July 20th, 2016
Helen (Sanderson) Bremer
Helen (Sanderson) Bremer, Dec. 18, 1932 – July 14, 2016.
Helen passed away quietly surrounded by her family July 14, 2016. Helen was born in Huntington, W. Va. to John and Alice Dotson. She married John Sanderson Sr. and moved to Garrison. They were blessed with four children. Later in life Helen married Walter Bremer in Fairfield. Helen and Walter moved to Deer Lodge in the early eighties after purchasing Wally’s Bar. Helen loved to entertain the customers with singing, dancing and her quick wit. She enjoyed cooking for the bar patrons every opportunity she could find. She was known for her kindness and generosity to help with causes for animals in need.
Survivors include her children: John (Linda) Sanderson Jr., Sandra Theophile, Joe Sanderson and Roxsan (Tony) Cooper all of Deer Lodge. Grandchildren Michael, Kellie, Jody, Angel, Johnathan, Alecia, Jeremy and Jason. Numerous great-grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Walter; mother Alice Estep; grandsons Joey McElroy, Joey Theophile and Bryan Williams.
Graveside services will take place Thursday July 21 at 11 a.m., Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. Luncheon will follow at the Broken Arrow Steakhouse.
Jewell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Dreher Beck
Marjorie Dreher Beck passed away peacefully at Deer Lodge Center on July 17, 2016. She was born on August 11, 1928 in Helena to Ben & May Dreher. Marjorie graduated from high school in Helena in 1946. The following was written by Marjorie in 1996:
“Fulfilling a childhood dream Marjorie taught grades 1-8 at Snowshoe School near Avon on an emergency permit. It was there that she met the man of her dreams, (Laurence Leo Beck), and they were married one year later (1947). They made their home on the family cattle ranch in the prettiest spot in western Montana where they raised one daughter and three sons. As a family they worked hard, loved lots & increased their holdings. Her husband Laurence, of 47 happy years, went to be with his Lord in December of 1994 following amputations and complications of diabetes. Marjorie counts among her blessings – the 5th generation still caring for the land and raising their families in peaceful surroundings, 11 healthy grandchildren and two (now 13) great-grandchildren, the privilege of teaching God’s word at the Avon Church Sunday School for 30 years, and the joy of weekly volunteer work at the Deer Lodge Nursing Home.”
She is survived by her four children Laura Lee (Gary) Swant, Rick Beck, John (Lois) Beck, Tim (Tracy) Beck, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services will be at the Avon Community Church on Wednesday July 20 at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow at Avon Community Center. Private family burial.
Robert “Bob” Gilman
Robert “Bob” Gilman died peacefully on July 12, 2016 in Missoula at the age of 61.
Bob is survived by his wife, Pam, son J.T., daughter- in law Jenn, grandchildren Hadley and Lane, his daughter Lindsay, her fiancé Matt, daughter Kacie, all of Missoula, and his sister Rita Frank of Glendive.
Bob was born on July 31, 1954 in Moorhead, Minn. to Monk and Loma Gilman. He graduated from North Dakota State (Go Bison!) and later attended MSU. Bob married Pam Goodpaster on May 12, 1979. He spent his career with the Forest Service and BLM for 38 years. He worked in numerous places around the west and impacted countless lives throughout his career. The three loves of his life were family, hunting, and fire.
A memorial service was scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, July 18 at Deer Park Golf Course in Deer Lodge. All were welcome to come celebrate his life with storytelling, lunch and beverages.
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