Isabelle Hope Dahle
SALMON, Idaho - Isabelle Hope Dahle, 9 months old, passed away April 1, 2000, at her home from complications due to a rare syndrome.
She was born June 14, 1999, in Missoula, the second of two children, to Marc and Tammy Morgan Dahle. Isabelle was born with the rare CFC syndrome. She was very strong and had a fighting spirit. Isabelle endured many trips to hospitals and faced many illnesses. Throughout all of those difficulties, she rarely cried.
During her short life, she faced many challenges. Isabelle taught everyone around her patience, empathy, perseverance and strength through her many struggles. The biggest thing Isabelle taught was love. She was able to communicate without words. Isabelle had beautiful blue eyes and very busy hands. She was always in constant motion.
Isabelle had a way of touching people who had the pleasure of meeting her, even in the worst of circumstances. She gave this life everything she had. Isabelle had a strong spirit which amazed those who knew her, especially her doctors, nurses, family and friends. Her family is grateful for the time they were able to spend with her and the compassionate care given by Dr. Dan Harper. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her parents Marc and Tammy Dahle and older brother Derek of Salmon; special friend and caregiver Helen Ritan of Salmon; grandparents Lynn and Dianne Dahle and Grace and Robert Morgan, all of Salmon; great-grandparents Mrs. O.D. Scarlett of Oxnard, Calif.; Paul and Velma Grimshaw of Santa Clara, Utah; Sam and Elizabeth Morgan of Salmon; and James Powers of Lima; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Viewing will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Jones & Casey Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salmon Stake Center with Bishop James H. Jones conducting.
Elizabeth Dahle will sing "You'll Be in My Heart" and Lianne Ames will sing "The Promise," both accompanied by Debbie Bean, who also will play prelude and postlude music. Jack Sorensen will offer the opening prayer; Anne Marie Casey will give the life sketch; Stake President Lynn Dahle will be speaker; Jared Dahle will give the closing prayer; and Shaun Dahle will offer the family prayer.
Burial will be at Salmon Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steven Morgan, Eric Dahle, Jared Dahle and Shaun Dahle. Marc Dahle will give the dedicatory prayer.
The family suggests memorials to the CFC Foundation, c/o Sarah Tenney Watson, 3962 Van Dyke St., White Bear Lake, Minn. 55110.
Glenn Edwin Moffatt Sr.
MISSOULA - Born on a homestead near Oilmont on Nov. 22, 1915, Glenn was the eldest of Jack and Anna Moffatt's nine children.
He attended the Moffatt Country School, Shelby public schools and graduated from John Rogers High School in Spokane. Glenn returned to work with his dad in the Kevin-Sunburst oil fields. He met his future wife, Mary Miller, on the basketball court of the Kevin school.
Six years of service during World War II were spent as a staff sergeant in the Army in the Aleutians and later as a marksman instructor in Texas.
Returning to the north country, Glenn and Mary were married June 18, 1947. Together they raised seven children and welcomed Mary's niece and nephew, Joann and Ray Ballew, into their family.
Sporting events and family activities were sources of enjoyment throughout his life. After retirement he and Mary traveled frequently. Upon relocating to Missoula to be close to family, he enjoyed assisting students at Paxson School.
Glenn was active at various times in the Kevin Gun Club, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Kevin Senior Citizens Center, and was an officer in his local credit union.
Glenn was preceded in death by his wife Mary; siblings Edward, Lloyd, Dale and Ruth; and an infant daughter.
Survivors include siblings Howard, Chuck, Leo and Mary; children and their spouses, John and Maggie, Mary and Dave, Ed and Chris, Roseann and Bob, Margaret, Dee Dee and Michael, Glenn and Pam; and grandchildren Kevin, Sean, Meghan, Katherine, Stephanie, Eric, Anna, Colin and Derek.
Memorials may be sent to the Missoula Humane Society, 1105 Clark Fork Drive, Missoula, Mont. 59808, where he rescued his faithful friend Shadow; or to the Sunburst Swimming Pool Fund, Sunburst, Mont. 59482.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at Christ the King Catholic Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Livingston Chapel, 224 W. Spruce St.
Harold F. Alexander
POLSON - Longtime Polson resident Harold F. Alexander, 74, passed away with his family at his side in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, April 3, 2000, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 51 years, Doreen, who took care of him throughout his illness.
Harold was born May 17, 1925, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Frank and Helen (Caster) Alexander.
