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Helen Valentine Tate

WHITEFISH - Helen Valentine Tate, 87, passed away in Whitefish of natural causes on Wednesday, April 12, 2000.

She was born Feb. 14, 1913, in Whitefish, the daughter of Casey and Carrie Jones. Helen was one of three children. She graduated from high school in 1935, and worked as a librarian and school secretary.

In 1935, she married Ralph Tate, a teacher and administrator in the Whitefish schools. During her early adult years she was chairwomen of the Cancer and Tuberculosis funds, organizer and first president of the Whitefish Hospital Guild and a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, where she was Grand Worthy Matron. She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church.

In 1953, she moved with her family to Libby, where they lived for 11 years. Her husband was school superintendent and she was General Telephone office manager. She was active in community events, and they spent most of their free time at the Whitefish Lake cabin. After her husband's death in 1964, she moved to Missoula and worked at the University Placement Center, as well as serving as housemother at Jesse Hall, the freshman women's dorm.

In 1970, she returned to Whitefish and was active in her retirement years as chairwoman of the Hinderman Memorial Scholarship Fund, and chairwoman of the 1975 and 1980 class reunions covering 26 class years. She was a member of the Republican Woman's Club, the Stumptown Historical Society and Soroptimists International. She was the first woman to be appointed, then elected, to the Whitefish City Council. She was named First Lady of Whitefish in 1985.

In 1987, she married Leonard Hetrick, a longtime friend. They were married five years.

Helen is survived by her daughter Jean Jones of Missoula; her grandsons, Tate and Reid Jones and wife Crystal and great-granddaughter Shayla of Missoula; as well as granddaughter Gwen Jones-Konig and husband Andy, great-grandson Chase and great-granddaughter Kate of Ventura, Calif.; son Bruce and daughter-in-law Susan of Hot Springs, Ark., and Whitefish; granddaughter Tiffany of Jackson, Wyo.; and grandson Casey of Bellingham, Wash.

Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Whitefish at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15.

Memorials may be sent to the Hinderman Memorial Scholarship Fund, 233 W. Third St., Whitefish, MT 59937, or the First Presbyterian Church.

Richard Magstadt

YUMA, Ariz. - Richard Magstadt, 63, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2000, of cancer in Yuma, while surrounded by some of his family.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1936, in Missoula to Tobias and Pauline Magstadt.

Richard worked as a carpenter/millwright. He and his wife, Marge, loved to travel in their RV and they wintered in Yuma.

Survivors include his wife Marge; children, Tina (Pete) McPherson of Stevensville, Lynn (Jerry) Musick of Boise, Idaho, Joylynn (Mark) Sorenson of Missoula, and Brent Magstadt of Seattle; stepchildren, Mike (Sherry) Armstrong of Clinton, and Cathy (Gary) Wright of Mount Vernon, Wash.; brothers, Kenneth (Gladys) Magstadt and twin Robert (Shirley) Magstadt; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Sunset Chapel, 7405 Mullan Road, with the Rev. Richard Goodwin (brother-in-law) officiating. A small luncheon will follow in the funeral home's community room.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 554 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59801.

Arrangements are under the care of the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes.

Cecilia Wilhemina Fortune

MISSOULA - Cecilia Wilhemina Fortune, 84, of Missoula, passed away from a stroke Thursday, April 13, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital.

She was born Jan. 13, 1916, in Butte, the daughter of William and Louise Nankivell. Cecilia was born and raised in Butte and attended St. Joseph School and then Central High School. She excelled in basketball and ice skating.

She married William J. Fortune at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Butte on Feb. 25, 1933. Cecilia was active in St. Anthony's Parish in Missoula, serving as a Eucharistic Minister for 24 years. She was also a member of the Altar Society and the Franciscans. Cecilia served as a volunteer at the St. Patrick Hospital chapel for 11 years.

Her husband William preceded her in death in 1988.

She is survived by two sons and their wives, William and Adele of Edmonds, Wash., and Fred and Harlene of Missoula; two sisters, Louise Brenton of Deer Lodge and Rose Alhin of Missoula; grandchildren William of Seattle, John of Bellingham, Wash., Tom of Sandpoint, Idaho, Pete of Lynnwood, Wash., Diane Phelps of Lacey, Wash., David of Seeley Lake and Susan of Sumner, Wash.; and great-grandchildren Mary, Amy, Tony, Jack, Mark, Courtney, Miles, Mike, Andy, Patrick, Chris, Sarah, Shelly, Shawn and Dillon.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 14, from 2-7 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home with vigil services following at 7 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony's Parish with burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. There will be a reception at the church social hall following the committal services. Pallbearers will be Cecilia's grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made in Cecilia's name to the St. Anthony's Restoration Project Renovation Campaign, 217 Tremont, Missoula, MT 59801.

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Della Shepard

ARLEE - Della Shepard, 59, of Arlee, passed away of natural causes Monday, April 10, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

She was born in Mott, N.D., on Dec. 17, 1940, to Marcus and Helen Wolf.

She married Les Shepard on April 2, 1960, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They lived in Missoula until 1966 then moved to Arlee.

Della volunteered at Arlee Senior Citizen Center for several years and also worked for Westmont, taking care of elderly people around the Arlee valley. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, bird watching, auctions, country western music, reading, gardening and taking care of others.

Out of all the things Della enjoyed, her family meant the most. She took a considerable amount of pride in her family. She gave her love unselfishly, whether it was family, friends, or the client she took care of.

Della was preceded in death by her Grandma and Grandpa Meier, Grandma and Grandpa Wolf and her father Marcus Wolf.

