Randy Dooley passed away September 11, 2019 after years of being disabled and confined to a wheel chair. He will now enjoy his pain free life. As he will be reunited with his grandparents, his father and niece Jessica and his two best friends Doug Riddock and Sparry Warden.
Randy loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and boating at Hauser Lake the Green Bay Packers and his family. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
RITCHIE, John O., age 79, of Helena, passed away Sept. 15, 2019. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., with coffee and cookies to follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will be held at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Harrison following the reception. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of John.
KENNY, Barbara, age 87, of Helena, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. A memorial service celebrating Barbara's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will follow the service in the social hall at the funeral home. Burial will take place at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison at a later date. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Barbara.
Gertrude “Trude” MacDonald , age 96, passed away peacefully September 13, 2019. She has lived in Helena since 1956.
Trude was born & grew up in Vienna, Austria March 13, 1923. She was a ballerina in the Viennese State Opera Ballet Company. Her entire family was involved in dancing in the State Opera. She met her husband John N. “Mac” MacDonald while he was stationed in Vienna at the end of WWII. They married in 1949 and she moved with him to Ft. Worth, Texas. She quickly learned to speak English beautifully. She still has a tiny bit of an accent, which sounds so pretty.
Both her children (Martha & Michael) were born in Ft. Worth, Texas.. They soon moved to Mac’s next duty station in Yokohama, Japan. They lived there for two years. While in Japan she joined a woman’s shooting club through the Army and was quickly named Annie Oakley because of her accuracy. She also learned to cook wonderful Japanese food.
In 1956 the family moved to Helena, Montana where she has lived ever since. When she first moved to Helena she taught dance classes with Blanche Judge and then with Jane Brown. She opened her own dance school on Park Avenue in the basement of the YWCA. Because of the dance studio, she met many people, their children or grandchildren who took ballet, tap, acrobatics, social dance and so on. She nurtured many blooming dancers over the years. She was one of the founding members of the Dance Masters of America’s Montana Chapter and served on the board for many years.
After retiring from her dance school she became a board member for the Community Concert programs. She also taught line dance classes part time at the Senior Center.
She frequently says that she is intoxicated by music. If you watch her during musical events, she will be tapping her feet or moving in place to the music.
Trude’s son, Michael (& wife Jane) have given her a beautiful Granddaughter and handsome Grandson. She is now also the proud Great Grandmother of two precious “Little Ladies” born in 2012 & 2015.
Private services have been held. Your comments & memories on the website are welcome to www.aswfuneralhome.com.
McDONALD, Russell G. ‘Russ’, age 73, of Helena, passed away September 13, 2019. Services are pending and will be announced when set. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Russ.
FRIDAY (Sept. 27)
FIFE, Jon. M. ‘Mike’, age 80, of Helena, passed away September 9, 2019. A service celebrating Mike’s Life is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 27th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Mike.
Ames, Pete, 83 of Helena passed away September 10, 2019 surrounded by his family. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. To offer condolences to the family, please visit helenafunerals.com.
Todd Andrew Chaffin, 52, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019. He suffered a heart attack at his home and was transported to Honor Health Dear Valley where he later died from the traumatic episode. Todd was born in Helena, Montana on November 13, 1966 at St. Peter’s Hospital.
Todd was a graduate of Jefferson County High School, Class of 1985. Following graduation, he joined the Army Reserve where he served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Todd worked with his father Chuck and learned the construction business in Helena after various other jobs.
In 1994, Todd relocated to Phoenix where he continued working with his dad. He had many years in construction and was in his 18th year at MGC Contractors as a Heavy Machine and Crane Operator until his death.
October of 1999 at a neighborhood Halloween party, Todd met his future wife, Tina Anderson. They were married on April 22, 2006. Todd and Tina made their forever home in the neighborhood where they met and enjoyed 13 married years and almost 20 years together total! They had many furbabies through the years that kept them both very busy and very happy.
Even though Todd did not have any of his own children, he had many nieces and nephews that he adored and they him. Several whom he converted to Steeler fans! All the neighborhood children fondly called him “Uncle Todd”. He always had a hand to walk someone across the street, give a hug or just sit and play.
