Miscellaneous Custer County, Montana obits:
Funeral services for Robert Paul Franzel, will be Monday, January 3, 2005 at 10:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Forsyth. Interment will follow at the Forsyth Cemetery.
Robert Paul Franzel Sr., 81, a longtime resident of Sumatra, died at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, after battling cancer.
Mr. Franzel was born on Sept. 14, 1923, in Miles City to Anton and Katherine Johst Franzel. He was raised on the family ranch southwest of Sumatra.
He served his country proudly in World War II from 1942 to 1946.
On Jan. 19, 1951, he and Marguerite Ernest were married at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Denver, Colo. They lived at the ranch until 1957, when Mr. Franzel moved his family to Wiggins, Colo.
While there, he worked for Joseph Ernest in his machine shop as well as in the building and propane business.
In 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Franzel returned to his land southwest of Sumatra where he resided until the time of his death.
His survivors include his loving wife, Marguerite; three sons, Joseph (Leonila) of Wiggins, Colo., Paul (Deanna) Franzel of Sumatra and Michael (Michelle) Franzel of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; five daughters, Mary Myer of Melbourne, Ak., Linda (Melvin) Howell and Shannon Franzel, both of Wiggins, Joanne Deihl of Lake Forest, Calif., and Carolyn Franzel of Los Angeles; his grandchildren, Joshua Howell, Sheldon (Tiffany) Franzel, Amanda (Patrick) Keller, Chrissy (Chuck) Hopf, Erin Koubek, Heather Franzel, Joseph Howell, James Franzel, Felicia Franzel, Alexandria Franzel, Emily Franzel and Renz Franzel; and great-grandchildren, Brittany Franzel, Daniel Hopf and Sage Franzel.
He is also survived by his brother, Anton Franzel; and two sisters, Mary Goffnea and Helen Klegseth.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggy Koubek of Wiggins; and his parents.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth was in charge of arrangements.If desired, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com
Janace Faye Milmine
Janace Faye Milmine, 49, of Hysham, formerly of Park City, died with her family by her side, on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, in Billings.
Mrs. Milmine was born on March 12, 1955, in Roseburg, Ore., the daughter of William and Faye Myers Bartz. Her family made their home in Oregon until she was 10 years of age, when they moved to Roundup and later Melstone. Mrs. Milmine attended grade school and high school in Melstone.
Following her graduation, she and Max Fisk were married. To this union her children were born, William, Waylon and Carmella.
She and the children moved to Billings and later to Park City where they made their home for several years.
On June 6, 1998, she was united in marriage to Lee Milmine at Cody, Wyo. Together, they lived in Park City until moving to Hysham where she resided until the time of her death.
Mrs. Milmine enjoyed scrap booking, photography and animals including her pet bobcats, horses, ducks, pigs and all sorts of other animals. She especially loved and enjoyed her family and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Lee of Hysham; one daughter, Carmella Tyrrell, her husband, Jay, of Billings and their children, Austin, Connor, and in April, Faythe Nicole; two sons, William and Waylon Fisk both of Billings; and three step-children, Cindy Oblender, and her husband, Tim, of Pompeys Pillar, Ken Milmine, and his wife, Christy, of Glen Rock, Wyo., and Clint Milmine, and his wife, Lisa, of Albuquerque, N.M.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gary Eugene Bartz.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at 4 p.m., in the Faith Chapel in Billings. There also will be a service on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at 1 p.m. in the Hysham Presbyterian Church in Hysham.
Burial will be in the Hysham Vale Cemetery in Hysham.
Memorials can be sent to the St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Condolences can be sent to the Milmine family at www.stevensonandson.com.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is in charge of the arrangements.
Marjorie Pierce Cole
Marjorie Pierce Cole of Peoria, Ariz., formerly of Miles City, died of cancer on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004.
She was born June 2, 1928, on the family farm near Oconto, Neb., the youngest child of L.L. and Grace Thurman Pierce.
Upon graduation from high school, she taught for a year in a one-room country school and then moved to Omaha, Neb., where she attended business school.
In Omaha, she met Steve Cole, whom she married on Dec. 10, 1949, in Kearney, Neb. In 1951, Mr. and Mrs. Cole moved to Miles City where their three children, Stephanie, Mark and Colin, were born and raised.
Mrs. Cole was involved in the activities of her children and she worked for a number of years in her husband's accounting firm.
At the age of 35, she took up golf, a sport at which she excelled and enjoyed for more than 30 years. She was the Ladies' Club Champion at the Miles City Town and Country Club for nine years prior to moving to Arizona in 1979, where she enjoyed the beautiful climate and pursued her passion for golf. She also was an avid reader and she took great pleasure in the company of her beloved #####zu, Bailey.
Mrs. Cole was a gracious, caring and compassionate person who will be dearly missed by those who loved her.
Her survivors include her daughter, Stephanie West, and her husband, Joe, of Ridgeway, Colo.; her son, Mark Cole, daughter-in-law, Barb Cole, and granddaughter, Erin Cole, all of Miles City; and her son, Colin Cole, and his companion, Fran Ozur, of Los Angeles, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve in 1979; her sister, Dorothy Koch; and her brothers, Bob, Don and Hazen Pierce.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, in Sun City, Ariz. A celebration of Mrs. Cole's life will be held at a later date in Miles City.
