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May 04, 2003 9:53 am

Louise Huntington

(May 25, 1930 - May 28, 2003)

A memorial service was held Saturday at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Red Lodge, Mont., for Louise Huntington, 73, who died peacefully at Cedar Wood Villa in Red Lodge early Wednesday, May 28.

She was born May 25, 1930, in Powell to Albert and Lottie (Moore) Burgener. She attended schools in Powell and went on to earn her nursing and accounting degrees from Eastern Montana College.

On Aug. 9, 1952, she married Burt Huntington in Lovell. She worked in nursing positions in Laramie, Lovell and Billings and later assisted her husband in publishing work at the Lovell Chronicle and Carbon County News (Red Lodge). She also worked as a bookkeeper for Rocky Mountain Industries in Red Lodge for many years.

She was a devout Catholic and a devoted member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. Her loss will be felt deeply in the church and in the community. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting, but mostly cherished her time serving in the church.
Survivors include her son, Ted, and his wife Michelle of Wasilla, Alas., and two grandchildren, RenE' and Seth, also of Wasilla; three sisters, Dorothy Lee (Vance) Larkin of Cody, Bonnie (Hank) Hartley of Winter Haven, Fla., and Willa Mae (Jim) Fleming of Powell; and two brothers, Tom (Carolyn) Burgener of Elizabeth, Colo., and Ken (Vallie) Burgener of Anchorage, Alas.

Her husband, Burt, preceded her in death in 1997.

Cremation has taken place, and her ashes will be scattered by the family at a later date. Dahl Funeral Chapel of Red Lodge was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials to the Montana Alzheimer's Assocation, 3010 11th Ave., No., Billings, MT 59101 would be appreciated by the family.

May 28, 2003 9:52 am

Patricia A. Graham

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home for Patricia A. (Pat) Graham, 63, who died at her home in Powell on Sunday, May 25.

Sally Montoya of the Powell VFW Auxiliary will officiate at funeral services. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.
She was born and raised in Escanaba, Mich., the daughter of Bill and Annie Nadeau. She married James (Jim) Graham of Drummond Island, Mich.

The couple moved to Wyoming in 1975 to make their home and raise their children. They moved to the Powell area in the winter of 1995.

Pat was a member of the Powell VFW Auxiliary and was recently installed as junior vice president.
She loved to fish and take rides in the country. She was fond of woodworking and cooking. She enjoyed her life filled with her children, grandchildren and great-grandkids.

She will be missed deeply, but always remembered as the short little French woman with a big heart and smile always.
Survivors include two sons, Mike Martin and family of Pensacola, Fla., and Grant Martin and family of Powell; two daughters, Sybil Cunningham of California and Florence Engels and family of Carpenter, Wyo.; three sisters and two brothers, all in Michigan; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; her husband, Jim; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.

Viewing will be from 11 a.m. Saturday until the service at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home

May 25, 2003 9:50 am

Rodney Christensen

Memorial services for Rodney Christensen, long-time Powell resident, will be held Monday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Union Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Christensen died May 23, 2003, in Casper.

The Rev. David Hunter will officiate at services.

May 23, 2003 9:49 am

John Leslie Olsen

(Nov. 22, 1938 - May 23, 2003)

John Leslie Olsen, a retired parasitologist, died of cancer Friday, May 23 at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. He was 64.

Mr. Olsen was born Nov. 22, 1938, in Minneapolis, Minn. He lived as a child in Angleton, Texas, then moved with his family to Fort Collins, Colo., at the age of 10.

He graduated from high school in Fort Collins in 1957, received a B.S. degree in zoology at Colorado State University in 1961 and received a Master's degree in zoology at Kansas State University in 1964. He went on to earn a Phd. in pathology from the College of Veterinary Medicine at CSU in 1971.

He was an instructor in the zoology department at Minot State University in Minot, N.D., from 1964-1966. He was a teaching assistant in the College of Veterinary Medicine at CSU from 1968-1971.

