PHILIPSBURG - Betty Christensen, 92, of Philipsburg, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at the Granite County Memorial Nursing Home in Philipsburg, where she had been a resident since 1997.
Betty was born on Sept. 7, 1907, in Howard, S.D., to Emma (Jackson) and Jens Skafte. She moved to Junction City, Ore., a Danish community, as a child. She graduated from Junction City High School and received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Oregon State University in 1929. She was a charter member of the Kappa Delta Sorority at that school.
She practiced pharmacy in Oregon and Missouri before marrying Frank W. Horrigan on June 14, 1934, in Kansas City. The couple moved to Philipsburg to live and operate their business, the Granada Theatre. Betty continued to operate the theater after the death of Mr. Horrigan in 1951, until it was sold in 1981.
Betty was married to and divorced from Malcolm Noreen before marrying Osward H. Christensen on Dec. 23, 1958. He died in 1981.
Betty was active in the community as a member of the Philipsburg Chamber of Commerce, a member and organist at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, American Legion Auxiliary, member and organist of Pear Chapter No. 14, OES and Pocahontas Lodge. She brought the gift of music to the Senior Center and nursing home for many years.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Trilby and Dean Neitz of Philipsburg, Kay and Bob Elliston of Auburn, Wash., and Pam and Marty Carrick of Redding, Calif.; grandchildren Frank Neitz of Bethel, Alaska, Sydney and Bryan Petersen of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Van Neitz of Anaconda; and great-grandchildren Taite, Megan and Lynsey Petersen of Coeur d'Alene.
Funeral services will be conducted from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Monday, April 10, at 3 p.m. with Bishop Leigh Wallace officiating. Visitation will be at the Philipsburg Chapel of KT Riddle Funeral Homes on Monday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with and Order of Eastern Star service at 1 p.m. Cremation will follow the funeral service. Inurnment will be private.
Memorials are requested to Granite County Memorial Home, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and/or donor's choice.
Services and cremation are under the care of the KT Riddle Funeral Homes, Anaconda.
Helen Josephine Carlson
MISSOULA - Helen Josephine Carlson, 85, of Missoula, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at Hillside Manor after a lengthy illness.
She was born on Feb. 4, 1915, in Leadore, Idaho, to Harry and Josephine Coleman. She graduated from St. Alphonsis Nursing School in Boise, Idaho, in 1936.
Helen worked for many years as a registered nurse for hospitals and in private duty. She and Bill also owned the Muller Apartments in Butte, from 1965-77. She was a member of the Montana Nurses Association.
She loved camping, fishing, hunting, nursing and her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Doebler; her second husband, William T. "Bill" Carlson; her parents; a brother, Harry Coleman Jr.; and sister, Rose Mary Whittaker.
Survivors include her daughters, Rose Marie Visser and her husband Pete, and Sally M. Carlson, all of Missoula; sisters Frances Malesich of Harlowton and Angela Calvert of Riverton, Wyo.; grandchildren Don Guizzo of Texas, Deborah Guizzo and Theresa Entzel, both of Reno, Nev., and Connie Birdwell of Missoula; great-grandchildren Maria, Natasha and Timmy Entzel, all of Reno, and Heather and Amber Birdwell, both of Missoula.
A rosary service took place Friday at Garden City Funeral Home. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadore, Idaho. Interment will be at McRae Cemetery in Leadore. A reception will follow in the Leadore Grange Hall.
Pallbearers will be Pete Visser, Richard Malesich, James Whittaker, Fred Coleman, Mike Coleman and Don Guizzo. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Follett, Tim Entzel and Earle Calvert.
The family suggests memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadore.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Pauline W. Hertel
FLORENCE - Pauline Weigand Hertel of Florence passed away March 31, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Pauline was born March 6, 1915, in Colfax, Wash., to John and Sophie Weigand. Pauline lived most of her life in Montana, but she also lived in Las Vegas and Oregon. She returned to Florence to be near her family and in the place she loved.
Pauline had a love for animals, especially her dogs and chickens. She loved to collect things for herself but found the real joy was giving to others. She loved life and took advantage of every moment. Pauline loved her home and made it her castle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister.
Pauline is survived by her loving husband Wally; her only daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Bud Johnson; three grandchildren, Mark O'Conner and his wife Connie, Pam Drogitis and her husband John, and Sherri O'Conner; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; her brother John; and four sisters, Amelia, Lucille, Sophie and Marlene.
Pauline made friends wherever she went and will be deeply missed by all she came in contact with. "Ich Lieb Dich," Pauline.
Cremation has taken place under the direction and caring support of Garden City Funeral Home. Family and close friends will gather at the funeral home to pay their respects and share stories Saturday, April 15, at 1 p.m.
The family suggests donations to the American Heart Association.
Harry Irvan Nelson
OSBURN, Idaho - Harry Irvan Nelson passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2000, in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Sept. 21, 1920, in Deer Lodge.
Mr. Nelson was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He was a retired employee of ASARCO where he worked for 40 years.
He was a member of Wallace Elks Lodge 331 for 57 years, the VFW and Wallace Gyro Club. He also was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his spouse, Dorothy E. Nelson; sons Gary L. Nelson of Oregon and Douglas I. Nelson of Nevada; daughter Carol A. Yost of Washington; brother Leonard Nelson of California; sisters Martha Petersen and Jennie Fallman, both in Montana; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
Contributions can be made to the Idaho Elks Rehab Hospital, P.O. Box 1100, Boise, ID 83701-9958, or Elks World War II Memorial.
A memorial service will be held at the Wallace Elks Lodge in Wallace at 2 p.m. April 15.