As a boy he played hockey and excelled as a ski jumper. Harold was in the Canadian Navy from 1943 until his discharge in 1945. He worked on the convoys between Canada and England. After his discharge he entered the printing trade.
In 1956 Harold, Doreen and their son Terry moved from Canada to Polson, where Harold joined the Flathead Courier (Lake County Leader). He also worked in Olympia, Wash., and as the foreman of the Glasgow Courier in Glasgow before returning to Polson in 1964 to work at the Courier until his retirement from the newspaper in 1981.
He was instrumental in starting the Polson Little League baseball program in 1957 and joined the volunteer fire department about the same time.
He and Doreen also ran several successful businesses, including A-C Printers, The Malt Shop, The Hut Cafe and Doreen's Fashions. During his retirement he bought a dump truck and delivered black dirt to many residents.
Harold liked to fish at Lake Mary Ronan and hunt with his sons. Their annual trip to Malta made for many fond memories.
Harold took great pride in the home they built on Flathead Lake and enjoyed just looking at the Mission Mountains, the lake and the various wildlife that came to visit.
He belonged to several fraternal organizations and preferred to work behind the scenes rather than be in the limelight. He was a charter member of the Lions Club, Masonic Lodge No. 78, Scottish Rite, Shrine of Baghdad Temple of Butte, and was a charter member of the Legion of Honor. He was an active member of Polson Elks Lodge No. 1695, for which he received several commendations, including Elk of the Year in 1971 and 1976.
His parents preceded him in death.
In addition to his wife Doreen, he is survived by two sons, Terry Alexander and wife, Donna, of Seattle and Tom Alexander and wife, Mary Ann, of Butte; six grandchildren, Kim Maloney and husband, Tom, and Chanel Lake and husband, Tim, all of Polson; Jeffrey and Brian Alexander of Seattle; and Corey McGreevey and wife, Carol, and Mackenzie Alexander, all of Butte; two great-grandchildren, Caitlin Maloney and Isebelle McGreevey; brother Allen Alexander and wife, Gladys, and sister Frances Currie and husband, Tom, all of Canada; cousin Len Wilson; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He is loved and will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund in Polson, to Shriners Hospitals for Children, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation will be 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Grogan Funeral Home in Polson.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Polson Masonic Temple, followed by burial at Lakeview Cemetery.
EUREKA - Edward Thatcher, 65, of Eureka, died of cancer April 1, 2000, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
His wife D'Arlene preceded him in death in 1981.
Survivors include his wife Marjorie Thatcher of Eureka; parents O.C. and Gladys Thatcher of Stanford; sons Mark Thatcher of Great Falls and Ken Thatcher of Woodland, Calif.; daughters Cindy Bowers of Eureka and Becky Snow of Billings; sister Jerrie Baker of Lewistown; stepchildren Jeff Wells of Sheridan, Wyo.; Joel Wells of Dale, Ind.; and Jason Wells and Jana Van Parys, both of Cottonwood, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private family services will be held. Arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the cancer fund.
Mary 'Jeanne' Hosfeld
MISSOULA - Mary "Jeanne" Hosfeld, 72, of Missoula, went to be with the Lord and her loved ones Saturday, April 1, 2000.
Jeanne was born on Aug. 25, 1927, in Richmond, Calif. Raised in California, she moved to western Montana in 1950, fell in love and stayed.
The rest of her life was spent raising her children.
She loved to fish, camp and anything outdoors. She spent her life caring for others as a personal care attendant. She truly will be missed by all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
As her dear friend Lila would say, "She was a true friend always."
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents and grandson Anthony Crawford.
She is survived by her 11 children, James and Diane Westbrook, Jeanne and Arthur Crawford and Della Davis, all of Missoula; Hal Hosfeld of Utah; Joyce and Joseph Moreno of Washington; Adonna and Rufus Martinez of Texas; John and Jolyn McGuingan of Missoula; Debra Hosfeld of California; Helen and David Steiger of Stevensville; Rick Hosfeld of Texas; and Mary Hosfeld of Washington; 39 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Livingston Chapel, 224 W. Spruce St. Cremation interment will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in the form of contributions to a charity of the donor's choice.
Roy A. Lund
EUREKA - Roy A. Lund, 85, of Eureka, died of natural causes Monday, April 3, 2000, at Mountain View Manor.
He was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle in November 1999, sister Alice Nenow and brother Everett Lund.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald Lund of Elko, Nev., and Jerry Lund and wife, Glenna, of Newfolden, Minn.; two daughters, Joy Sanders and husband, Don, of Greenville, N.C., and Kathy Snedigar and husband, Roland, of Fortine; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Private family services will be held. Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Lois Ruth James
KALISPELL - Lois Ruth James, 73, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Irvin and Nina Spear, and her husband Harlie James.
