Ernestine Marie Harper
TURAH - Ernestine Marie Harper, 88, of Turah passed away Monday, May 19, 2003, of natural causes.
She was born May 25, 1914, in Duluth, Minn., to Marie Anderson Berggren, who was widowed before Ernestine's birth. Ernestine's father, Ernest Berggren had died six months before. Her mother later married George P. Frank.
The family moved from Minnesota to Butte, where Ernestine attended school through her high school graduation in 1933. She then attended school in Dillon and received her teaching certificate in a year and a half.
She began her career teaching elementary school in Sweetgrass. While there, she met and married James Harper in 1935. To this union, six children were born. They moved to the Whitehall area where Ernestine continued teaching, then later to Lima where she taught first and second grades for 23 years until her retirement.
Through the course of her life, Ernestine touched and influenced many others. She was very active in Girl Scouts, becoming a troop leader while in high school and continuing until her retirement. She also sponsored many charities and organizations, too numerous to mention.
Ernestine was an active member of Eastern Star, Women of Woodcraft, The Christian Women's Club and church librarian of Grace United Methodist Church in Missoula.
She had many friends, young and old and a special gift for making new ones, along with a strong love and interest in all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's lives, sending many birthday cards, presents and letters. She was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.
Ernestine was preceded in death by her husband, James, in l977.
She is survived by her six children, sons, Gary of Fort Worth, Texas, Ronald "Pat" of Vancouver, Wash., Donald "Butch" of Townsend and James of Missoula; daughters, Joan Griffith of Missoula and Doreen Harper of Kalispell; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, George M. Frank of Bozeman.
Viewing will be from 12:30 until the service time of 2 p.m. Friday at Garden City Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Missoula Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Penny Winter Hinton
STEVENSVILLE - Penny Hinton, 55, died Saturday, May 17, 2003, in Sand Point, Idaho.
Penny was born Aug. 5, 1947, in Canby, Minn., the second of four children born to Marvin and Joyce Johnson. She attended school and graduated from high school in Canby.
She married LeRoy Winter in April 1966. They had two children, Kyle and Jana. They moved to Hamilton in 1978. LeRoy died in 1980.
She worked at the General Surplus, the Signal and Fords. Penny bowled for many years and made many friends there.
She married Rich Hinton in October 1998. She and Rich spent much of their summers going to car shows. They made many good friends with whom they enjoyed playing cards and sharing meals. She could always be seen in the Stevensville NAPA truck waving at everyone she knew.
Penny had a great love for her grandchildren. She never missed a school program or sporting event. She enjoyed reading, needlework and seeing local plays. She had many friends who will miss her as much as her family will.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, LeRoy; her father, Marvin; her sister, Lori; her brother, Todd; and her grandparents.
Surviving include her husband, Rich of Stevensville; son, Kyle Winter of Stevensville; daughter, Jana (Dave) Exner of Hamilton; her mother, Joyce Johnson of Canby; sister, Valerie (Michael) O'Neill of Owatonna, Minn.; grandchildren, Tess, Emily, Tyrel and Katie; and nieces and nephews, Angie, Cindy, Jarred, Jill, Rachael and Chaz.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Faith Lutheran Church in Hamilton with Pastor Stephen Van Gilder officiating. Cremation will take place following the memorial service. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date.
The family suggests memorials to the Penny Hinton Memorial Fund, in care of First Interstate Bank, 1501 N. First St., Hamilton, MT 59840.
Marie E. Muster
SPOKANE - Marie E. Muster, 96, entered into rest May 17, 2003, in Spokane, where she had lived for over 45 years.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Muster; one daughter, Frances Morissey; and one son, Delbert Muster.
She is survived by her daughter, Marlene Muster; a son-in-law, Dennis Morissey; three grandsons, Shawn Morissey, Kenny Muster and Jim Muster, all of Spokane; two granddaughters, Shannon Billetter of Spokane and Melody Muster of Missoula; three great-grandchildren, Austin and Megan Billetter of Spokane and Brandon Muster of St. Maries, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marie was born in Electric on Jan. 30, 1907. She attended schools in Plains and Camas Prairie.
A homemaker and seamstress, Marie was a member of St. Charles Catholic Parish, St. Pius Guild and St. Charles Altar Society. She was also a member of the Business Women's Association, Lilac Chapter.
Visitation will be held between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. PST Thursday, Friday and Tuesday, May 22, 23 and 27, at Riplinger Funeral Home, 4305 N. Division, Spokane. Vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. PST Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. PST Wednesday, May 28, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4515 N. Alberta, Spokane, WA 99205.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. MST Thursday, May 29, at the Plains Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Church or to the Ronald McDonald House.
Theodore 'Ted' Manuel Fisher
MISSOULA - Theodore "Ted" Manuel Fisher, 87, a longtime Missoula resident, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 23, 2003, in Edmonds, Wash. His courageous battle was fought with grace and humor.
He was born May 25, 1915, in Glendive to Jacob and Minnie Fisher. He called Missoula home for most of his life.
He always had a good story to tell. Those who knew Ted will miss his sharp wit and sense of humor. Ted loved to bowl, fish and golf. A spin around the dance floor always brought a smile to his face.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Leo, and sister, Eleanor.
He is now survived by his wife, Darlene of 34 years, who he adored; his brother, Frank; and sister, Polly.
He is also survived by six children and their families, David and Paulette, Dennis and Nancy, Cindy Marcum and Tom Harris, Cindy and Alan O'Dannel, Curtis and Nikol Ehni and Rick and Lisa Ehni; his 12 grandchildren, Breana Fisher, Collin Fisher, Mike Fisher, Scott Fisher, Tristan Seitz, Molly Seitz, Elissa Ehni, Bryn Ehni, Dallas Ehni, Dillon Ehni, Jillian Bartz and Collin O'Dannel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday at Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory, with a reception to follow.
Memorials have been suggested to St. Jude's Hospital in Spokane.
Kayla Mury Wong
MISSOULA - Kayla Mury Wong, 21 months old, passed away Monday, May 19, 2003, at Community Medical Center.
Kayla was born Aug. 10, 2001, in Missoula. We all loved her greatly and will miss her with all of our hearts.
She is survived by her parents, Tony Lee Wong (Jessica) and Barbara Jean Martin; her grandparents, Edmond J. Wong (Barbara), Cheryl A. Howie (Todd), Dan Martin and Tracy A. Reinke.
Also surviving are her great-grandparents, Louise and Donald Cox; aunt Brittany; and several cousins, special friends, relatives and Skip and Lorna and family.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Montana Cremation and Memorial Society.
John Lars Britton
NORTH BEND, Ore. - A memorial service for John Lars Britton, who passed away April 29, 2003, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the Yellow Bay Club House, south of Bigfork.