Frederik McLean Leitch

EAST HELENA - Frederik McLean Leitch, 69, of East Helena, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at his home.

He was born May 26, 1931, in Chicago to the late Dr. Neil and Nanna Leitch. He grew up in Warroad, Minn., and Kalispell, where he played hockey, hunted ducks and fished for walleyes. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force four years. Fred received his master's degree in education at the University of Montana in Missoula. He then coached hockey and taught school in Minnesota and Montana, where he also served as the superintendent of schools in the Kalispell area.

He married Genny Claypool in 1956 at Sheridan and they had four children.

His parents and two brothers preceded Fred in death.

Survivors include his four children, Neil M. Leitch, Lana K. Leitch, Lisa N. Leitch and Barbara D. Kerce; grandchildren Travis and Marrisa Leitch and Kevin Lannaye; and two brothers, Dr. Cecil Leitch of Litchfield, Minn., and Neil Leitch of Missoula.

Cremation has taken place with private family services to be held at a later date.

The family prefers memorials to a local chapter of Duck's Unlimited in Frederik Leitch's name.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hagler-Anderson Mortuary.

'Ginny' Bellinger

PHILIPSBURG - Mrs. Ginny Bellinger, 83, passed away Monday morning, April 30, 2001, at the Granite County Memorial Nursing Home in Philipsburg.

Ginny's first priority was her family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. She enjoyed golfing and made many friends through her golf activities. She was a member of the Anaconda Country Club.

Survivors include her husband Fred of Philipsburg; sons Dr. Fred Bellinger of San Diego and Ted Bellinger of Salt Lake City; grandchildren Corrine and Toni Bellinger; and brother Robert R. Carveth of Palm Desert, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her youngest son Mark, four brothers and one sister.

A memorial service will be held this summer. Arrangements are under the care of KT Riddle Funeral Homes in Philipsburg.

Ellsworth 'Hap' Vinnedge

BIGFORK - Ellsworth "Hap" Vinnedge, 93, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Lakeview Care Center in Bigfork.

He was born on Dec. 3, 1907, in Chetek, Wis., to Warran and Dolly (Cliver) Vinnedge.

While gunsmithing he was a hunter safety trainer, a long-standing member and commander at the Bigfork American Legion and attended the Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Carroll and Wilbue and sisters Ida, Gladys, Iva and Lois.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Vinnedge of Bigfork; son Wallace Vinnedge of Somers; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service and urn burial are pending with Johnson Mortuary & Crematory.

Robert E. 'Bob' Eyre

MISSOULA - Robert E. "Bob" Eyre, 38, of Missoula, formerly of Livingston, died unexpectedly at Livingston Memorial Hospital on Sunday evening, April 29, 2001.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, and from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home, 118 N. Third St., Livingston. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Livingston with the Rev. Dale Yurkovic officiating. Graveside services and burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Glacier Memorial Gardens in Kalispell.

Bob was born Aug. 26, 1962, in Whitefish, the son of Kenneth E. and Carol J. (Newbury) Eyre. He spent his early life and attended schools in Whitefish. At the age of 13, Bob moved with his family to Havre and graduated from high school in 1981. His most recent career was driving trucks cross-country, which he greatly enjoyed.

He married Lisa Hipp of Mount Angel, Ore., on April 10, 2001.

Bob's hobbies included fishing and cribbage. He also enjoyed cars of all vintages and makes.

Survivors include his wife Lisa Eyre of Missoula; mother Carol Newbury Howe and her husband David of Livingston; father Kenneth Eyre and his wife Deanna of Whitefish; two brothers, Dale Eyre and his wife Gloria of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Michael Eyre and his wife Joleen of Milwaukie, Ore.; two sisters, Marianne Buller and her husband Delmar of Kalispell and Kay McDonnell and her husband Aaron of Powell, Wyo.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.

Elbert L. Long

ROUND BUTTE - Elbert L. Long, 92, Round Butte's oldest resident, peacefully went to be with the Lord on April 30, 2001, at sunrise. His passing was a reflection of his life, surrounded at home by his loving family. We will miss you, husband, dad and grandpa.

Elbert was born in Georgetown Township, Ill., on Nov. 21, 1908, the son of Eugene and Carrie Long. He lived in Illinois until he was six years old, when he moved with his family to their homestead in eastern Montana, where he grew up and attended school through the eighth grade. He was drafted into the Army for World War II and served in the European theater when captured by Nazi Germany and imprisoned. He was with the Tank Destroyers and earned the Purple Heart. After coming home, he ranched in the Mission Valley and worked at several grain elevators for more than 30 years. He lived in the area for more than 50 years.

He is survived by his wife LuVerna; son David (Debbie) Long of Ronan; daughters Linda Long of Ronan, Anita (Tom) Rounsley of Spokane and Cheryl Long of Spokane; and seven grandchildren, Amy (Joe), Lisa, Matthew, Dustin, Daniel, Sarah and Jacob. He is also survived by three sisters, Geneva, Waneta and Bernice and two brothers, Eldon and Clifford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Floyd, Murray and Verlin and sister Laverne.

Celebration of his life and passing will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. Military graveside services will be conducted at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison in Helena on May 4 at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church, or Lake County Home Health.

Shrider's Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rosina Alvina (Wolf) Grover

1901 - 2001

HAMILTON - Rosina A. Grover, 100, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2001, at Discovery Care Nursing Home in Hamilton.