Todd had love and passion for many things beside his friends and family. The Pittsburgh Steelers were his ultimate team and he looked forward to Sundays where he spent many of them in the neighborhood watching the game with his fellow Steeler Fans. He also loved NASCAR and anything racing. When it wasn’t football season, you could find Todd enjoying many other sports.
Todd participated in one of the Spartan races and in a bike race at the Rock N’ Roll Marathon. He was ready to try just about anything and was always up for an adventure!
Todd also had many hobbies and a passion for cool gadgets! He had at least three different drones, each with more bells and whistles. He enjoyed filming his job sites and posting them online for all to see. Once, he built a “boom box” on wheels that he would bring to the neighborhood parties. It was a big hit for all, especially the kids!
Todd is survived by his: wife, Tina of 13 years; parents, Chuck and Diane Chaffin; his brother, Tate Chaffin (Julie) and his children, Beth, Justin, Jessica, and Bailey; sister, Jodi Chaffin and her children, Julia-Lane and Britta; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Linda and Leif Anderson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Alyssa and Kenny Conner. Todd is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that will miss him dearly.
Todd is preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Eleanor Susag and Sam and June Chaffin and his uncles, Michael Susag, Jerry Susag and Robert Chaffin.
A funeral service for Todd was held in Phoenix. He will be laid to rest at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arizona Humane Society Sunnyslope Campus, 1311 W. Hatcher Road, Phoenix, AZ 85021 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4150 N. Drinkwater Blvd Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Todd.
Harold passed away September 7, 2019. He was born February 19, 1923, in Valley City, ND, to Morris and Lura Pedersen. He graduated from College High School in Valley City and was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track and field. In the 1942 state track and field championship, he won the mile and came in second in the 880. “Pete” continued his education at Valley City State Teachers College until WWII when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps 5th Division Raiders. He landed on Iwo Jima on his 22nd birthday. As a machine gunner, he was very fortunate to survive. Pete was in Japan during the occupation and returned home in 1946. He finished his college degree at VCSTC, continuing to play basketball and football.
In 1947 he married Genevieve Dieterich. They were married for almost 72 years before her passing in 2018. She was the love of his life. They loved to travel and moved to Montana after his retirement in 1985. They also had a winter home in Mesa, AZ for several years.
His high school teaching and coaching career started in ND. Always the innovator, he transformed the winless Williston Coyotes football team into State Champions in 1953 and was subsequently named ND Football Coach of the Year. During his time there as head of the PE Department, he also coached basketball, track and field, wrestling and was the Athletic Director. In 1952 he started the sport of wrestling in ND and is called the Father of ND Wrestling. He received his Masters Degree from Northern Colorado in 1954 thanks to the GI Bill. In 1962 he was the first President of the NDHS Coaches Association. Pete was inducted into the ND Coaches Hall of Fame (1985), ND Athletic Directors Hall of Fame (1974) and the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame (1999). He was named a VCST College distinguished alumnus (1981) and received the HCSAA national athletic director of the year award (1985).
In 1963 he became the University of North Dakota head wrestling coach, assistant football coach and assistant AD. In 1971 he was named the first AD for the 17 Fargo Public Schools and managed state tournaments in every sport. He hired the first certified athletic trainers in the state.
During retirement he built a chuck wagon which he used on cattle drives, cookouts and competitions. He loved to hunt, hike, camp and always wanted to see what was around the next hill. He led a Spartan lifestyle and practiced what he preached to his athletes. He was a positive role model and will be remembered by the many lives he influenced.
He is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters (Doris, Viola and Bette Lou) and infant twin brother (Kenneth). He is survived by his children Tom (Rebecca Fletcher) Pedersen of Helena, MT, and Diane (Verlyn) Bailly of London, Ohio; His grandchildren Sarah (Adam) Krieger, Michael (Lara) Bailly, and Tyler (Heather) Pedersen and three great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Genevieve Bailly and Willow Pedersen.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for loving care and support especially to the Legacy Assisted Living and Hospice. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the VA for Harold and Genevieve.
Robert Earl Lea Jr., 60, passed away on August 31, 2019. He was born on July 21, 1959 in Bridgeport, Nebraska to parents Robert Edmund Lea and Rachel Cabello Lea. They moved back to Helena, Montana in 1960.
