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October 2005 Obituaries

ILENE BAERTSCH
POLSON -- Ilene Baertsch, 86, died on Oct. 23, 2005, from natural causes at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here. She was born on June 3, 1919, in Columbia Falls, to Chester and Angie Conn Barnes. Ilene attended school through the eighth grade at Half Moon School in Columbia Falls, and then she had to quit school and work on the family farm. In 1938, Ilene married Oscar G. Baertsch. She was a homemaker and worked during the spring and fall at the A&W Drive-in for Newt and Emma Roberts during the 1960s. Ilene was active in the South Shore Garden Club and the Rebekah Lodge. Her hobbies included cooking, gardening, sewing and spending time with her grandkids. Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers Gene Barnes, Lorin Barnes and Raymond Barnes; sisters Vivian Mero and Rita Fishel; granddaughter Debra Kay Baertsch; and great granddaughter Jessie Baertsch. Ilene is survived by her husband, Oscar; daughter and son-in-law Carla and John Hilton (Townsend); sons and their wives, Gary and Sandy Baertsch (Ronan), Clint and Karon (Missoula), and Lon Baertsch (Missoula); sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Don Lamb (Lake Havasu City, AZ); 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Oct. 28 at the Grogan Funeral Home Chapel in Polson. Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be sent to the Melita Island Boy Scout Camp or to diabetes research.

RUBY BAILEY
RONAN -- Ruby Grace Bailey, 57, of Ronan, died at Community Medical Center in Missoula on Oct. 5, 2005, due to a brain tumor. She was born on June 16, 1948, in Missoula, to Elvin E. and Dorothy Bailey. At six months, she contracted meningitis. She was a member of the Ronan Alliance Church. She enjoyed going to Dickey Lake Bible Camp. Her hobbies included ceramics. She enjoyed eating at the Senior Citizens Center. Her favorite thing was sending cards to people and drawing pictures in them. Ruby worked at Pizza Hut for seven years. Ruby was preceded in death by her father, grandparents and her stepfather. She is survived by her mother, Dorothy Vasser; brothers Larry, Lonnie and Keith (Karen) Bailey; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were conducted on Oct. 23 at the Ronan Alliance Church. Cremation has taken place. The family suggests memorials to Mission Mountain Enterprises in Ronan or the Ronan Alliance Church, 519 Terrace Lake Road, Ronan, MT 59864.

LEONARD BAIRD JR
POLSON -- Leonard N. Baird Jr., 77, was born on May 14, 1928, in Oklahoma, the only child of the late Leonard N. Baird Sr. and Johnnie Baird. His death on Oct. 20, 2005, after a long battle with cancer, was preceded by Lucille Erma Marchi Baird, his wife of 38 years, who in 1989 also succumbed to cancer. Leonard moved to California at an early age. He joked that he tried his hand at every job there was in a thirst for knowledge and experience. He became the "Captain of Port" for the Junior Coast Guard at age 16 and went on to create and preside over the Torquers Club, a hot rod enthusiasts group, at age 21. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served as a tank commander and sergeant first class on the front lines where he earned two Purple Hearts. He retired from General Motors in 1987 and moved to Polson in 1999. He leaves behind his wife of 10 years, Connie Blanchard Baird; his children, Mike Baird and his wife Pattie, Karen Vierra and her husband Steve, and Susan Botz. He also leaves to mourn his passing his five grandchildren. Len was blessed to have an extended family, Ronald Blanchard and his wife Leslie, Randy Blanchard and his wife Debbie and Catie and Ryan. Graveside services with military honors were held on Oct. 29 at the Plains Cemetery with Terrie Woods officiating. Donations in memory of Leonard Baird may be made to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter, 239 N. Reservoir Road, Polson, MT 59860.