She is survived by her daughters Nancy Spence, Nina Woolard, Gail Nickerson and Marla Muraoka, all of Kalispell; son Corbin Nickerson of Kalispell; brothers Harry Spear of Whitehall and Glen Spear of Kalispell; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home. A reception will follow at the Eagles Lodge.
MISSOULA - Erna Minster, 92, longtime Missoula resident, passed away of natural causes on Monday, April 3, 2000, at Village Health Care Center.
She was born Aug. 30, 1907, in Berg, Thurgau, Switzerland, to Jacob and Mina Kirchmeier. Erna came to Missoula with her parents in 1922. In 1925 she married Fred Minster.
Erna was preceded in death by her husband, sons James and Bruce, daughter Rosemary and three sisters.
She is survived by daughters Nancy Minster Gagner and husband, Robert, of Missoula; Delores Minster Baher and husband, Jim, of Portland, Ore., and Ethel Minster Moose and husband, Leonard, of Condon; son Edward Minster and wife, Alice, of Oregon City, Ore.; daughters-in-law Margaret Minster of Las Vegas, Nev., and Linda Minster of Missoula; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Garden City Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. A reception will follow in the funeral home's community room.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Helen Vail Muller
HEALDSBURG, Calif. - The first of 10 children, Helen Vail Muller was born March 7, 1898, in Mobridge, S.D., and died on March 25, 2000, at the Healdsburg Convalescent Hospital.
Helen grew up on the plains, caring for her younger siblings and riding bareback through the fields. As a young woman she moved to Rochester, Minn., to attend St. Mary's School of Nursing and fulfill her goal of healing others. She practiced nursing at Anchor Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., where she met her future husband, R. Theodore Muller, M.D. They were married in 1924.
After many years in St. Paul, they moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where he later died in 1978. They were both known as kind and generous people with a tender regard for each other and all who came to know them. Helen was gifted at caring for others, gardening and cooking, and she had a great appreciation for poetry and a concern for justice toward others.
She is survived by her children, Helen Muller Drachkovitch of Healdsburg and Theodore Muller and wife, Patricia, of Missoula; her grandchildren, Nicole Sault, Leon Sault, Cynthia Muller Spangler, Shari Muller Ho, Constance Muller Hegel, Jeffrey Muller and Heather Muller; great-grandchildren Nicholas and Trevor; a brother, Col. Bruce Vail of Port Angeles, Wash.; and a sister, Marjorie Vail Peltier of Lamesa, Texas.
A memorial Mass was held Saturday, April 1, at St. John the Baptist Church in Healdsburg.
Donations in her memory may be made to CANHR (California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform) in San Francisco, to Doctors Without Borders or to the Nature Conservancy.
Jean L. Soldowski
HUSON - Jean L. Soldowski, 92, of Nine Mile, passed away on Monday, April 3.
She was born March 16, 1908, in Kalispell to Lulu May and Frank Fredrick Liebig. There she attended grade school and Flathead County High School. She was a graduate of Montana Normal College at Dillon and the University of Washington at Seattle. She also attended Northern College at Havre and Montana State University at Missoula.
In 1943 she married Theodore Herman Soldowski of Independence, Wis. Together they acquired and managed Bison Creek Ranch at East Glacier. Later they built Circle MR Ranch at Nyack for fishing and hunting trips.
Her teaching experience was in rural, consolidated and first-class districts of Montana in Powder River, Teton, Flathead, Toole, Cascade and Missoula counties. She taught in Bigfork, Sweet Grass, Shelby, Great Falls and Missoula. Also she worked with the education department at the University of Montana with its live TV and teacher cadet programs. She also helped orient Head Start in Missoula.
In 1970 the Montana Association of Classroom Teachers presented her with an Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education in the State of Montana. After 36 years of teaching she retired in 1973.
Other life activities included scouting, Civil Air Patrol, department head for Montgomery Ward in Kalispell, cooking for a road crew building the U.S. 2 highway east of Nyack, lookout duty for the U.S. Forest Service and for Glacier National Park, Missoula RSVP and gardening at Nine Mile after retirement.
