Lucille Marie Dinsmore
MISSOULA - Lucille Marie Dinsmore was taken home to be with the love of her life, her husband Bill, on Tuesday, May 29, 2001. She fought a brave battle with her deteriorating health for many years. She leaves a large gap in the lives of all who knew and loved her and will forever be sadly missed by all.
She was born in Butte on June 22, 1931, to Percy and Florence Roberts. Marie spent much of her life cooking in restaurants in Philipsburg and retired as a rural mail carrier there. She and her husband, Bill, moved to Butte after their retirement and continued to love camping and fishing with their family and friends. Her passion was her family, of which she was the loving center. She was an inspiration and strength for everyone and never thought of herself.
She moved to Missoula to live with her daughter, Sandra, after her soul mate, Bill, passed away in 1999.
She was preceded in death by husband Bill, son Jimmy, brothers Al and Charlie and her parents, Percy and Florence Roberts.
Marie is survived by her daughter Sandra Dinsmore Norman of Missoula; daughter and son-in-law Sharon and David Newbold of Butte; grandchildren Bill Norman, Chrissie Norman, Yancy Newbold and David Newbold; great-grandchildren Maria Newbold, Walter Newbold and David Newbold; brother and sister-in-law Mitch and Sharon Pesikan; sister and brother-in-law Toni and Hank Hellwig; sister Rose McKinley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Lavonne Dinsmore; sister-in-law Shirley Dinsmore; and numerous nieces, nephews and family friends in Montana, Oregon, Washington and Pennsylvania.
We love you and will miss you mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister and aunt. Be at peace and watch over us until you take us Home with you.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home on Friday, June 1. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. A reception will follow in the funeral home community room.
Mark Russell 'Shadow' Hanson
FLORENCE - Mark "Shadow" Russell Hanson, 48, of Florence, died at his home on Sunday, May 27, 2001.
He was the son of Robert P. and Dorothy M. Hanson, born on Dec. 1, 1952, in Culbertson. He grew up on a ranch at Big Timber and graduated from Sweet Grass High School in 1972. Mark moved to Missoula and worked at various jobs in Missoula, Frenchtown and Florence.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert, and brother, Joel.
Survivors include his mother Dorothy of Concord, Neb., two brothers, Richard (Cindy) Hanson of Stoney Creek, Va., and William Hanson of Concord, Neb.; and two sisters, Paula Mills of Hopedale, Ill., and Leslie (Richard) Spomer of Moose, Wyo.
Cremation has taken place and no formal services are planned. The Whitesitt Funeral Home, Stevensville, is in charge of arrangements.
Arleatha Dawn Stoutenger
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. - Arleatha Dawn Stoutenger, infant daughter of Gary Paul Stoutenger and Tracy Ann Steele, died on Friday, May 25, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater County.
Arleatha was preceded in death by grandmother Joyce Stoutenger and uncle Dennis Stoutenger.
She is survived by her parents of Rock Springs; sister Allie Stoutenger and half-sister Tyler Stoutenger, both of Deer Lodge; grandparents Molly Nichols and Larry Carlson of Hamilton and Allan Stoutenger of Rock Springs; great-grandfather Ray Steele of Missoula; and three uncles, Michael and Eugene Nichols of Missoula and Wayne Stoutenger of Virginia.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Fox Funeral Home.
Verne W. Fisco
KALISPELL - Verne W. Fisco, 84, died on May 28, 2001, at Heritage Place in Kalispell. He was born Oct. 12, 1916, in Roundup to John and Zelma Fisco.
He married Margaret L. Maxwell in Olympia, Wash., on June 6, 1942. Verne worked as a carpenter and building contractor before retiring. Even after retirement, he kept busy with woodworking as a hobby and was an outdoor sportsman, and enthusiastic hunter and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Verne is survived by his wife, Margaret, of Kalispell, sister Viola Hodge of Gering, Neb., and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
Elizabeth Reitell Smith
MISSOULA - A memorial service for Elizabeth "Liz" Smith will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 1, at the home of Mary Pengelly, 420 Hastings Avenue in Missoula.