MILTON BEGGS
POLSON -- Milton Beggs, 81, of Polson, died on Oct. 18, 2005, in Sheridan, WY, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. Born Milton Leonard Beggs on July 4, 1924, in Pittsburgh, Mel was the youngest of 11 children. During the Great Depression, his family moved to Glendale, CA. Mel attended local schools, but when the war in the Pacific began, he enlisted in the Navy and the Seabees. Assigned to the 91st Construction Battalion he served in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands from 1943 to 1945. Returning to California and civilian life, he started a family with his wife of 22 years, Mateel Wayne. They raised two daughters, Jackie and Chris, and a son, Vince. The couple later dissolved the union. His mechanical ability and skill in construction were utilized in increasingly more responsible positions with the city of Los Angeles. He supervised the construction or renovation of city parks, tennis courts, the Los Angeles Zoo and a variety of recreation facilities. While working on the convention center there, Mel met and married Bea Erickson, and his family expanded to include her two children from a previous marriage, Karen and Greg. After becoming acquainted with the Flathead Lake area, the couple eventually purchased 12 acres on the lake and built a custom two-story home that became their full-time residence for almost 25 years. Bea preceded him in death by several years. Mel was an active member of the Mormon Church in Polson and for a period held the position of treasurer. Sharing the wonders of Montana with his children and 14 grandchildren was among Mel's favorite pastimes. The funeral service was held on Oct. 29, followed by interment at Lakeview Cemetery.

ROSANNA FINLEY
POLSON -- Former longtime Fairfield, CA, resident, Rosanna Mae Finley, 76, died on Oct. 1, 2005. She was born to Bernard and Susan (Moore) Keesis, in Mayetta, KS, on Nov. 26, 1928. A member of the Prairie Band of Pottawatomie, she attended school in Marty, SD. She graduated from high school and nurses training with her R.N. degree. She met and married James Bernard Finley in 1952. She traveled the Air Force military life, while working in the nursing field. They reared nine children: Bernard Jr., Susan, Sandra, Beverly, John, William, James, Joyce and Charles. She worked in the nursing field for 37 years, with 27 years of it in OB/gyn management. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years; her son, James Finley; her parents; and numerous brothers and sisters. She is survived by Bernard (Fairfield), Susan (Polson), Sandra and Beverly (both of Fairfield), John (Minnesota), William (Polson), Joyce and Charles (both of Fairfield); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place in accordance with Rosanna's wishes and no local services are planned.

GUY GEBHARDT
HOT SPRINGS -- Longtime Plains resident Guy A. Gebhardt died on Oct. 13, 2005, at Evergreen Nursing Home here. He was born on Feb. 16, 1919, in Balta, N.D., the son of Christian and Katherine (Byrne) Gebhardt. As a young man, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 10, 1941. and served during the World War II campaign. Guy was honorably discharged on Jan. 18, 1946, at Fort Lewis, WA. During retirement, Guy became a loyal, generous and dedicated supporter of the String Orchestra of the Rockies. Also, in later years, Guy focused on supporting orphaned children. His sponsorship of Indian, Central and South American and U.S. children would see their needs filled for the duration of that child's commitment. Guy did not spend lavishly on himself. His ability to bring fresh life from his storehouse of leftover, castoff and discarded parts not only filled a need, but also enabled him to put his resources to work helping others. Guy is survived by his four brothers, Jim (Richland), Leo and wife Betty and Martin (all of Plains), and LeRoy (Seattle, WA); two sisters, Helen Williams and husband Glenn (Helena) and Ruth M. Beam (Portland, OR); and several nieces and nephews. Services took place on Oct. 18 at St. James Catholic Church, Plains. Military rites were conducted by the Wild Horse Plains VFW Post No. 3596.

EVELYN HERRIES
CHARLO -- Evelyn Frances Margaret Rodwold Herries, 97, died on Oct. 4, 2005. She and her husband, John, spent the last two weeks side by side in St. Luke Hospital in Ronan, following surgery for breaking their hips on the same weekend. Togetherness was the hallmark of their 75-year marriage. Ev was born in 1908 in Minneapolis, oldest child to Ole and Matilda (Olsen) Rodwold. She spoke fluent Norwegian and enjoyed translating letters and other documents. Upon completion of business college, Ev worked for the main accounting office of Sears, Roebuck & Co. before moving to Montana as a young bride. Ev was famous for her baking and her beautiful yard. A member of Big Timber Lutheran Church, the sewing circle and garden club, Ev was also a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star. She played the piano for Sunday school and Eastern Star, and loved to sing. Ev was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bob Rodwold; and sister, Frances Layton. Those left are her son, David and daughter-in-law Tish; granddaughter Stacey and husband Matthew Herman; grandson John Scot and wife Deborah Lissfelt; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials for Evelyn and John may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or to the building fund for Mission Valley United Methodist Church, Box 297, St. Ignatius, MT 59865.

