2, 1965, she married Gerard Ray "Jerry" Heivilin in Watertown, Wis.

She worked in nursing for a short time, until devoting her life to being a mother and homemaker.

JoAn was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church in Missoula and was an active volunteer at Russell and Meadow Hill school libraries, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Special Olympics.

JoAn is survived by her husband of 37 years, Gerard R. Heivilin of Missoula; her sons, Bryan K. Heivilin of Missoula, Lance (Jennae) Heivilin of Chandler, Ariz., and Myles (Rachael) Heivilin of Littleton, Colo.; her brother, Russell "Sam" (Donna) Schmitt of LaCrosse, Wis.; her sister, Mildred "Millie" Borck of Jefferson, Wis.; and her mother-in-law, Helen Hodel of Madison.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at St. Francis Xavier Church with Father Rich Perry and the Rev. Tom Krantz officiating. A reception will follow in Reidy Hall. Private interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the donor's local public or school library.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cremation and Burial Society of the Rockies.

Opal Faye Wilson

CORVALLIS - Opal Faye Wilson, 81, passed away at her residence in Corvallis on Wednesday, May 14, 2003.

She was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Slick, Okla., to the late William Franklin and Laura Maranda Jackson. She moved with her family to Casa Grande, Ariz., as a very young girl.

She met and married the late Vester Alvin Wilson Sr. in Eloy, Ariz., on April 29, 1940.

The couple moved to California, where she was a businesswoman with the Stockton Record newspaper. In 1993, the couple moved to the Bitterroot Valley and resided here since. She was on a women's bowling league and loved flowers, sewing, crocheting and was a great cook. She enjoyed being around her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Vester Sr.; sons James H. Wilson and Vester A. Wilson II.; sisters Hazel Brockman, Irene R. Sanders and Cora Lee Conn; and brother Russell D. Jackson.

Surviving include her daughters, Shirley F. Arnett and Terri A. Storer, both of Griffin, Ga., and Judith G. Rutledge of Victor; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Opal's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Daly-Leach Chapel with Pastor Alvin House officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.

Archie MacDonald

MISSOULA - Archie MacDonald, 81, of Missoula, died of cancer Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1922, in Glasgow, Scotland, to Archibald and Margaret MacDonald. The family moved to Detroit in 1927. He graduated from the Henry Ford Trade School, Detroit, in 1940 as a journeyman tool and die maker.

On Nov. 26, 1942, he married June Brazell.

Archie served in the infantry during World War II.

Archie was a very active Mason. He belonged to Friendship Lodge No. 417 F. & A.M.; Monroe Chapter No. 1; Holy Grail Commandery No. 58; Moslem Temple Shrine, AAONMS; Detroit York Rite College No. 1; Monroe Council No. 1, R. & S.M.; and Lodge Council Chapter of the Consistory. He was past high priest of his chapter, past commander of Holy Grail Commandery and in 1989 served as grand commander for the state of Michigan.

He taught himself to play the bagpipes and was a founding member of the Moslem Temple Highlanders.

Archie was an avid sailor and particularly loved sailing his ketch throughout the eastern Great Lakes. During his more than 50-year career he mentored many apprentices, especially in math. They would often spend hours in the evening at his home in Royal Oak, Mich.

He retired in 1991 from Triple Tool in Rochester, Mich. He and his wife June moved to Missoula in 1992.

Survivors include his wife June of Missoula; a sister and brother-in-law, Sadie and Ed Kruse of Troy, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law Sandy and Winston Smith of Clarkston, Mich.; son and daughter-in-law Ian and Vicki MacDonald of White Lake, Mich.; son Gregory of Missoula; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

His many friends across the country are sipping Manhattans this week in his honor and memory.

At his request there will be no visitation. The family will hold a private service.

The family suggests memorials to the Shriners Hospital for Children or St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

Philip 'Pink' Wamsley

MISSOULA - Philip "Pink" Wamsley, 85, of Missoula, died at his home on Thursday, May 15.

A memorial Mass of the Resurrection will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Parish with a reception to follow at the Elks Club at Pattee and Front streets.

Sharon Lynn Benson

MISSOULA - Sharon Lynn Benson, 57, of Missoula, passed away on Thursday, May 15, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.

She was born Aug. 23, 1945, in Missoula to Keith Vinal and Florena (Gray) Vinal Lowrance. She was educated in Missoula public schools. Upon graduation she moved to Hawaii where she took classes at the University of Hawaii. She spent several years there and in California before returning to Montana.

On Oct. 17, 1967, she married Phillip S. Benson in Missoula. They had two children, Bendi Lynn and Cale Stanley.

Throughout her professional career, Sharon worked in sales - from office supplies to nutritional products.

Sharon was a member of the Missoula Soroptimists Club and a cancer support group. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends, gardening and travel. While her health permitted, Sharon took trips regularly to such places as Hawaii, California, Europe and Australia.

She is fondly remembered by her lifelong friends and family as an adventurous, strong and independent lady. Primarily, though, Sharon was an adoring mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, cousin and friend.

A plaque hanging on the wall of her home best describes Sharon's priorities. It read, "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drive Š But the world may be different because I was important in the life of (my children).''

Survivors include her parents, Keith Vinal of Missoula and Florena Lowrance of Missoula; her brother, Steve Vinal of Loveland, Colo.; her children, Bendi Benson Schrambach of Hayden, Idaho, and Cale S. Benson of Honolulu; three grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Jack Oates and Pastor Stephen Lympus officiating.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345.

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the life of: Saturday, May 17, 2003; JoAn Florence Heivilin, Opal Faye Wilson, Archie MacDonald, Philip 'Pink' Wamsley, Sharon Lynn Benson
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