Liz was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Elmira, N.Y., to Charles and Jane Reitell. She died Feb. 13, 2001, at Community Medical Center.
She is survived by two cousins Lois Gridley of Elmira and Mary Johnston of Northport, Maine. She was married in 1941 to Adolph Green, in 1944 to Clement Stabolepszy, in 1958 to Herb Hannum, and in 1968 to Eldon Smith. All of the marriages ended in divorce.
Liz graduated from Bennington College with degrees in theater design, dance and drama literature in 1941.
In the 1940s Liz designed costumes for Hanya Holm's dance troupe, served in the Army Air Corps in California and attended art school in Maine and at Aix-Marseilles University in southern France. In the early 1950s, as assistant director at the Poetry Center in New York City, she produced Dylan Thomas' "Under Milkwood." She then worked as a commercial artist and as Arthur Miller's assistant.
Liz moved to Missoula in 1962 because of a new passion gained from a Wilderness Society horseback trip through the Bob Marshall Wilderness. She found work at the University of Montana school of forestry as publications director. Liz worked with the Montana Wilderness Association and the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission in Portland, Ore., before retiring in Missoula, where she remained involved in environmental issues for many years.
Kenneth Richard Coughlin
BOZEMAN - Kenneth Richard Coughlin, born Nov. 4, 1915, in Butte, died Monday, May 28, 2001, in Bozeman.
Throughout his life Kenneth enjoyed the respect and goodwill of many friends and the abiding devotion of his family. Growing up in Butte gave him a tolerant and down-to-earth nature which was manifested in his many pursuits.
Kenneth graduated from Butte High School in 1923 and immediately went to work for Anaconda Mining and Copper Co. in its traffic division. He went on to college at the University of Montana, where he was president of Sigma Chi fraternity and a member of the University orchestra and violinist for a popular regional dance band.
After graduating from the university in 1937, he entered the Army Air Force and became a captain. While in the service in Miami, he met and married Mary Lawrence McClain.
In 1945, the couple returned to Butte, where Kenneth continued his employment with Anaconda. With his advanced knowledge of both freight and passenger rail service into Butte-Anaconda, as well as railroad services and schedules throughout the western United States, he subsequently went to work for Milwaukee Railroad, where he quickly rose to the position of district freight manager. He worked in that position for 30 years until retirement from that company in 1970.
In the late 1950s Kenneth opened and operated the very successful Hiawatha Travel Service in Butte. He was a member of several service clubs including the Town Club and Rotary International Butte. Kenneth was a member of St. Patrick's Church, where for many years he attended mass each day. As a faithful parishioner of St. Patrick's, he was instrumental in a major remodeling and renovation under Monsignor English during the 1960s. It was in his busy life in Butte that many long friendships formed around the great generosities and oftentimes self-sacrificing kindness he extended to those in need.
In 1966 the family moved to Cardwell. There, in the late 1960s, Kenneth and Mary opened London Hill Antiques, which operated for 20 years in that location.
Kenneth had seven children and is survived by his wife, Mary, of Bozeman; daughters and sons-in-law Claire and Peter Pesarik of Kalispell, Patricia and Allen Roland of Belgrade, Catherine Goetz of Bozeman and Virginia Daly of Oregon; sons and daughter-in-law Richard and Kathleen Coughlin of Whitehall and Cregg William Coughlin of Helena; and five grandsons.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Ann, in 1976, brother Cregg Coughlin of Alexandria, Va., and sister Catherine Coughlin True of Wellesley Hills, Mass.
Kenneth will be remembered for his gentleness and patience, his love of music and travel, and for his beautiful blue eyes.
Relatives and friends may call for visitations after 10 a.m. Friday, June 1, at St. Patrick's Church, Butte. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in the church. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Leroy Eugene Dempsey
BIGFORK - Leroy Eugene Dempsey, 59, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at his home in Bigfork. He was born Feb. 17, 1942, in Glasgow, to Chuck and Rose (Hanley) Dempsey. He married Robin Moore in Kalispell in 1983.