ESTHER HUTCHISON
POLSON -- Esther L. Hutchison, 83, died here on Oct. 12, 2005. She was born to Emiel and Bertha Carlson on April 1, 1922, at Two Dot. She married Blaine Hutchison on Sept. 4, 1940, at Townsend, MT. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her daughters, Helen Utsond (Missoula), Barbara Proud (Dayton), Shirley Jensen (Whitefish) and Lorraine Boyer (Ronan); seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elsie Orcutt. She was cremated and laid to rest next to her husband, Blaine.

JUNE JOHNSON
POLSON -- June Edwards Johnson, 88, a lifelong Montana resident, died on Oct. 14, 2005, at her Flathead Lake home. She was born on June 29, 1917, to Rosabelle and Lee Clark Edwards of Malta. She was the youngest of six daughters; all her sisters preceded her in death. She was a gifted musician, particularly on piano. She was well-educated, attending the universities of Montana and the Washington. She received a degree in music education, but her real talent was for teaching private music lessons. For 32 years, she taught piano, organ and accordion lessons to music students of all ages. She married Charles O. "Brub" Johnson of Fairview in 1940. They lived in Fairview, where the family business, the Blue Rock Bottling Co. was located. Mr. Johnson later moved his business and his family to Sidney. During these years, two sons were born, Charles Brent and Richard Lee. The family moved to the Missoula-Flathead Lake area in 1966. Charley Brent had a handicap and was unable to walk. It was a beautiful inspiration to see the way June, Brub and Dick cared for him. June encouraged Charlie to sing and enjoy music and to write poetry. Her loving care for Charlie was one of June's finest legacies. He preceded her in death in 1995. She is survived by Charles, her husband of 65 years, and her son, Richard. She is also survived by two nephews and three nieces. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at a later date. The family's address is 604 Melita Island Road, Polson, MT 59860, for those wishing to send cards of condolence.

DALE GERRY LAHR
ARLEE -- Dale Gerry Lahr, 62, died at his home here on Oct. 16, 2005. He was born in Rice Lake, WI, on May 16, 1943, to Jack and Violet (Johns) Lahr. He was raised in the upper Midwest and had lived many places before moving to the area 20 years ago. He was very fond of his grandchildren and was an avid hunter and fisherman; he enjoyed woodworking and cutting firewood. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Larry Lahr; and a sister, Leona Bradow. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Loretta Lahr (of the family home in Arlee); son Jack and his wife Helen Lahr (Eureka); daughter Cindy and her husband Larry Henry (Arlee) and Annette and her husband Lowell Norton (Newport, WA); son, Robert Lahr (Missoula); daughter Loretta and her husband Randy Clark (Kalispell); as well many grandchildren and friends. Memorial services were held on Oct. 22 at the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home at 216 Project Drive, St. Ignatius.

DEBORAH LESTER
NORMAN, Okla. -- Deborah Ann Lester (McDonald) died here on Oct. 23, 2005. Debbie came into this world on January 23, 1951, in Honolulu, HI, to Betty Jean (McDonald) and Cecil Wesley Lester. She was a fifth-generation McDonald here in the Mission Valley, descended from Angus McDonald and his Nez Perce wife Catherine. She was a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes and as also proud of her Nez Perce heritage, which included the Eagle of the Light clan: Chiefs Looking Glass and White Bird. She was raised by her grandmother, Lydia McDonald and her uncle, "Boots" Donald McDonald, in St. Ignatius. She attended the Ursuline Convent School and St. Ignatius High School. Debbie was married to Ron Tonasket, but later divorced; she and Ron had two daughters. She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her parents; her younger sister, Dawn Marie "Dawnie" Adams; and an unborn son lost in an auto accident. She leaves behind her daughters, Michelle "Punkie" Tonasket (Joel), her grandsons, Randy, Brett and Bryce Heppler, all of Anaconda and her granddaughter; daughter, Trisha Datillo and two granddaughters, all of Littleton, Colo., her sister, Laurie Jean McDonald, Charlo; nieces and nephews, Chelsea Chavira and Michael Delducco of southern Calif.; Hayley Jean Chavira, Charlo; and Dawnie's son, Marcus Gray, of Missoula; her aunt, Gladys McDonald Disney, Polson; uncles, Thomas "Satch" McDonald, St. Ignatius and Wyman (Thelma) McDonald, Ronan; three half-sisters and a half-brother from Kentucky; as well as a large extended family. A memorial service was held in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.