Mr. Olsen worked for the FDA at the Center for Veterinary Medicine as a parasitologist in Rockville, Md., from 1972-1995. In 1995, he retired and relocated in Powell.
His retirement years were spent actively fly fishing and fly tying. He was also a member of the Powell Tree Board for a number of years.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Alice Olsen, of Powell; two daughters, Jennifer Foster (John) of Brandywine, Md., and Vanessa Olsen of Reston, Va.; one grandson, John Michael Foster, of Brandywine, Md.; a sister, Barbara Slanker (Larry) of Champaign, Ill.; three aunts, Bertha Edwards and Grace Barker, both of Brigham City, Utah, and Afton Ficarra of Vernal, Utah; one uncle, Grant Olsen of Clearfield, Utah; and numerous cousins.

Cremation has taken place, and services will be private. For those who wish, memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

May 23, 2003 9:48 am

Curtis O. Stahl

(Aug. 29, 1951 - May 22, 2003)

The brother of a Powell woman died Thursday, May 22 after a courageous battle with cancer in Cody. Curtis O. Stahl was 51.

He was born Aug. 29, 1951, in Livingston, Mont., to Robert and Alice Stahl. He completed high school in Cody.
In 1987, he married Kathy Scharen in Cody. He worked at Husky Oil Co., and was a dedicated employee for Preator Construction for many years.

His family will forever hold the memories created by his patience, gentle nature and devotion. Curt considered himself lucky to have so many caring and wonderful friends and family.

Survivors include his wife Kathy of Cody; one son, Ryan Stahl of Oak Harbor, Wash.; two daughters, Sheila Schmidt of Cody and Shelley Fedderson of Denver and their respective families; three brothers, Robert R. Stahl (Kathy) of Evanston, Rennie Stahl of Cody and Glenn Stahl of Billings, Mont.; and one sister, Maureen Shuler (Ted) of Powell.

Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Spirit Mountain Hospice, Cody.

May 22, 2003 9:47 am

John C. Nazer

(July 27, 1911 - May 22, 2003)

John C. Nazer, 91, died Thursday, May 22 at the Powell Valley Care Center.
He was born July 27, 1911, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Milus and Theresa Kostelnek. His foster parents, L.H. and Lena Nazer, raised him in Cowley.

He joined the U.S. Army at age 18 and completed his assignment and was honorably discharged. When World War II broke out, he re-enlisted and served overseas, again receiving an honorable discharge.

He married Martha Vogel in Montana. He was a farmer all his life, farming southeast of Powell.
He is survived by his wife Martha of the family home; a daughter, Janet Nazer of Powell; sons Jack Nazer of Lovell and Bert Nazer of Powell; granddaughters Balea Nazer, Brittany Nazer and Serena Stapert, all of Cody.

Cremation has taken place. As he wished, private memorial services will be held at a later date. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

May 22, 2003 9:46 am

Rodney D. Christensen

(April 1, 1934 - May 21, 2003)

Lifetime Wyoming resident Rodney D. Christensen, a native of Powell, died Wednesday, May 21 in Casper. He was 69.
He struggled with Alzheimer's disease for several years.
He was born April 1, 1934, in Powell, son of the late Arthur Christensen and Audrey (Rimbey) Christensen. He was raised and schooled in Powell.

He was a longtime rancher and brand inspector for the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association. He was a veteran.
His hobbies included horseback riding and raising registered Herefords, and he had a passion for painting and the outdoors. He was a former member of the Powell Fire Board.
Survivors include two daughters, Klara Maringas and Kari Jones, both of the Seattle area; three grandchildren, Devin Jones, Ryan and Sydney Maringas; two brothers, Don Christensen of Powell and Ed Christensen of Santa Paula, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Private memorial services will be held.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in his name.

May 19, 2003 9:42 am

Dewey Kersting

(July 28, 1945 - May 18, 2003)

Hubert Dwain (Dewey) Kersting, 57, died Sunday, May 18 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Reno, Nev.
He was born in Cody July 28, 1945. He was raised in Powell and graduated from Powell High School in 1963. For the next two years, he attended mechanics school in Denver.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in November of 1965. He attended boot camp in Fort Polk, La., then went on for specialized paratrooper training at Ft. Benning, Ga. He was assigned to Korea for one tour of duty. He was promoted to sergeant in the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Division and deployed to Vietnam where he served until discharged with honor. He was awarded a Purple Heart in November of 1968.

Returning to the U.S., he became a proficient welder, and his work took him to many places, including Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and finally Nevada where he lived for several years.

