Julian E. Hughes
MISSOULA - Julian E. Hughes, 84, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2001, at St. Patrick Hospital.
He was born June 2, 1916, in Crawford, N.C., to Charlie Edward and Jeanne Marie "Josie" Croonenberghs-Hughes. After the death of his father when Julian was 3 and his mother's death when he was 10, Julian was brought to Missoula to be raised by his aunt and uncle, Lucien and Norma Croonenberghs. He attended elementary school at St. Francis Xavier and high school at Loyola Sacred Heart. He spent much of his childhood at the family cabin on Seeley Lake.
Julian met his wife of 35 years, Viola Florence Fauth, while working on the railroad in Helena. In 1941 Julian began his career with the Montana Department of Transportation. Julian and Viola were married in 1942.
The couple spent their early years racing hydroplane boats around the Northwest. They then focused their attention on raising and racing quarter horses. Julian retired as project engineer of the Montana Department of Transportation in June 1980 after 39 years of service.
After retirement, Julian spent his life enjoying the company of his family in the great outdoors. He couldn't wait until the weekend when he could go to Salmon Lake and ride his jet skis. You could always see Julian with his rolled-up pants and backwards hat riding circles around everybody on the lake, usually about twice as fast as everybody else.
During the winter months, he loved to go snowmobiling. He really enjoyed the ride, but the highlight of the day for him was watching Jon and Michael trying to out-climb each other. Julian spend his off days reading the paper, watching any kind of sports on TV, keeping tabs on his cattle, and playing with his ever-faithful chocolate Lab, Chocolate.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Viola in 1977, his oldest son Robert "Bobby" Lee in 1965, his parents, and several brothers and sisters on both the Hughes and Croonenberghs sides.
He is survived by his daughter Joanne and husband Bobby Ailport and their children Tammy, Billy and Bobbi of Clinton; son Jon and wife Jeanie Hughes and their children Michael and Kelli of Missoula; his best friend Chocolate; three brothers, Willis Hughes of Mason Neck, Va., Albert and wife Rose Croonenberghs of Missoula, and George and wife Jeannie Croonenberghs of Missoula; and several nephews and nieces.
Your spirit will always be with us, Dad and Grandpa. Don't worry about Chocolate; we will take good care of her for you. We love you.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Garden City Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tony Croonenberghs, John Gito, Dan McDonell, Bob Trollope, Jim Williams and Jack Zeckman.
Memorials or donations may be made in Julian's name to a charity of the donor's choice.
Elizabeth Suzanne Spracklin
Sept. 26, 1908 - May 6, 2001
STEVENSVILLE - Elizabeth Suzanne Spracklin, 92, of Stevensville, died at her home on Sunday, May 6, 2001.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harley Spracklin in 1964, son Robert in 1986, son Donald in 1995 and one great-great-grandchild.
Survivors include two sons, William (Rita) Spracklin of Glendive and Keith (Irene) Spracklin of Denver City, Texas; two daughters, Ruth (Bill) Maynard of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Rose (Gene) Gehlen of Stevensville; brother Art Heiss; 22 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Community Baptist Church in Stevensville with Pastor Earl Hargis officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.
Whitesitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Peter B. Friden
GREAT FALLS - Peter B. Friden, 57, of Great Falls, died May 4, 2001, at Benefis Hospital of lung cancer. He was born Sept. 4, 1943, in Waukegan, Ill.
Friden began working for the Montana Television Network in 1965 with jobs in Great Falls, Billings and Missoula. He was national sales manager in Billings for the Montana Television Network, general manager at KPAX-TV in Missoula and president of KRTV in Great Falls before retiring.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Faith Lutheran Church in Great Falls with Pastor Ken Waag presiding. Cremation has taken place.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sheryl; and two sons, Mark and wife Teresa Friden of Kent, Wash., and Paul Friden of Redmond, Wash.
Donations in Peter's name may be made at his request to Faith Lutheran Church, 3125 Fifth Ave. S.; Great Falls Public Library, 301 Second Ave. N.; Peace Hospice Building Fund, P.O. Box 7008, Great Falls; or a charity of the donor's choice.
O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Mary Genevieve 'Gen' Chevalier Noffsinger
WHITEFISH - Gen Noffsinger, 89, of Whitefish, passed away on May 1, 2001, at North Valley Extended Care.
She was born in Helena on Jan. 5, 1912, to Phillip and Catherine Chevalier and raised on the family ranch at Canyon Creek. Gen graduated from St. Vincent Academy in Helena.
In 1935 she married George W. Noffsinger. They lived in Glacier National Park while he worked on his father's ranch, The Park Saddle Horse Co. Later they moved to Havre. George died in 1955 and Gen went to work for Great Northern. When she retired, she settled in Whitefish.
Gen loved to travel, cook and paint china. However, football was undeniably Gen's greatest passion. She also loved to be with family and friends. She was a member of CCW, Women of the Moose and the VFW Auxiliary 276.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, five brothers, five sisters, two grandchildren and a daughter-in-law.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Becky Noffsinger of Whitefish and George and Delores Noffsinger of Havre; daughter Mary Little of Florida; daughter and son-in-law Helen and Jack Clark of Whitefish; two sisters, Lolly Russel of Helena and Phyllis and husband Bud Meaney of Denver; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially Buffy, her spaniel.
A vigil will be held 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Whitefish.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the church with the Rev. Charles W. Strom officiating. A luncheon will follow at the VFW in Whitefish. Inurnment will be in Havre at a later date.
The family asks that memorials be made in Gen's name to the Flathead Humane Society or a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Austin Funeral Home.