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May 2003 Obituaries

WILLIAM ALEXANDER
POLSON -- William Russell Alexander, 80, of Polson, died on May 22, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nola; his parents; one son, Thomas Earl Alexander; and a grandson, Ryan Alexander. He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Russell Alexander (Williamson, NY) and Dale Alexander (Polson); nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Funeral services were held on May 29 in Polson. Graveside services with military honors followed at the Murray Memorial Cemetery, Lonepine. Memorial gifts are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Polson.

DORIS M. BLANCHARD
HOT SPRINGS -- Doris M. Blanchard, 85, died on May 9, 2003, at Evergreen Nursing Home here. She was born on April 1, 1918, in Wilder, ID, the daughter of Minnie and George Evins. Her family moved to Fort Shaw and eventually settled in the Eureka area, where she attended school with her 10 siblings. Doris married Ferris F. Blanchard in 1934. They were married for 44 years until his death in 1979. Doris was a member of the Hot Springs Senior Citizens Center and was named 2002 Senior of the Year. She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Dick and Germaine Blanchard (Hot Springs), Bob and Mel Blanchard (Lafayette, OR), Fred and Billie Blanchard (Portland, OR), and Bill and Delva Rae Blanchard (Bigfork); two brothers, George Evins and Dean Evins; one sister, Violet Shelby; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on May 12 at the First Church of God in Plains. Burial followed at Plains Cemetery.

J. RICHARD BORDEN
CHARLO -- John Richard "Dick" Borden died on May 4, 2003. He was born Dec. 8, 1916, to James Lucky and Maude Casey Borden in Niarada. He attended Battle Butte School until the eighth grade and then attended St. Ignatius High School. While in Mission, he lived with his grandmother, "Beel-ma," Mary Gillard McDonald, and Angus McDonald. In his teens, Rich herded sheep. On Dec. 24, 1936, Rich married Iris Mary Violette. They moved to the Flathead mine, where he worked as a miner and powder setter. When World War II started, Rich went to Portland and was employed in the shipyards. He returned to the Flathead mine and worked until 1945, when he purchased 40 acres near Dublin Gulch at D'Aste. He milked cows, raised cattle and wheat, expanding the ranch to over 200 acres. Rich was also instrumental in the volunteer renovation of the old Charlo gym in the early '60s. After Iris died in 1978, he sold the ranch and moved into Charlo. He married Betty Knudsen in June 1980. Betty raised her five children on the ranch right next to Rich's. Rich was a natural entertainer and storyteller who also enjoyed playing cards, the news of the day, hunting, fishing, picking huckleberries and prospecting for gold. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Rita Cochran; and brother Roy "Tim." His survivors include his wife, Betty (Charlo); two sisters, Amelia Gipe and her husband, Ralph (Polson) and Grace Thompson (Moses Lake, WA); son Rick and his wife, Mary (Hamilton); stepsons and spouses Rick and Sue Knudsen (Potomac), Dave and Mary Kay Knudsen (Kenai, AK), and Jim and Julie Knudsen (Newton, IA); stepdaughters and spouses Kathy Knudsen and Tom Deveny (Missoula) and Sheryl and Ron Kain (Charlo); 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration and potluck was held on May 7 in Charlo. The family suggests memorials to the Leon Clubhouse, in care of Tammy Steindorf, Charlo, MT.

