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Saturday, April 22, 2000; Beatrice L. Schaefer, Grant T. Nielsen, George R. Frisbie
Saturday, April 22, 2000; Beatrice L. Schaefer, Grant T. Nielsen, George R. Frisbie

Beatrice L. Schaefer

MISSOULA - Beatrice Louise (Trumbull) Schaefer, R.N., 91, a lifelong Montana resident and retired registered nurse, died of natural causes on Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Village Health Care Center in Missoula. She was known to family and friends as "Bea."

Bea was born in Helena on May 30, 1908, the first of six children born to Willis and Edna (Brien) Trumbull, both of whom were pioneer railroad telegraphers in Montana. She was baptized by Brother Van (the Rev. William Wesley Van Orsdel), the noted traveling Methodist preacher of early Montana. Bea was raised on the Hi-Line, attending public schools in Lothair and Chester. She attended Intermountain Academy and College in Helena and took nurses training at Kennedy Deaconess Hospital in Havre, graduating in 1932. She took post-graduate nurses training in obstetrics at Chicago Lying-In Hospital, 1932-33.

Bea married Glen McNeil of Malta in 1934. They lived near Ronan and had two children before his death in 1938. She worked as an R.N. in Malta and at Thornton's Hospital in Missoula. She served as an R.N. at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Fort Harrison from 1942 to 1953.

It was while nursing at "the Fort" that she met a patient who was to become her beloved husband and life companion for over 51 years. Bea married Paul Schaefer of Roscoe, Minn., on June 26, 1948, in Helena, where they made their home for the next 43 years. After leaving the VA, she continued her nursing career in Helena as a private duty nurse and at St. John's and St. Peter's hospitals. Bea retired in 1976, after a nursing career that spanned 45 years.

She held offices in the Montana Nurses Association, KDH Alumni Association, and Helena Senior Citizens, and was a delegate to the Montana Legacy Legislature. In addition to her profession, Bea enjoyed playing the piano, church, alumni reunions, volunteer work, senior center activities and corresponding with family and friends. Bea and Paul moved to Missoula in 1991.

Bea was preceded in death by her infant sister Emily; brothers Charles and Willard Trumbull, and sister Helen Boice.

She is survived by her husband Paul; sister Mary Zoe Craig of Missoula; daughter Marilyn Sewell of Missoula; son Murray McNeil of Lincoln; four grandchildren, Pamela Soto and Jane Sewell of Missoula, and Marc Sewell and Merry Morse of Billings; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and 10 nieces and nephews.

She will be missed by all.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 24, at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula, followed by graveside services and burial at the Montana Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison, near Helena, at 3 p.m.

Grant T. Nielsen

KALISPELL - Grant Theodore Nielsen, 77, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Brendan House in Kalispell.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Nielsen of Kalispell; seven children, Marty Brewer and her husband Roger of White Sulphur Springs, Ronald Nielsen and his wife Pam of Dillon, Kathleen Nielsen of Brockton, Rosalie Seaman and her husband Paul of Covington, Wash., Gerald Nielsen and his wife Diana of North Richland Hills, Texas, Dennis Nielsen of Kalispell, Michelle Ostrom and her husband Clark of Seattle; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two brothers, Stanley Nielsen of Kalispell and Harlan Nielsen of Euless, Texas; one sister, Beulah Prestbye of Kalispell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be Monday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at Conrad Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, April 23, from 2-6 p.m. at Johnson Mortuary.

George R. Frisbie

MISSOULA - George R. Frisbie, 58, of Missoula, died April 12, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital.

He was raised in Bonner, attended Bonner school and graduated from Sentinel High School in 1960.

He worked in Bonner for Champion for 25 years until health reasons forced his retirement.

He married Dorothy M. McBride on June 17, 1961, in Three Forks. They were married for 30 years.

Survivors include sons and their spouses, Gary and Cam Frisbie of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Shawn and Denise Frisbie of Fort Gordon, Ga.; daughter Robin and her husband Ken McVey of Missoula; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Bea Frisbie of Lake Ozark, Mo.; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Frisbie, and one granddaughter.

Memorials can be made to the Missoula Food Bank or Poverello Center.

Cremation and private services have taken place under the direction of the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes.

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