Kristine A Ehlert
- Age 53, received her wings December 8, 2019. She passed quietly at her home with her precious dog, Fiona, by her side. When Kristine lost her son, Josh in February 2018 by an unfortunate accident, her spirit was shattered beyond repair and her health and heart paid a heavy price. Her daughter-in-law, Samantha, along with three amazing grandsons Maximus, Michael and Malachi, kept her going and brought her great joy, care and love. Her best friend, Leo Bueckers loved her and will miss her greatly. They were companions and friends who helped each other through many years. Even when she had nothing to spare, she found a way to help others in need. Kristine was a free spirit with a tremendous heart and touched many lives. Remember her love, beauty and her spirit. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
Stanley Charles (Chuck) Sworder Jr.
Stanley Charles (Chuck) Sworder Jr., 90 of Deer Lodge, passed away on November 29, 2019.
Chuck was born on January 26, 1929 to Stanley and Alice Sworder at Pompey’s Pillar.
Chuck grew up in Livingston where he attended grade school. Chuck’s family then moved to Alberton where he graduated from High School.
Chuck enlisted in the Marines on March 23, 1948. Stationed in Ft.Campbell, San Diego, Calif. He was honorably discharged in March of 1952. “Once a Marine Always a Marine.”
Chuck married Audrey O’Bannon shortly after on January 25th, 1953. They had two children.
Chuck started working for the railroad when he was 16 in the summers. When he finished the Marines he continued working for the railroad which included The Northern Pacific, Burlington Northern and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
Chuck was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Marysville and the American Legion.
The family moved to Avon in 1961 where they lived until Chuck’s retirement and then decided to make the move into Deer Lodge in 1986 to be closer to the grandchildren. Chuck and Audrey enjoyed being a big part of the bowling leagues. He enjoyed fishing in the small streams for brook trout onto deep sea fishing on the Washington coast for king salmon.
Chuck is proceeded in death by his wife Audrey of 55 years, grandson Tony Smith, brother Jim Sworder, sisters Alice Watt and Frances Arthur.
He is survived by his Boston Terrier and best friend which he called “The Dog,” son John Sworder (Lisa), daughter Jayne Smith (Norman “Doug”); two grandsons, Chuck Smith (Dawn), Steven Smith (Tara) and granddaughter Julia Smith-Freeman; seven great-grandchildren, Hunter Smith, Jaycee Wood; Chance, Brodey and Landon Freeman; Emma and Anna Smith, great-great-grandchildren Isabelle and Ray Bernhardt.
Private family services will be held in the spring. Memorials can be made to the local animal shelter or charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank Genesis Healthcare and Rehab for the wonderful care you gave him.
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