Miscellaneous Custer County, Montana obituaries:
Bonnie Marie Sigler
Bonnie Marie Sigler, 73, of Sturgis, S.D., died Thursday Nov. 18, 2004, at the Sturgis Community Health Care Center.
Born Oct. 23, 1931, at Clinton, Minn., she was the daughter of Lenard and Loretta Scott Trebil.
She and Orville Benny Sigler were married in 1950 at Ortonville, Minn. The couple farmed at Clinton, Minn., for 12 years before moving to Sturgis in 1962, where Mrs. Sigler was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, the Altar Society, Rosary Club, St. Patricia Circle and the Hospital Auxiliary.
She was a devoted wife and mother. Mrs. Sigler was deeply spiritual and dedicated her life to her family and friends. Her many friends spanned a lifetime and her unique sense of humor brought joy to everyone who met her and many called her "mom," including all the motorcyclists who attended the Sturgis Rally and enjoyed staying at her house, coming from Canada and all across the United States as well as from across the ocean (Netherlands). She was especially loved by her grandchildren.
Her survivors include her daughters, Pam Riggs, and her husband, John, of Miles City, Peg Kinney, and her husband, Don, and Patty Barff, and her husband, Bill, all of Sturgis; one son, Pat Sigler, and his friend, Bobbi Murrow, of Sturgis; a special daughter, Maury Anderson, and her husband, Tim; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Paulsen of Ortonville, Minn.; one brother, Richard Trebil, and his wife, Aleta; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville in 1998; her parents; one sister, Doris; and one grandson.
A rosary will be held Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis beginning at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with burial at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Right to Life, Rosary Club and the St. Francis CCD program.
Phadoris Elaine Timmer
Phadoris Elaine Timmer, 69, of Sioux Falls, S.D., former Miles City resident, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
She was born June 1, 1935, in George, Iowa, the daughter of Pete and Irene Eilders Timmer. She lived on a farm near George with her family, attended rural grade school, then moved to rural Sibley, Iowa, when she was eight years of age. She attended rural grade school and graduated from Sibley High School in 1953.
She attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, and graduated in 1955 with a two-year teaching certificate. Later she received her bachelor of arts degree in 1967 from Westmar.
She also attended college in Billings, taking graduate studies in elementary education.
For two years she taught first grade in Havelock, Iowa; two years in Lake City, Iowa; two years in Luverne, Minn.; and 28 years in Miles City for a total of 34 years spent in her teaching career. The "Love of Her Life" was teaching. To her, there was nothing greater than teaching her first graders "reading, writing and math." Also she enjoyed making crafts with the children and in return giving them to their parents.
During her teaching career, she was a member of the Iowa, Minnesota and Montana Education associations and the National Education Association. She belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. After retiring from teaching, she moved to Seattle, Wash., and started an espresso business.
Later she moved back to Miles City where she started her espresso business. She showed her love and friendliness by visiting and getting reacquainted with old friends and former students and making many new acquaintances.
In 2001, she became seriously ill and moved to Sioux Falls to be near her family.
She was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church, in areas in which she lived.
Her survivors include her sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Robert Ruckelshausen of Sheldon, Iowa; her nephew, Dan (Jennifer) Ruckelshausen of Sioux Falls; two nieces, Sara (Paul) DeSmith of Granger, Ind., and Teresa Ruckelshausen of Sioux Falls; one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Alma Timmer of Lakefield, Minn.; four nephews, Daryl Timmer of St. Croix, Minn., Myron (Sharon) Timmer of Princeton, Minn., Kyle (Kari) Timmer of Okabena, Minn., and Perry (Dawn) Timmer of Jackson, Minn.; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and a special friend, George Keniv of Miles City. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A family prayer service will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, at 10:45 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church at Sibley. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, also in the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worthington, Minn.
Arrangements are under the direction of Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley.
Helen Wenzel, 65, of Broadus died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at the Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City.
Mrs. Wenzel was born on Nov. 9, 1939, in South St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Louis and Eleanor Carlson Tourville. She was raised and attended schools in South St. Paul and graduated from highs school there.
When she was in her early 20s, she contracted polio, which, through her strength, she successfully fought and never had any complications from the illness.
One of the interests Mrs. Wenzel had while growing up in South St. Paul was watching her family play sports, especially baseball and hockey. Even after leaving Minnesota she followed the North Stars and Twins.
In 1966, she and Delano Copley were married in South St. Paul. They moved to Broadus in 1968, where he died as a result of a car accident on April 13, 1969.
She continued living in Broadus and in the fall of 1969, Darrell Wenzel walked into where she was working. When he saw the sparkle in her eyes, he knew he was in love. She was the person who saw the good in everyone and from that day she knew this was the man with whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life.
The couple farmed in the Broadus area and she was able to do all the chores around the house and farm. She was the first one up and the last one to bed.
When the family moved into town, Mrs. Wenzel worked at the local hotel before working as a cook at the Homestead and the Cashway Diner. She was an excellent cook, especially known for her caramel rolls, and many people tried to get her recipes, but in a charming way she would not let her secret out.
Everyone knew that Mrs. Wenzel had a love for children, so when Mr. Wenzel began trucking, she started a day care in her home so she could bring children in to share her love. The first day a child came into her home, a special relationship begin to build. It wasn't long until all her children couldn't wait to come over. She also understood each family's needs and would do what was necessary to make sure each child was taken care of down to birthdays and holidays.