PHYLLIS MANGELS
POLSON -- Phyllis Jean Mangels, 85, died on Oct. 13, 2005, after a very brief illness. She was born to Walter H. and Esther J. Cooper in Keystone, NE, on Jan. 11, 1920. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Montana. The family then moved to the North Crow area of Ronan. Phyllis had a girlfriend working at the Hocker farm, and when she visited her, she met Walt Mangels, who also worked for Hockers as a cat skinner. A romance blossomed and they were married on Oct. 12, 1940, in the Pablo Lutheran Church. When World War II broke out, Phyllis and Walt went to Seattle to work for Boeing Aircraft. It was in Seattle that their first son, W. Gilbert, was born. Shortly after the war, the Mangels returned to Montana and built their home along Highway 93 about five miles south of Polson. Phyllis was a devoted mother, homemaker and a true helpmate to her husband. She worked right alongside him out in the fields or in the potato cellar. Phyllis bore two more sons, Arthur G. and Charles W. She taught Sunday school for years. She and Walt were active members of the Polson Senior Center and the Good Sam Club. Phyllis leaves Walt, her husband of 65 years and a day; sons and their wives, Gil and Joanne, and Charles (all of Polson), and Art and Nell (Dillon); sister and brother-in-law Marlyn and Tom Ronan (Ponca City, OK); brothers and their spouses, Don and Alice (Polson), Bill (Missoula), and Gary and Ramona (Las Vegas); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Phyllis was preceded in death by her brothers, Gilbert, James and Walter Lee Cooper; sisters Maxine Dellwo, Marjorie Starkel, Julia, Juanita and Edna Mae Cooper; granddaughter Teresa Mangels; daughter-in-law Kayleena; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church or the Miracle of America Museum. The funeral was held on Oct. 20 at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church; burial followed at the Lakeview Cemetery.

HAZEL MORAN
ST. IGNATIUS -- Hazel Cote Moran was born here on June 25, 1915, the third child of Baptisite and Annie (Kroesing) Cote. She lived all of her 90 years in or near St. Ignatius. Hazel married Bernard F. "Barney" Moran at the St. Ignatius Mission Church on April 11, 1934, and they were blessed with eight children and 64 years together. On Oct. 22, 2005, Hazel died. In 1948, the couple bought a farm on Old U.S. Highway 93 South. One of her most memorable accomplishments outside of family life occurred in 1938, when she was honored by John R. Daly for naming its ³Mello Tender² Ham. In the early 1960s, Hazel took a bookkeeping class and began working in the office at the former Holy Family Hospital, where she worked for many years until her retirement. The couple enjoyed camping and traveling. Hazel was an avid bridge player, belonging for many years to several clubs. She also enjoyed her involvement in the Womenıs Club, Garden Club, Hospital Guild, and Catholic Ladies Guild, and especially with the March of Dimes. Survivors include children and spouses Gerald B. Moran (Falmouth, MA); Lois and Cecil Kent (Townsend, MT/Mesa, AZ.); Donald J. and Cathe Moran (Eaton, CO.); Kathleen Moran-Johnston and Bob Marsh (Boise, ID); Timothy M. and Hye Yong Moran (Las Vegas, NV); son-in-law Kenneth M. McGuire (White Sulphur Springs, MT); 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; sisters Edna Wheeler, Lyla Smyth and Jean Bosley (all of St. Ignatius); brothers William Cote (St. Ignatius) and Leonard and wife Evelyn Cote (Great Falls); as well as her Millpond "family" and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Hazel was predeceased by her husband Barney in 1998; infant son Francis; daughter Patricia M. McGuire; son James S. Moran; grandson Luke S. Johnston; sisters Emily McNaughton and Dora Gritman; and brother Ben Cote Hazel asked that memorials be directed to St. Ignatius Catholic Church building restoration fund. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Oct. 28 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