DUANE BOURDON
POLSON -- Duane Bourdon, 54, died on May 18, 2003, at Community Hospital in Missoula. Born Aug. 14, 1948, in St. Ignatius to Arthur and Susan (Adams) Bourdon, he was raised on the Flathead Reservation. He attended the Ursuline School and Mission High School, where he held several basketball records before his graduation. He then went on to further his education in Albuquerque, NM, becoming a civil engineer and surveyor. Duane worked at sawmills for several years before going to work for various construction crews building local highways. He then went to work for Tribal Health until he was injured. His injury eventually took his leg. A member of the Salish-Kootenai Tribes, he enjoyed the outdoors. He was also an avid sports fan; he enjoyed playing pool, watching his Broncos and wrestling. A member of the Big Belly Racing Team for over 20 years, he also enjoyed Nascar and demos. He was also a member of the Polson Eagles Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived by his children, Willard and Duane Bourdon, Jr. (Ardmore, OK); Nathan Pierce, Irene, Lindy, Christopher and Tasha Bourdon (Polson); brothers Richard, Art and Calvin and his ex-wife Peggy Pierce; 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Traditional wake services were conducted at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated May 21 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

LILLIAN 'TINKA' DIPASQUALE
RONAN -- Lillian "Tinka" DiPasquale, 85, died on May 22, 2003. She was born on March 29, 1918, in Tacoma, WA, to George and Anna (Morigeau) Weivoda, and was raised and attended schools in Ronan. Tinka's greatest love in life was her family and she took great pride in being a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Her joy and excellence of cooking was renowned not only with family and friends but with the many eating establishments in the Flathead area and Whitefish. Most people will remember Tinka for her humor and colorful stories. Survivors include Art and Pat Barber (Rio Rancho, NM), Dale and MaDonna Barber (Yellow Bay), Ralph and Carol Brown (Cornelius, OR), Jacquie Britton (Sacramento, CA), Judie and Pat Bears (Great Falls), Revan and Ron Rogers (Polson), Teri and Cyle Wold (Florence) and Geri Dallman (Florence); her brothers, Wally and Phil Weivoda; 22 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Tinka was preceded in death by her husband, Al. Memorials in Tinka's name can be made to the charity of choice, Shodair Children's Hospital in Helena or the Polson City Library. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on May 28 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ronan. Interment was at Mountain View Cemetery, Ronan.

TRAVIS DOLPHIN
POLSON -- Travis Allyn Dolphin died here on May 25, 2003, of cancer. Travis was born Sept. 3, 1968, in Loveland, CO, to Tim and Barb Dolphin. In January 1977 the family moved to Polson, where Travis entered the second grade. In high school, Travis competed at the state tournaments in both basketball and football. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the Good Shepherd Youth Organization. Travis graduated from Polson High School in 1987 and entered Eastern Oregon State in 1988. In 1995 Travis married Charmagne Gauthier in Hawaii. He worked for the Polson Water Dept. for 12 years and became a volunteer firefighter. He also loved fishing, hunting and golf. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Robert Bruce Dolphin and Holt David Pierce, and grandmother Dorethea Pierce Williams. He is survived by his children, Kanyon and Scout Dolphin and their mother Charmagne Dolphin (all of Missoula); his parents; brother Troy Dolphin (Oceanside, CA); and aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service was held on May 27 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson. Memorials may be made to the Travis Dolphin Memorial Education Trust Fund, c/o Edward Jones, 302 First St. W., Polson, MT 59860, for the education of Travis' children.

RAYMOND DUNNWEBBER
CHARLO -- Raymond Claire Dunnwebber was born on Sept. 4, 1958, in Great Falls. On May 2, 2003, his final resting place was discovered by a hiker and his dog, ending the search started in May 1999. He was preceded in death by great-grandparents Pete and Myrtle Cornelius and Jesse and Rosa Taber; grandparents Charity Taber of Ronan, Ernest and Hazel Dunnwebber (Carter/Lakeside); and a cousin, Leonard Taber (Evaro). Survivors include his wife, Wanda; stepsons Chris and Jim; daughter Sunny Tucker (Missoula); son Richard Ortiz (Spokane); parents Kenneth and Marian Dunnwebber (Charlo); sister Deborah (Rick) Wickum (Chester); nephew Garrett Wickum; niece Delaney Rae Wickum; grandfather Roy R. Taber (Dayton and Overton, NV); aunts and uncles Evelyn and Harold Tusler (Logandale, NV, and Dayton), Clarence and Jill Taber (Columbia Falls), Eugene and Gladys Dunnwebber (Alberta, Canada), Marvin and Marie Taber (Evaro) and Charles Hiber (OR). A celebration of life will be held in the area of his final resting place this summer at a time to be announced.