Mrs. Wenzel was very good with her hands and enjoyed quilting and sewing. She also loved being around people and enjoyed playing cards and games. But most of all she loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her survivors include her husband, Darrell of Broadus; four children, Jim and his wife Kandi of Atlanta, Ga., Ann Copley of Winfield, Kan., Darlene and her husband Darrel Smith of Sonnette and Mark and his wife Rita of Broadus; 18 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Survivors also include her mother of South Saint Paul; three brothers, Eugene, Keith and George; four sisters, Lucy, Julie, Eva and Annette; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her first husband, Delano, she was preceded in death by her father, Louis Tourville.
A Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Broadus. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. at St. David's Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow in the Valley View Cemetery in Broadus.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.stevensonandsons.com.
Memorials may be made to the Henry Malley Library in Broadus, 101 South Lincoln, Broadus, MT 59317 or to the charity of one's choice.
Joseph F. Faycosh
Joseph F. Faycosh, 79, of Miles City, formerly of Sheridan, Wyo., died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, in the Holy Rosary Healthcare at Miles City.
Mr. Faycosh was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Frederick, Colo., a son of Joseph and Nellie Faycosh. He grew up and received his education in Colorado, graduated from Frederick High School and later attended the Heald Engineering College in San Francisco, Calif. Upon completion of his education, he served in the United States Navy Air Corps as an A & E mechanic, before receiving his honorable discharge.
Mr. Faycosh and Pearl Kuljis were married on Jan. 4, 1947, in San Francisco. The couple made their home in California, before moving to Colorado, where he worked for the postal service and the Union Pacific Railroad.
In 1970, the couple moved their home to Sheridan, Wyo., where Mr. Faycosh worked as a civil engineer for the Peter Kewit and Sons Construction Company, retiring in 1986. The couple made their retirement home in Miles City in 2002.
Mr. Faycosh enjoyed fishing and goose hunting. However, the joy of his life was his family and grandchildren. He developed many friends in Miles City at Holy Rosary, Friendship Villa, Magic Diamond Casino and the Veterans Hospital.
His survivors include his wife, Pearl of Miles City; his daughter, Ana, and her husband, Skip Powers, of Gillette, Wyo.; his sons, Joe, and his wife. LaDonna. of Laramie, Wyo., Gary, and his wife, Nancy, of Florida and Jeff, and wife, Kathy Faycosh, of Miles City; his sister and her husband, Catherine and Ray Fletcher of Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
His parents and daughter, Elizabeth Clark, preceded Mr. Faycosh in death.
Cremation has taken place in the Bullis-Graves Eastern Montana Crematory. Private family disposition will be held at a later date.
Bullis-Graves Memorial Chapel of Miles City has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Marlyn George "Huz" Jensen
Marlyn George "Huz" Jensen, 74, of Kalispell, passed away peacefully at home in the company of his family on Monday, Nov. 8, 2004.
Huz was born on March 18, 1930, in Lostwood, N.D., to Eileene (Hammond) and George Jensen. He and his older brother Cliff grew up and attended schools in Berthold, N.D., Livingston and Miles City. A graduate of Custer County High School in Miles City in 1948, Huz was an all-round athlete. He played on a state champion American Legion baseball team in 1947 and in other sports, including his lifelong favorite, football.
Prior to attending the University of Montana, Huz served in the U.S. Navy as a gunners mate on the destroyer USS Hollister that was deployed to Hawaii and along the West Coast.
After playing on the Grizzly football team for four years, Huz graduated from UM in 1955 with a degree in physical education. He began his 38-year career as an educator and coach by teaching biology and coaching sports for two years at Flathead High School. He moved to Boys' Central in Butte from 1957 through 1965 where he also taught biology. He served as the head football coach at Central, with his team winning the state championship and Huz receiving Class 1-A Football Coach of the Year honors in 1964.
Returning to Kalispell in 1965, Huz was Flathead's head football coach for four years, and assisted with coaching wrestling and track and field. He taught U.S. history for 28 years, retiring from FHS in 1993. He was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1990.
This past August friends and family helped Huz celebrate the 50th anniversary of his marriage to Jo Ann (Warzeka). In addition to raising four daughters of their own, Huz and Jo Ann were the AFS parents of Claudia Macias de Angeles of Mexico City in 1980-81.
Huz recently celebrated another golden anniversary. He rode in the 2004 University of Montana Homecoming parade along with his 1954 football teammates, who were recognized at a pre-game ceremony at the Homecoming game of his beloved Grizzlies.
Besides teaching, Huz often worked as a wrestling official and served for several years as the Director of City Recreation in Kalispell, responsible for Bruckhauser Pool and sporting fields in the community.
He also worked for 24 years in Flathead County's Juvenile Work Program, helping to nudge many slightly-wayward youth back toward the path of the straight and narrow as he supervised them during their assigned work hours.
Huz was active in several community organizations, including the Sunrisers Lions Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Board of the Central School Museum, the Grizzly Athletic Association, and the Elks, who recognized him as Elk of the Year, 1985-1986.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Cliff Jensen; and nephew, Mark Jensen.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; four daughters and their husbands, Tracey and Dick Dramstad of Arlington, Mass., Robin and Ron Marvin of Kalispell, Laura Jensen and Paul Wagner of Kalispell, and Jackie and Jon Fenton of Lynnwood, Wash.; his sister-in-law, Gale Jensen, of Kalispell; nephews, Steve Jensen of Billings, and David Jensen of Texas; niece, Debbie Pemberton, also of Texas; four grandchildren, Zachary Lindsay of Missoula, Eric and Will Dramstad of Arlington, Mass., and Nina Wagner of Kalispell; and his feline companion, Harriett the Spy.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Kalispell, with Father Vic Langhans, celebrant. Committal will follow at the C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to The Grizzly Football Teams of 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, & 1956 Scholarship Fund, in care of the University of Montana Foundation, PO Box 7159, Missoula MT 59807.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.