Rosina was born March 15, 1901, in Red Lake Falls, Minn., the daughter of German immigrants Herman and Emma Wolf. Herman sold horses to the railroad in Montana and moved his family to Huntley Project in 1908, where Rose was one of the first students to attend school. Herman traded the Huntley Project farm for a ranch on the Yellowstone River between Park City and Columbus, where Rose grew up with her five sisters and two brothers.

Rose attended high school in Billings, where she paid for her room and board while living with a family by working at the Hart Albin Department Store. She met Bitterroot native Leland Grover through mutual friends at a Church Social in Billings. Leland and Rose were married Aug. 15, 1921, at the Wolf ranch. They farmed near Joliet, where two sons and a daughter were born. Another son was born in Hamilton after Leland and Rose moved to the Bitterroot in 1937.

Rose was a charter member of the Bitterroot Women's Club where she enjoyed sharing her homemaking skills and celebrated 50 years of membership. Rose was a faithful member of the First Christian Church in Hamilton where she enjoyed Christian Women's Fellowship, the love and the companionship of the congregation. Rose drove her car until she was 95, lived independently to age 97 and was very proud of her ability to care for herself after Leland passed away in 1962.

Four sisters, two brothers, her daughter Mary Ann Longley, son-in-law James Longley and daughter-in-law Tricia Grover also preceded her in death.

Rose is survived by her sister Hazel Footit of Red Lodge; three sons, Lee Grover of Murgon, Queensland, Australia, William Grover and his wife Betty of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Dick Grover and his wife Joyce of Bozeman; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Rose participated in the ground breaking for the new First Christian Church on Fairgrounds Road.

The family suggests memorials be sent to their building fund at 328 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840

Friends are invited to view and pay respects to the family Saturday, May 5, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dowling Funeral Home in the Chapel. A celebration of Rose's life will be held Monday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Hamilton. Pastor Jason Jones will be officiating. Interment will immediately follow at the Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.

Dowling Funeral Home & Crematory in Hamilton is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sharon Rose O'Brien Hawkinson

MISSOULA - Sharon Rose O'Brien Hawkinson passed away on April 29, 2001, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. She was 56 years old.

She was born on April 16, 1945, to Don and Rose O'Brien in Long Beach, Calif. The family soon moved to the North Dakota Badlands near Grassy Butte. She was raised on the family ranch, the oldest of 12 children. She spent much of her youth breaking horses and helping with the many responsibilities of ranch life. Sharon graduated from Belfield High School in 1963.

On June 29, 1963, Sharon married Aaron Hawkinson in Belfield, N.D., and three years later moved to Hamilton.

Sharon and Aaron raised their children on the family ranch in the Sleeping Child area and was co-owner with her husband of Valley Irrigation for 28 years. Sharon was a wonderful, loving mother and was especially proud of her five grandchildren. Her favorite time of year was springtime. She was an avid gardener. She loved her flowers and also spent many hours watching the birds that gathered around her bird feeders and birdhouses. She was an accomplished seamstress and crafted many needlework pieces and afghans for the family. Sharon loved having her home filled with friends and family. Her generosity and warmth will be missed by all who knew her. The wisdom and many lessons she imparted to her family over the last few months will be valued and drawn upon for many years.

She is survived by her husband Aaron at the family home in Hamilton; son Loren Hawkinson and grandchildren Raechel and Aaron of Hamilton; daughter and son-in-law Laura and Dwain Mendenhall and grandchildren René, Daidre and Neil, all of Spokane; son and daughter-in-law Lee and Sheila Hawkinson of Raleigh, N.C.; parents Don and Rose O'Brien of Belfield, N.D.; sisters and brothers-in-law Denise and Bob Person of Dickinson, N.D., Barbara and Ronnie Boltz of Grassy Butte, N.D., Mony and Roger Boltz of Belfield, N.D.; brothers and sisters-in-law John and Marlys of Dickinson, N.D., Dennis and Arlinda of Grassy Butte, N.D., Bill and Lana of Grassy Butte, N.D., Tim and Karen of Belfield, N.D., Darby and Nita of South Heart, N.D., Donovan of Medora, N.D., Jeff and Crys of Sheridan, Wyo., and Aaron and Dream of Dickinson, N.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A wake service will be held Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Hamilton. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. John Darragh officiating. Interment will follow at the Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.

A special thank you is extended to the nurses and HCA's on Five North at St. Patrick Hospital.

At the family's request, memorial donations can be made to the Chalice of Repose Project at 554 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802.

Kenneth Judson Bailey

KALISPELL - Kenneth Judson Bailey, 96, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, in Kalispell.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ethel F.G. Laskewitz in 1992, sisters Lois and Elizabeth and granddaughter Amy K.

Survivors include his sons Richard K. of San Jose, Calif., Stanley E. of Carson City, Nev., Dr. James J. of Chevy Chase, Md.; grandchildren Deborah A., Scott R., Dr. Bradley B., Andrea L. and Aaron K.; and great-grandchildren Jacob R. and Alexis A.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at Lakeside Chapel in Lakeside with Pastor John Ulrick officiating.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 5539, Helena, MT 59604.

Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary & Crematory.

Virginia Carveth Ernie F. Schwartz

MISSOULA - Ernie F. Schwartz, 82, of Missoula, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at Hillside Manor of natural causes.

He was born on Aug. 4, 1918, in Preston, Minn., the son of Frank and Winnie Schwartz.

Ernie is survived by two daughters, Kim Schwartz of Victor and Kathy Schwartz of Missoula.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home. Graveside services will be Friday at 4 p.m. at Missoula City Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

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