Should friends desire, the family suggests donations to the charities of their choices.
Funeral services for Hilda Morris, 97, of Forsyth, were held Friday afternoon, Dec. 31, 2004, in the Church of God at Big Timber. Burial was in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Morris died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth after a short illness.
She was born on Nov. 30, 1907, at Hebron, N.D., to Peter and Margaret (Hoerauf) Buchli. She was the oldest of five children and spent her early years going to school in Hebron and helping her Dad on the ranch. There she learned to love animals, especially horses.
On Aug. 22, 1927, she eloped and married Paul Fetter. They made their home on her Dad's ranch for the first few years. There her son, Wallace, was born Aug. 19, 1928, and her daughter, Jean, on Dec. 16, 1929.
Shortly after, they moved to Shirley and ranched on Cottonwood Creek through the depression years. She sold eggs and cream to help buy the groceries. Mr. Fetter and the neighbors rounded up wild horses and "green-broke" them to sell.
In 1940, the couple moved to a ranch at Stacey. The 1940s were good years for them, alfalfa seed was selling at a good price and rain was plentiful. Although the children had been boarded out to go to school, while living on the ranch at Stacey, they could ride horseback to school.
In 1950, Mr. Fetter decided he wanted a ranch in the mountains. The Stacey ranch was sold and they moved to Springdale, where they bought a ranch in the foothills of the Crazy Mountains. Although he loved the ranch, her heart was still at Stacey.
In August of 1951, Mr. Fetter was killed in a farm accident and she was widowed at the age of 43.
She later married Sam Morris on June 10, 1952. Their respective ranches were sold and together, they moved to a small farm north of Big Timber where they spent their 35 years together.
They traveled for a few years, but then settled down to doing what Mrs. Morris loved best, animals including goats, sheep, chickens of all kinds, peacocks, geese, ducks, etc. She also loved to raise flowers and vegetables, which she shared with friends and strangers alike.
After Mr. Morris died on April 14, 1987, Mrs. Morris moved to Rosebud in December 1990 to be near her daughter. She later moved to the Rosebud Health Care Center Nursing Home, where she spent the last nine years of her life.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris were members of the Big Timber Church of God, the Springdale Historic Society and the Rock Club.
Her survivors include her daughter, Jean of Rosebud; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Cara Hill of Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Paul and Sam; her son, Wallace; one brother, Albert Buchli; her sisters, Irma Gartley and Agnes Bolke; and one grandson, Thomas Melle.
Memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army.
Condolences may be made to the Morris family at www.stevensonandsons.com.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth was in charge of the arrangements.
Thelma Redene Takenaka
Thelma Redene Takenaka, 88, of Miles City died among family and friends on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at the Holy Rosary Extended Care Facility in Miles City.
Mrs. Takenaka was born in Waubleau, Mo., on Oct. 5, 1916, the daughter of George Washington and Ora Maude Bennett Turner. At a very young age she moved with her family to the Jordan area where they homesteaded. She attended country schools in the area. After her schooling she helped on the family farm.
She met and married LeRoy Clinton Martin in 1935 at Glasgow and they lived there until 1943 when they moved to Miles City.
She and Joseph Takenaka were married in 1950 in Glasgow. They moved to Miles City where they had remained since.
Mrs. Takenaka loved to take care of her family and home. She enjoyed dancing and attended the Drop-In Center and enjoyed listening to music.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph Takenaka; two sons, Edmond LeRoy Martin, and his wife, Helen, and Marlowe D. Martin, and his wife, Diane, all of Miles City; two daughters, Denise L. Rohling, and her husband, Tom, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Dianne R. Meidinger, and her husband, Kenny, of Miles City; a special friend, Agnes Ganeff of Miles City; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by two infant sons, Gary and Dennis; five brothers, Arnold Turner, Melvin Turner, Glenn Turner, Doyle Turner and Don Turner; and two sisters, Ruby Sibley and Meryl Feigel.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Hospice, 2600 Wilson, Miles City, MT 59301.
Dennis Jacob Schlinker
A memorial service for Dennis Jacob Schlinker, 51, of Miles City, formerly of Terry, was held Thursday afternoon, Dec. 30, 2004, at Eastern Montana Industries. Graveside services were held later in the afternoon at the Custer County Cemetery.
He died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at the Homestead Assisted Living in Miles City.
Born on April 10, 1953 in Terry, he was the son of Emil and Elsie Kelle Schlinker. He was raised in Terry where he lived with his parents.
He enjoyed fishing with his dad on the Yellowstone River and at Intake Dam and would always come back and show how big a fish he had caught. He also enjoyed reading his magazines and being around the garden and would eat the watermelon straight out of the field.
In 1992, he moved to Miles City to live at Homestead Assisted Living, where he had resided since. While in Miles City, he began working at Eastern Montana Industries and loved taking part in their activities and spending time with his friends.
His survivors include his sister, Shirley of Tucson, Ariz.; an aunt, Leona Patrick of Deer Lodge; an uncle, David Schlinker of Miles City; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Emil and Elsie; and three aunts, Elsie Wolff, Pauline Sundberg and Bertha Opp.
Should friends wish, condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be sent to EMI, P.O. Box 759, Miles City, MT 59301.