Survivors include her husband Les of Arlee; her children and their spouses, Leslie and Ruth Shepard of Clifton, Colo., Tina Shepard of Boise, Idaho, and Paul and Jodi Shepard of Missoula; her mother, Helen Wolf of Missoula; sisters Jenny Farrow, Darlene Daniels and Dorothy Krieger, all of the Missoula area; and granddaughters Alyssa and Brittney Shepard.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Ronan Cemetery with Ed Richards officiating. A reception will follow at the Ronan Indian Senior Citizens Center.

The family suggests memorial to Hospice of Missoula, 500 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 201, Missoula, MT 59802.

Arrangements are by Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory in Missoula.

Tim Reed

CLARKSTON, Wash. - Tim Reed, 35, died of a heart attack Thursday, March 30, 2000, at the home he shared with his fiancee, Nancy McDonald, in Clarkston.

He was born Aug. 20, 1964, in Lincoln, Neb., to Del "Lucky" Reed and Ardell F. Bolander Reed. He lived in Lincoln until 1974 when he moved with his family to Stevensville.

He graduated from Stevensville High School in 1981. During high school he was active with the Chrysolian Jazz Choir, the wrestling team, the speech and debate team, and he was also a member of the chess club and National Honor Society. After high school he attended Montana State University in Bozeman from 1981-82. He then went into sales and worked with his father until 1989.

In 1989, he moved to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley where he became co-owner and office manager of Comport Computers. He attended the First Baptist Church in Clarkston and was a member and former officer of the Moose Lodge. He also was a member of the Eagles and Elks lodges. His hobbies included working with computers, cheering for the Nebraska Cornhusker football team, fishing, spending time with family and friends, singing and cooking.

Survivors include his fiancee, Nancy J. McDonald of Clarkston; one daughter, Chelsy Sue Reed of Asotin, Wash.; two sons, Timothy James Reed and Phillip Vincent Michael Reed, both of Asotin; maternal grandmother Dorothy Bolander of Cloquet, Minn.; two brothers, Lloyd Reed of Watertown, S.D., and Carey Reed of Stevensville; four sisters, Cindy Eisenman, Linda Kline and Anna Lehuta of Stevensville, and Lorene McNees of Clovis, Calif.

The funeral was held Monday, April 10, at the First Baptist Church in Clarkston with the Rev. Randy Olson officiating and was followed by a dinner in Tim's honor at the Moose Lodge in Clarkston.

Memorials may be sent to the Tim Reed Memorial Fund which has been set up for Tim's children at the Potlatch Credit Union in Lewiston-Clarkston.

Gladys Alma Rice Carpenter

KALISPELL - Gladys Alma Rice Carpenter passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at the Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell, where she had lived for the past six years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles W. Carpenter and a foster son, Steven W. Crowe Jr.

She is survived by her sisters, Jean Rice Nelson of Tacoma, Wash., and Effie Leona Rice Stobie of Rogue River, Ore.; her son, Paul Carpenter of Bigfork; her grandchildren, Lisa Carpenter Haight of Plymouth, Minn., Charles Carpenter of Los Angeles, Marie Suzette Carpenter of Billings, and Kristin Carpenter of Ventura, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren, Nicolle and Joelle Haight, and Rhiannen Carpenter-Oxos.

Gladys will be cremated and interred in Kalispell. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Glacier Memorial Gardens.

The Johnson Mortuary in Kalispell is handling arrangements.

Esther Birnel

COLUMBIA FALLS - Esther Birnel died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Colonial Manor in Whitefish.

She was born Oct. 25, 1922, the daughter of Fred Carl and Clarabelle (Jackson) Wittlake.

She is survived by her husband of more than 60 years, Ernest Birnel of Kalispell; her son, Ronald and wife Donna of Kalispell; a daughter, Darlene McIntyre of Loma Linda, Calif.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Wilma Zundell and husband Lester of College Place, Wash.; two brothers, Fred Wittlake and wife Rea of Columbia Falls, and John Wittlake of College Place; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Johnson Mortuary Chapel in Kalispell. Visitation will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Burial will follow at Glacier Memorial Gardens in Kalispell.

Ernest Samuel Holmes

BIGFORK - Ernest Samuel Holmes Jr., 87, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at his residence in Bigfork.

He was born June 18, 1912, in Missoula, the son of Ernest Samuel and Katherine Jenkins Holmes.

He attended Columbia Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., the University of Montana and was a 1936 graduate of West Point. He then entered the Army Air Corps Flying School, graduating from Kelly Field as a pilot.

During World War II he served in England, Italy, the Philippines, Guam and Japan. While with the 15th Air Force in Italy, from Dec. 14, 1944 until the end of the war in Europe, he was commanding officer of the 301st Bombardment Group (B-17 Flying Fortresses). He flew 26 missions and earned numerous decorations. He retired as a colonel in 1951.

He was employed by Ratheon Corp. at White Sands, N.M., until his retirement in 1977.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Elizabeth McClanahan Holmes; son Ned Holmes; granddaughter Laurie; grandsons Mark Sutherin and Matthew Hein; his parents; brother William; sister Kathleen and her husband Kermit Schwanke.

Survivors include his wife Effie Dockstader Holmes of Bigfork; sons Ernest S. Holmes III and wife Janice of Carrollton, Texas, and Michael Dockstader of Bigfork; daughters Mary Sullivan and husband Paul, and Maureen Hein and husband Ray, all of Bigfork, and Sally Sutherlin and husband Jack of La Mesa, N.M.; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2000, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Bigfork. Visitation will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at Johnson Mortuary in Kalispell. Burial will be at a later date at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Las Cruces, N.M.

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