He was an outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt. He especially enjoyed the Sunlight/Crandall are and the North Fork of the Shoshone in Park County. He also could be found tinkering with motorcyles and various engines in his spare time.
Survivors include his companion, Sherry Kersting of Nevada; his parents, Hubert L. and Jessie Kersting of Cody; his brother, Allan (Shannon) Kersting of Utah; his daughters, Sheila Siddall of Texas and Julie (Tracy) Renner of Meeteetse; his grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua Riddall, and Wilson and Karlie Renner; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to any Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in his name would be appreciated by the family.

May 18, 2003 9:41 am

Mary Helen Ballinger

(May 1, 1916 - May 17, 2003)

Mary Helen Ballinger of Cody, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, died Saturday, May 17 at West Park Hospital in Cody from complications of pneumonia and a broken hip.

She was born May 1, 1916, in Schuyler, Nebr., one of nine children of William and Jessie Pirrie, and came to Cody with her family in 1929.

On April 23, 1935, she married Carl Marion Ballinger. He died June 29, 1979, after 44 years of marriage.
Her family was her pride and joy. Her son, Merlyn Ballinger and wife Virginia of Powell; daughter Elise Ballinger York and husband Joe of Meeteetse; and daughter Janet Ballinger Dutton and husband Roger of Cody will all sorely miss her, as will her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will remember her as a respected farm and ranch woman on both the Southfork and Northfork at Wapiti. She was a long-standing member of the Cody Methodist Church where she served for many years. She was also renowned for her hospitality and her cooking.

The family is comforted that she was loved by many and that she inspired those who experienced her courageous spirit, love of God, positive attitude, great sense of humor and strength of character. She was well known for her rendition of "Everything is Beautiful," and that is what she truly believed of the world and people around her.
She will be held closely in the hearts of many as a truly beautiful person. "May we all aspire to her kindness, faith and courage."

In addition to her children, her survivors include grandchildren Twila York of Helena, Mont.; Susie Dutton Wantulok (John) of Boise, Idaho; Cathy York Jordan (Gary) of Portland, Ore.; Terri Ballinger May of Tacoma, Wash.; Brenda Ballinger Whitlock of Tacoma, Wash.; and Joel Adams (Margie) of Red Lodge, Mont.; and great-grandchildren Brandt and Taylor May; Justin and Spencer Whitlock; Carly, Kellen, Erin and Kobi Wantulok; Jody Inbody; Graham, Elizabeth and Connor Sims; and Neil Adams.

She is also survived by sister Dorothy (Dot) Bales of Cody; sister-in-laws Bessie Pirrie of Cody, Ruthie Pirrie of Las Vegas, Nev., and Phyllis Lundvall (Lawrence) of Leesburg, Fla.; brother-in-law Charles Meier of Cody; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Morris, Lester, Melvin, Keith, William (Bud) and Duane; and a sister, Marjorie Meier.

A Celebration of Mary's Life will be held July 5 at the Methodist Church, with time to be announced later.

May 17, 2003 9:40 am

Laura Daniel

(Jan. 9, 1960 - May 23, 2003)

A memorial service will be conducted Friday, May 23 at 11 a.m. in the Deaver Town Park for Laura Daniel, 43, Deaver, who died Friday, May 16 at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.

She was born Jan. 9, 1960, to Dale and Mary VanNote and grew up in Troy, Mont.

She married Bill Daniel in 1994.

She was no stranger to hard work, sometimes working two or three jobs at a time. She worked in the woods in a lumber camp, fought fires, was an EMT and hired out as a ranch hand.

Everyone who knew her knew of her love for animals. She had the usual menagerie of horses, sheep and chickens at their ranch, but she would also include "little wild critters" in need of homes.

In addition to being an excellent artist and sculptor, Laura was best known for her border collies. She raised and trained some of the most highly sought-after trial and stock dogs in the area. The love she showered on her dogs was apparent. Her faithful companions, Boo and Kitt, were always with her in her truck.

Survivors include her husband; her parents; daughters Amanda King, USMC, of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Misty Doughty of Cody and J-me Robb of Spokane, Wash.; two grandchildren, Shakyla and Tristan; brothers and sisters Dale, Daryl, Mike, Sherry, Deanna and Jackie; and her special aunt, Ellen. She will be greatly missed by her many friends in the Big Horn Basin and in the Wyoming Border Collie Association.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate donations to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa, Okla.