REX H. EAGER
POLSON -- Rex H. Eager died at his home here on May 9, 2003. He was born Dec. 11, 1912, in Beaver Crossing, NE, to Lillie and Elmer Eager. In 1915, the family moved to eastern Montana. He completed school in Winnett and married Frances Rose Longpre on May 26, 1937. He and his father became business partners and also went into ranching. He was active in Petroleum Co. affairs, serving on the school board, as mayor of Winnett, and on the board of Mid Rivers Telephone Cooperative. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church. In retirement years, Rex and Frances enjoyed traveling. For the last 10 years their home has been in Polson. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Nelle Grass and Louise Ward. Surviving are his wife, Frances; two daughters and their husbands: Betty and Marshall Bjork and Mary and Douglas Wadman; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on May 15 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson. Memorial donations may be made to Cheerful Heart, Inc., or Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch.

DEBRA FINLEY
POLSON -- Debra Karen Finley, 50, of Polson, died on May 23, 2003, at Community Medical Center in Missoula. She was born on May 14, 1953, in Spokane to Leonard Joseph and Nancy (Finley) Joseph. Debra attended schools at the Ursulines in St. Ignatius, Spokane, Pierre Indian School and in Chilocco, OK. She married Bill Houck on Aug. 23, 2002. Debra worked for the Kootenai Culture Committee and had illustrated the Kootenai Legends Book. She was a very accomplished artist. She adored her granddaughter. Debra also liked to crotchet and loved the outdoors, especially Elmo and Flathead Lake. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy; a sister, Deanna Joseph; and brothers Dale and Dennis Joseph. She is survived by her husband Bill (Ronan); her father, Leonard (Elmo); four children, Ardena Finley, Raymond Finley and Dustin Seyler (all of Pablo), and Dion Seyler (Idaho); one stepdaughter, Alithea Houck (Polson); one granddaughter, Alyssa Atwin (Pablo); three brothers, Darryl Joseph and Delbert Joseph (Elmo) and Desmond Joseph (Polson); four sisters, Donna Joseph (Elmo) and Dorsette Joseph, Dovita Finley and Delinda Finley (all of Pablo); and numerous other relatives. Traditional wake services started May 24 at Elmo Hall. Mass was celebrated on May 26 in Elmo, with Father Gary Reller officiating. Burial followed at the Dayton Cemetery.

MYHRE HEDRICK
POLSON -- Myhre "Hank" Hedrick, Polson, died on May 4, 2003, at the Lily of the Valley Assisted Living Home in Pablo. He was born on Aug. 31, 1915, in Polson, to Helen and Isaac Hedrick. Hank served during World War II. Upon returning to Montana, Hank, along with his lifelong friend, Clarence Hanualt, farmed several acreages throughout the Polson area until he retired from farming in 1994. He married Florence Nelson in November 1963 in Polson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Theodore "Ted" Isaac, Foster "Hap" and Raymond "Ray" Hedrick; and by his sister, Helen Rebecca Ferguson. He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Marilyn Ramsey; three grandchildren; his sisters, Thelma Eng and Inez Elizabeth Deming; his brother, Ross Floyd Hedrick; a niece and four nephews. Funeral services were conducted May 9 at the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson. Interment followed at Polson's Lakeview Cemetery.

BERTHA HUBER
ARLEE -- Bertha Huber, 90, died at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan on May 22, 2003. Mrs. Huber is survived by her nieces, Lila McGee, Medora Towe, Wyona Malatare and Violet Kuntz; and nephews, Donald Bohnet, Robert Bohnet and Curtis Bierwagen. Burial will be in Lodi, Calif.

