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Carrie 'Son' Hughes

HAMILTON - Carrie "Son" Hughes, 77, of Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at her home.

Son was born on May 15, 1923, in Truth or Consequences, N.M., the daughter of the late William and Lillian Taylor Howard, and completed high school in Las Cruces, N.M.

During World War II, she worked on the home front as a nurse for a Las Cruces doctor who delivered many newborns, usually at the patient's home.

On May 15, 1947, she married Forrest A. Hughes at St. James Episcopal Church in Mesilla Park, N.M.

The couple lived in New Mexico, Nevada and California, before moving to Hamilton in 1978 after her husband retired from the aerospace industry.

Son enjoyed being a wife, homemaker, supporting her family and later being with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing the piano.

Survivors include her husband, Forrest, of the family home in Hamilton; daughter and son-in-law Sydney and Robert Hazeltine of Hamilton; grandchildren Kelsey Hazeltine of Spokane and Cami and Brian Temple of Hamilton; great-grandson Caden Temple; and sister Louise Davey of Las Vegas.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Lillian.

A service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at the Daly-Leach Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Millar officiating.

Private family urn placement will take place at a later date.

The family suggests memorials to the Marcus-Daly Hospital-Hospice of the Bitterroot, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton 59840.

John 'J.P.' Patch

ALBERTON - John "J.P." Patch, our father, was born on Jan. 2, 1921, to the late Tom and Stella Patch in Anaconda. He moved to Alberton in 1929 where he resided until his death on May 2, 2001.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Tony and Nick Patch.

His sister Clara Danner resides in Spokane.

Michelina Destito of Avery, Idaho, became his wife on July 16, 1945. Together they raised four children, Lonnie Patch of Falls Church, Va., Patricia Kopetski of Lake Oswego, Ore., Tom Patch of Pablo and Kathleen Kibler of Salem, Ore. He was a loving grandpa to Kristen, Matthew, Anthony, Michael and Angela, and a father-in-law to Pam.

Dad worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 40 years. He retired in 1980. He served in the 82nd Antiaircraft Battalion from 1942 to 1944.

He enjoyed hunting, sport shooting, gardening, fishing and woodworking. He was an avid reader of Montana history. In the summer, he could be found in his favorite spot on the patio enjoying the view of the mountains and the hummingbirds that would gather at his feeders.

Our dad was a "lovable grump" with a wonderful sense of humor who will be missed by friends and family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Alberton. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Annex in Missoula. A reception will be held at the church following the committal service.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in Dad's name to the St. Albert Building Fund.

Charles H. Harball

POLSON - Charles H. Harball, 74, passed away of natural causes at his home in Polson on Sunday, May 1, 2001.

Chuck was born in 1926 in Morrill, Neb., to Charles Andrew and Helen Fahey Harball. He was schooled in Montana, South Dakota and Nevada. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific, Japan and China. Upon his discharge in 1947, he managed a ranch in the Centennial Valley in southwest Montana.

In 1949, Chuck married Sally Mills. Shortly thereafter they purchased a ranch in Irvine Flats west of Polson, where they lived, worked and raised their three children for 25 years. In 1961, Chuck began working for Lake County as a deputy sheriff, a vocation he loved until his retirement after 24 years of service. Chuck served in the Montana House of Representatives in the early 1960s. In 1975, Chuck and Sally sold the ranch and moved to an acre of ground on Flathead Lake at Big Arm. They remained there until 1993, when they moved to their current residence in Polson.

Chuck had been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks for 54 years.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sally of Polson; daughter Sally Franceschina and her husband Albert and their two children David and Laura of Annapolis, Md.; daughter Katherine Harball and her husband Lyle McBroom and their three children Kelsi, Karee and KC, all of Kalispell; and son Charles Harball and his wife Claire and their two children Elizabeth and Sarah, all of Kalispell. He is also survived by brothers Gordon Harball of Whitehall, Jerry Harball of Texas, Larry Harball of Canada, Paul Harball of California, Merritt Murphy and Dale Murphy of Canada; sisters Peggy Cantrell of Texas, Sally Ann Jackson of Pablo and Vera Perry of Canada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson with the Rev. Gary Reller officiating. Interment and graveside services will be held at a later date.

Chuck's family suggests that any memorials be given to the Polson Elks Lodge Scholarship Foundation or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Paul Samuel Chaffey

RENTON, Wash. - Paul Samuel Chaffey, of Renton, died Feb. 20, 2001, in Seattle. He was 66.

Born Aug. 11, 1934, in Missoula, he married Donna Jean Johnston on June 14, 1958, and lived in the South County area since 1962.

Mr. Chaffey retired in 1995 as an electrician at The Boeing Co. He was a member of St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church in Renton. He was a handyman and enjoyed sports and bird watching.

He is survived by his wife Donna Jean Chaffey of Renton; son Scott A. Chaffey of Austin, Texas; daughters Tammy L. Tandecki of Renton and Shelly T. Hardy of Kent, Wash.; brothers Donald K. Chaffey of Las Vegas and Evan E. Chaffey of Providence, R.I.; sister JoAnne Ulrigg of Federal Way, Wash.; and five grandchildren.

Services have taken place Renton.

Jennie 'Jane' Lindholm

HAMILTON - Jennie "Jane" Lindholm, 78, of Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at the Valley View Estates.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1923, in Groton, Conn., the daughter of the late John and Laura Hazler Bender. She received her education in Connecticut.

