HAMILTON - Irene Katsma (nee Severson), 85, died July 6, 2002, at her home in Hamilton.
She was born in Chicago on Nov. 17, 1916. Except for periods during World War II when she accompanied her late husband Raymond Katsma during his military service, she lived for 55 years in the Chicago and South Holland, Ill., area.
In the Chicago area, Irene worked many years for Socony Oil Co. and later for Englander Mattress Co., before retiring to Hamilton. Irene and Raymond lived in Hamilton for the past 30 years. Her husband Raymond died in Hamilton on Jan. 16, 1988. Irene was a member of the United Methodist-American Baptist Church in Hamilton.
Irene also was a member of Rebekah Charity No. 11 in Hamilton. She joined on Feb. 12, 1978, and was initiated on April 11, 1978. She held various offices and served as noble grand from 1983 to 1984. Following that Irene became the district president in 1986, serving to 1987.
Eastern Star was a big part of Irene's life. She was initiated into Leona No. 31 Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, on Feb. 11, 1974, being recommended by Carrie Dover and Zelda Bilbro. Irene held many offices. In 1981 she was elected as worthy matron with Tom Lund Jr. as her worthy patron. She continued her involvement and again held more offices. Then in 1988 she served as worthy matron a second time, this time with Ivan Millin as her worthy patron. Irene loved being involved. She continued with more offices until her eyesight became too bad to participate as an officer. She was a member of Leona's past matrons' club until the time of her death.
In her later years, Irene suffered from an eye disease, which resulted in serious visual impairment. Nevertheless, with the aid of devoted local friends she remained active. Two years ago she lost her remaining local relative, a cousin, Chester Mowery, who lived in Hamilton. She also was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Emma Severson.
Her surviving relatives include her sister-in-law Shirley (late Chester) Mowery from South Holland, Ill.; brother-in-law Donald (Linda) Katsma of Granite Shoals, Texas; and three nephews, Thomas Katsma of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Kenneth (Hideko) Katsma of Chicago; and Keith (Christine) Katsma of Deerfield, Ill. Irene also has five cousins, Arnold Peterson of Port Orange, Fla.; Howard (Norma) Peterson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Harry (Carol) Peterson of Naperville, Ill.; Annette (Wendell) Johnson of Mendon, Ohio; and Edward Leonard (Shirley) Peterson of Dana Point, Calif.
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
RONAN - Mary Schroer, 95, of Ronan, passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
She was born Jan. 8, 1907, in Lafayette, Ind., to W.W. and Phillipina (Riehle) Parker, the fourth of nine children.
In 1925 she married Arthur Schroer in Colorado. They were involved in ranching in Colorado and Idaho. In 1946 they moved to their ranch south of Ronan. Several years later Mary started working for A.M. Sterling Co. She also worked for Carcoran Electric, Co-op Supply and the Mission Mart.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arthur in 1974, son Richard in 1979, two grandsons, three brothers and four sisters.
Mary is survived by her daughter Phyllis (Bud) Piedalue of Ronan; son Kenneth (Kathy) Schroer of Jefferson City, Tenn.; grandchildren Dan Piedalue of Ronan, Nick Piedalue of Denver and Mike, Cindy and Connie Schroer of Tennessee; 59 great-grandchildren and sister Marjorie Gomets of El Paso, Texas.
Rosary services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ronan, where Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday. Private family burial will be at Ronan Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Poverello Center in Missoula or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Shrider's Mortuary of Ronan is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Raymond Ray Stoumbaugh
SALMON, Idaho - Raymond Ray Stoumbaugh, 68, of Salmon, passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1954.
Survivors include two sons, Don Stoumbaugh and Rita Kearn of Missoula, and Dewaine Stoumbaugh and wife, Sun, of Raeford, N.C.; daughters Edna Nasca and husband, Joe, of Corvallis; and Wanda Rasmussen and husband, Niels, of Glenrock, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; sisters Eva Heidl of Boulder and Anna White of Stevensville; and brother Edger Stoumbaugh and wife, Nita, of Superior.
Visitation will be 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones & Casey Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salmon Stake Center, with interment at Salmon Cemetery.
HOMER, Alaska - Former Troy resident Bob Hand, born Sept. 5, 1940, passed away Aug. 3, 2002, in Homer on his boat headed fishing, doing what he loved.
His ashes will be brought back to Montana at a later date.