THOMAS MITCHELL
ST. IGNATIUS -- Thomas James Mitchell, 55, died on May 30, 2003, at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan. Tom was born on June 13, 1947, to Harold and Alice Mitchell, the youngest of 10 children. He attended St. Ignatius schools, where he graduated. After graduation, he married Ruth Ly Sloan. Tom served in the Vietnam War, then returned to the Mission Valley to raise his family. He worked in the logging industry until a work injury prevailed. Tom loved being in the mountains either by himself or with friends and family, looking for the elusive elk (which he always found) or the morel mushroom. He was a great hunter and great teacher to his boys and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wayne, Bob and Alvin; and sister Shirley (who died in infancy). Survivors include his two sons and their families: Tom and Elly and their children Brian, Ashley, Kelsie and Kyla; and Shannon and Wendy and their children Jeremiah, LaGlen and Troy (all of St. Ignatius); his daughter, Tammy (Vancouver, WA); sisters Joyce, Laurie and Mary Lou; brothers Harold Jr. and Leo; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. A wake was conducted at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Funeral services with military honors were held on June 2. Cremation followed the services, as Tom wished.

ORVILLE MORIGEAU
POLSON -- Orville Woodrow Morigeau died on May 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital here from natural causes. He was born on Oct. 12, 1915, at Valley Creek to Eli and Nancy Morigeau. He attended schools in Arlee; Chemawa, OR; and Rapid City, SD. On April 26, 1937, he married Pauline Tellier in Missoula. They lived in Polson and he worked on the Kerr Dam until moving to Seattle in 1941. He worked at Todds Day Dock for a few years. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946. He learned to weld while he was in the military and continued in this career after his discharge. He worked in Seattle, where he was a member of the Boilermakers Union and later the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local No. 32. In 1979 he retired from the welding trade. He and Pauline moved to Polson to their retirement home on Hellroaring Creek. O.W. loved to hunt, fish, play cards, watch football and garden. He was preceded in death by his wife, son Donald and numerous brothers and sisters. He is survived by his son, Gary E. Morigeau and wife Sue (Polson); seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Olive Donald (Ronan) and Stella Pearl Jamison (Vancouver, WA); and numerous other relatives. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on May 7 Wednesday in Polson. Cremation followed the services. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

HOMER PIEDALUE
MISSOULA -- Homer George Piedalue died here on May 20, 2003. He was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Missoula. Homer resided in Ronan as a rancher with his family until 1980, when they sold the family ranch. For the past four years, Homer resided in Superior. Homer was preceded in death by his mother, father, a brother and two children, Lyle Homer Piedalue and Shelly Gay Piedalue. He is survived by seven sons: Dana Piedalue and Terry Piedalue (both of Butte), Mike Piedalue, Tim Piedalue, Dale Piedalue, Chris (Melanie) Piedalue and Ryan Piedalue; stepson Tracy (Shirley) Burland; and daughter, Gayla (Jess) Lytton (all of Ronan); and a sister, Molly (Bud) Allred (Seeley Lake). Homer was also blessed with seven grandchildren, three step grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held on May 24 at the Mountain View Cemetery.

GERTRUDE REINLASODER
RONAN -- Gertrude Alma Reinlasoder, age 94, died here on May 25, 2003. She was born in Crystal Lake, IL, on Oct. 14, 1908, to Theodore and Ottilie (Krause) Freiburger. At the age of eight her family moved to Ronan. After her marriage to Andrew on Nov. 29, 1936, they struggled together to develop their little farm and make a living. After Andy's death she moved into Ronan and filled her yard with shrubs, flowers and a garden. In addition to her passion for flowers, her favorite hobbies were knitting and crocheting, which filled her evenings and the long winter months. Each of her grandchildren relieved an afghan for their high school graduation in the colors they chose. Due to failing health Gertie went to live with her daughter, Helen, until a major illness forced her to become a resident of St. Luke Extend Care. Gertie was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brother Herman, and son-in-law Carl Sorenson. Survivors include her daughter, Helen; five grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on May 29 at Faith Lutheran Church in Ronan. Burial followed at Mt. View Cemetery.