Robert (Bob) attended Warren and CR Anderson schools and graduated from Capital High school in 1978. He worked at the Sunset and Ski-HI Drive-Ins, the Coach House Motor In and roofed many houses with his father. He married high school sweetheart Jean Ann Nordahl and they had a son, Trent Robert Lea, who brought him much joy. Later divorced, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and after to Ajo, Arizona. He was a carpenter, roofer, contractor and installed ceramic tile in many homes. He returned to Helena, worked as a roofer, handyman and played guitar and sang at local venues.
In his younger years Bob enjoyed riding bikes and could be seen around town on his unicycle. He was in track, played basketball and was the State wrestling champion for his weight class in high school. His nickname was Bobby Sas, short for Sasquatch. He had many friends and spent a lot of time with his cousins. Bob hiked, hunted, fished, camped and picked huckleberries with his family during many summers. Bob loved his childhood dog Pamican and recent dog Sonya.
He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar which was his true gift.
Most recently he resided with his father, caring for him and assisting with anything needed.
Bob loved God and shared his faith, leading many people to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bob is survived by son Trent Scheuer, father Miner Robert Edmund Lea, siblings; Debbie (Gary) Roope, Aaron (Jonna) Lea, Michelle Lea Sargent and Nathanael Lea.
He was preceded in death by his mother Rachel Cabello Lea.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
A graveside service has taken place. Memorials may be made to Lewis & Clark Humane Society.
“There is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Winnie The Pooh
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our loving and devoted mother, grandmother and wife. Sandy passed away from this earth and went to her heavenly home on August 31, 2019, at the age of 81, in Phoenix, AZ. This Winnie the Pooh quote was taped on her bathroom mirror and we’d like to think it helped her bravely face the many health trials she faced in the past several years and we hope by sharing it, it can lend inspiration and strength to others as well.
Sandy was born in Pine City, MN on December 9, 1937 to Bernice and Harry Barnes. She was the younger of two daughters. Her older sister, Fran Mills, preceded her in death.
Sandy attended Pine City High School and it was there that she met the love of her life, David Fischer. She joked about how at the end of sophomore year he asked for her number and she waited all summer for him to call. Luckily, she was a generous lady and gave him a second chance.
After high school graduation in 1955, Sandy went to Minneapolis to attend nursing school at St. Barnabas School of Nursing. She drove around in Dave’s Buick convertible while he was in the Army in Germany. Dave and Sandy were married on June 13, 1959. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.
The first of their three children, Suzi, was born in Minneapolis in 1962, where they lived while Dave completed his degree in Forestry. Shortly after his graduation, they moved to Montana to begin their western adventures.
They had two more children, Jennifer in 1965 and Mitzi in 1969, while living in Townsend, MT. Sandy worked at raising the three kids while Dave gained employment with the US Forest Service. They moved often, to places like Coeur d’Alene, Magee, Avery, Libby and Grangeville, with a few lonely ranger stations thrown in between. Throughout it all, Sandy continued to pursue her passion of helping others, either formally by working in hospitals or informally, like when our house WAS the hospital in Avery, ID!
Sandy retired from working for the State of Montana in 1997. She and Dave took to traveling every winter and enjoyed over 20 years seeing what the US had to offer. They often took trips with family and numerous friends. They finally parked the fifth wheel and bought a winter home in Arizona City, AZ. They spent many winters there, having good times with their snowbird neighbors.
Sandy was deeply committed to her faith, drawing strength and comfort from her relationship with our Lord. She was a mainstay in the choir and raised her voice in praise almost every Sunday. She led a life of unconditional love and service and cared for many people. She moved through life with resilience and grace and was the cornerstone of our family. We will always remember her gentle spirit, her warm smile and her singing, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend...” every time we played cards. We can still hear her say, “DAVID”, scolding our dad for doing or saying something she felt was a bit outrageous. She was the kind, gentle soul among a family of sarcastic jokesters.
She is survived by her husband, Dave; daughter, Suzi Gaub (Russ); daughter, Jennifer Haverluk (Justin); daughter, Mitzi Bodine (Steve); and grandchildren Matthew and Addyson Gaub; Brandon (Morgan) and Garrett Karnath; and Windra Bodine.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, September 21st at 11 am at Covenant United Methodist Church.