Lee was preceded in death by son James Anthony in September 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Robin, of Bigfork; daughters Heather Merlo of Hermiston, Ore., Cindy Merlo Fouhy of Peerless, Paula Schlicht of Misawa, Japan, Lisa Abbott of Great Falls; sons Joseph Franklin Dempsey of Bigfork, Craig Merlo of Scappoose, Ore., Leroy Lynn Dempsey of Great Falls; parents Chuck and Rose Dempsey of Great Falls; sisters Betty Sticky of Great Falls, Cleo Owens of Las Vegas, Nev., and Gena Allen of Phoenix, Ariz.; and numerous grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bigfork. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at Johnson Mortuary.
Thomas J. Ryan
HELENA - Thomas J. Ryan, 54, of Deer Lodge, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena.
He was born June 13, 1946, in Deer Lodge to the late John J. and Emma (Williams) Ryan. He married Susan Scott on July 26, 1969. He worked as a mechanic for Cominco American Co. in Garrison for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Susan, of Deer Lodge; son Shayne and wife Mary Ryan of Fort Riley, Kan.; sisters Judy Maynard and husband Rick of Great Falls and Cathy Straughn and husband Bruce of Deer Lodge; and granddaughters Jane and Sierra.
Private family services will be announced later. Cremation has taken place.
Mary Ellen Botch
SPOKANE - Mary Ellen Botch, 85, died May 27, 2001, in Spokane. She was born Aug. 10, 1915, in Marysville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Kasper Botch, in 1982 and daughter Sr. Bernadette Botch.
Mary is survived by her son and daughter-in-law William Botch and Donna Lasman of Los Angeles; daughters Sr. Margaret Botch of Spokane and Elizabeth Ann Buchanan of Kirkland, Wash.; and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was a resident of the Spokane area for eight years, and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Secular Franciscans.
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Mount St. Joseph Convent with the Rev. Msgr. John Steiner as celebrant. Additional services will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in July at Polson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of Providence, 9 E. Ninth, Spokane, Wash. 99202.
Albert Thomas Rogers
SPOKANE - Albert Thomas Rogers, 85, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2001, in Spokane. Albert was born Sept. 29, 1915, in Spokane, the son of Frank and Martha (Fish) Rogers.
He grew up and attended schools in Sandpoint, Idaho, and graduated from Sandpoint High School. Albert began his 53-year career for the railroad in 1932, working for the Northern Pacific and eventually retiring from the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1985. He worked in various positions with the railroad, spending the majority of his time as a conductor.
Albert and his wife, Lillian, were married on Feb. 1, 1958, in Superior. He lived in Paradise from 1950 until 1997, when he moved to Spokane to live with his daughter Laurel and her husband, Jimmy.
He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Plains and a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Spokane. He was a 48-year member of Elks Lodge BPOE #1695 in Polson and a member of the United Transportation Union. He was a person who enjoyed his family and fishing.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lillian; stepson Bill; brothers Felix, Joe, Frank and Johnny; and his sister, Mary.
He is survived by sons Felix (Marlene) Rogers of La Mesa, Calif., Tom Rogers of Helena; daughter Laurel (Jimmy) Welch of Spokane; stepson Jack (Sandra) Gingery of Plains; brother Les (Pat) Rogers of Sandpoint; sisters Josephine Rogers of Sandpoint, Connie Greenleaf of Sandpoint, Lillian Patrick of San Pedro, Calif; and six grandchildren, two great-grandsons, numerous nieces and nephews and special care provider Gwenn Braley of Spokane.
A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, June 3, at Coffelt's Moon Chapel in Sandpoint. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday, June 4, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Sandpoint, with the Rev. Dennis C. Day officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park, also in Sandpoint.
Memorials may be made in Albert's name to All Saints Catholic School, 3510 18th Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99223.