MISSOULA - Elizabeth Burgad, 82, of Missoula, died Tuesday, June 8, 1999, with her family at her side.
Elizabeth was born June 21, 1916, in Napoleon, N.D., the daughter of Martin and Barbara Sperle Job. She was the oldest of 10 children.
She grew up in Napoleon on the family farm. She was educated in a small schoolhouse in rural Napoleon, Logan County.
On July 31, 1934, she married Stephen Burgad in Fargo, N.D. They lived in Milwaukee and Napoleon during their first year of marriage, later moving to Missoula, which they always considered their home.
They moved to Portland, Ore., during World War II. After the war, Liz and Steve returned to Missoula until 1958, when they moved to Hollywood, Calif. They owned and operated a Laundromat until 1963 when Liz and Steve decided it was time to return to Missoula, this time to stay.
Liz worked hard to raise her eight children. In her early years of motherhood they often lived in some very primitive houses. She was an immaculate housekeeper and an excellent cook. Being a loving wife and mother was a vocation not taken lightly.
She also took great pride in her gardening - roses being her favorite flower. She belonged to a local sewing club and enjoyed visiting with her many friends there.
After her children were raised and her husband retired, she and Steve traveled the West, spending time visiting family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen, in March of 1999; one grandson, Chad Burgad; and one son-in-law, Gilbert Tyler.
Elizabeth is survived by her eight children and their spouses, Roger and Ruth Burgad of Missoula, Zurlean "Dimpy" Tyler of Sula, Robert and Sharon Burgad of Missoula, Dennis and Billie Burgad of Denver, Barbara and Jim Robbins of Missoula, Mark and Betty Burgad of Missoula, Jennifer and Roger Giachetti of Tucson, Ariz., and Jan and Brad Harr of Boise, Idaho; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She had a wonderful life, which she shared with our father, Stephen. She devoted her life to the care of her husband and children. As a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Elizabeth served as a role model of honesty, hard work and integrity. She was always proud of her family and loved a house filled with laughter. We will always remember her beautiful smile accompanied by that twinkle in her eyes. Her 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a special place in her heart.
Elizabeth was a long time member of St. Anthony's Parish, where she served as a member of the Alter Society. She volunteered her services at the Bargain Corner for many years. She will be greatly missed but always remembered in our hearts forever.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 11, from 5-7 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home, where a rosary service will follow at 7 p.m. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Father Miller officiating. Interment will be at the New St. Mary's Cemetery and a reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Hospice, 500 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula, Mont. 59801.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Ruth M. Salisbury
EUREKA - Ruth Salisbury, 75, of Eureka, died Monday, June 7, 1999, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Morley, Mich., on July 3, 1923, the daughter of Martin and Mabel Wilson. She was raised and educated in Michigan and attended teacher's training there. She married Neil Salisbury on June 21, 1944, in Stanwood, Mich.
She taught school in Michigan for four years. In 1956, the family moved to British Columbia, where she taught school for eight years. In 1964, they came to Eureka, where she taught at Iowa Flats School near Eureka and later, in Eureka public schools, working as a substitute and also as an aide in the Title I Program until her retirement.
She had been a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and the Tobacco Valley Senior Citizens.
and preceded her in death in 1977.
Survivors include a daughter, JoAn Cuffe of Eureka; three sons, Bernell of Golden, B.C., Max of Stevensville and Gary of Florence; a sister, Clare Wilson of Trufant, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Pastor Chris Tabbert officiating.
Memorials may be made to Eureka Ambulance, P.O. Box 736, Eureka, Mont. 59917.
Arrangements are under the care of Nelson and Vial Funeral Home in Eureka.
Ethel M. Miller
DEBORGIA - A memorial service for Ethel May Miller, who died in February, will be held at the DeBorgia Schoolhouse at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. This service will celebrate mom and dad's 50 years together. A potluck dinner will be held on the Middle Fork of Big Creek following the service.
Josephine Stasso Senecal
ARLEE - Josephine Stasso Senecal, 60, of Arlee, passed away at her home on June 7, 1999, from natural causes.
She was born on Nov. 18, 1938, in Elmo, to Lassaw Stasso and Anglic Finley Moody Stasso. She grew up in Elmo and attended boarding school in Pierre, S.D. After her schooling, she moved back to Elmo.
She loved to play stick games, camp, pick huckleberries, hunt, fish, attend powwows and jump dances. She liked all traditional events and she lived her culture.
Josephine is preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters.
She is survived by seven children, Frank Acevedo of St. Ignatius, Harry Paul Lozeau of Spokane, Terry Matt Lozeau of Ronan, Tina Lozeau of Ronan, Edward Stasso of Pablo, Josephine Keniston of Polson, and Lucy Theresa Senecal of Arlee; 20 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Mary Stasso and Louise Stasso, both of Arlee and Theresa Weatherwax of Pablo; and numerous other relatives.
Wake services started on Wednesday at Elmo Hall. Rosary will be held on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Elmo Hall. Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, June 11, at 10 a.m. at Elmo Hall with burial at Dayton Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Grogan Funeral Home in Polson.