Bernard W. Jacobs
MISSOULA - On Friday, May 23, 2003, Missoula lost a man of quiet principle and devout faith. Bernard W. Jacobs, 83, passed away of natural causes surrounded by his seven children and several grandchildren.
He was born on Jan. 24, 1920, in Binford, N.D., to John and Agnes Jacobs. As a youngster, Mr. Jacobs lived with his parents, four sisters and two brothers on the family farm near Binford, and was educated in the Binford public schools. Following high school, he attended Whapeton College in North Dakota until 1942.
He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with distinction in France, Austria and Belgium until the end of World War II. He was honorably discharged, having attained the rank of master sergeant. Mr. Jacobs was extremely proud to have served his country during the war, and took additional pride in having both a son and a grandson serve on active duty in the U.S. Army during his lifetime.
After the war, Mr. Jacobs moved to Butte. There he met Veronica Elizabeth Bolton. They were married on Nov. 30, 1946. They then moved to Missoula to resume his college education at the University of Montana. In 1949 he graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity.
Shortly after graduating, Mr. Jacobs took a position with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., where he remained for approximately 20 years. He also worked for St. Mary's Cemetery, and ultimately as a purchasing agent and vice president for Johnson Brothers Building Maintenance in Missoula. He retired from Johnson Brothers in 1988.
A devout Catholic, Mr. Jacobs was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish for many years. For the latter part of his life, he was a member of Christ the King Catholic Parish in Missoula.
Mr. Jacobs was the consummate father. He always recognized and supported the talents unique to each of his children and grandchildren, and always encouraged them to pursue their dreams. He showed each of his children not only how to do an honest day's work, but also taught them the value of taking pride in whatever work they chose to do. Most importantly, he unfailingly demonstrated by lifelong example the richness always found in treating others with the same dignity and respect that each would wish to receive.
Although he devoted his entire life to providing for his family and raising his children, Mr. Jacobs also enjoyed gardening. While raising his family, he annually planted and harvested sufficient vegetables from a backyard garden to sustain his family each winter. After his children were raised and providing for themselves, he turned his gardening skills to raising roses, and took great pride in having productive rosebushes that were older than some of his children.
Veronica preceded Bernard in death in 1986. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Walsh of Anaconda. He is also survived by seven of his children, Bernard A. Jacobs of Helena, Elaine Gentilo of Wenatchee, Wash., Yvonne Sarazin of Alamogordo, N.M., Larry Jacobs of Lolo, Janice Jacobs of Eugene, Ore., and Mary Porter and John Jacobs, both of Missoula. Mr. Jacobs will also be missed by 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many members of his extended family, including Helen Bolton, Ann Price, John Price, Terry Price, Michele Mitchell, Charles Bolton, Tim Bolton, Jack Bolton, Danny Bolton and Mickey Bolton.
Visitation will be 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory, 1705 W. Broadway. Following visitation, a Catholic vigil service will be held followed by recitation of the rosary for those who wish to attend.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 29, at Christ the King Church with the Rev. Leo Proxell officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery Annex.
Pallbearers will be Bernard A. Jacobs, Larry Jacobs, John Jacobs, Matthew Jacobs, Shane Jacobs, Tony Gentilo, Jeremy Porter and Eric Porter. Honorary pallbearers will be J. Martin Burke, Rick Beck, Dallas Unsworth, Tom Gentilo and Gary Sarazin.
The family suggests that memorials be sent to either the Shriners Hospital for Children, 820 Summit Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201; or to the Missoula Humane Society Animal Shelter at 1105 Clark Fork Drive.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Travis Allyn Dolphin
POLSON - Travis Allyn Dolphin of Polson passed on to be with the Lord and leagues of angels on Sunday, May 25, 2003. He lost a courageous seven-year battle with a brain tumor at the age of 34.
Travis was born Sept. 3, 1968, in Loveland, Colo., to Tim and Barb Dolphin. In January 1977 the family moved to Polson, where Travis entered the second grade. While in grade school, he joined Pack 47 of the Cub Scouts and played basketball, football and soccer.
In high school, Travis competed at the state tournaments in both basketball and football. In track he won awards in triple jump, high jump, long jump, and the 800- and 1600-meter relays. Travis played soccer between sports seasons. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the Good Shepherd Youth Organization and enjoyed the Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp for many summers in his youth.
Travis graduated from Polson High School in 1987 and entered Eastern Oregon State in 1988, earning the most improved freshman basketball player award. In 1995 Travis married Charmagne Gauthier in Hawaii, and their two beautiful children, Kanyan and Scout, were born.
Travis worked for the Polson Water Department for 12 years and became a volunteer firefighter, an activity he was passionate about. He also loved fishing, hunting and golf, activities that took him all over the United States and Montana.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Robert Bruce Dolphin and Holt David Pierce, and grandmother Dorethea Pierce Williams.