STACEY PRESCOTT
POLSON -- Stacey Lynn Prescott, 14-day-old daughter of Misty and Gary Prescott of Polson, died on Oct. 8, 2005, at Community Medical Center in Missoula. She was born on Sept. 24, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital in Polson. Stacey was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Prescott. She is survived by her parents, Gary and Misty of Polson; siblings Allison Prescott (North Carolina) and Aubrey Prescott, Amanda James, Randy James, Tucker Prescott and Beth James (all of Polson); and grandparents Gary Pillette (Camas, WA), Pamela Hall (Vancouver, WA), and Luverna Prescott (Glendive). A memorial service was held on Oct. 12 at the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson.

CAROLE REUM
RONAN -- Carole Joyce Reum, 57, a longtime resident of Ronan, died on Oct. 13, 2005, of diabetes-related complications. She was born Carole Joyce Pfau in Minot, N.D., on Sept. 21, 1948. She married the love of her life, Carlie Elmer Reum, in Missoula on May 15, 1968. She was preceded in death by a son, Carlie Lynn Reum, and her parents, Harley and DeMaris Pfau of Minot. She is survived by her husband, Carlie (Ronan); her son and his wife, Chipp Michael and Julie (Tekoa, WA); two sisters and a brother (and their spouses), Charlotte and Tom Moran (Lyons, CO), Claudia and Rich Fruhling (Minot, ND), and Gary and Barbara Pfau (Minot); three stepchildren, Sandy Lou and her husband Dale Alford (Pablo), Clarence Reum (Kalispell) and Carlie Fred and Pam (Big Arm); nine grandchildren, Amanda, Jonathan and Camron of Tekoa, Kaetie (Francis) Brown of Arlee, Fred (Lisa) Howard of Baltimore, Kayla Alford (Jonathan) Morgan of Pablo, Brett and Kylie Reum of Pablo and Autumn Reum of London; and nine great-grandchildren. Carole owned and operated Funtime Daycare. She operated a small cafe called The Lunch Bucket. She also followed her husband for many years while he was on tour in a country western band. She really loved being an active dart player. She especially loved participating in the Carlie Lynn Memorial Dart Tournament which is held at Cheers Etc. in downtown Pablo once a year. Funeral services were held on Oct. 21 at the Ronan Alliance Church.

BESSIE L. SAMPSON
POLSON -- Bessie L. Sampson, 96, of Polson, died on Oct. 22, 2005, at the St. Luke Extended Care Facility in Ronan. Bessie was born Sept. 28, 1909, in White Earth, ND, to Lewis and Bell (Weltha) Anderson. The family moved to Iowa for a short time before returning to North Dakota, where her father drove the White Earth-Powers Lake Stage. In 1919, Bessie, her parents, two sisters and two brothers arrived in Polson. She graduated from Polson High School and in 1931 received her degree in education from Dillon Normal School. From 1931 to 1932, she taught school at Swan Lake and went home to Polson on the weekends. In 1932, Bessie married Elmer Sampson in Polson, where they had five daughters. Beatrice, twin to Berniece, died in infancy in 1933. From 1945 to 1946, Bessie taught school in Ronan, and from 1946 to 1974, she was a second-grade teacher in Polson. After retirement, Bessie taught English to Vietnamese families and helped to make hundreds of quilts to send to Third World countries. Bessie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer; sisters, Margaret Star and Mabel Roskie; brothers, Arnold Anderson and Kenneth Anderson; daughters, Beatrice Sampson and Berniece Espeland; and grandson, Kirk Edison. She is survived by her daughters, Eleanore Hasley and husband Ron (Rockford, IL), Gayleen Edison (Stockton, CA), and Carol Sherick and husband Dave (Polson); son-in-law, Richard Espeland (Huntley); 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren. Bessie was the oldest living member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, having been a member for more than 85 years. A memorial service was held on Oct. 28 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Rowold officiating. Inurnment followed at Lakeview Cemetery.