Memorial gifts may be made to Covenant United Methodist Church, Helena, MT.
On the morning of August 31st, 2019, Ron passed away at 1:45 AM. Ron was surrounded by his loving wife and all 3 of his children, his courageous battle with severe congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and COPD was finally over.
Ron MacDougall was born at St. Mary's hospital in Walla Walla, Washington on February 25th, 1938. He was the first and only son of Carma and Jack Harsch. Ron's parents divorced when Ron was just 3 years old and soon after his father died of heart complications. Carma remarried to Joe MacDougall, who eventually adopted and raised Ron in Weston, and Pilot Rock, Oregon. Ron was a graduate of Pilot Rock High School in 1955. Ron never knew his birth father's side of the family but later in life he learned of his half sister Beverly Cook of Hesperia, California. Carma and Joe MacDougall gave birth to a daughter Sandra Jo and she and Ron grew up together. At the age of 28 Ron lost his father Joe in an industrial accident and he lost his mother when he was just 51, to emphysema.
Ron MacDougall was loved by many. At times he was larger than life, especially his hearty laugh! He stood 6'1' and 205 pounds and lived a John Wayne life. Ron loved to entertain and show everyone a good time. He was a chef, a host, a joke teller, loved to play cribbage and pinochle, and just like John Wayne, he liked to drink, smoke, and "tell it like it is." If you wanted a straight answer, you asked Ron. Ron quit smoking approximately 30 years ago and had recently quit drinking 9 months ago, of which he was very proud of. The last 20 years of Ron's life were some of the hardest. Due to his health, he had carotid surgery on both sides of his neck, groin, legs, and in 2003 he survived an open heart, 4 way bypass of which he was 90% blocked.
Ron joined the Air Force in 1956 and was a Radio Operator until 1960. He later met and married Barbara (Berry) MacDougall of Cove, Oregon on April 8th 1961. The two were married at Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton, Oregon. Ron began studying to be a CPA and at 28 years old he achieved that goal without a 4 year degree! Ron was a full partner in a CPA firm at the age of 31, he graduated from Kinman Business University, he attended Colombia and Stanford University, and graduated from the University of Washington Pacific Coast Banking School. Friends and family would describe Ron as driven, intelligent and hard working, which is why at 38 years old he was Vice President for Seattle First National Bank; the 20th largest bank in the United States. Ron worked for Sea First Bank for 18 years and then another 8 years for US Bank, retiring at the age of 56.
Ron and Barb had 3 children, Ronda Jean MacDougall, Scott Martin MacDougall and Kimberly Jo MacDougall. The family lived and raised their children in Bellevue Washington. Ron and Barb chose to move to Yelm Washington after retirement, and began 7 years of "snow birding". They loved to travel, they visited St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands, Oklahoma City, Nashville, New Orleans, all Mexicos, Arizona, and many trips to Hawaii. Eventually they moved from Yelm to Helena, Montana and they both worked 8 years for the school district, Ron was a bus driver and Barbara was an aide, this helped to fill some of their spare time. They met a lot of friends there and they really enjoyed the kids.
Ron lived and loved sports. In his high school years he was basketball captain and forward for his team, he also played football for the Shrine Team. His position was offensive/defensive end and when he was in the United States Air Force in Germany, he played line backer. So it's no surprise that Ron had season tickets to the Seattle Supersonics and the Seattle Seahawks, and he and his entire family will be fans forever! Ron was a type A personality who believed in fairness, honesty without politics, and always said he "wanted the ability to look himself in the mirror while shaving." Ron was a self proclaimed "staunch republican" and proud of it! His hobbies included hunting and fishing, and he loved his dogs. His chocolate lab "Mac", Doberman "Ruby", black lab "Moses", Doberman "Rocky", black lab "Lady", and currently Chesapeake bay "Lady". Ron and his son Scott both shot a 6 point bull elk on the same trip together! Ron loved his yearly hunting trips with his son and his best friend and cousin Dick Wallace. Ron was able to go fishing in Seattle with Scott and his grandson Joe on several occasions. Ron believed that you stuck up for what you believed in even if you were the only one, and you always threw the first punch. If you wanted an opinion, you got it whether you asked for it or not - free of charge. Ron was nothing short of amazing and everyone who knew him loved him.
