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Patricia Jean Neutgens, age 84, died on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, from complications of head and neck cancer. She died as she had lived, with great dignity, concern for others rather than herself and as an exceptionally devout Catholic. She was a very spiritual woman who handled herself with remarkable dignity despite the challenges she faced at the end of her life.
Pat was born on Sept. 9, 1930, in Wolf Point, Mont., to her parents, Florian John Neutgens and Hazel Ruth Clocksin. She had four siblings who all preceded her in death: Betty Boyd, Jim Neutgens, Arlo Neutgens and Richard Neutgens.
She lived and attended school in Wolf Point, Mont., and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1948. She married Eugene FitzSimmons on July 10, 1948, and together they had three sons, Ray, Doug and Gary. Eugene, Doug and Gary all preceded her in death.
Pat was divorced in 1963 and married Norbert “Doc” Dougherty in 1973. They made their home in Great Falls, Mont., until their marriage ended in 1986. During these years, Pat traveled extensively and enjoyed those travels immensely.
In addition to raising her three sons, she worked numerous jobs. She was gifted with a remarkable mind and work ethic. Her favorite job was working as the first lay bookkeeper for the Ursuline Centre in Great Falls, Mont. She was very active in Cursillo through the Catholic Church. She became an enthusiastic Detroit Lions fan when her grandson Casey FitzSimmons played for them for seven years. She thoroughly enjoyed following his career on TV and at actual games when it was possible.
In July 2013, Pat moved from Great Falls to Washington state to receive medical care closer to her son, Ray. During that time, she lived in The Dalles, Ore., and White Salmon, Wash. In August of 2014, she moved into assisted living at Cherry Street Manor II in White Salmon, Wash. She had her friends call frequently and family and friends visited her almost daily.
Pat was held in high regard by her many family members and close friends. Her greatest love was to keep in touch with and be a part of the lives of all those who were dear to her. She had a strong moral code and an even stronger faith through her church.
Pat is survived by her son, Ray FitzSimmons (Joyce); daughter-in-law, JoLynn FitzSimmons; and her six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a Rosary at 2:30 p.m. and a Funeral Mass at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in White Salmon, Wash. Her ashes are to be buried with her parents in their family plot in Wolf Point, Mont., later this summer. In lieu of flowers, Pat requested that donations be made to the Ursuline Centre, 2300 Central Avenue, Great Falls, MT 59401 (406-452-8585).
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Albert Roy “Chief” Beauchamp, 57, passed away Nove. 1, 2014, of natural causes.
He was born on March 6, 1957, in Poplar to Roy and Vera (Todd) Beauchamp.
He grew up in Glasgow attending school there and was active in basketball and baseball. He received his GED and shortly after that enlisted into the U.S. Marines.
Chief attended and graduated out of boot camp from San Diego. While serving his country, he was stationed in numerous countries overseas. He ended his service in Camp Lajune in North Carolina, getting an honorable discharge in 1988.
Throughout his life, he worked at various jobs such as a ranch hand, oil rigger, seismographer and security guard.
Chief enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching football on TV, playing cards, board games and when he was younger he liked to draw. But, his specialty was cooking. He was a very good cook, always chefing up some delicious dish or meal.
Although Chief had many medical issues he endured in his life, he never let them get him down.
He was quick-witted, had a good sense of humor and always had a joke to tell. And he had a heart of gold, he never forgot the family’s birthdays or anniversaries, giving them cards or a call.
Chief is survived by his mother, Vera Beauchamp of Wolf Point; sister, Sue (Ed) Bauer of Oswego; brothers, LeRoy (Olivia) Beauchamp and Abner (Bessie) Beauchamp, all of Wolf Point; his longtime companion, Patti Lowdog; and his adopted daughter, Jory, whom he loved so much. He is also survived by uncles, aunties, cousins, nieces, nephews and all his friends in the hood.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Beauchamp; sisters, Elizabeth and Wendy Beauchamp; brother, John Beauchamp; and nephews, Abner Beauchamp Jr. and Briar Bauer.
Family will receive friends at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer St., Wolf Point, Mont. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer St., Wolf Point, Mont. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Wolf Point, Mont. Condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Patricia Ann Sauer Chase, 77, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at her home in Scobey.
She was born in Mineola, N.Y., Aug. 5, 1937, to Charles and Dorothy Sauer. There were seven children: Charles, George, Patricia, Andrew, Joan, James and David. The family eventually moved to Bennington, Vt., which became the family home place. She graduated from Bennington High School and attended Lyndon Teacher’s College where she received her degree in 1959.
After graduation, she moved west to fulfill her aspirations of becoming a teacher. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in South Dakota before moving to Wolf Point in 1965. She taught for the Wolf Point School District for 39 years as an elementary teacher and a Title I Specialist until retiring in 2004. During her time in Wolf Point, she also volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, 4-H leader and a religious ed teacher.
After retirement, she moved to Scobey to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.
She spent her days reading, writing, baking and a vast array of creative projects. She loved the time spent with her grandchildren, especially attending their numerous sporting events. She looked forward to Friday when she spent time playing dominoes and visiting with the good friends she met in Scobey.
Traveling was another favorite activity and she loved to travel to Bozeman to spend time with her great-grandson.
She was a loving and caring friend, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She touched many lives, not only through teaching, but with anyone whom she met.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Charles, George and James all of Bennington, and sister Joan Bump of Hoosick Falls, New York.
She is survived by brothers, Andrew and David, both of Bennington; daughter, Michelle Wahl; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 27.
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Anita Toavs, 68, of Billings, formerly of Wolf Point, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Billings.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Gospel Fellowship Church in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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On Oct. 20, 2014, Kathleen “Kay” Eggebrecht joined the love of her life Wilbur in heaven after being apart for only seven months.
Kathleen was born to Fred and Molly Steffen on Jan. 19, 1924. She was raised in Bloomfield, Mont., on her family homestead. She graduated from Dawson High School in 1942 and went to Washington during World War II to work at McCord Field in 1944.
After longing for home, she returned to Montana and met the love of her life a young cowboy named Wilbur, they were married in 1946 and started their lives in Vida, Mont., ranching. Together, they raised three children, Helen Gullickson (Garvin), Steve Eggebrecht (Elise) and Thomas Eggebrecht (Linda). She was blessed with nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
In 1946, Kathleen was a jockey for horseracing, enjoyed bowling, playing cards, horseracing, working crosswords, watching golf and was an all-around sports fan. She was always a good Catholic and was in the Altar Society of Vida.
After a broken hip, Wilbur and Kay retired to Billings, Mont., where they enjoyed the company of their grandson Mick (Lilli) Harrington. She would enjoy his visits and the silly conversations they would have.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur, of 67 years; her parents; her brothers, Fred, Clarence and John Steffen; and her granddaughter, Jenny Eggebrecht.
She is survived by all of her loved ones and will be greatly missed for her wit and wisdom.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Vida Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at the Vida Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at smithfuneralchapels.com.