GLORIA SMITH
RONAN -- Gloria Gail Dumontier Smith, 67, died on Oct. 14, 2005, in Missoula. An enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Gail was born on Oct. 6, 1938, in St. Ignatius, to Harold and Louise (McDonald) Dumontier. Raised and educated in St. Ignatius, she attended St. Ignatius public schools before going to Flandreau Indian School. In fact, her life was dedicated to helping children, whether it was her own family or kids just needing a mentor. Gail went on to receive her AA in Early Childhood Development from Weber State and worked with kids for more than 25 years for Headstart (15 years), at Kicking Horse Job Corps and Second Circle. She enjoyed dancing, gossiping and stock cars races in her earlier years. Later she enjoyed collecting knickknacks, bears and wind chimes and photography. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, grandson Micah Hoskinson, niece Paullette OıNeill-Courville, and nephew Joey Dumontier, as well as many other family members from both the Dumontier and McDonald families. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Bret Lynn and Sissy Roske (El Paso, TX), Chazz and Kristy Smith (Missoula), and Lou Anne and Jon Hoskinson (Evaro); foster son Ronnie Davis (Cut Bank, MT); grandchildren Launita Lynn "Nita" Dumont (Dublin Gulch), Brittney, Sierra and Dakota Roske (El Paso), Daron Leigh Whitedirt, James and Joshua Hoskinson (all of Evaro), and Christian Smith (Missoula); great-grandchildren Shonko and Jedi; brothers Reg "Speed" (Mert) Dumontier (Lake Havasue, AZ), Bud Dumontier (Ronan), and Jim Dumontier (St. Ignatius;) sisters Sally Mitchell and Deedo Dumontier (both of St. Ignatius), and Debby (Wayne Colman) Courville (Pablo); and a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A wake began on Oct. 14 in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with a prayer service being held on Oct. 16. Funeral services were held on Oct. 17 the Longhouse. Interment followed in Snyelmn Sntmtmne.

GENEVA WHITE
RONAN -- Geneva M. "Tootsie" White died on Oct. 10, 2005, at her home near here. A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Tootsie was born in St. Ignatius on June 6, 1952, to Alex and Doris (Stinger) White and spent her early years on the reservation. As with many things in life, her parents' marriage didn't work out and her mother remarried to Art Brueggeman, an iron worker. After her graduation from high school, Tootsie met and married Ernie Beavers. They returned to the Ronan area and started a family. Tootsie worked as a housekeeper professionally. Eventually, Tootsie and Ernie parted ways and she attended SKC. Tootsie had many interests in life but watching pro football and "Days of Our Lives" had to be the most fondly remembered. She was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Ann, who died in infancy; her father, Alex White, in 1989; her mother, Doris, in 1994; her father, Art Brueggeman, in 2005; and two brothers, Leo and Danny Brueggeman, who died in 2004. Survivors include her companion, Tim Diers; her kids, Jason Beavers (Missoula), Ernie A. Beavers (Shelby), Luanna Beavers (Hot Springs), Danny Beavers (Ronan), Tony Beavers (Shelby) and Josephine Coffey (Pablo); 11 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Jule Kenmille (Pablo), Debby (Tony) Adams (Pablo), Mary (Ray) Goudette (Spokane), Margaret Arneson (Polson), Melanie (Bill) Buckless (Polson), Anna Turney (Spokane), Art Brueggeman Jr. (Ronan), Doug (Jean) White (Texas), Leonard White (Monroe, WA), Mike (Jackie) Brueggeman (Spokane), and Paul (Sue) Brueggeman (Polson); an uncle, Mickey Stinger (WA); and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and people who called her mom. A traditional wake was held at the Ronan Indian Senior Citizens Center. Mass was celebrated on Oct. 13 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ronan. Interment followed at the Ronan Cemetery.

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