Ron was preceded in death by Jack Harsch (father), Joe MacDougall (adoptive father), Carma MacDougall (mother), Violet Courtney (grandmother), Carol and Harry Zier (Ron's aunt, twin sister to his mother Carma), Marge Hall (aunt), Dick Wallace (cousin), Hazel and Robert Reid (uncle), Bev and Larry Smith (cousin), David Reppe (brother in-law), Gary Cook (nephew). Ron is survived by: Barbara Jean MacDougall (wife), Beverly and James Cook (sister, Harsch), Sandra Jo "Sis" Reppe (MacDougall), Sherry and Bruce Ziegman (cousin), Ron and Pat Kuest (cousin). Children Ronda Jean "RJ" (Mike) Gilleran, Scott Martin (Katherine) MacDougall, Kimberly Jo (Todd) Bibby. Grandsons' Joseph William MacDougall (Brittany), Jeremiah Lee Parish, Todd Bibby Jr., Tyler MacDougall Bibby. Great grandchildren Kane Branden MacDougall, Owen Lee MacDougall, Emery Rochelle MacDougall. Nephews Douglas William Reppe (Daronna), Darin Arthur Reppe (Yvonne) and David Cook.
Ron and Barbara were married for 58 years and as Ron would say, "Here's one more for the Gipper!"
Ron's celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral home, 3750 N. Montana Ave in Helena, with a reception following in the social hall of the funeral home. The family would like to thank Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, Dr. Robert LaClair, Dr. William Hull, Dr. Diane Nowak, Hospice of St. Peters, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, St. Patrick's hospital in Missoula, St. Peters hospital in Helena, Home Instead, and Gail, his personal aide. The family would like flowers to be sent to Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home and any donations in Ron’s name to be sent to the Lewis and Clark County Humane Society, P.O. Box 4455, Helena, MT 59604. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Ron.
Lorraine Kuntz passed away September 6, 2019, at her assisted living residence, Son Heaven, in Helena, MT after celebrating her 100th birthday in July. A recent fall accelerated a decline in her overall health. Cremation has taken place.
She was born July 22, 1919 near Youngstown, Alberta, Canada to Henrietta C. (Ofstaas) and Kristen T. Anderson and named Donna Lorraine. Her parents met in Winnebago County, Iowa near Lake Mills, married in October 1916, and moved to Alberta in the spring of 1917. Their plan was to initially live and work near Kristen’s brother, Dan Anderson, who was already established in the area, and later acquire land for homesteading in the Peace River valley of northwest Alberta. The trajectory of their lives changed forever when Kristen abruptly died of acute appendicitis in April 1920. Her mother was also expecting a new baby, so they returned to Lake Mills where the maternal grandparents, Hans and Caroline (Nelson) Ofstaas largely raised Lorraine and her little brother, also named Kristen, while their mother lived away working as a country school teacher to support the family.
The family moved to Albert Lea, MN when Lorraine’s mother married B.J. Kron in 1930. Lorraine took her stepfather’s last name, and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1936 as salutatorian of her class at age sixteen. Money was always scarce, so she followed her mother’s example and began working in local business offices to help support the family which by that point had grown to include three little sisters. At age 17 Lorraine met Ray (Curly) Kuntz of Oakville, IA through mutual friends, an encounter that many years later would change her life. Meanwhile, however, she spent most of the 1940’s working as a traveling administrative assistant and trainer of new employees for a company that provided clean linens and towels to businesses from locations scattered across much of Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.
In 1947 Lorraine traveled to southeast Iowa to visit old friends. Curly was invited over to play cards. That evening led to their marriage in October 1948, at which time, Lorraine, the city-raised working girl, began learning how to be a farm wife and in 1949, a mother. She and her beloved Curly had an active four decades running the family farm and being involved in the life of their nearby community, Oakville. Lorraine cared for Curly virtually single-handed at home for several years, through all but the last few months of his Alzheimer's disease, until he passed away in 1989. She remained at the farm until moving to Montana in 1992 to be near her daughter, Gail and family, and especially her only grandchild, Maren. She joined many community organizations and a church, established greatly valued friendships, traveled extensively and thoroughly enjoyed her Montana life for most of the past 25 years.