On Oct. 18, 1942, she married Garth F. Lindholm in Groton, Conn. The family moved to Victor following her husband's discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1968.

Jane was a homemaker and she loved her family, supporting them in their many activities.

Garth preceded her in death on April 7, 1995.

Survivors include her children, Ronald and wife Alice Lindholm of Cook Falls, N.Y., Kim and husband Si Lawrence of Hamilton and Wayne and wife Donna Lindholm of Newhall, Calif.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters Mable Grunuskey and Laura May Short, both of New York; and brother Dick Bender of New York.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

At Jane's request, no public service will be held. Private family urn placement will take place later.

Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.

Sheila Jean Holt Clark

SPOKANE - Sheila Jean Holt Clark, 52, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane following a brief illness.

Sheila was born on Jan. 14, 1949, at Community Hospital in Missoula to Leonard and Ramona Holt. She attended schools in Missoula, graduating from Sentinel High School in 1967.

Sheila later attended nursing school at St. Patrick's School of Nursing, graduating in 1975. Sheila moved to Libby in 1977, where she went to work for St. John's Lutheran Hospital until 1998.

In 1989, she began her education at Gonzaga University in Spokane. She graduated in 1992 with honors in the master's in the sciences of nursing program. In 1992, she belonged to the Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society. In 1995, she became a family nurse practitioner, graduating with honors from Gonzaga's bachelor's in the science of nursing and belonged to the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Society.

In 2000, Sheila hung out with her own "Shingle" as a family nurse practitioner and started her own clinic known as Women's Health Focus, where she was able to do what she truly loved the most, directly caring for people and touching many hearts along the way.

Sheila was preceded in death by her mother, Ramona Holt, and a brother, Roger Holt.

She is survived by her husband, Norman; two daughters, Jennifer and Megan Clark; father Leonard Holt; grandmother Lily Jean Holt; grandson Errin Patrick Glencross Jr.; sisters Nikki Loudermilk and Suzette Albert; nieces Shallon Loudermilk, Sheila Morris and Krysta Green; nephews Roger Loudermilk, Robert Green and Korey Green.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Souse Gulch at the Libby Dam. Buffalo Funeral Home is caring for the family.

William Lyle Bjorklund

MISSOULA - William Lyle Bjorklund, 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, of natural causes. He was lovingly surrounded by his family.

Bill was the son of William Cecil and Edna Pearl Bjorklund and the devoted husband of Lela Bjorklund, whom he married on April 25, 1937, in Billings.

In 1936, Bill was stationed at Fort Missoula. From there he went on serving his country in World War II in the Medical Corps.

Bill was born in 1909 in Aneta, N.D. He was raised in Hope, N.D., where he attended local schools and starred in basketball and football and held many undefeated titles in track. His love for athleticism poured over into his later years, as he was a permanent fixture at every home Grizzly basketball game since 1954. Come rain or shine the Montana Griz could count on a loyal fan in Bill. Even if it meant climbing to the top of the "M" just to catch a glimpse of a first down or touchdown pass at the football stadium. Not doing this alone, Bill volunteered many hours driving the American Legion baseball team to and from games, always accompanied by his children, encouraging them and sharing with them his love and knowledge for all sports. His children still sit and reminisce about Timberjacks baseball, that their father so faithfully followed. Bill's horizons broadened as he ventured into the world of Hamm radios and spent countless hours at home communicating with others around the world. While a man of many trades, Bill owned and ran several local businesses. As Bill lived on, he enjoyed spending time at the lake in his motor home simply enjoying Montana's beauty.

Bill's kind heart and loving hands will be missed by all and his genuine loyalty is to be admired. Dad, you are our shining star and we carry each memory of you with us, near and dear to our hearts. We will miss you more than every but we know that you are now hand-in-hand with Mom, cradled by the love of God.

William was preceded in death by his wife Lela Bjorklund, four sisters, three brothers and his grandson Randy Brett Pickering.

William is survived by five children, 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, including his son Gary Bjorklund and his wife Thelma of Cutbank and their children Laurie Dagel of Helena and her children Kyle Tyee and Jaycee of Helena, Lisa and her husband Roger Askelson of Cutbank and their children Josh, Jenny, Reid, Lenni and Ryan of Cutbank and Helena, Brian and his wife Heather Bjorklund of Scott Valley, Calif., and their children Emily, Eli and Jacob of Scott Valley, Calif.; his son Bill Bjorklund and his wife Margaret of Bonner and their children Bill of Seattle, Brandi of Billings and Brad of Bonner; his daughter Joanne and her husband Rod Pickering of Missoula and their children Jodie of Missoula and his children Colbie and Brady, Kodie and his wife Tracy Pickering of Missoula and their child Jakob of Missoula; her daughter Sharon and her husband Marv Beierle of Missoula and their children Todd of Seattle, Chad and his wife Tammy Beierle of Missoula and their children Cody, Shawn, Taylor and Shaylyn of Missoula, Kory and his wife Jamie Beierle of Lolo and their children Kaylie and Justin of Lolo; daughter Debbie Bjorklund-Bergman of Missoula and her daughter Heather of Missoula. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Garden City Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Missoula Cemetery. A reception will follow burial at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials be made to Camp Make-A-Dream, The Montana Hope Project, Montana Special Olympics, American Legion Baseball, or any memorial of choice.

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