Jack 'Jake' Sirota
MISSOULA - Jack "Jake" Sirota, 59, passed away from our world on Friday, May 9, 2003.
He was born on New Year's Eve, 1943, in Greenville, Pa., to Getsy and Dorothy Sirota.
Jake's childhood was spent hunting and fishing in the Allegheny Mountains of Ohio. These and other outdoor activities followed him throughout his life .
He attended West Georgia College and received his degree in journalism. He later served in the Vietnam War as a 2nd lieutenant Ranger and was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. After the war, he participated in politics, the fine arts, volunteer work for organizations such as the Poverello Center and enjoying his life to the fullest extent.
We are better people for having known him.
Survivors include his brother, Burton L. Sirota and his sister, Adele Kopecky.
A memorial will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Rose Park. A celebration of his life will follow at 2001 S. 12th St. W. at Maggie Farrell and Godot Apuzzo's house from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Esther Oliva Kennedy Olson
KALISPELL - Esther Oliva Kennedy Olson, 89, died on Saturday, May 10, 2003.
She was born on Nov. 16, 1913, in rural Minnewaukan, N.D., to Albert and Lena (Olsen) McCloud.
She married Theodore Geske in 1931. He was killed in an auto accident in 1933. In 1934, Esther married Rowan Kennedy. Following their divorce Esther moved to Kalispell.
Survivors include her five children, Ray Kennedy of Lindenhurst, Ill., Ken Kennedy of Prescott, Ariz., Norman Kennedy of North Glen, Colo., Wayne Kennedy of Harvey, N.D., and Mary Ann Kennedy of Nashville, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
No services are planned. Cremation has taken place.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.
Arthur Ralph 'Butch' Adler III
1959 - 2003
STEVENSVILLE - Arthur Ralph "Butch" Adler III, 43, of Stevensville, died at his home on Saturday, May 10, 2003.
He was born in Delta, Colo., and was the son of Arthur Ralph and Velma Mae (Sharbono) Adler II.
Butch received his education in Missoula and Anaconda Job Corps. While at the job corps where he learned a welding trade, he worked for Selway Corporation and Triple A Fencing. He also worked in Nevada, before returning to the Bitterroot in 1993 where he had since resided.
Butch loved fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include Sandra Newman of Stevensville; his mother Velma Mae Hoppie of Missoula; two brothers, Larry Hueth of Missoula and Jerry Hueth of Las Vegas; two sisters, Patricia Bini of Arizona and Kathy Diens of Billings; uncles Wally Adler of Drummond and Raymond Adler of Victor; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville, with the Rev. Vicki Horn officiating.
Walter C. Chandler
MISSOULA - Walter C. Chandler, 86, of Missoula, died on Monday, May 12, 2003, at the Village Health Care Center.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, with a gathering of family and friends to follow in the funeral home's community room.
A complete obituary will follow at a later date.
Victor Iner Cyr
PLAINS - Victor Iner Cyr, 70, longtime Plains resident, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula after a brief illness.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1932, in Missoula, the son of Victor Lawrence Cyr and Wyonna Madge Rummel Cyr. He spent his younger years in Butte before moving with his family to Plains where he graduated from Plains High School. He then served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War until his discharge with military honors in 1955.
Iner married Mary Jean Stratton in 1955 and two children were born to them, DeArla and Rex.
Iner attended Clark Fork Baptist Church in Plains. He was a member and past commander of Horse Plains VFW Post No. 3596 and was an avid shooter and member of the Plains Trap Club.
He is survived by his wife Jean Cyr of the family home in Plains; one daughter, DeArla Willhite of Plains; one son, Rex Cyr of Burley, Idaho; one sister, Nadine Baldwin of Spokane; one brother, Ted Cyr of Escondido, Calif.; five grandchildren, Sharn Willhite of Missoula, Trista Willhite of Billings and Justin, Christopher and Patrick Cyr, all of Burley.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Plains Alliance Church, with the Rev. Kim Earhart of Clark Fork Baptist Church officiating. Military rites will be provided by Horse Plains VFW Post.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.