Lorraine was an unusually resilient and adaptable person who found ways to thrive, learn and make friends everywhere she went. These useful traits were undoubtedly honed by the upheavals of her early life and chronic shortages of nearly everything through the Great Depression. The key thing she had in abundance was an intensely close, interconnected family and friendships spanning decades which truly meant everything to her throughout her long life. She loved lively conversation and debating ideas. She was endlessly curious to know other people’s thoughts and stories. She was an avid reader who wanted to understand history, science, theology and world affairs. She well might have become an academic if the times and her life circumstances had been more favorable. She went to college in her 70’s and completed most of the coursework for a bachelors degree, earning mostly A’s and feeling thoroughly put out to receive a rare “B” grade. She was very proud to be 100% Norwegian, an active Sons of Norway member, and made two trips to Norway to tour and visit cousins.
Lorraine believed community service to be both a privilege and an obligation, and accordingly served on local and county school boards, was a 4-H leader and an officer of the local chapter of Iowa Federated Women’s Clubs. She especially loved music, and greatly enjoyed singing in her church choir and attending civic music concerts. She was raised and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and later became an enthusiastic Methodist after she moved to rural Iowa. She strongly felt that professing to be a Christian meant walking the walk. As she saw it, Jesus cared about everybody, but put great emphasis on serving the poor, children, women, outcasts, disadvantaged persons, and welcoming strangers. She admired how He stood up to the rulers of His day on behalf of powerless people. These concerns were a priority for her over many years of work through her church and donating time, effort and funds to provide help, especially to Native American Tribes.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, husband, her siblings and their spouses: Krist (Ernestine) Anderson, Turlock, CA; Barbara (C.D. “Bud”) Varner, Hollandale, MN; Helen Trim, Evanston, IL; and Mary Kron, Albert Lea, MN; her niece Nancy Varner, Victoria, MN, and nephew Dan Varner, Hollandale, MN; and her brother-in-laws and spouses; Art (Irene) Kuntz and Allen (Sue) Kuntz, Oakville, IA. She is survived by her daughter, Gail Kuntz and son-in-law Terry Wheeling, Helena, MT and grand-daughter, Maren Wheeling, Lynnwood, WA; nephews Chuck Varner, Hollandale, MN and Steve Trim, Chicago, IL; grand-nieces Chrissy (Lee) Holtberg and family, Blooming Prairie, MN, and Laura Varner, Hollandale, MN; and numerous treasured cousins in both her and her husband’s extended families.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lorraine may be sent to the Helena Indian Alliance, Hospice of St. Peter’s Health, Helena, MT, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Following a private family memorial service in Helena and later gatherings in Minnesota and Iowa, Lorraine will be buried at the family plot in rural Hawkeye Cemetery, near Oakville, IA. Lorraine’s family wishes to express thanks and gratitude to the managers and staff of Son Heaven Assisted Living for the exceptional care they provided to Lorraine over many years. Lorraine’s family is also thankful for the compassionate care by nurses and staff of St. Peter’s Hospital, Apple Rehab Cooney, and St. Peter’s Hospice during Lorraine’s last weeks of life.
Pete A. Ames was born 08/07/1936 to John E. Ames and Martha George in Bismark, ND. The family moved to Valier, MT where he graduated from Valier High in 1954. After working in the oil fields for a few years, he enlisted in the Army from 1958 to 1960.
After the Army, he moved to Great Falls and took a position with the postal service, where he worked for 42 years. He met and married the love of his life, Mercedes Ann Marie Snow on 09/05/1964. Four years later, they welcomed the first of 2 children, Christopher, followed a year late by Rebecca.
Pete spend his free time coaching his children in many sports, teaching hunting and fishing and taking the whole family camping.
He is survived by his wife, Merce, son Chris (Susan), daughter, Becky and his grandchildren, Riley and Truett. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Martha and his stepbrother, George Nustad.