He is survived by his children Kanyon and Scout Dolphin and their mother Charmagne Dolphin of Missoula; parents Timothy Allyn Dolphin and Barbara Ann (Pierce) Dolphin of Polson; brother Troy Dolphin and his fiancee Deanine St. Onge of Oceanside, Calif.; aunts, uncles and cousins, Irene Naylor of Anchorage, Alaska, and sons Scott and Skip, Charlene and Dale Chavie and sons Aaron and Nathan of Anchorage, Laurie and David Motter and children Derek, Katie, Vicky, Paul and Matthew, all of Seattle, Kathie Pierce and her daughter Michelle Marostica of Houston, Holt Douglas and Michelle Pierce of Brady, Texas, Holt David and Mandy Pierce of Houston; and his former in-laws with whom he always remained close, Bob and Myrna Gauthier, Robby, Tim and Rachel.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson with the Rev. Paul Rowold officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Travis Dolphin Memorial Education Trust Fund, c/o Edward Jones, 302 First St. W., Polson, MT 59860, for the education of Travis' children.
Life was meant to be lived, and
curiosity must be kept alive, one must never,
for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
- by Travis Dolphin
Cremation and arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson.
Marie E. Muster
SPOKANE - Marie E. Muster, 96, entered into rest on 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; son-in-law Dennis Morissey; three grandsons, Shawn Morissey, Kenny (Kris) Muster and Jim Muster, all of Spokane; two granddaughters, Shannon (Bruce) 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, Mont., 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 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Riplinger Funeral Home, 4305 N. Division, Spokane, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. (PST) Tuesday.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. (PST) Wednesday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4515 N. Alberta, Spokane, WA 99205.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. (MST) Thursday at Plains Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Church or the Ronald McDonald House.
Christina E. Semenza
SHELBY - Christina Eileen Semenza, 19, of Shelby, a student at the Montana School of Massage Therapy in Missoula, died Friday, May 23, 2003, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Great Falls.
Christina, affectionately known as "Bug" to her family and friends, was born March 30, 1984, in Plains to Kyle and Joyce (Wolff) Semenza. In 2002 she graduated from Shelby High School, where she was active in a number of organizations. She was president of the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), a photographer and writer for the "Howl," a Girls State delegate, and was an active member of the Key Club, Science and Art Club and the French Club.
Christina was also a volunteer at the nursing home and hospital, where she was a certified nurse's assistant, helped teach for the Scrubby Bear Program at the elementary schools for the Red Cross, a Methodist Youth Foundation member and helped with the Comets to Coyotes Program. She was currently a student at the Montana School of Massage Therapy in Missoula.
She enjoyed studying, music, artwork, scrapbooks, dancing, photography, cosmetology, hosting and her family and friends.
Christina is survived by her parents, Kyle and Joyce Semenza of Shelby; sister Camelia Rae Semenza of Missoula; and grandparents Eileen Wolff-Miller and husband Arvin Miller of Carnation, Wash., and Opal Enquist and husband Don Enquist of Great Falls. Also surviving is her best friend, Matt Warrington of Great Falls, as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins.
Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at the Whitted Funeral Chapel in Shelby.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Community United Methodist Church in Shelby. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. Regis Cemetery.
Whitted Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ann Catherine Philbin
1919 - 2003
STEVENSVILLE - Ann Catherine Philbin, 83, of Stevensville, went to be with God on Sunday, May 25, 2003.
She was born on July 22, 1919, at Fairmont Island, Alaska. Ann served in the U.S. Army as a nurse during World War II. While serving her country, she met her only true love, Eugene Ambrose Philbin.
The couple had two children, Dorothy Ann Philbin of Larkspur, Calif., and Eugene Michael Philbin of Victor. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Jessie and Brian Abrao of Lakeport, Calif., Matthew Stephen Jonathan Philbin of Roundup, and Lisa Robertson of Victor; and one great-grandchild, Alecia Rachelle Robertson.
We will all miss her. May the road rise to meet her.
There will be no formal services. Whitesitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.
Gertrude A. Reinlasoder
RONAN - Gertrude Alma Reinlasoder, 94, of Ronan, passed away Sunday, May 25, at St. Luke Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Faith Lutheran Church followed by burial at Mountain View Cemetery.
A complete obituary will follow.
Shrider's Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Hannah Marie Robinson
ST. IGNATIUS - Hannah Marie Robinson, infant daughter of Jeannie Cordis and Stacy Robinson, died peacefully Thursday, May 23, 2003, at Missoula Community Medical Center.
She is survived by her parents and brothers James and Robert of the family home; grandparents Roxey and Charlie Cordis of Ronan, Bonnie and Wayne Robinson of Riverside, Calif.; great-grandparents Nellie Stokes of Pablo and Philip Kuntz, Elizabeth Reum and Grandma Lois, all of Ronan; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Nothing is harder than the loss of someone we love,
Perhaps their greater purpose is to love us from above.
Private family services will be held Wednesday at the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.