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Hardie Nels ‘Swede'Strandberg

On Jan. 19, 2003, Hardie Nels Strandberg, a lifetime resident of Helena, passed away surrounded by his wife and family.

Hardie was the second of five children born to Nels and Violet Hardie Strandberg. Born April 11, 1919, he grew up in the Helena valley. He attended local schools, graduating from high school "in the box cars" in 1937. After graduation, Hardie moved to Bremerton, Wash., to serve as an apprentice in the Puget Sound Navy shipyards. There he met Cleo Pearl Martin of Renton, Wash. They were married on Aug. 30, 1941. After WWII, they returned to Helena, to raise their family of four children.

Hardie worked as a heavy construction supervisor for several years prior to starting a construction business with his brother, Fred Strandberg. Together they built numerous overpasses on Montana's interstate highway system. Hardie was a 50-year member of King Solomon Lodge #9 A.F. & A.M. and was an active member of Algeria Shrine until illness prevented him from participating.

Hardie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Cleo Strandberg; his daughters: Ingrid (David) McKinney of Tacoma, Wash., Christine (Owen) Gabriel of Helena, Karen Calcaterra of Butte, and son Nels (Debbie) Strandberg of Helena. Other survivors include: his sisters, Sylvia Connick and Marie (Art) Bell of Helena, Gertrude (Robert) Martin of California; his cousin, Howard Strandberg and sister-in-law, Delores Strandberg of Helena.

Surviving grandchildren include: Sundra Malray, Joseph Mackay, Michelle (Dennis) Dowling, April (Scott) Brodie, Craig (Karen) Calcaterra, Cody Calcaterra and Greg Strandberg. Hardie had four great-grandchildren: Chenoa Dowling, Shaun and Christopher Brodie and Cormac Calcaterra.

Hardie was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Fred Strandberg and his son-in-law, Carl Calcaterra.

Hardie was well cared for in his final days by Stacy Henry, and his "special black-haired nurse," Debbie Anzik.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. at Hagler-Anderson Funeral Home.

Family prefers memorials to the Algeria Shrine Temple Children's Hospital Fund or Hospice of Helena.

William A. ‘Bill' Coonis, Jr.

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William A. "Bill" Coonis, Jr. born March 7, 1958, in Carrizo Springs, Texas, died on Jan. 17, 2003, in Helena following an extended illness.

Bill spent his early years in Missouri and moved to Townsend with his family in 1974. For much of his adult life, Bill was a faithful employee of the Montana Club and an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. Bill loved the outdoors and was an avid bowler and bicyclist. Bill won several biking awards for his efforts in the American Lung Association Bike-Athons. Despite numerous physical challenges, Bill met life with a positive attitude and a smile. It is that smile that continues to inspire all that knew him.

His father William A. Coonis, Sr. preceded him in death.

Bill is survived by his mother, Mary Coonis; his sister, Cindy McNees and her husband Gordy; his brother Jim Coonis and his wife Kim; his sister, Martie Larson and her husband, Chance; eleven nieces and nephews Krista, Kendra, Bradley, Tyler, Kylie, Marlie, Jason, Adrienne, Brynn, Eric and Max.

Funeral services will be held at Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church on Jan. 21, 2003, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to Spring Meadow Resources, Inc. at 2850 Broadwater Ave. Helena, MT 59601.

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