HAROLD W. RAMSEY
BIG ARM -- Harold W. Ramsey, 69, died on May 31, 2003, from cardiac arrest. Harold was born Sept. 29, 1933, in Cedar Rapids, IA, to Cleo Ramsey and Adeline (Rozek) Ramsey. He attended school in the Cedar Rapids area, graduating from high school in Ainsworth. Harold joined the U.S. Army in 1953 and served in Europe. He married Patricia Brock on Jan. 22, 1956, in Iowa. The family moved to Minnesota, where Harold attended Bemidji State for two years. They moved to Bonner and Harold received his bachelor of science degree in fish and wildlife from the Univ. of Montana. He accepted a job with the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game at the Niagara Springs Steelhead Hatchery near Wendell, ID. He continued his education at the Univ. of Idaho in Moscow. After 24 years, he and Pat moved from Wendell to Big Arm. Harold loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener and traveler. Trips to Alaska, China and Africa were highlights of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife; son Douglas Ramsey and his wife Lisa (Hagerman, ID); two daughters and their husbands, Crystal and Gary Bertellotti (Helena) Tracey and Arthur Lindgren (Everett, WA); six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; a sister, Delores Cleaves (Cedar Rapids); and numerous other relatives. A memorial service was held on June 6 at the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson. Memorials are suggested to the Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch in St. Ignatius.

HANNAH ROBINSON
MISSOULA -- Hannah Marie Robinson, infant daughter of Jeannie Cordis and Stacy Robinson, died on May 23, 2003, at Community Medical Center here. She is survived by her parents and two brothers, James and Robert, of the family home. Also surviving are grandparents Roxey and Charlie Cordis (Ronan), Bernie and Wayne Robinson (Riverside, CA); great-grandparents Nellie Stokes (Pablo), Philip Kuntz, Elizabeth Reum and Grandma Lois (Ronan); and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A private family service was held on May 28 at the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.

ELMORE SMITH
POLSON -- Elmore Somers Smith, 91, died at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here on May 25, 2003. He was born to the Rev. C.E. and Clara Belle Smith on May 2, 1912, in Columbia Falls. Elmore is survived by his wife, Dorothea; brother Everett Smith (Polson); sister Ethyl Harmon (Choteau); daughter Marlene Howell (Moiese); son Gordon Smith (Somers); three grandchildren and seven great-granddaughters. Elmore graduated from Hamilton High School in 1930. He graduated from Intermountain Union College in 1934 with a B.A. degree and from the University of Montana with a master's degree in 1942. He was an instructor in the College Training Detachment (CTD) of the Army Air Force during World War II for two years. He taught physics. He taught a total of 40 years. He held memberships in a variety of Montana education associations. He also helped organize the Alberton Volunteer Fire Department, a Boy Scout troop and a Cub pack, and taught Sunday school. He was a member of the Mineral County Search and Rescue Unit, a certified American Red Cross first aid instructor, and a past master of the Masonic Blue Lodge and past high priest of the Royal Arch Lodge. He also worked for the Forest Service in the summer for 28 years. As per his request, no service were held.