He will be remembered as a great husband, father and friend, and greatly missed by all who knew him.
He asked that there not be a service. Donations can be to St. Peters Hospice.
OLSEN, Maxine, age 80, of Helena, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Sept. 13, at The Nazarene Church, 117 Valley Drive in Helena, Montana. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Maxine.
TEBERG, Alex J., age 31, of Helena, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. A service celebrating Alex’s life will be held at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 13, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory or Alex.
James D. Poirier, 72, passed away on September 6, 2019. James was born on February 4, 1947 to Charles and Wilma Poirier. He served in the Navy.
James was preceded in death by his parents; Charles and Wilma Poirier. He is survived by his sister; Lois Madsen, his sons; Jaydee (Tosha) and Lewis (Gale), his grandchildren; Lane, Cody, James, Patrick and Kris.
There will be Graveside Services held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Deep Creek Cemetery Townsend at 1:00 p.m.
OLSEN, Maxine, age 80, of Helena, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 13th at The Nazarene Church, 117 Valley Dr. Helena, MT. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Maxine.
TEBERG, Alex J., age 31 of Helena passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019. A service celebrating Alex’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 13th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory or Alex.
Alex James Teberg was born on November 23, 1987 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Montana. He was the second child, and the first son, of Colleen and Greg Teberg. Alex grew up in the Helena valley and attended Four Georgians Elementary and C.R. Anderson Middle School. Weekends and summers during his childhood were often spent along the shores of Hauser Lake, camping, swimming, and seeking adventure with his family. During his early years, Alex enjoyed playing team sports, including baseball, basketball, and soccer. Together throughout their youth, Alex and his older sister enjoyed riding bikes, hiking, and exploring the creeks and waterways near their childhood home. Alex shared many memorable vacations and travels with his family. They valued days on ski slopes and rounds of golf together.
In 2006, Alex graduated from Capital High School. Thereafter, he moved to Missoula and studied history at the University of Montana. Alex was an ardent reader and a film and video game enthusiast. His movie collection was unrivaled. As a history aficionado, Alex took particular interest in war history. Although reserved and humble, Alex was a talented writer of poetry and song lyrics. He enjoyed listening to a vast array of musical genres. He had an imaginative and inquisitive mind and regularly engaged in thought-provoking conversations with family and friends. Alex loved animals and cared deeply for all of his pets.
Alex’s memorable laugh, warm smile, and sense of humor brought joy to others. He never failed to make friends anywhere he lived. He held many interesting jobs over the years, and he always appreciated and befriended his coworkers. He was a supportive, caring, and compassionate person. He dedicated time to adult education and participated in literacy programs, helping adults learn English. In any context, Alex found fulfillment in assisting others.
Alex passed away at home on September 5, 2019. He is survived by his father, Greg Teberg; mother, Colleen (Scott) Teberg; sister, Lisa (Rory) Teberg-Johnson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Alex was a devoted son, brother, and friend. Despite challenges, Alex persevered through adversity and overcame significant obstacles. He had many goals, dreams, and aspirations for his future. He was a kindhearted person who left a lasting impression on all he knew. Alex will forever be remembered as a kind and generous soul. He will be missed dearly.
A celebration of Alex’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 13th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., Helena, MT, with a reception to follow in the social hall of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Alex’s memory can be made to the charity of your choice. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Alex.
WAR, Elizabeth A. "Betsey," age 75, of Helena, passed away Sept. 4, 2019. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12 p.m. today, Sept. 11, at the Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N. Ewing St. A reception to follow the Mass in the Brondel Center of the Cathedral. Burial will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider supporting The Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601) who are working toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, in Memory of Betsey. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Betsey.
OLSEN, Maxine, age 80, of Helena, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at The Nazarene Church, 117 Valley Drive in Helena, Montana. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Maxine.
TEBERG, Alex J., age 31, of Helena, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. A service celebrating Alex’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory or Alex.
McTAGGART, Vern, age 78, of Helena, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Graveside services will be at noon today, Sept. 11, at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Helena. A celebration of his life will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Last Chance Chapel, 6240 Raven Road, Helena, MT 59602. A reception will follow the celebration of life in the church fellowship hall. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence or share a memory of Vern.