She was a member of Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Teachers Society, Western Montana Retired Teachers Association, St. Anne's Society, Senior Citizens, St. Albert's Church in Alberton and the Nine Mile Friendly Neighbor Club of St. Anthony's Church and General Altar Society of Missoula.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and a sister.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Rudy Palomo of Nine Mile; son Theodore "Ted" Soldowski Jr. of Nine Mile; sisters Frances Liebig of Polson and Erma Light of Thompson Falls; grandchildren Dianna Duncan of Missoula and Gregory Palomo of Bakersfield, Calif.; two nieces, seven nephews and one great-granddaughter.
Mass of the Resurrection will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Frenchtown with the Rev. Vic Langhans as celebrant. A reception will immediately follow the service in the church social hall. Private family interment will take place Friday at Old St. Mary's Cemetery in Missoula.
The family suggests memorials to the Grant Creek School Project at Fort Missoula or to the St. Albert's Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 329, Frenchtown, Mont. 59846.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
John Harvey Sheridan
ST. IGNATIUS - Our beloved John Harvey began his journey to the big hunt on April 2, 2000.
John was born June 2, 1962, at the Holy Family Hospital to Rose and Mickey Sheridan. He grew up in the Jocko River Valley and attended school in Arlee.
John worked for the YACC program and was a commercial fisherman in Alaska for several years. He returned to Arlee and worked as a firefighter and manned lookout towers, such as Pistol Creek, Ferry Basin and Bazoo, for the Salish and Kootenai tribal forestry department. He also was a woodcutter and harvested Christmas trees.
In 1986, John made his home at Post Creek with his wife Adele. There they raised their family and were recently remodeling their home. John was an expert marksman and avid hunter and fisherman.
We always told him he had been born about 100 years late. His heart and soul were always in the streams, lakes and mountains, and that is where his spirit dwells now.
Preceding John in death were his mother Rose Vanderburg Sheridan, father Mickey Sheridan and grandmother Dora Sheridan.
He is survived by his wife Adele, sons Su-sep and Zachary and daughter Alisha, all of St. Ignatius; brothers Thomas and Linda Sheridan of Dixon, Frank and June Sheridan of Arlee, Jesse and Susan Sheridan of Arlee and Sam of Usk, Wash.; sisters Cheryl "Babe" and Les of Arlee, Lee Ann and Keith of Ronan, Nicole and Bob of Arlee and Lori Ann of Arlee; uncles Arthur Fyant, Ben Fyant, Gordon Fyant, Bobby Fyant and Gary Sheridan; aunties Frances Vanderburg, Virgie Butler and Marie Fyant; sisters-in-law Rachel and Dwayne Marks of Arlee, Lucinda Martin of Missoula, and Maxine and Keith Michel of Ronan; brother-in-law Ron Martin of Rock Springs, Wyo.; mother-in-law Alice Deschamps Martin of St. Ignatius; nieces and nephews Ernie, Tony and Jesse Cutfinger; Adeline, Isaac and Caroline (his goddaughter) Lozeau; Lisa, Louis and Lakota Fiddler; Morey Tellier; Rosalie, Shannon and Eli Sheridan; Joshua Sheridan; Kisha and Rose Gurule; Miranda and Shanell Sheridan; Devlin and Marcus Sheridan; Daylon, Derek, Darren, Wayne, Nakita, Kirby, Sonia, Keith Jr., Jay Llewelyn and Whisper; all of his brother and sister cousins too numerous to mention; grandnephews Arlin, Ryan and Julian; grandnieces Ali "Bear" and Rozaline; and all of his best friends, those who knew him best.
There are no words to say how much our John will be missed, but never forgotten.
Traditional wake services began Monday evening at the St. Ignatius Longhouse. Rosary is 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.
Wake closing will begin 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the longhouse, followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment will be at the Sheridan Family Cemetery at the Frank Sheridan residence on McLeod Road near Arlee. John will be laid to rest next to his mom Rosie.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Foster and Durgeloh Funeral Home of St. Ignatius.
Bertha Inez Benson
KALISPELL - Bertha Inez Benson, 93, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at the Brendan House.
She was preceded in death by her son Robert, husbands Geroge Grigg in 1954 and Benjamin Benson in 1993, her parents, brothers Dallas and Lloyd Andrews, and sisters Goldie and Gertrude.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, William and Diane Long of Great Falls, George and Nancy Long of Spokane and Lloyd and Darlene Isbell of Heron; daughter Jean VanBlarcom and husband, Ray, of Sebastopol, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Johnson Mortuary.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 6, at the mortuary, followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia Falls.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1002, Kalispell, Mont. 59903-1002; or to the Montana Heart Association, 623 Second Ave. E., Kalispell 59901.