LAURA TEAGUE
CLINTON -- Laura Adele Teague, 70, died after an extended illness on May 9, 2003, at her home here. She was born on Dec. 1, 1932, in Ronan, to Arthur and Clara Reed. She was raised and educated in Ronan and after high school, she moved to Missoula, where she worked at the Florence Hotel. She married Donald Teague on June 2, 1950. The family lived in Seeley Lake until 1973, when Donald transferred back to Missoula. The couple then resided in Clinton until her death. While living in Clinton, Laura worked as a seamstress at Kerr's Drapery in Missoula. She enjoyed reading, sewing, tending to her flowers and following the Atlanta Braves. In her younger years she enjoyed playing softball. She was a member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was proud of her Native American heritage. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Melvin "Bud" Reed; her sisters, Audrey, Helen, Ethel, Donna and Lois; and several nieces and nephews. Survivors include her husband of the family home; sister Evelyn and her husband Joe Nagy (Seeley Lake); her children, Christine and her husband Mike Shaffer and Laurie Teague (all of Bonner), and son Andy Teague and his wife Kathy (Seeley Lake); and six grandchildren. A memorial service was held on May 14 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Bonner. Inurnment followed at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made in Laura's name to either the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department or to Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

JACQUES M. TOUSSAINT
RONAN -- Jacques M. Toussaint died on May 13, 2003, of cancer. Jacques was born Feb. 18, 1926, in Belgium, to Renee and Charles Toussaint. In 1948, he married Theresa M. Cody in Nashua, NH. In 1953, they returned to Belgium to help raise, educate and support his seven brothers and sisters. While in Belgium, he worked in the coal, wood and oil business. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1971, he worked as a lumber manufacturing consultant in specialty products throughout the U.S. and Mexico and as a rancher in Charlo. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Pierre Toussaint; and his wife. Survivors include his two sons, John Charles (New York) and Paul Dennis and wife Sharon (Charlo); two daughters, Marie-Anne and husband Bob King (Charlo) and Maureen and husband Paul Schultz (NH); four grandchildren; three sisters, Anne-Marie Messier (NH), Marie-Therese Bauthier (Belgium) and Marie-Christine Bauthier (Belgium); three brothers, Jean-Marle Toussaint, Charles Toussaint and Phillipe Toussaint (all of Belgium); and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Memorials are preferred to Montana Cancer Specialist, P.O. Box 7877, 500 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59807. Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 16 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ronan. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.

GERTRUDE VAN HAVERBEKE
MISSOULA -- Gertrude Van Haverbeke, 74, formerly of St. Ignatius, died on May 22, 2003. She was born on Oct. 4, 1928, to Ferdinand and Anna Kantner in Vienna, Austria. Gertrude met her husband, Paul, during World War II in Vienna. Irma, their oldest daughter, was born in Vienna and they moved to St. Ignatius after Paul's completion of service. Gertrude moved to Missoula in 1986 and was a volunteer at St. Patrick Hospital for 10 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son Thomas. She took great pleasure in having her large family around her. Gertrude is survived by six of her seven children and their spouses: Irma and Wayne Michels (Columbia Falls), Martha Allen (Central Point, OR), David and Betty Van Haverbeke (Pablo), Merry and Pat Kelly (Kalispell), Monica and Maury Mills (Polson), and Mike and Julie Van Haverbeke (Columbia Falls); 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on May 28 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. The family suggests donations to a memorial of the donor's choice.

MARGARETT VILLARÍN
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Margarett "Marge" (Courville) Villarín, 88, died here on May 24, 2003, after a short illness. She was born Jan. 19, 1915, in Plains to Zephyr "Swift" Courville and Eda Helterline Courville. She was proud of her Montana roots, and was a member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, and after graduation worked for the Forest Service, the Univ. of Montana and at Flathead Agency in Dixon before heading west to San Francisco. There she met her husband, Mario. After living in Europe and Bloomington, MN, she and her husband retired to Long Beach. Marge was an avid bowler and gardener, and was always ready for a game of bridge. She is survived by her husband of 53 years; children Corinne Florin (Bloomington, MN), Larry Villarín (Santa Monica, CA), and Jeanette Villarín (Frederic, WI); two grandchildren, Aaron (Sara) Florin and Rachel Florin (both of Minneapolis); and myriad relatives in the Missoula and Sanders County areas. Interment was at Riverside National Cemetery in Calif.

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